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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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’?
In this Scéalta blog, Dr Carmel Ward, Manager of the Research and Data Analysis team with Early Childhood Ireland, discusses The United Nations International Day of Education and Children’s Human Rights Education. To promote learning through rights and lasting peace Carmel says ‘we can start by creating a safe, inclusive early years environment where the rights of all children and educators are respected, including those from marginalized groups and war zones’.
In this edition of our Sceálta blog, Denise Sheridan, LINC CPD instructor and owner of Ulla Beag Preschool in County Clare, discusses the remarkable progression of the children in her early learning centre, from harvesting hazelnuts to a national exhibition held in the Botanical Gardens.
Discussions about Early Years pedagogy and curriculum often mention creativity. It is seen as a key aspect to supporting the learning and development of young children and encourage curiosity and interest in the STEAM ) areas. But what creativity actually is can be very subjective. Encouraging creativity, especially at this time of year, can been seen as anything from colouring in sleighs, or rows of identical toilet roll Santas to creations of children’s own making and choice bursting with colour and individuality.
In Scéalta this week the team of Early Years educators who are part of the Léargas Early Years Digital Portfolio project, led by Imelda Graham, describe the pedagogical documentation project they are engaged in and tell us about their study visit to Romania.
In Scéalta this week, Early Childhood Ireland member Dairíona Ní Mhuirí outlines how children use real tools in her setting in Co Wexford. She tells us how participation in the Nature Pedagogy programme with Early Childhood Ireland reignited her passion for outdoor play and learning.
In our Scéalta blog post this week, Dr Sharon Skehill, from the Early Childhood and Primary team at NCCA discusses the role of the educator in the proposed Updated Aistear. She reminds us that the current consultation is ending on Tuesday, November 14 and encourages educators to submit their comments and feedback soon.
In our Scéalta blog this week, educator Sarah O’Leary, from Cheeky Cherubs in Cork, takes us through how their approach to and understanding of pedagogical documentation has evolved in her setting Cheeky Cherubs over the years. She says, ‘It has enhanced our practice, our professionalism, and our relationships, which in turn has enhanced the quality of our provision’.
In Scéalta this week, Dr Christina Egan Marnell, from Early Childhood Ireland, describes her approach to pedagogical documentation and gives tips from her experience working in New Zealand.