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Do you know the requirements? Recruiting & Managing childcare staff
29 July, 2019

Do you know the requirements? Recruiting & Managing childcare staff

    Following on from the shocking exposure of bad practice in RTE's recent 'RTE Investigates' documentary, we recognise the high quality of childcare in the majority of cases.   Over the next few weeks we will focus on QRF* standards which are particularly useful in the running of services to a high standard. This week we focus on Standard 9, which deals with Management and Recruitment of Staff. *Tusla's Quality and Regulatory Framework was developed to ...

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Update: Helping children whose first language is not English
11 October, 2018

Update: Helping children whose first language is not English

We all know that for children entering a preschool/ childcare setting for the first time it can be daunting enough. Add to this the introduction of a completely new language, and often a new cultural situation and you can see why settling in is more difficult for these children. As parents from other cultures understandably value their child speaking their own language and aim for them to become bilingual it is often in preschool that children encounter English for the first time. It is ...

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Young children and anxiety or worry
03 October, 2018

Young children and anxiety or worry

By Joanna Fortune   We have to distinguish between anxiety and worry.  All young children will experience worry, or the uh-oh feelings, as I like to call them.  When young children are in a situation that is unfamiliar, they do not know what to expect, they cannot predict with certainty what might happen and perhaps Mam and Dad are not around (if I am at school, a party, a play-date, starting at crèche etc) my body and brain fire up to recognise this as being dangerous a...

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KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 4
24 August, 2018

KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 4

To date we have shared the experience of Early Days Montessori and Hillhouse Preschool.     This week’s service is “Shining Stars Academy” based in Athy. “Shining Stars Academy provides a Full day Early Years’ Service and a Homework School Age Childcare Service.  Shining Stars Academy aims to provide an excellent environment for children to develop their social, personal and educational skills and learn through a planned play-based curriculum...

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KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 3
24 August, 2018

KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 3

Last week we shared the experience of Early Days Montessori.   This week’s service is “Hillhouse Preschool” based in Naas. “Hill House is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to support the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and offers a programme of parenting, family, faith formation and cultural activities as well as mother-and-toddler groups and a pre-school facility”. Read their story and enjoy the Photo Video Gallery&helli...

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KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 2
24 August, 2018

KCCC Focus on Outdoor Play - Week 2

Last week, KCCC began our series on Kildare Early Years Services and their experience of participating in Outdoor Classroom Day in May 2018.   What is Outdoor Classroom Day? Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part, more than 580,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland.  ...

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For the Working Parent - Spending Quality Time with your Children
13 July, 2018

For the Working Parent - Spending Quality Time with your Children

By Joanna Fortune It is hard to be a parent. It is really hard to be a parent who also works outside of the home. It is even harder to try to strike a balance of how to maximize quality time with your child when you don’t have quantity time! Parents are usually exhausted after a day at work and come evening time just want to fall down on the couch and relax...But this isn’t a reality for parents, unfortunately.   As a parent your time will either be spent on basic needs...

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Impact of Screen Time on Young Children’s Development
07 June, 2018

Impact of Screen Time on Young Children’s Development

By Joanna Fortune Premature and prolonged access to screen based devices can have a negative impact on developing children across all areas of their development including sleep, weight, behaviour, mental health and even motor skills development.  The research tells us that the best advice for parents of young children is no screen time under 18 months old and a limited amount thereafter with a maximum of an hour a day beyond 2 years old.  This is largely because the critical period ...

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Sensory Play and Emotional Regulation
01 June, 2018

Sensory Play and Emotional Regulation

Sensory play is very important for all children.  Up until the age of 3 ½ or even 4 years old children are still working out where they end and the world and people outside of them begins.  Sensory play allows them to grasp that they have a skin that contains them.  This type of play is all about exploration through the senses: touch, taste, hearing, smell and sight.  This is a stage of messy play where you often can identify what they have been playing with simply by ...

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For parents: Helping young children to regulate their emotions
15 December, 2017

For parents: Helping young children to regulate their emotions

                                                         Our guest blogger, and parenting expert, psychotherapist Joanna Fortune shares her practical ideas on how you can calm down when your young child pushes your buttons – so you can help them to regulate their own ...

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