Scéalta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog

< Back to Blog

Making Children Visible


Tuesday 01 August 2017

I was lucky enough to spend a month visiting my son in Australia recently. It was an amazing experience. One of the things that struck me was how visible children are in the community. Síolta (Standard: 16 Community Involvement) and Aistear (Theme: Identity and Belonging) talk about community involvement and how important it is for children to feel connected with and proud of their families and communities. Many settings here at home have amazing links with their communities and help promote the idea of children being part of a community in which they are very visible.

Let me tell you about a few interesting examples I saw.

On my first day in Sydney we went to the Blue Mountains. In an area where we waited for a cable car there was a gorgeous installation, created by the Children, Staff and Parents of St Canice’s Primary school, Katoomba, called Canice and the Plastic Reef. They had used plastic shopping bags and lids, water bottles, wire, wool, beads, piping and reclaimed woods to make a statement about ‘how from our throw-away society we can not only turn waste into incredible works of art, but also reduce our impact on our seas.’

These vivid displays were thought provoking and gave us tourists a link to the local community and made the work of the children hugely visible. Maybe you have done something similar? If so we would love to hear from you!

A few days later I was in the small country town of Crookwell, south of Sydney. As my cousin and I walked around town these posters caught my eye!

There were several versions of this poster displayed in various places in the town. I thought it was a lovely, simple way for the preschool to engage with the community to try to find out where their hens had gone.

In Sydney city, I could have spent hours in a gorgeous children’s play area, near Darling Harbour. There were numerous ways for children to explore water. While the surface was mainly concrete, it consisted of different textures, with lots of features such as fountains children could play in and run through, pipes, pumps, channels, chutes, dams….so many ways for children to play in and explore water. I saw one little girl and the adult with her play for ages with this pump, swirling water and the basin the pipes led to. The little girl had a feather. As the adult pumped the water swirled into the channel and the little girl predicted where the water might take the feather to. There was no sense of keep off, keep away, it was more: Come on…explore with your body, with your ears, your eyes. Find out about water, science, language and be with your family, friends and the community. It was just beautiful.


Children and their families are part of our communities, and need to be seen as such. So please, share the ways you have developed in your settings to make children visible in your local village, town or other community. You can do this by commenting below, or by sending us your Learning Stories. We’d love to see them and share how we make children visible here in Ireland!


2 comments Comments

2 Responses

  1. Marlene McCormack says:

    Really enjoyed reading this blog Marie. It reflected such a rich culture where children have a strong presence and identity.

  2. 112156 says:

    Wonderful. Mind you it looks like a lot of money was put into some of these installations. It is worth it, though, as it lifts the heart in a busy city.

Leave a Reply

Please Log In to comment:

Home Corner(1) Bereavement(1) ReCreate(2) Sweets(1) AIM(1) Fantasy play(1) refugees(1) Map(1) Playdough(1) Names(1) Affordability(1) bonds(1) Confident(1) Vietnam(1) science week(2) Self-regulation(1) Oireachtas(1) Deirdre Rogers(1) Valerie Gaynor(1) Mathematicians(1) Thank you(1) San Miniato(3) Maths Week(1) Irish Early Years Research & Practice Seminar 2018(1) Traditions(2) Recycle(1) Identity(4) Reggio(1) Certificate(1) Wonder(1) Story(1) Minister for Children and Youth Affairs(1) Imagination(2) Children's Rights(1) Titles(1) Mixed age groups(2) Degree(1) documentation(2) Vertical grouping(1) Playschool(1) Capable(1) Wesco(1) Giraffe(1) babies(5) Funding(1) Light table(1) dining(1) Cognitive development(1) Glitter(2) INTO(1) Santa(2) Well-Being(3) Síolta(77) Síolta QAP(1) story time(1) Advocacy(1) NCCA(1) EECERA 2016(1) Mount Everest(1) San Minia(1) Meet the Members(1) First 5(1) Storytelling(1) respect(4) Childcare(1) grandchild(1) Craft(1) MA(1) Lego(2) Budget 2018(1) Through the looking glass(1) The Jelly King(1) curriculum(5) reading(4) STEM(2) Rising to the Challenge(2) Family wall(1) EM Standing(1) scéalta(15) Identity and Belonging(2) Scents(1) Wilenski(1) outdoors(3) Sustainable(1) Dr Mary O'Kane(1) play stories(1) Italy(1) Brain(1) Easter(1) Cork(1) ears(1) Sustainability(2) Blocks(1) Technology(2) Aistear(82) GDPR(1) UNCRC(1) Eritrea(1) blog(25) Favouritism(1) Party(1) baby room(1) outdoor play(5) linc(1) research(4) Valentine's Day(2) Dr. Emer Ring(1) Creativity(4) General Data Protection Regulation(1) Role play(1) Book Club(2) animals(2) Meal time(1) National Bereaved Children's Awareness Week(1) journey(1) Facebook(1) Children's Research Network(1) social media(1) Creative(1) Decisions(1) Investment(1) Kilkenny(1) play(26) Music(1) Educator Award - Leader in Practice(1) Minister Katherine Zappone(1) Special Needs Assistants(1) Self Help Skills(1) Kerry(1) Research Seminar(1) The Lullaby Book(1) Shoes(1) Seas Suas(1) Childcare Barometer 2018(1) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education(1) ECEC(1) St. Patrick's Day(1) Photographs(1) Ariana Pucci(1) Communicating(1) environments(1) Sculptures(1) Environment(1) Montessori(2) christmas(8) Professionalisation(4) Interactions(1) First 5 strategy(1) Montessori & Early Childhood Professionals Ireland(1) Competent(1) SPICE Framework(1) Thinking(1) Feeding(1) Games(1) ERASMUS+(3) community(4) Behaviour(3) Awards(2) Exploring(1) friendships(1) Snack Time(1) Awards 2018(3) curiosity(3) educarer(1) Plants(1) University(1) Educators(1) Early Childhood Care and Education(1) Magda Gerber(1) Irish Childhood Bereavement Network(1) Exit interview(1) Care routines(1) Afghanistan(1) Norway(2) science(3) worries(1) Love(1) Line-ups(1) Aldo Fortunati(4) Running(1) Engineering(2) parents(5) Quality(3) Graduation(1) Nuturing interactions(1) educating(1) Academics(1) budget(1) Syria(1) memories(1) Impact(1) Síolta Quality Assurance programme(1) Routines(1) Trick or treat(1) Engineers Week(1) Biting(1) AsIAm(1) Traffic Lights(1) planning(1) risk(2) Inclusion(1) risk assessment(1) Gardening(1) Access and Inclusion Model(1) Children(1) RIE philosphy(1) DCYA(3) Learning journals(1) conversations(1) Adoption(1) Our Little Seed(1) Childhood(1) Budget 2019(2) Time(1) Socioemotional development(1) dublin(2) College(1) Fabric(1) relationships(11) Arts(1) Interests(1) Treasure(1) Trade union(1) preschool(1) Supernanny(1) Wrapping paper(1) meals(2) Laughter(1) Builders(1) Early Learning and Care(1) dogs(1) Sequins(1) Potential(1) Maria Montessori(1) Pen green(1) Growing up in Ireland(1) ICBN(1) Gratitude(1) Early Learning and Care Centres(1) Masterclass(2) role playing(1) Penguins(1) Snakes(1) early years research(1) Autism(2) Aistear Siolta Practice Guide(1) Celebrations(4) Maths Week Ireland(1) Malaguzzi(1) emotions(2) Early Years Educators(1) Belonging(3) National Holiday(1) Decision Making(1) risky play(2) Motor neuron disease(1) Drawing(2) Sport(1) communication(4) Frustrations(1) Treasure Chest(1) Family(1) MECPI(1) Mayo(1) Jenga(1) Margy Whalley(1) transitions(8) experience(1) Toby Bears Camping Trip(1) Learning Story(1) Tuscan Approach(2) Culture(2) CPD(1) Wendy Lee(2) Pobal(1) Jillian van Turnhout(1) CIT(1) Mark Twain(1) books(4) development(5) Ceremony(1) Performing(1) Death(1) Inspired Practice Award(3) Administrative Burden(1) pets(1) listen(1) interacting(2) PIP(1) Christmas Creativity(2) early childhood educator(1) outdoor space(3) Qualifications(1) Painting(1) Vivian Gussin Paley(1) Self-Esteem(1) Learning Stories Award(2) Limerick(1) Winter(1) Snacks(1) Event Guide(1) NAEYC(1) Online(1) Frosty the Snowman(1) Flowers(1) toddlers(3) Graduate(1) ECCE(5) Maths(3) Magic(1) Community involvement(1) dining experiences(1) Primary School(1) Department of Children and Youth Affairs(1) Iraq(1) Consent(1) Mud kitchens(1) Spiders(1) Policy(2) trust(2) routine(2) Annual Conference 2017(2) Recycling(1) Touch(1) overhear(1) Twitter(1) Kids Own(1) Art(6) Settling in(1) Window(1) Training(2) Empathy(1) eating(1) Time Out(1) Weather(1) Magnavacchi(1) Health(1) Policy and Implementation Panel(1) Orla Kenny(1) Leargas(1) Inspirational(2) mushrooms(1) Positivity(1) under 3's(3) Grief(1) stories(2) Emergent Curriculum(1) Leprechauns(1) Maynooth(1) Educator of the Year Award(3) Scéalta Blog(60) listening(1) Learning Stories(7) Halloween(2) Prexit(1) Visitors(1) Xbox(1) National Awards 2018(2) Loss(1) learning(14) feisty(1) Queues(1) education(2) Cork Institute of Technology(1) Trade Unions(1) Irish(1) Learning Story Awards(1) Independence(1) Exclusion(1) Care-giving routines(1) Upcycling(1)


Site maintained and developed by Cloud Nine