Archives: Scéalta Blog

A Day for Play

In this Scéalta post Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist with Early Childhood Ireland, discusses the importance of supporting children’s play. She discusses recognising children’s right to play and children’s innate desire to play in whatever cultural context children are born.

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Supporting literacy

Early Childhood Ireland’s Máire Corbett discusses the importance of books and storytelling in supporting literacy development of children from their youngest days. She mentions the role that picture books, such as the OWLET book recently recently distributed to member settings that care for children under two, can play in this.

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Relationships and Music

In our Scéalta blog post this week, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland discusses the importance music has for relationships and connection. She also refers to how music can support a sense of belonging and respect for cultural heritage.

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Reggio Emilia – Shared reflections and professional dialogue

In our Scéalta blog post this week, Anne Price from Newtown Kids Club Ltd. in the Willows Outdoor Preschool in Galway, reflects on her study visit to Reggio Emilia last year and her learning journey. She undertook this visit as part of the The Reggio Children Project funded by National Pyjama Day.

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The schools of Reggio Emilia – Where wonder and inquiry is ignited

This week’s Scéalta blog is written by Brenda Lattimore, from Bizzy B’s preschool in Co Dublin. She reflects on her study visit to Reggio Emilia last year as part of The Reggio Children Project 2023, funded by National Pyjama Day. As a follow-up to this project, we are excited to introduce a new resource called Reggio Inspired. This is an interactive platform for accessing online professional learning, featuring activities from The Reggio Children Project including webinars, visits, and research. Explore the foundational principles of the Reggio Emilia approach through quick bites of knowledge from articles, blogs, and podcasts.

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Intergenerational Learning

In the Scéalta post this week, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland reflects on the Together Old and Young publication called Generations Growing Together: Intergenerational Learning as a pedagogical strategy in early childhood education and care services, written by Anne Fitzpatrick. She outlines some benefits for children and adults of children and older adults spending time together on an ongoing basis to build relationships and share interests.

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Nurturing Parents – welcome them in!

Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist, highlights how important it is to create a welcoming environment for parents into Early Years and school settings. Kathleen discusses the legacy of COVID-19 restrictions and reminds us to review our settings signage, are parents visibly welcome or is it a case of ‘no parents beyond this point’?

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