November 2017 Inspired Practice Winners

Active Citizenship through Creativity – Sedie Musicali (Musical Chairs)  Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years Centre, Enniscorthy This story of creativity and community highlights the inspiring efforts of the educators and artist of Carraig Briste and Killegney to engage the children in active citizenship. They provide opportunities for the children to experience what active citizenship […]

November 2017 Inspired Practice Winners

Active Citizenship through Creativity – Sedie Musicali (Musical Chairs) 

Carraig Briste and Killegney Early Years Centre, Enniscorthy

This story of creativity and community highlights the inspiring efforts of the educators and artist of Carraig Briste and Killegney to engage the children in active citizenship. They provide opportunities for the children to experience what active citizenship looks and feels like. Inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia they felt there was an opportunity through the local arts festival to give greater visibility to the competence of the young child as active and valued citizens in their community. They consulted and collaborated with committees and organisations as diverse as the national broadcaster RTE (Nationwide), the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, the Wexford Festival Opera Committee, local newspapers and town retailers. This collaboration brought visibility, recognition, and admiration for young children’s capabilities and creativity not to mention great experiences for all involved.

Through their art they both explored and experienced a sense of identity, belonging and connection to place. Through their creative endeavours the children were recognised and respected as valuable contributors to the International Wexford Opera Festival and were invited to local cultural events surrounding the festival. Their “Sedie Musicali” (Musical Chairs) were selected as exhibition pieces across the county. What excitement for these young children to have seen and heard family, extended family, and locals sit around TV’s to catch a glimpse of them on the telly, or sit at kitchen tables with the local newspapers spread open on “their” page, or walk down the town to see their work displayed in local shops and cafes. What an experience for the children who spoke about their work as they attended interviews and exhibitions related to their Sedie Musicali. This practice gives voice and visibility to our youngest citizens while instilling in them a sense of place. For these children, families, and educators the 2017 Opera Festival will hold many memories inspiring a sense of identity and belonging to a place they call home.

* The winning story has been written from the perspective of the artist, it allows us to see how other disciplines can identify and celebrate what we experience each day the strengths, capabilities and curiosities of our young children.

 

 

Sensational Science

Happy Days, Kinnegad

The early years sector is filled with educators who consistently demonstrate passion and commitment to their work. They display an openness and willingness to reflect and improve their provision. Such reflection often brings about change as they explore new ways of supporting the children in their care. Changing ways can be challenging especially when everyone appears content with the status quo, but as this inspired practice demonstrates change can be exciting.

Over the last two years Catriona and her team in Happy Days have engaged in Aistear and Siolta workshops and the Linc programme. They were introduced to the concepts of emergent curriculum and giving children time to fully engage in experiences that interest them. This has had a transformative effect on their curriculum and provided many benefits and new experiences for their children. Catriona shows how throughout Science Week she introduced some fun science experiments and then followed where the children’s interests took them. Children got to engage in interesting experiments and were given time and opportunity to further play and explore at their own pace and time.
Caitriona and her team inspired by the children’s enjoyment, engagement, ingenuity and capabilities was motivated to increase the time and opportunity available for self-directed play and exploration. After 25 years in practice she acknowledges “I have never seen children in playschool as happy as they are now…”

Inspiring work indeed.

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