October 2017 Inspired Practice Winners

Millie’s Leaves Little Footsteps Creche, Swords As Joan listened to Wendy Lee at our recent Early Childhood Ireland Conference she had an “Eureka” moment. Suddenly the events in her own creche the previous week took on new importance and relevance. She was inspired to further reflect on the meaningful encounter she had had with Millie […]

October 2017 Inspired Practice Winners

Millie’s Leaves

Little Footsteps Creche, Swords


As Joan listened to Wendy Lee at our recent Early Childhood Ireland Conference she had an “Eureka” moment. Suddenly the events in her own creche the previous week took on new importance and relevance. She was inspired to further reflect on the meaningful encounter she had had with Millie a young child in her service and her autumnal leaves. Tuning into the little things and seeing things from the child’s perspective can make the world of difference to children and their families.

Noticing the message behind one simple action of a dropped leaf leads Joan to finding a way to affirm Millie’s interests by incorporating her idea into the daily curriculum. Sharing the story afterwards with Millie’s mother was a joyful and meaningful experience for both.
Hearing Wendy’s stories along with the stories of her Irish peers reinforced Joan’s belief in the importance of meaningful partnership with parents. It also gave her a deeper understanding and appreciation of the quality of their partnership children and parents in Little Footsteps. She was inspired to share the story with us and we are delighted to share it with you.

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Valuing Children’s Voices 

Carrs Child and Family Service Dublin


The educators of Carr’s Child and Family Service were attending CPD training with Tulsa focussing on childrens participation. They became more aware of supporting children to have a voice across a range of issues that affected them. Throughout this process Cathy found herself becoming really focussed on the conversations she was having with the children, and the conversations that they were having with each other. One morning she was invited into the children’s conversation as they discussed what they liked and didn’t like about their room. The discussion further developed as the children continued to talk about what some of the other children with additional needs might not like and they gave their opinions as to why they felt they did not like these areas. The children showed a natural caring awareness about their friends needs noting that some of the children didn’t like noise. All of the children were then given the opportunity to have their voice heard mindful of the variety of ways in which they communicate. Click into the story to see how by listening to young children’s voices and valuing their opinions the children and educators learn that all voices matter and are important. Acting on their ideas meant that adults and children worked together and changed their environment to make it more inclusive for all children.

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