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New Jobs in the Early Years Sector this Week!

Jobseekers: Our aim is to advertise a range of quality jobs within the early year’s education sector. Our Career and Management Development specialists provide career guidance and personal and management development to individuals and organisations. We would be delighted to talk to you about your career development. Contact one of the team on 016235908 or […]

Are You Ready for your Next Inspection? We Can Help with Our Amazing Spring Special Offer!

For February only, we are excited to announce a 15% discount on most of the products on the Early Years Shop! This includes form packs, toolkits, policies, medical care plans, curriculum plans, customised newsletters and more. With the documentation and other materials we offer, you can ensure your compliance with the Aistear and Síolta frameworks, […]

Inspection Tip – Your Curriculum

Do you offer an emergent based curriculum that is inclusive of play? Is your curriculum open-ended and child-led where the child is an active agent in his own learning and adults act as co-constructors of knowledge? In other words are you following the child’s lead? Have you put together a Curriculum Statement that expresses your […]

Why Teach Kindness this Valentine’s Day?

Why teach kindness? For many of us it seems like kindness is a natural part of being a child – and hopefully continues to be important into adulthood. But the reality is that, while young children do show innate kindness, they develop habits of being more interested in receiving than giving as they get older. […]

Do the children in your service have Funky Feet?

Music and movement are great fun for children and adults alike. But did you know that exploring rhythm, music and movement can be important in helping children’s cognitive and physical development? Listening to music together, singing together and moving together are great ways for children to experience togetherness and create easy social bonds. Music is […]

Chinese New Year is Coming – Happy Year of the Rooster!

Chinese New Year begins January 28 this year, and it is the Year of the Rooster. The European zodiac has the 12 astrological signs that have different meanings and are associated with the months of the year. In the Chinese zodiac, there are 12 different zodiac animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, […]

Child Registration Time!

It is Child Registration time again! Our Child Registration Form is comprehensive and will help you be compliant with the new Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years services) Regulations 2016. This may be a good time to introduce the new form and capture all the essential information about each child. The form covers all permissions, […]

Happy New Year and a Free Gift from the Early Years Shop

Happy New Year from the Early Years Shop! We hope you also had a great 2016 and looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. We’d like to give more early years services the opportunity to try out our EYRF Newsletter Creator. Many services are using this great tool to create their own monthly […]

Idea: Make a Wobbler Gallery

We have a new template on the Early Years Resource Factory for you to create your own wobbler gallery. Upload photos and enter captions to create as many wobblers as you need, then affix them to the wall or a large piece of coloured paper with our 8″ Wobbler Strips (available from the Early Years […]

Friday Freebie: Gingerbread Playdough

For this week’s Friday Freebie we have a great curriculum plan from our Winter Curriculum Pack. The complete Winter Curriculum Pack has 80+ great activities and printables with links to Montessori and Aistear themes! Download the Gingerbread Playdough curriculum plan along with the two printables, laminate the printables and play the Gingerbread Dice Game with […]

New Shape Detectives curriculum plan

We are continuing our contribution to early years education of basic maths concepts with our new Curriculum Plan: Shape Detectives. We have ideas for activities and ideas around not only shapes but also fundamental concepts essential to the way we use mathematics to understand the world. We explore ideas of sorting, measuring, comparing quantities and […]

Key Worker Approach is Recommended for your Early Years Service

Every child deserves to be special to someone and the Key Worker Approach recognises this. Using Key Workers in your early years service is recommended by early years education experts and organisations worldwide as an important methodology in providing a secure, nurturing environment within which the child can feel confident exploring their relationship to the […]

Friday Freebie: Cleaning in Progress Sign

This Friday, we are offering a downloadable “Cleaning in Progress – Wet Floor” sign that you can print out and use to help create a safe environment in your service. This sign is part of the Kitchen Pack available from the Early Years Shop. The Kitchen Pack includes notices and records including cleaning records, food […]

New Curriculum Plan: Maths through Play

Numeracy is essential in early years education. With the new curriculum plan Maths through Play, the Early Years Resource Factory will help you introduce numeracy and basic maths concepts to the children in your service. The Importance of Literacy and Numeracy We are all aware of the importance of promoting literacy at all ages, beginning […]

Simple tips on Ensuring Safety and Efficiency of Heating in Your Service

It is essential that you make sure your radiators, boilers and heaters are working efficiently this winter. And even more important, you need to make sure they are running safely for the safety of staff and children. This is also an important part of being prepared for inspection. Here are a few important tips for […]

Funky Feet: Award Winner for the Last 4 Years!

Funky Feet: Award-winning series of interactive music and dance CDs available on the Early Years Shop. Great tool to help with developing fundamental skills in the early years setting. Not to mention FUN for your kids and staff. Get moving, get dancing, have fun learning through rhythm, dance and role play. Funky Feet’s Going on […]

Presents for Teachers

While the Irish economy may be improving a little families are still struggling and are in debt. “Today across Ireland, one child in eight is living in consistent poverty. The reality behind this statistic is stark: this Christmas there are children in your community going to bed hungry or waking up in cold homes, and […]

Inspection Tip: Safe Access and Egress

Today’s Inspection Tip will help you with your health and safety policy and procedures. Employers must ensure that employees, children and parents always have a safe access and egress to and from the service. This should be built into your Health & Safety Statement, which of course is a requirement of the Child Care 1991 […]

This Week’s Friday Freebie: Tired Teddy Bears Activity

For this week’s Friday Freebie we’re happy to share an activity from our Hibernation Curriculum Plans: Tired Teddy Bears. This is a great activity idea where the children set their teddy bears up to hibernate for the winter. Be sure to download Tired Teddy Bears soon as next week it will be gone and we’ll […]

Two Great New Products on the Early Years Shop: Wooden Letter Set and Feely Bag

Wooden Letter Set Our new wooden letter set is a complete set of the alphabet cut out of wood, with extras of vowels and some other common letters to make it easier to spell out words. Learning by Touch Many early years educators believe in trying to integrate the different senses in learning. We feel […]

Preparing for the Early-Years Education-Focused Inspections

How We Can Help! The Early-Years Education-Focused Inspections, like all other inspections, are evidence based. The inspectorate at the Department of Education and Science are responsible for these inspections. The purpose of the inspections is to is to evaluate the nature, range and appropriateness of the early educational experiences of children participating in the government […]

Are You Ready for Inspection? Document accident risk assessment with our new Friday Freebie: Accident Risk Assessment Report

Feedback from recent Tusla inspections shows that providers should be risk assessing any accidents to prevent re-occurrence. We are delighted to say that this is incorporated in our Accident & Incident Form and always has been. For those using other systems we have developed this separate form that can be used. Remember to link it […]

Fun, Interactive Irish Language Learning with An Mála Mór

Whether your service is a Naoínra or an English-language service, children of all ages are ready to start learning Irish. The best way to learn (especially to learn a language) is through interaction and having fun! Our An Mála Mór stories are a great way to get into interacting around Irish. Use the stories as […]

Friday Freebie: “Lets Pretend for All Ages”

(some thoughts on Christmas and Santa Claus) We’ve been thinking a lot about the important part dressing-up and role-play take in the lives of children (and grown-ups sometimes!) because Halloween is coming up. There’s another holiday coming up that has a tradition of playing “let’s pretend” – Christmas! We’ve all had the discussions about how […]