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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 […]

Create Your Own July Newsletter!

Early Years Shop presents you with your very own Create Your Own Newsletter for July 2016. Include your news, upcoming dates, any new facilities, children joining or leaving and other information. Newsletters are a great promotional tool. In addition to your own news, we also provide free content for your use created by our partners, […]

Have you seen the updated Office Pack?

Keeping your paperwork in order is essential to the smooth running of any business. The Office Pack is designed to ensure you have everything you need to be compliant with Tusla focused inspections and to support childcare providers to comply with the Preschool (Childcare Services) Regulations (2006). The guide details how and where documents should […]

*** Friday Freebie: Pest Control Record***

This week’s FREEBIE FRIDAY is a pest control record sheet go to to download yours. Regular inspections of your early years setting should be performed by management or a pest management professional (who is knowledgeable about pest control) or another person who is knowledgeable about pest biology and habits. It is important to record this […]

Getting Ready for Inspection Compliance Packs

Our early year’s specialists have reviewed and updated our Form Packs based on Tulsa focused inspection requirements and the Child Care Act 1991 [Early Years Services] Regulations 2016. The Compliance Packs combine the requirements under the Child Care Act 1991 [Early Years Services] Regulations 2016 and National Standards. The Compliance Packs are divided into the […]