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New Scéalta Blog – The Awards!

May 25, 2018

Educator of the Year award winner, Mag Coogan, writes about how, after describing the National Awards ceremony for the children in The ABC Club Playschool, they decided to hold a ceremony of their own.

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Support Point Update 22nd May 2018

May 22, 2018

This week we look at GDPR, Programme of Activities and its Implementation in relation to Tusla Inspections and we ask how long you have to keep child records for?

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Support Point update 15th May 2018

May 15, 2018

In the latest Support Point update, our team looks at Regulation 19: Health, Welfare, and Development of a Child. The team also responds to a query about ECCE eligibility for September 2018.

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Making It Count

May 15, 2018

In this week’s Scéalta blog, Michelle Quinlan and Therese Roche discuss their strong focus on outdoor play and how their setting, Totally Kids in Tipperary town, has developed to facilitate this.

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Child-centred Diversity in Quality Early Childhood Education and Care

May 15, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland are delighted to partner with a number of representatives across Europe for an Erasmus+ European research project. The project will investigate child-centred approaches as a component of high-quality practice in supporting the development of children from diverse backgrounds.

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‘I feel complete now’

May 9, 2018

In May 2008 my husband and I adopted a 6-month old baby girl from Vietnam. She has brought us nothing but joy and happiness since then. Kayla has always had a keen interest in her birth country, and we have marked her cultural celebrations such as Tet (Vietnamese New Year) every year. Her birthday is in November and our Vietnamese decorations go up for this. They have been known to stay up until the end of January to celebrate Tet. We had always intended to bring Kayla to visit her birth country.

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safefood Preschool Handwashing Research: Call for Participants

May 8, 2018

safefood has asked ECI to invite a number of service providers to participate in their Preschool Handwashing Research. The research seeks to understand current classroom challenges and procedures on a typical day. In particular, it seeks to understand the procedures for teaching children between the ages of 2 and 4 how to wash their hands.

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GDPR: Template Policies & Procedures

May 8, 2018

Ensuring that you have policies and procedures in place for data protection is a key part of the journey to becoming fully compliant with GDPR. Early Childhood Ireland has developed a series of template policies & procedures and forms to help members achieve compliance. Members can download these documents for free and adapt them to their own service.

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Support Point update 8th May 2018

May 8, 2018

In this week's update, our Support Point team looks at GDPR and provides a sample letter that services can use to advise parents. The team also looks at ECCE closures due to the upcoming referendum.

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Early Childhood Ireland Supports for Members on the Road to GDPR Compliance

May 2, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland will launch a range of GDPR supports for members. These will include training, policies and procedures, and advice to support you on your journey to complance with the new General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25th May.

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