Archives: Scéalta Blog

Outdoor Play: Roundup

In our Scéalta blog this week, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, highlights previous blogs posts on outdoor play, provision and practice within Early Years settings. In case you have not had a chance to read before, Kathleen encourages you to read some of the amazing contributions received on outdoor play over the year stretching from 2022 to 2023.

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Outdoor Play: practical ideas

In a recent episode of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, Chloe Keegan, from Early Childhood Ireland described some ideas for outdoor play which she had observed on some visits to settings. In this blog, she discusses these more and shares images, so members can see these ideas in action.

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Childminding in Denmark

In our Scéalta blog post this week, Aoife Horgan, from Early Childhood Ireland provides an update on the Enhancing Quality in Family Day Care (Childminding) Project. She describes the recent visit to Denmark this month for the second of our Learning, Teaching, and Training Activities.

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Imagine, create, learn

A plaque over the door of an old school in Derry prompts Máire Corbett from Early Childhood Ireland to reflect on the importance of imagination and creativity for learning

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Moving on

In our Scéalta blog post this week, we round up of previous blog posts and podcasts about supporting children with transitions from and within an Early Years setting.

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Developing friendships

In this week’s Scéalta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, discusses the importance and benefits of friendships for young children and how parents, educators and teachers can support children to develop and sustain friendships.

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Reflection on Reggio Emilia

In our blog this week Paula Grogan Ryan, from Bansha Preschool, reflects on the opportunity she had to recently attend the International Study Tour at Reggio Emilia, as part of The Early Childhood Ireland Reggio Member project, funded by National Pyjama Day.

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Nurturing critical thinking in young children

In this week’s Scéalta, Catherine O’Reilly, PhD research student at Trinity College Dublin, discusses how critical thinking relates to early childhood and how we can use storytelling to give children in Early Years settings the same opportunities as older children to learn how to communicate, collaborate, be creative and engage in problem-solving.

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Make a ‘beeline’ for the garden on World Bee Day

In this week’s Scéalta, Paula Bradley, Early Childhood Ireland, for World Bee Day, Paula discusses the importance of bees, the crucial role they play in our world’s ecosystem and how we can involve children in creating environments to support these powerful pollinators.

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World Bee Day 2023

My Reggio study tour experience

Laura Ward from the National Childhood Network, reflects on her learning and experiences gained from her recent study trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy. This study trip was organized by Early Childhood Ireland, as part of the Reggio Children Project 2023 funded by National Pyjama Day.

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