October 2018 Inspired Practice Award Winner

Together Old and Young This months Inspired Practice Award is indeed a celebration of human connection. When old and young get together wonderful moments of wisdom and wonder collide in uplifting and heart-warming encounters. Both ECCE settings and Senior Citizen groups join together in an intergenerational initiative and have described their collaboration as a “win-win […]

October 2018 Inspired Practice Award Winner

Together Old and Young

This months Inspired Practice Award is indeed a celebration of human connection. When old and young get together wonderful moments of wisdom and wonder collide in uplifting and heart-warming encounters. Both ECCE settings and Senior Citizen groups join together in an intergenerational initiative and have described their collaboration as a “win-win situation” for all.

Dublin Institute Technology (DIT) are the Irish partners in a European Commission Erasmus Plus Programme titled “Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills” Old and young Together (tOY) is a European project that aims to promote intergenerational learning.

This months Inspired Practice Award goes to a group of four ECCE settings who undertook this pilot intergenerational project with DIT and who shared their experiences with us. Each service shares an aspect of their story. What is common across them all is the engagement, interest, connection, and laughter to the senior citizens by the youngsters who shared time with them. From the children’s perspective we see how they get insight into a different life experience and develop warm empathetic relationships. Learning and teaching moments traverse across the ages. We see how the children learn many things about life long ago and being older, while the “Grannies and Grandads” learn about “ The Shark Dance” and the important names of dinosaurs.

Bright Sparks, Donabate share their activities with the Senior Citizens Group

Happy Days, Ratoath share their story about appearing on Newstalk

Mellow Springs, Finglas share a morning in the local Nursing Home

It’s a Small World, Raheny share the social stories of the children’s experiences

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Small Steps Explorers

Small Steps, Dublin

Row of children's red raincoats - October 2018 Inspired Practice Award Winner

We all know that children’s learning happens everywhere not just in the classroom, in this inspiring story the educators in Small Steps Phibblestown acted on this knowledge and belief. Knowing they had a large number of children returning to them for a second year they set about broadening their curriculum to include as many outings, expeditions and experiences as possible. Inspired by the Transition Year provided to secondary school students this innovative team collaborated with parents and community to broaden their young children’s experiences. The children and educators planned their adventures together. What life affirming journeys they made and what an array of people and places they encountered.

From simple walks to the local shops and amenities, to expeditions further afield these intrepid explorers gained a knowledge and appreciation of the wider world. The stories shared by Hayley and her team highlight how the children developed relationships with people and places, had fun, and learned lots as they explored together in the wider world outside the classroom walls.

This story is a real lesson in how we can make something we believe in happen when we are willing to face the challenges and find solutions.

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