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Programme milestones

May 2016 - Planning and Assessing Cluster Groups

Early years practitioners from 3 partner early years settings attended an Aistear cluster group to develop Aistear learning experiences. Cluster groups take place every three months and provide ongoing support for practitioners who have completed Planning and Assessing training with Preparing for Life. Planning and assessing training supports practitioners to implement an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum in their setting. Practitioners are trained to use tools and templates from the Aistear Síolta practice guide.

To view learning experiences from Doras Bui, click here and here.To view learning experiences from Moatview Early Years Education Centre, click here. To view learning experiences from Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Service, click here and here

December 2015 - Language for Life Graduation

On 15th December, Preparing for Life’s Early Years team hosted a special end of year event in the Hilton Hotel where Professor Noirín Hayes presented certificates to early years educators who took part in our most recent Language for Life training programme. Click here for more information


October 2015 - Planning and Assessing training begins

Preparing for Life’s planning and assessing training supports settings to use tools and techniques from the newly published Aistear Síolta Practice Guide. For more information on the planning and assessing programme, click here. For more information on the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide, click here.     


September 2015 - Introduction to Leadership for Partner Early Years Settings 

Leaders from four of Preparing for Life’s partner early years settings began leadership training on the on 29th September. The group sessions, led by Emma Byrne Mc Namee, provide a taster of continuing professional development (CPD) workshops planned for 2016 in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. For more information on the group sessions click here. For more information on upcoming CPD with Trinity College Dublin contact Emma Byrne McNamee, Early Years Programmes Manager.      


April 2015 - First Language for Life Programme

From January to April 2015, 15 early years educators took part in our first Language for Life programme. To mark the conclusion of the programme, participants were presented with certificates of completion on 15th June 2015. For more information on the event, click here. For more information on the Language for Life programme, click here.


June 2014 - Strengthening Foundations of Learning Induction

From January to June 2014, 60 early years professionals took part in our Early Years Induction Programme. During the programme, participants developed curriculum statements which are now on display in all of our partner settings, helping to make children's learning visible to parents. For more information on the Induction Programme and final event, click here. To view sample curriculum statements, click on the links below.  

Bunratty Community Childcare Curriculum Statement
Moatview Early Education Centre Curriculum Statement
New Life Centre Curriculum Statement
Jigsaw - Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Centre Curriculum Statement 


September 2013 - Strengthening Foundations of Learning; A New Early Years Practice Programme 

September saw the launch of our new early years practice programme, Strengthening Foundations of Learning.  For more information on our new practice programme, please click here.   


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