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What is creativity anyway?

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.

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Children using tools

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.

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The Role of the Educator in the proposed Updated Aistear

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.

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Our pedagogical documentation journey

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’.

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Multilingualism Matters

In our Scéalta blog post this week, as we launch the OWL Provocation Pack, Early Childhood Ireland’s Máire Corbett reminds us of the Scéalta series on Heritage languages we featured last year. She outlines each of the blog posts with the key message from each.

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Beyond Words

Early Childhood Ireland’s vision sees every child thriving and learning. Achieving this means that child safeguarding is a significant priority across all aspects of our work, internally as well as externally. Is this Scéalta blog post, Early Childhood Ireland’s Lauraine Giacovazzi writes about why this is a key priority for all those who work with or have any interaction with children.

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Our Land of creativity

Early Childhood Ireland member, the Mercy Family Centre in Dublin, were delighted to recently take part in the RTÉ This is Art project. In this Scéalta post, Our Land of Creativity, they describe the collaborative process through which they developed their project, involving parents and families as well as the School Age Care children in their setting.

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Choosing books

In Scéalta this week, children’s book author Anna McQuinn makes timely suggestions about what to bear in mind when choosing books for babies, toddlers and young children.

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