Scéalta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog

< Back to Blog

Early Childhood Ireland’s Learning Hub


Monday 12 October 2020

You have seen by now about the launch last week of Early Childhood Ireland’s Learning Hub. This new member benefit has the potential to save members hundreds of euros, as it provides up to €850 worth of high-quality online training, at no additional cost to members. For courses with a practical component, such as Manual Handling or First Aid there will be a moderate fee, which will be advised at the time of booking.  The range of courses is extensive:  

  • Health and safety compliance topics such as Food Safety, Allergen Awareness and Fire Safety
  • Personal development programmes such as time management, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, organisation, effective communication and emotional intelligence
  • Computer skills in areas like Cyber Security, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel.

This represents Phase 2 of the development of Early Childhood Ireland's Learning Hub, Phase 1 has been the rollout of the COVID-19 Online Return to Work Training for all employees.

We asked one of our members - Margaret Garland, to share her experience of this 'COVID-19 Online Return to Work' training. Here is her story. 

My Name is Margaret Garland, I am the owner/manager of Smart Kids Creche & Montessori school. We are a small family-based creche on the northside of Dublin. Established in 1995 we cater for children aged between one year and 12 years.

Thinking back to March of this year and where we are now is so hard to believe. Lockdown was such a shock to everyone, but it gave us time to reflect on what is important in life and be thankful for what we have in our lives.

When we made the decision to reopen the creche again, there was a lot of work to do and documents to read up on to reassure the staff, parents and children that we would do everything possible to make our setting safe and child friendly to the best of our availability.

Early Childhood Ireland has always been a great support to my setting and when the email came in for the return to work training it was a great help and relief, that there was something set up for us to adapt and easily access. The training was very straight forward, we all understood it and it was very easy to follow but most important it put my mind at ease and even more important the staff felt safe and confident returning to work knowing what information they took from the training. It was easy to access and use and the content was extremely easy to follow and understand which is most important.

I think training online is very effective and you can do it in your own time and comfort without the added pressure of being in groups and mixing with people you are not familiar with, especially in this COVID-19 world.

So, to learn more about this fantastic member benefit click here.

If you have already completed the COVID-19 Online Return to Work Training you are already registered and all set and ready to explore this valuable Learning Hub, click here.

Phase Three will expand the number of courses on offer, so keep an eye out for that over the coming months!

Early Childhood Ireland’s Learning Hub is proudly supported by Skillnet Ireland.

0 comments Comments

Leave a Reply

Please Log In to comment:

National Bereaved Children's Awareness Week(1) Nuturing interactions(1) child-centric(1) family time(1) life long learning(1) bonds(1) Titles(1) pets(1) Easter(1) keep in touch(1) Potential(1) IGL(1) learning(19) Scéalta Book Review(1) risk(2) Glitter(2) collaboration(1) Tuscan Approach(2) Games(1) Laugh(1) Return to Work Training(1) Early Childhood Ireland National Awards(2) San Miniato(4) documentation(4) Primary School(2) Síolta(131) Photographs(1) Child mental health(1) Síolta QAP(1) MA(1) Small World Play(1) Supernanny(1) purpose(1) Creative(1) ears(1) Snack Time(1) journey(1) Support(1) Through the looking glass(1) First 5(1) Adoption(1) iOS(1) Inter-generational learning(2) Smiles(1) Decisions(1) Early Childhood Care and Education(2) Exploring(1) Little Buddies(1) Providing Leadership to the First 5(1) Scéalta Blog(103) Covid19 crisis(1) Document Learning(1) Frustrations(1) Italy(1) Buddies(1) NCCA(3) Storytelling(7) curriculum(5) Meet the Members(1) Loving Relationships(2) early childhood(1) General Data Protection Regulation(1) Workplace Relations(3) Recycle(1) racism(1) Annual Conference 2019(1) ECEC(3) Celebrations(4) continual professional development(1) Learning journals(1) Rituals(1) Maynooth University(2) Graduation(1) social science(1) Appreciation(1) Rising to the Challenge(2) National Awards 2019(1) Inspirational(2) Well-Being(10) Relaxation(1) ReCreate(2) Sessional service(1) Traditions(2) ELC(1) Children's Research Network(1) PIP(1) Positivity(1) Large Doll Play(1) eating(1) online training(1) Effect of Lockdown(1) Universal Design Guidelines(1) Magic(1) Plants(1) Aldo Fortunati(4) Aistear(128) Child Care(1) emotions(2) Leargas(1) European Project(1) Book Club(2) Frosty the Snowman(1) research submissions(1) Sustainable(1) Identity(5) budget(1) Department of Children and Youth Affairs(2) Maths Week(1) transitions(10) The Lullaby Book(1) christmas(9) ICBN(1) apps for children(1) Counting(1) Inspiring Practice(1) Mental Health(4) Gardening(1) play pod(1) memories(1) Sleep(1) UN Sustainable Development Goals(1) Infectious diseases(1) Role play(1) ECEC Setting(2) Twitter(1) European Early Childhood Education Research Association(2) Early Years(1) Time(1) Degree(1) Digital Devices(1) Toby Bears Camping Trip(1) Youtube Series(1) dining(1) education system(1) movement behaviours(1) Irish Early Years Research & Practice Seminar 2018(1) International Narratives(1) community(5) conversations(1) Budget 2020(1) refugees(1) Brain(1) Running(1) Exit interview(1) code of ethics(1) Santa(2) Sustainability(3) value(1) Shoes(1) Plastic(1) Winter(1) Window(1) Montessori(3) Independence(1) College(1) children’s learning(1) Reflective Practice(1) National Holiday(1) Story(2) UNCRC(2) Policy and Implementation Panel(1) Orla Kenny(1) Exploring and Thinking(1) Interactions(3) Mark Twain(1) Time Out(1) Engineering Ireland(1) Cork Institute of Technology(1) learners(1) democratic citizens(1) ECCE(7) children development(1) Anxiety(2) Community involvement(1) Visitors(1) Your place(1) Painting(1) Meal time(1) Kerry(1) Confident(1) Seas Suas(1) role playing(1) Interaction(1) story time(2) play pods(2) HR(1) Patterns(1) Sculptures(1) St. Patrick's Day(1) outdoors(4) Inspired Practice Award(5) Fee Play(1) EM Standing(1) overhear(1) listening(1) Kids Own(1) Line-ups(1) Whole Group(1) Study Trip(1) Learning Stories(9) Awards 2019(1) COVID-19(13) Art(6) Awards(2) Malaguzzi(1) learning hub(1) Learning Stories Award(3) scéalta(50) Drawing(2) Together Old and Young Programme(1) outdoor environment(1) code of professional responsibility(1) Iraq(1) Belonging(3) Mantra(1) Family wall(1) RTE Investigates(1) inspiring interactions(1) annual conference(1) Inspections(1) science(3) keezy(1) MECPI(1) Imagination(3) grandchild(1) Children and families(1) Thank you(1) Digital(1) Syria(1) Names(1) reading(5) primary education(1) peer group(1) Reggio Children Network(1) Craft(1) Early Childhood Ireland(6) Self Help Skills(1) LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion(2) respect(5) GoToMeeting app(1) Performance Management(1) june29(1) Communicating(1) Sequins(1) Leadership(1) Maternity Leave(1) Thinking(1) Wesco(1) Investment(2) Mindfulness(3) Mayo(1) TOY Programme(1) risk assessment(1) Wrapping paper(1) Upcycling(1) reopening(1) Siolta blog(8) Fabric(1) Penguins(1) Engagement(1) dogs(1) Equality(1) development(8) Rich Documentation(1) DES Inspection(1) Horizon 2020(1) Learning Journal(2) preschool(4) man up(1) Kilkenny(1) National Childcare Scheme(1) Spiders(1) INTO(1) ERASMUS+(3) Magnavacchi(1) Exclusion(1) Change(1) Impact(1) Childhood(1) Japan(1) Partnership with Families Innovation Award(2) TRAP(1) Grief(1) Sociodramatic play(1) UNICEF report(1) Mathematicians(1) Learning Story(1) education(2) UN(1) School Age Childcare(1) Learning through Storytelling(1) parents(6) Loss(1) Trick or treat(1) Prexit(1) Covid response(2) Christmas Creativity(2) Care routines(1) Our Little Seed(1) child-centred approach(1) Eritrea(1) baby room(1) Research and Professional Learning(1) Thanks(1) Behaviour(3) bloom app(1) Emergent Curriculum(1) Flowers(1) Hand Hygiene(2) Ceremony(1) Covid pandemic(2) UD(1) Trigonometry(1) Qualifications(1) Academics(1) Educator - Leader in Practice Award(1) early childhood educator(2) planning(1) Wendy Lee(3) Aistear Siolta in Action(1) show and tell(1) emotional well-being(1) Treasure(1) Interests(1) Queues(1) gender stereotype(1) Confidence(1) Early Childhood Ireland’s National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019(1) coronavirus(1) Infection Control(1) Equality & Inclusion Guidelines Training(1) Exercise(1) Policy(2) Capable(1) Awards Night(1) Trade Unions(1) Nutrition(1) staying connected(1) GDPR(1) gender bias(1) creche(1) linc(1) Educator Award - Leader in Practice(1) Graduate(1) Dr. Emer Ring(1) Montessori & Early Childhood Professionals Ireland(1) Shapes(2) Training(2) educating(1) mental health problems(1) Breathing(2) early years learning(1) Maynooth(1) Irish Childhood Bereavement Network(1) Pen green(1) Pedagogy(2) imotion(1) Inter-generational(2) Dr Mary O'Kane(1) Stress(2) youdoodle(1) Consent(1) Light table(1) Professionalisation(5) Pre-School Services(1) Reggio(1) Minister for Children and Youth Affairs(1) First 5 strategy(1) Elders(1) structure(1) Feeding(1) Empathy(1) outdoor space(3) Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years(1) Administrative Burden(1) friendships(1) Arts(1) Mud kitchens(1) SPICE Framework(1) Awards 2018(3) pablo(1) Maths(6) Facebook(1) Bereavement(2) E.coli(1) learning bias(1) Mixed age groups(3) Traffic Lights(1) Inclusion(3) Afghanistan(1) Book Review(1) routine(2) Blocks(1) Human Resources(1) Opportunities(1) Challenges(1) blog(47) food(1) Summer(1) Irish guidelines(1) educarer(1) Inspired Practice Awards(1) Wilenski(1) Party(1) Mount Everest(1) Vietnam(1) CIT(1) Health(2) Vertical grouping(1) Favouritism(1) maternity health(1) dining experiences(1) Participation(2) Playschool(1) Childcare(3) Special Needs Assistants(1) Exploratory Play(1) Quality(4) World Health Organisation(1) Liz Kerrins(1) Biting(1) Research Conference 2019(1) Body Language(1) Síolta Quality Assurance programme(1) Arithmetic(1) Proceedings Journal(1) stories(3) Decision Making(1) Trade union(1) Educator of the Year Award(3) Obesity(1) Affordability(1) Limerick(1) CPD(1) trust(4) Sport(1) Early Learning and Care Centres(1) Valentine's Day(3) early life(1) Children's Voice(1) National Research Conference 2019(1) Reading Time(1) Design(1) The Play and Learning in the Early Years(1) Maths Week Ireland(1) Irish(1) Weather(1) mushrooms(1) preschool settings(1) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education(1) Early Years Educators(3) responsive relationships(1) Technology(3) Buddy Bench(1) Teamwork(1) University(1) National Pyjama Day(1) Nonverbal(1) Care-giving routines(1) Diversity(1) social media(1) Norway(2) Creativity(5) Academic Skills(1) Maria Montessori(1) Family(1) Magda Gerber(1) Workforce(1) behavioural science(1) listen(1) Pretend Play(1) First 5 transitions for children award(1) New Appointments(1) Builders(1) play stories(2) Employee(1) research(6) Workplace well-being(1) Deirdre Rogers(1) Oireachtas(1) Engineers Week(2) interacting(2) Early Years Education(1) National Awards 2018(2) Aistear Siolta Practice Guide(1) Culture(2) Reggio Emilia(2) Growing up in Ireland(3) Reopening Childcare(1) Jenga(1) Wonder(1) toddlers(3) Pobal sector profile(1) Minister Katherine Zappone(1) Learning Story Awards(2) outdoor play(6) Engineering(3) Seanchaí(1) Fantasy play(1) Super Shed Stories(2) Early Learning and Care(1) Map(1) Laughter(1) Self-Esteem(1) Funding(1) Access and Inclusion Model(2) United Nations(1) supportive environments(2) awards 2020(1) NAEYC(1) Leprechauns(1) Touch(1) Albert Einstein(1) Margy Whalley(1) Budget 2019(2) Building Resilience(1) Treasure Chest(1) Certificate(1) CCTV(1) Trauma-Sensitive(1) Home Corner(1) National Council for Curriculum and Assessment(1) Routines(2) play therapy(1) AIM(2) Music(3) aistear blog(3) art of the relationship(1) Halloween(2) communication(4) AsIAm(2) Recycling(2) books(4) Childcare Barometer 2018(1) lockdown(1) Children's Rights(3) Environment(2) Annual Conference 2017(2) STEM(3) Arlene Forster(1) Love(3) Online Research Symposium(1) EECERA 2016(1) environments(1) Growing up Outdoors(1) Department of Education and Skills(1) dublin(2) Masterclass(2) Anthony Semann(1) Playdough(1) Lego(2) experience(1) Mealtimes(1) Sweets(1) Budget 2018(1) feisty(1) Communications(1) Staff Motivation(1) Performing(1) Snacks(1) EECERA(1) phone apps(1) play(35) COVID-19 crisis(1) Iceland(1) Valerie Gaynor(1) early years research(2) SAC(1) Dance(1) Social Skills(1) Yoga(1) worries(1) Giraffe(2) COVID-19 Reopening(2) Online(1) Research Seminar(1) relationships(18) Event Guide(1) childcare services(1) conference(1) Celebrate(1) under 3's(3) National Early Childhood Research Conference(1) Cognitive development(1) Pobal(1) Educators(2) Settling in(4) Death(2) Intention(1) Snakes(1) Gratitude(1) democracy(1) curiosity(3) Visual Impairment(1) Autism(4) babies(7) Self-regulation(1) Identity and Belonging(4) Jillian van Turnhout(1) Vivian Gussin Paley(1) animals(2) Universal Design(2) Mo Scéal(1) Advocacy(1) reopening ireland(1) developing motor skills(1) Competent(1) RIE philosphy(1) Socioemotional development(1) healthy eating policies(1) The Jelly King(1) science week(2) Pedagogical leaders(1) Ariana Pucci(1) meals(3) Motor neuron disease(1) Cork(1) risky play(2) Leaders in Practice(1) Scents(1) emotional environment(2) Adverse Childhood Experiences(1) DCYA(6) Children(4) Xbox(1) COVID-19 landscape(1)


Site maintained and developed by Cloud Nine