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Getting Ready for September

August 19, 2015

September is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning for the kick off of the new academic year. The more preparation done in advance the easier the start of the year will be for both the children and the staff.
Below we have a few suggestions to help you with your September planning:

  1. Make a plan for settling in the new children
    When a group of nervous and excited young children are starting in your setting the environment can feel anything but calm. It is therefore a good idea to think about how you might minimise the stress for everyone in these early days, for instance by settling in smaller groups of children on a phased basis, instead of one large group. Please click the link below for more ideas to help you with this settling in process:
    https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/settling-in-for-september/
  2. Think about changing the learning environments
    By creating a child focused play environment you will support the children in finding their feet and allowing them to feel comfortable and confident in their new surroundings. The link below provides an explanation of a child centred environment, as well as ideas on how to modify your environment accordingly:
    https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/getting-your-environment-ready-for-a-new-year/
  3. Introduce a key worker system
    A key worker is a staff member specifically allocated to a child. It is their job to keep an extra special eye on how that child is doing and to build a relationship with the child and their family.  The key worker system is also a requirement of the National Standards for Preschool Services 2010:
    https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/key-worker-system/
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