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Do you have your Roll Books for September?

Due to popular demand, the Early Years Shop is excited to be offering roll books! Our roll books feature a full year of records with space for 27 names on each page, helping allow for part-timers. Order one book per room in your service. Maintain compliance with early years and fire regulations with included transition […]

Tip of the Day – Parent Surveys

(Siolta Standard 3: Parents and Families and Standard 3 of the National Standards for Preschool Services Working in Partnership with Parents or Guardians.) As we approach the end of June this is an ideal time to do a parent survey. Getting feedback from clients is important and assists in the development and improvement in any […]

Talk to the Children in Your Service about Ramadan – Free Curriculum Plan

Ramadan is coming up! This month-long period of observance of the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad begins the evening of 26th May this year and ends with the celebration of Eid on 24th June. Ramadan is observed by fasting and chastity among most in the Islamic faith. Many of the Irish early years services […]

Child Registration Form updated for 2017 – Ensure Compliance and Provide a Safe Service

Our newly updated child Registration Form will ensure you have all the information required to provide a high quality and safe service to children in your care. It covers all the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years services) Regulations 2016 which will help to ensure you are compliant. The new Child Registration […]

Friday Freebie: Keep Your Child Safe From the Sun

We’re all delighted to see a little sun but remember this is also the time of year that we need to keep our children safe from the dangers of sun exposure! Our Friday Freebie this week is one of our downloadable Family Notices; informative notices on a wide range of subjects that we provide for […]

Create a Structured and Documented Approach to your Curriculum Planning

It is very important to have documentation justifying your curriculum planning; inspectors will be looking for this documentation and clear justification of your curriculum planning based on the principles of Síolta and Aistear. A good early years curriculum will ensure children’s curiosity is aroused and valued. It will provide children with wide-ranging experiences, including offering […]

Policy and Procedure Writing Service

Due to high demand, we are taking bookings for our policy writing service over the next few months so that we will ensure that all those who need policies won’t be disappointed!  We will ensure that your policies are developed according the Child Care Act 1991(Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and are tailor-made to suit […]

EYRF in 2016-2017 So Far

The Early Years Resource Factory has been having a productive 2016-2017 school year so far! We’ve made updates to many of our curriculum plans and we will continue to do so through the year. So far this year, here are the updates and the new curriculum plans we’ve added to the site: Maths through Play […]

Today’s Top Tip: Medicine Administration Record

Just a little reminder to make sure your medicine Record form is compliant with the regulations. A lot of medicine forms are out of date and are still being used. The medicine forms on the Early Years Shop will keep you bang up to date! You must record the child’s name, date, time of administration, […]

Inspection Tip : Job Descriptions

You are required to have a written description of roles and responsibilities for all members of staff under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 . This is to ensure there is clarity and accountability in relation to tasks and responsibilities. You should review the job description with your employee, sign it […]

Prepare Easter Activities for Next Week

We’d like to remind everyone to prepare some Easter-themed activities for next week. We’re offering an updated Easter Curriculum Plan Pack with lots of activities around the theme of Easter. We’re updating many of our curriculum plans through 2017, and Easter is no exception! Subscribers to the Early Years Resource Factory will get access to […]

Are You Meeting Your Legal Obligations Regarding Staff Contracts?

When it comes to managing employment and staff policies in your service, you really must be sure to comply with your legal obligations. Every staff member must have: A well-crafted Employment Contract. More casual agreements or ambiguous roles can leave you open to legal issues in the future! Protect yourself with a clear definition of […]

Introducing Abstract Thinking in the Early Years

We all think about things in the abstract all the time without even considering that thinking about things this way was something we learned. What is the difference between ‘abstract’ and ‘concrete’ thought? Abstraction is the ability to think about or talk about things that aren’t physically present, such as “the day before yesterday” or […]

Make an Exploding Rainbow to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

We have added some great updates to our St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Curriculum Plan packs. St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to put together a week of great activities, play and arts and crafts. Our curriculum plans are each labeled with learning areas, Aistear themes, and Montessori Areas, helping you with your compliance […]

Inspection Tip: Partnership with Parents

Today’s Inspection Tip is to give you a little guidance in complying with Síolta Standard 3 and work on creating a partnership with parents and families of children in your service – an essential piece of providing the best possible early years environment you can. Síolta Standard 3: Parents and Families Valuing and involving parents […]

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 […]

Why Do We Dress Up at Halloween?

From children dressing up to go trick-or-treating to grown-ups going to costume parties, everyone can have a bit of fun dressing up at Halloween. But why do we dress up at this time of year? Wearing costumes at festival times or “mumming” goes back before recorded history in cultures around the world. In the past, […]

Early Years Practitioner Job Description

Our latest Friday Freebie is a sample Job Description for an Early Years Practitioner. We recommend all services download it from the Early Years Shop today! As you know, under the new Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016  it is a requirement to have clearly documented roles and responsibilities for your staff. […]

Record Keeping Tips

Keeping your records up to date is an important part of running an early years service. We have developed a number of compliance forms packs to help and guide you. Check out or email Remember! Do spot checks to ensure records are always current, up to date and properly completed (all details) Ensure […]

Special Offer!

We have been very busy updating all our records on The Early Years Shop to ensure they are fully compliant with the latest requirements as outlined in the new regulations. Our record keeping forms will keep you right on track by helping you to collect all the information you need to run a professional and […]

The Early Years Shop Summer Sale!

The award-winning Ceol ‘Step into Music’ programme is now on sale for just €60. Normally €90, the pack is growing in popularity so we’re offering this discount until 31 August 2016. Give your preschool the competitive edge with this award-winning and high-quality early years music curriculum. This extensive programme includes: 28 weeks of scripted lesson […]

Aistear Stickers in English and Irish!

Aistear Stickers are a fantastic way of labeling children’s information. Aistear assessments/Observations Artwork Photographs Learning Journals, stories and scrapbooks So how do they work? We will include the list of learning themes and goals so you can access them at all times. Simply circle the appropriate theme and goal on the sticker and attach it […]

Have you seen the Mobile Phone & Camera Toolkit?

Product Description Keeping paperwork in order is essential to the smooth running of any business. Ensuring that you have permission for taking photos and ensuring that employees are aware of your rules for using mobile phones is important and ensures that children are protected.The Mobile Phone & Camera toolkit will aim to provide guidance on […]