Scéalta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog

Scéalta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog

Scealta – The Early Childhood Ireland Blog
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Paul Gilligan

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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Mary Daly

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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Mixed Age Groupings – Pedagogical Approaches!

In this week’s Scéalta Kathleen Tuite, Early Childhood Ireland, returns to the concept of mixed age groupings of children in early learning and care. Five years ago, Kathleen wrote the first Scéalta blog on developing curriculum for children in mixed age groups. Now as the fifth anniversary of Scéalta approaches at the end of this month, mixed age groupings are in focus again. Kathleen highlights some strategies educators can use to foster and support children in mixed age groups.

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Playing with Trophies

My daughter’s little Goddaughter was at my house one-day last week for a few hours after preschool. She is nearly four years old. She discovered that one of the doors of the press under the stairs didn’t open, even though there is a knob on it. This puzzled her, so, she checked out the other

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Deepak Purohit

Enabling Children’s Participation

Children need to be given opportunities to be involved and make choices in matters that affect them. In this week’s Scéalta blog post, Cathy Steenson outlines how children participate and why in matters in her setting.

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My experience at Maynooth University

While the CAO registration deadline has passed the change of mind option is still in operation. This post from Carmel Haughton, a recent graduate of the BA Early Childhood -Teaching and Learning, operated by Maynooth University in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland outlines her experience of completing this innovative and experiential degree.

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