Donegal’s Preschools Stepping up to Welcome all Children
Donegal County Childcare is delighted to announce a second roll-out of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training for early childhood educators throughout the county that will see training being conducted trí mhean na Ghaeilge as well as English.
The highly popular 15-hour programme aims to help those working with young children explore a wide variety of challenges that can inhibit or prevent early childhood services from being fully inclusive to all children. The training centres around the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education, which are a core element of the new Access and Inclusion Model for children with disabilities.
This training aims to ensure that Donegal’s preschool children are supported to build positive identities and experience a sense of belonging, in an atmosphere where diversity is celebrated and respected.
Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare is delighted with the success of the programme and states “Donegal’s early childhood educators continue to show a high interest in participating in training that enables them to support and provide opportunities for all children, regardless of individual ability or cultural tradition. In practice, this means that Donegal early childhood services make a positive contribution to creating a more inclusive society for all children at the earliest stage in the education system”.
It is expected that 134 of Donegal’s early childhood educators will have completed the training by the end of 2017, including a total of 44 participants trained exclusively through the Irish language.
Suzanne Nic Géidí, Comhar Naoínraí na Gaeltachta welcomes this development and states “This delivery will be the first of a number of roll-outs through the medium of Irish to Irish speaking Early Years practitioners particularly in Gaeltacht areas, throughout Ireland. CNNG are delighted to facilitate the training in conjunction with DCCC. This is also reinforcing the principles as set out by the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Beidh an clár seo ar an gcéad chuid dá chineál trí mheán na Gaeilge do Chleachtóirí Luathbhlianta atá ag feidhmiú trí Ghaeilge, go háirithe sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ar fud na hÉireann. Tá áthas ar CNNG a bheith ag tacú leis an traenáil i gcomhar le Coiste Cúram Páistí Chontae Dhún na nGall. Tá sé seo ag treisiú na bprionsabail atá leagtha amach sa Chairt um Chomhionannais, Éagsúlacht agus Cuimsiú chomh maith.”
The Irish Language and Letterkenny EDI roll-outs are fully booked, however, there are a few places remaining on the Donegal Town training. If you would like more information or to book a place, please follow the link to Eventbrite booking: Book Tickets for Donegal Town
Further information on the EDI programme can be found on the DCCC website at www.donegalchildcare.com or by contacting Donegal County Childcare on 07491-23442.
For the original article see the link to Donegal Now