National Pyjama Day 2023

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Decluttering: the Universal Design way

Having looked at decluttering environments in the Scéalta blog post last week, this week Kathleen Tuite and Máire Corbett have a look at what the Universal Design Guidelines have to say about maintaining interesting environments for young children.

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Decluttering Blog

Decluttering – It’s good for all

In this weeks scealta, Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Specialist, with Early Childhood Ireland, discusses the topic of decluttering! How it is good for children and adults children in early years and school age childcare settings.

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New Year Resolutions

New Year resolutions!

In the first Scéalta blog post of 2023, Maire Corbett, from Early Childhood Ireland reflects on five key questions that can be a good new year resolution, to support children to be happy, confident and competent learners.

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Memories and traditions

Memories and traditions

We all celebrate Christmas in different ways or maybe not at all. Christmas might not be a celebration for everyone from a cultural point of view. And even for people who do observe Christmas, there are as many traditions as there are families and individuals. But it may be a time of year that is hard, bringing up challenging feelings. Or it could simply be a time we might not feel like celebrating. In a country where we have wall-to-wall Christmas from September (or even earlier) every year, this can be very tough. These weeks it seems you can’t open a magazine, or a newspaper, turn on a radio or TV without some ‘helpful’ article telling us the way to a perfect Christmas dinner, set of gifts or house and garden decorations.

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sustainable

Have yourself a sustainable little Christmas

With the festive season in full swing, it can be hard to find the time to consider the environment. But it’s not an exaggeration to say that Christmas, as well as being the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, is also one of the most wasteful times of the year. Luckily, being sustainable can actually

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the power of story

The power of story

Back in 2017, our former colleague here at Early Childhood Ireland, Elaine Hynes, wrote a seasonal blog called Celebrations: new traditions and shared stories. Her opening sentence was: ‘Early childhood settings bring children, families and educators from different cultures and backgrounds together and with each child and family comes a unique story. The wonderful thing

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Slowing Down Christmas

‘Slowing down Christmas’- it only comes once a year!

What would you say if someone asked you what words come to mind when you think of Christmas, or what is synonymous with Christmas for you? You would probably think of Santa Claus, gift giving, Christmas music, Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity plays, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, holly, letters to Santa, festivities, food, wrapping

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Always questioning; just for curiosity

‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing’ – Albert Einstein I came across this quote recently. The concept of curiosity intrigues me. I think we have a mixed, ambivalent attitude to the idea of curiosity, especially when it comes to young children. We value the outcomes of

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Fun for all on National Pyjama Day

As a Training Officer with AsIAm and as a parent to four children, three of whom are autistic, National Pyjama Day has long held a very special place in my and my children’s hearts. It is a special day where memories are made that will last a lifetime, a day full of fun, excitement, and

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National Pyjama Day – a day to be celebrated by all

National Pyjama Day is a day that is always thought of and met with great enthusiasm and excitement. Not only by the children, but by staff and often parents/guardians as well. Pyjama Day also presents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the chosen charity partner among staff, children, families, and the wider community. The

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