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Archives: Scéalta Blog

Comfort and Care

Comfort and care

In this week’s Scéalta Máire Corbett, Early Childhood Ireland, discusses how we can provide comfort and security in so many ways. Máire says we all need security. Security gives us a feeling of safety, of comfort, of closeness and of predictability and the confidence to be adventurous and explore more.

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Small World Play

Small world play with big meaning for children

In this weeks Scealta, Fiona Kelleher, Early Childhood Ireland, reflects on the learning and fun which can be gained from children playing with small world figures. Fiona was reminded of the value of this type of play while watching her niece play and listening to her conversations and stories about the figures she was playing with.

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Fairies fuelling imagination?

Fairies fuelling imagination?

In this week’s Scéalta blog, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, discusses ideas to build children’s imagination using provocations such as fairies and outlines tips for educators and parents to consider.

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Telling a story through social media

The Scéalta blog post this week is written by Paula Bradley from Early Childhood Ireland. She discusses how to start thinking about a social media strategy and some of the considerations to take on board.

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Learning Together

Learning together

The Scéalta blog post this week is written by Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland. In it she reflects on the benefits of mixed age grouping to support young children’s play and learning. She refers to Maria Montessori and John Holt as well as to our member Sarah O’Leary who implements this approach in her setting.

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QualFDC (Enhancing Quality in Family Day Care) 

QualFDC (Enhancing Quality in Family Day Care)

Fiona Kelleher from Early Childhood Ireland outlines a new EU project focusing on Family Day Care/ Childminding. She outlines how the countries involved build relationships and share policy and practice ideas, to support quality for children. Early Childhood Ireland looks forward to engaging with Childminders in Ireland, both on this project and others in the future.

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St Patrick’s Day for all

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week, Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland reflects on why and how we need to be aware and include the national holidays of all families in our settings throughout the year.

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Nurturing emotional development in babies

In this weeks Scealta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, continues to discuss the topic of supporting babies emotional development, by offering practice tips on nurturing emotional development in babies and young children.

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Scéalta: Supporting Babies

Supporting babies’ emotional development

In this week’s Scéalta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, reflects on the importance of cherishing babies and young children and discusses how critical it is to support their emotional development. This is the first of two posts on nurturing positive emotional development in young children.

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