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February 2016 - Preparing for Life Partner Early Years Setting Presents at National ABC Programme Event

On Wednesday 17th February, Preparing for Life’s Early Years team was out in force to support Jigsaw Manager, Kelda Barnes, as she presented to a national audience at an ABC Learning Community Event which was held in the historic Dublin Castle. For more information on the event, click here


February 2016 - Partner Early Years Educators Visit ReCreate in Tallaght

Early years educators from 6 local early years settings took part in an arts workshop in ReCreate, Tallaght on 3rd February organised by our Early Years team. For more information on the visit, click here.   


December 2015 - Language for Life showcased at Dublin Castle

Participants from our Language for Life programme showcased their work at the Early Years Education Forum in Dublin Castle on the 15th December 2015. The event, hosted by the Early Years Education Policy Unit (Department of Education and Skills) included a keynote address from Professor Paul Leseman from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and presentations from Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan. For more information on the event, click here. For more information on Language for Life, click here


August 2015 - Our Early Years Practice Programme Participants are Included in Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

Settings taking part in Preparing for Life’s Early Years Practice Programme are featured on the NCCA’s Aistear Síolta Practice Guide website. Click here for more information.


May 2013 - Local Early Years Settings Receive Prestigious Award

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald, visited Preparing for Life to present local early years settings with the Síolta Validation Award. The Síolta Quality Assurance Process is the only nationally recognised, government accredited quality assurance programme for early childhood (Birth to 6 years). For more information and to see photos from the event, click here.


October 2009 - Síolta Readiness for Change Publication

Síolta is the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and details best practice standards for early childhood care and education in Ireland. This report examines staff perceptions and attitudes towards Síolta before taking part in the pilot Siolta Quality Assurance process with Preparing for Life. This report outlines 11 local settings' self-reported readiness for change before taking part in the Síolta programme.  For more information and to read the full report, click here.  



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