Archives: Scéalta Blog

Engage Fascinate

Engage, Fascinate and Involve Children

In this week’s Scealta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist with Early Childhood Ireland talks about building a culture of child-centredness in early learning and care settings. Focusing on the importance of relationships between educators and children. Keeping children at the centre of practice and reflecting on the professional self.

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Cherishing our children?

Cherishing our children?

In this weeks Scealta, Mili from Early Childhood Ireland, discusses the importance of taking time to reflect in educational settings on how we see parents, working with parents and being available and willing to advocate for the needs and rights of children.

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National Pyjama Day

PJ Day: The past, the present and the future

I find it really hard to imagine that Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day is in its 18th year! Where did all those years go? It started on an ordinary day at the then National Children’s Nurseries Association office in Bluebell when we were chatting about the RTE People in Need Telethon and wondering if

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Unsung Heroes

As Early Childhood Ireland seeks nominations for the Pedagogical Leader of the Year Award 2021, Máire Corbett reflects on what it means to be a leader and how this year has shown.

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A Scéalta to Lilian

In this week’s Scéalta, Milica Atanackovic, pays tribute to Early Childhood Ireland’s early childhood specialist Lilian Joyce as she retired last week from the research and professional learning team after a lengthy career in early learning and care. Milica reflects on Lilian’s journey and contribution to the sector, educators and children.

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The power of children’s postcards

In this weeks Scealta Mary Hickey from Bessborough Early Years Cork, shares with us how children can inspire and how a simple idea from a small child developed into a heart-warming community response. All this happened during lockdown, toddlers made a community smile.

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Mental Health – Time to take stock

As we reach the end of another year with disruption and change, we also mark 5 years of Scéalta, Early Childhood Ireland’s blog. We asked our Chairperson, Paul Gilligan to write a piece to mark this milestone. He reflects on the need for us all to take stock of our emotional health after the challenges of the past 16 months, to enable us to continue to support children and their families as well as all those who work in our settings.

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Updating Aistear 2021- 2024

In Scéalta this week Dr. Mary Daly from NCCA looks back at some key milestones that have occurred in the over 11 years since Aistear was launched. She outlines why Aistear is being updated and the consultation process this update entails.

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Early Childhood Ireland Membership Renewal

Your Early Childhood Ireland membership is now due for renewal. Renew online before 30 September 2021 to be in with a chance of winning one of our weekly prizes of a personal tablet.