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Inspired Practice Award 2021

Shortlisted Entries - Early Childhood Ireland Inspired Practice Award

The shortlisted entries for the Early Childhood Ireland Inspired Practice Award are:

• Inspired to inspiring
Roots & Wings, Beresford Road, Donabate, Dublin.

• TJ and his Wheelable Chair
The Cottage Kid’s Preschool, Tyrellstown, Lusk, Dublin.

• This is the story of our Kindness Elves
Happy Days Ratoath, Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath, Meath.

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Watch the above video to find out which of our shortlisted entries has won and see their reaction to the news!

Early Childhood Ireland

National annual Awards

Inspired Practice Award

In previous years of this award Early Childhood Ireland has observed children, parents, pedagogues, ancillary staff, managers, owners, trainers, and communities interact and support each other in inspiring ways that: elevate the quality of provision within settings; provide inspiring examples of practice that others may emulate; and demonstrate and celebrate the potential of quality provision to enhance the lives of those involved.

The role of reflection and continuous professional learning shines through these inspired stories as they create a vision of a maturing professional sector that holds care and education in capable hands.

This year there is a new category the Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award. This award recognises specifically centre-based school age childcare  which includes:

Any centre-based service for school going children aged 4-15 years (inclusive), which operate:

  • Before school
  • After school
  • During school holidays

These services may be delivered in a variety of settings: – Standalone services for school going children; – Part of service provision offered by sessional or part time pre-school providers (e.g. where there is a pre-school morning session, and school age afternoon provision); – Part of service provision offered by a full daycare/crèche provider; – Aligned to a school.

The Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award criteria is based on the developed National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare. School age childcare  “is a time for rest, relaxation and recreation, and – when it is high quality – it is also a place where children can grow and develop socially and emotionally, following their interests and widening their horizons.”

There are two awards in the Inspired practice award category:

Category 2

Award 1: Inspired Practice Award

 Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award (NEW)

Award 2:  Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award (NEW)

Every application will be judged using the criteria established for that award.

Award 1 Criteria for Short-listing and Judging – Inspired Practice Award

Please use the awards application form to demonstrate that the service:


  • Can identify the source of inspiration, (a child, person, a place, a training course, a Continuous Professional Development opportunity, or any inspiring event or occurrence), and describe the impact of this inspiration on them.
  • Has adopted a new strategy or change in practice that took place following the inspiration and the process involved in achieving it.
  • Has identified the benefits/impact of this new practice for those experiencing or implementing the inspired practice.
  • Can describe and provide evidence of the new/improved practice.
  • Ensures that from the start, children are asked for their views demonstrating a dialogue between children and adults based on reciprocal respect.
  • Demonstrate that children’s views were considered, listened to, given due weight and given feedback on what happened as a result of their views.
  • Can demonstrate strong awareness of why the change in practice is good for children, families, and the team in the service. Share these changes with children, families and the team.
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.
  • Has offered ideas to other services to inspire them to improve.
  • The themes from the Aistear Framework should underpin your story.  However, it is not necessary to make direct links to the learning goals and aims.
                                                                                                                              TOTAL 100

Documentation and Supporting Evidence requirements

Resources to support you in applying for this award

 Key dates for your diary

Opening date

19 April 2021

Closing date

31 May 2021

Award Winners announced

8 October 2021

Please email if you have any questions.

Key dates for your diary

Opening Date:  19 April 2021
Closing Date:   31 May 2021
Award Winners Announced: 8 October 2021

Early Childhood Ireland Membership Renewal

Your Early Childhood Ireland membership is now due for renewal. Renew online before 30 September 2021 to be in with a chance of winning one of our weekly prizes of a personal tablet.