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  • About Me – Admin #2

    Posted by Administrator on September 10, 2018

    I’m no spring chicken.  Despite appearances I am over 50 (well just!).  I have worked within the sphere of children since I became a mother which dare I say it, was over a quarter of a century ago.  It’s not a career I have consciously chosen but it is one which still fills me with curiosity and passion. I have learned a lot about myself and know in anything I have done I need to feel ownership of it; I need to understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it for it to be successful.  Otherwise I tend to spend too much time and effort trying to comprehend and decode someone else’s thought processes.  I’m one of those people who mumbles to herself when in the audience at conferences. It can be infuriating for the person I’m sitting beside who thinks I’m talking to them.  I like to question established ideas, not only ideas from other people but also my own ideas, and this leads me to vocalise my thoughts as mumbles.

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    Vacancies for Tusla Early Years Inspectors

    Posted by Administrator on September 6, 2018

    Do you want to join the Early Years Inspectorate team in Tusla? Closing date for applications is 12 noon 28/9/18. “The Salary Scale for the post is:
    55,893.00, 58,964.00, 60,225.00, 61,388.00, 62,563.00, 64,170.00”. Follow the link below for further information.

    The following is taken directly from the Job section on Tusla

    Skills Required
    Each candidate must have at the latest date of application: –

    • Be registered in the Public Health Division of the Register of Nurses & Midwives maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or entitled to be registered.
    • Hold a professional qualification in Social Care, Social Work, Early Years Care and Education, Bachelor of Education or Child Psychology to a minimum of Level 8.


    • Have not less than 5 years satisfactory experience as a Public Health Nurse in the Irish Health Sector.
    • Have not less than 5 years satisfactory experience within a professional setting with children congruent to your professional background in an analogous post in another jurisdiction.
    • An aggregate of five years such experience.


    • Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the post.’


    Quality Regulatory Framework Published

    Posted by Administrator on September 5, 2018

    I attended the launch of the Quality and Regulatory Framework for EY today in Dublin and can safely say the QRF and the resources which come with it are going to be very useful not only to those who work in the EY sector but those who are studying EY or supporting EY students.  Visit the QRF section on the TUSLA website as all documents and books can be downloaded.  This section will be added to on a regular basis and already contains a wealth of resources. The following section is taken directly from the TUSLA website.

    The Early Years Inspectorate has developed a Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to support registered Early Years Services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practice in Early Years. The QRF aims to support registered providers in achieving compliance with the regulations and enhance the safety and care of children who attend these services. The QRF is child-centred, with a specific focus on the quality and safety of the care provided directly to children using the services.

    Tusla Early Years Inspectorate, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, launched the Quality and Regulatory Framework on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 in Dublin. (Tusla, 2018)




    A New Direction – Admin #1

    Posted by Administrator on August 9, 2018

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    For the past two years I have been busy; busy doing a Masters; busy trying to keep Montessori Alliance up and running and busy guiding adults through degree programmes in Early Years Studies.  It’s been a chaotic, demanding and rewarding period in my life but I felt there was something missing.  The Masters I undertook was in Children and Youth with a focus on how the voiceless are finding their voice and the way in which it is or isn’t heard.  The programme centred on the rights of the child especially the right of the child to be consulted and have their opinions incorporated into policy and practice in issues which impact on the child’s life.  I’ll talk more about the masters programme in later blogs; I only mention it here because it is what led me to my decision to return to teaching young children.  The programme made me question my approach and how I interacted with young children.  To gain any further insight I needed to be with young children; to be in their company; to be engaged in their world on their terms and I needed to learn to recognise my own preconceptions and shortcomings.

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    Inner Sydney Montessori School Recruitment Drive

    Posted by Administrator on August 7, 2018

    Inner Sydney Montessori School, established in 1981 and well located in Inner Sydney, is recognised as one of the leading Montessori schools in Australia, yet maintains an enviable small school reputation as a friendly and dynamic Pre-Primary and Primary School with students at the centre of every we do.  Our child focused school is at enrolment capacity with around 300 students between the ages of 3-12.  In addition, around 100 students are enrolled per term in our esteemed infant Community Programme for 0-3 year olds.

    We are holding a recruitment drive and are coming to London & Dublin in September 2018. Register your interest by following this link

    Presentations: London 10/11 Sept 2018; Dublin 13/14 Sept 2018
    Interviews: Dublin 17 Sept 2018; London 19/20 Sept 2018

    We are looking for passionate educators with an embedded understanding and appreciation of the Montessori philosophy.  We are looking for people to join our 3-6 and 6-12 faculty.  To be part of our team you will have a reputable 3-6 and/or 6-12 Montessori Diploma and hold a relevant teaching qualification.  You will also be required to attain a NSW Education Standards Authority accreditation.

    We are very proud of our School & encourage you to learn more about us at and follow us at

    Register your interest here or email

    Broadening Your Mind – Admin

    Posted by Administrator on July 26, 2018

    The BBC World Service documentary section has loads of interesting podcasts to listen to which challenge my way of thinking. This is what I listened to this morning while walking the dog. The following is taken from the BBC World Service website.

    A Model for Teaching Maths – Shanghai, My Perfect Country Boxset – The Documentary Podcast
    Becoming a maths master is within reach for every pupil taught the Shanghai model for teaching maths. There is no streaming according to ability, a highly trained, specialist teacher moves slowly through topics and does not move on until every single pupil gets it.

    But does the method come with too much pressure?

    Which Report on Slime

    Posted by Administrator on July 17, 2018

    The Which website has a handy Slime checker so you can see if the Slime you bought is suitable for children/adults to use.  The following is taken directly from their website.

    “Which? is warning parents to approach children’s slime with caution after tests found some contain levels of boron more than four times the safety limits permitted by EU standards. Exposure to excessive levels of boron could cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short term. Even more worryingly, studies of high levels of boron in animals have been linked to low birth weights, birth defects and developmental delays. The EU states that exposure to very high levels of boron may impair fertility and may cause harm to the unborn child in pregnant women. Since our report, Amazon has removed all eight slimes from sale. We’re calling for all potentially unsafe children’s slimes to be removed from sale and for the government to act to safeguard children’s safety when it comes to slime.”



    Call for Papers -EECERA

    Posted by Administrator on July 11, 2018

    This may be of interest to those of you who think their research is ready for publication.  The following is taken directly from the EECERA website.

    European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Special Issue,  Call for Papers – Participatory Pedagogies: Instituting children’ rights in day to day pedagogic development


    There are two essential modes for developing pedagogy: the transmissive mode and the participatory mode. Of these two modes, only the participatory can answer to the complexity of early childhood education and answer to the child that is multidimensional and holistic.

    The participatory mode focuses on the actors who co-construct knowledge by participating in the learning process. It assumes a rights’ approach and empowerment pedagogy and asserts the participation of all individuals and each one of them (e.g. children, educators, families) in the day-to-day pedagogic development. Participation is the best antidote against the abstract nature of the mainstream transmissive pedagogy.

    To guarantee the day-to-day lived experience of children in a participatory mode is very challenging and under threat from mainstream transmissive pedagogies often supported by prevailing organizational culture and neoliberal policy decisions.

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    Stress and the Early Childhood Educator

    Posted by Administrator on June 12, 2018

    Your participation in the following survey will be greatly appreciated by the National College of Ireland​.

    A National study to understand Stress and Well-being amongst Early childhood Educators in Ireland

    This national level study, undertaken by National College of Ireland, seeks to investigate the impact of work life on the well- being of Early Childhood Carers and Educators. With increasing complex demands and changes in the sector as it moves towards professionalization, Early Childhood practitioners invest much into changing practice towards high-quality support to the learning and development of children. This directly impacts the working life of practitioners. We seek to understand the nature of this change and its impact on the early years practitioner.

    We would be delighted if you could take part in an online survey as part of the project. The survey seeks to gather information on your current experiences of working with babies and young children and will directly help identify areas of work which can be supported or require changes.

    If you are a practitioner, early childhood educator, leader, or the manager of a setting, we would be extremely grateful if you would consider taking part. Completing the survey takes around 18-20 minutes. It can be accessed at the following link.

    The survey will remain open until June 30th all information submitted is strictly anonymous. Your time and consideration is very much appreciated.

    Further information
    This project has direct implications for evidence based support for enhancing quality provision for practitioners in ECEC. Research indicates that the well-being of the practitioner impacts quality of care provided in ECEC settings.

    For further information about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Meera Oke, Programme Director, Early Childhood Education, on




    Early Years Strategy – Open Policy Debate

    Posted by Administrator on June 7, 2018

    Follow the link below to read the speech Dr Katherine Zappone made today at the Open Policy Debate on the National Early Years Strategy.  The following is taken directly from the speech.

    “The strategy will set out the Government’s comprehensive plans to improve the lives of young children and their families. This evening, accompanied by my Assistant Secretary for the newly dedicated division for Early Years Care and Education in my Department, I will present our progress to date with this strategy to a Cabinet Committee chaired by the Taoiseach…

    I look forward to joining you again in autumn to launch of this Strategy as we collectively embark on a very committed path of implementation.”



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