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Are Your Risk Assessment Procedures Up to Date?

When you consider the service you provide to children and their families, there are many different aspects to running a quality service. You need to provide opportunities for children to learn and develop, you need to provide a child-centred curriculum where the emerging interests of children are catered for, you need to provide a supportive […]

New Halloween Curriculum

We’ve just added a bunch of great new activities to our Halloween Curriculum Plans! The entire pack comprises about 40 pages of printables and activities, all correlated to Aistear themes and Montessori learning areas, and all designed to support emerging interests of children. Great value from the Early Years Shop – and remember, if you […]

Friday Freebie: Make a Tent

This week’s Friday Freebie is a great activity from our Let’s Go Camping Curriculum Plan Pack. You probably didn’t know you don’t even need to leave your early years setting to bring the children camping! In this activity, the children make a simple little paper tent. When they’ve made their tents, they can create a […]

Friday Freebie: Friendships

Today’s Friday Freebie is a great informational sheet on fostering children to form healthy friendships. Provided by Canavan Byrne, our Friendships sheet has corresponding Aistear links as well. Useful for your own reference or post on a bulletin board as a family notice. This is great positive information to share with the families of children […]

Friday Freebie: RECEPTION AREA PACK- Child protection DLP updated 2017

This week’s Friday Freebie is from our Reception Area Pack, the Child Protection Liaison Person sign is to be filled in with the Child Protection DLP’s name, phone number and photo. Show your compliance with regulations and commitment to the safety of the children in your service. The Reception/Foyer Pack also includes a number of […]

Friday Freebie: Choking

Our Friday Freebie this week is an informative guide to first aid in case of choking with instructions for infants and children provided by Canavan Byrne. Is your staff clear on procedure for choking? Consider printing out and laminating this guide and posting it in your service, particularly in the areas where food is prepared […]

A Monthly Newsletter is a Powerful Communication Tool

Having both formal and informal opportunities for communication and information sharing will greatly enhance the quality of your service. Both the Department of Education and Science (DES) and Tusla will seek evidence of parental involvement and good communication system. “Valuing and Involving parents and families requires a proactive partnership approach evidenced by a range of […]

This Week’s Friday Freebie: Inspection Tip – Medicine Policy

Inspectors will want to see your medical forms and policies. They are also essential for you to provide a safe and well-prepared service. Nothing should be more important to you than the health of the children in your service. This week Canavan Byrne have provided a great Friday Freebie: Their Inspection Tip on Medicine Policy […]

Friday Freebie: Recruiting through Social Media (an HR tip from Canavan Byrne)

Canavan Byrne provides a great HR tip for you this week. As we all know more and more social media is the way to reach people, and this also applies to your recruitment efforts. Download this excellent tip sheet with 6 key points on how to organise your social media recruitment!  

Music and Movement Programmes from the Early Years Shop

Ceol ‘Step into Music’, the Award-Winning Music Programme for the Early Years Step into Music is a great introductory course for preschool children to learn to listen and respond to music as well as composition and performance. It is also approved by the Department of Education for Early Start as it is transitional to the […]

This week’s Friday Freebie: The Links to Aistear when Playing with Puzzles

For our Friday Freebie this week we provide a summary of the links to Aistear themes and aims for the activity of puzzle-solving. We hope this will give you some idea of how the Aistear framework can relate to everyday play activities in your service and help you with your future observations and coordinating with […]

New Books from the Early Years Shop

We are excited to announce that we have become an Amazon Associate which means we will be showcasing great offers on books and other products from Amazon in addition to the great products we already carry. By providing links to Amazon products, we receive a small reward from Amazon but there is no markup on […]

Do you have all your paperwork in order? Are you ready for inspection this year?

Early in the school year, it’s a good idea to review your documentation and paperwork. There are two very important aspects to this: One, that your service is ready should you get a visit from inspectors, and, Two, that you are not vulnerable to legal issues if various circumstances arise. The third and also important […]

Garda Vetting Risk Sheet Now Added to Our Employee Management Pack

As you know, under regulation, you are required to risk assess ANY Garda Vetting disclosure where there was a conviction, however minor. This risk assessment should be kept confidentially on the employee’s file if the person is employed. We now have a risk assessment form that we have added to our Employee Management Pack. In […]

Friday Freebie: Finger Painting Develops Sensory Integration and Fun Outlet for Creativity

Today’s Friday Freebie brings you some wonderful ideas for finger-painting activities! Children of all ages love to get directly involved with their hands right in the paint. Finger-painting is beneficial for developing sensory integration (for instance relating touch to spatial relationships and colours), hand-eye coordination, learning about colours and textures, and is just plain fun. […]

As the New Year Begins, Are You Prepared?

September can be such a busy time for early years educators all over the country making sure the learning environment is inviting, children are settled and your paperwork is up to scratch! So much of what you need to get off to a brilliant start is available through our Early Years Shop. Here is a […]