2. Inspired Practice Monthly Awards

Have you been inspired lately and has this inspiration been reflected in your practice? If so we’d like to hear about it. Early Childhood Ireland’s Inspired Practice Awards recognize and celebrate inspiring practice within our member services.

2. Inspired Practice Monthly Awards

Inspired Practice Winners

Early Childhood Ireland are proud to celebrate, affirm and share the monthly winning submissions of inspired practice. We are sure you will enjoy reading them.

Formal certificates of recognition for the monthly winners of The Inspired Practice Awards will be presented at the Early Childhood Ireland Awards night in April 2019.

At this awards ceremony the National Inspired Practice of the Year Award winner will be announced. A certificate will be presented to recognise their achievement.








Inspired Practice Award

The Inspired Practice awards have been instigated to showcase the quality of early childhood care and education provided in member services across the country.

Open to all Early Childhood Ireland members, these MONTHLY awards highlight early years educators ongoing commitment to reflecting on and improving their practice. They also recognise commitment to continuous professional development that many of our members consistently engage in.

Inspired practice can come from many sources, you may be inspired by children, families, community, colleagues, or pioneers in the sector. Maybe you are inspired by a place, by nature, or by events. This inspiration can impact, inform or transform your practice. Any element of your practice can be considered e.g. Personal Growth and Development, Environments, Curriculum, Teamwork, Partnership, Community, Play, Relationships, Child Centred Practice etc. Have you an inspired practice story you would like to share with us?


Judging & Selection

Each month an Early Childhood Ireland panel will select a winner from that months entries. The panel will adjudicate based on the selection criteria below. The monthly winner will receive an Inspired Practice Award. A shortlist of monthly winners will be collated each year and put forward for the   


Early Childhood Ireland National Inspired Practice Award


Each year the winner of this award will be announced at the Early Childhood Ireland National Awards Night.


Judging and selection will be based on the following criteria:


Evidence of reflection and learning
Evidence of changed practice
Quality and impact of the inspired practice
The ability to submit clear responses to the criteria requirements


For information on the judging process, please click here



Early Childhood Ireland will be exhibiting both the Inspired Practice Award Winner and Highly Commended on our website and social media each month and they may also be used in our research, training, and publications. Therefore we need to have permission from children, parents and staff involved.

Click to download the relevant consent forms below:

Parental Consent Form for Child


Adult Consent Form


The relevant consent form is to be completed for each person appearing in the photographs in the submission. If parents want to see examples of the ways in which the information would be used, they can have a look at the examples we have displayed on the Inspired Practice Awards winners pages. 


How to Apply

Applications should consist of a completed application form, and supporting evidence.

The application form has two sections:

Section 1 Applications should identify the source of your inspiration. You may have been inspired by a colleague, a child, a parent, person, a training experience, a programme, an event, an experience, or a combination of these. This section is where you can identify what it was that inspired you and how.

Section 2 Describe the impact this inspiration had on your practice. This is the section where you describe your inspired practice giving examples of how you have changed or introduced new practice.


The closing date for monthly applications is the 28th of each month.


To make your application, please download and complete the Inspired Practice Application Form

Please download and complete the Parental Consent Form and Adult Consent Form as necessary.

Please download and complete the Inspired Practice Consent Submission Form.

These two forms and any supporting documentation, along with copies of any consent forms required, are to be submitted by email to cduffy@earlychildhoodireland.ie.

Alternatively, these can be sent by post to:

Inspired Practice Awards,
Early Childhood Ireland, 
Hainault House, 
Belgard Square South, 
D24 RFV0


If you have any queries about this award and the application process, please contact Carol Duffy at cduffy@earlychildhoodireland.ie or  on 01 4040693. 

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