Learning Story of the Year from a ‘Newcomer’ Award 2021 2021 2021

The newcomer award looks at both of these but is solely for members who submit for the first time.

Learning Story of the Year from a ‘Newcomer’ Award

Shortlisted Entries - Early Childhood Ireland Learning Story of the Year

The shortlisted entries for the Early Childhood Ireland Learning Story of the Year (Written about a group of children) are:

• Dear Reuben
Our Lady’s Nursery, 121 Our Lady’s Nursery, Sillogue Gardens, Dublin 11.

• More than words
CRC Preschool, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

• The adventures of the Welly Warriors
The Beehive Montessori, Ballinfagh, Prosperous, Co Kildare.

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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

Learning Story of the Year from a ‘Newcomer’ Award

A ‘Learning Story’ is a record of what an educator has seen a child (or group of children) doing in an Early Learning and Care service. Learning Stories allow us to document a child’s learning. They are a tool for tuning into the world of children in a deeper, more meaningful way as educators. Learning Stories are an opportunity to truly hear children, to listen, watch and see, in order to extend a child’s learning.

Learning Stories are an effective and inclusive way of documentation and assessment in early childhood settings that require knowledgeable educators who understand children’s learning. Carr & Lee (2012) believe that Learning Stories are powerful ways of documenting learning, using the reciprocal relationships between the child, people and the environment.

These narratives are observations of children’s participation in everyday activities, in everyday settings that demonstrate children’s growing identities, dispositions, thoughts, explorations and communications. This natural way of documenting children’s journeys, learning and development links strongly with the words, wonderings, questions and ideas from children. Early Childhood Ireland recognises these quality practices and is delighted to share these stories with our members through our Learning Story awards.

Award 3 Criteria for Short-listing and Judging - Learning Story of the Year from a ‘Newcomer’ Award

  • Criteria for individual learning story as above, and for Emergent Curriculum in Action group story.
  • The service has not previously entered or been short-listed for an Early Childhood Ireland Award.

Application form

Documentation and Supporting Evidence requirements

Resources to support you in applying for this award.

Opening date 19 April 2021
Closing date 31 May 2021
Award Winners announced 8 October 2021

Please email kwhitham@earlychildhoodireland.ie if you have any questions.


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