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Building Pictures Of Learning
Building Pictures of Learning is a practical programme that aims to assist early childhood care and education services to implement meaningful assessment procedures to inform, support and enhance children’s learning and development. The Learning Story Approach underpins the programme and is used as an effective, child-learning and development tool, which informs the provision of appropriate learning opportunities and reveals the uniqueness of the young child as a learner. Early Childhood Educators must be trained to QQI Level 5 and have completed Aistear Part 1 & 2 workshop to attend the training.
Introduction to Aistear ( Part 1)
This workshop will provide an overview of Aistear including the four themes and an exploration of the learning aims and goals. This workshop is designed for those who have some knowledge of Aistear and want to explore how to introduce the aims and goals into their curriculum plans. Participants on the training must have completed QQI level 5.
Planning with Aistear (Part 2)
This workshop is designed for those with an in-depth knowledge of Aistear who are planning under the four themes. It will provide a more intensive look at the learning aims and goals and how to identify these in practice. Participants on the training must have completed QQI level 5. (Participants must complete Aistear Part 1, before completing Part 2)
Supporting Aistear Through Quality Early Learning Environments (Part 3)
‘Quality Early Learning Environments’ will explore some of the key pillars of quality in planning and resourcing the indoor and outdoor learning environment of your early childhood setting. Topics covered include how to plan your room layout, age appropriate interest areas, meaningful representation of children, open ended and natural learning resources.
Naíonáin le Chéile: Early Childhood, Identity and Belonging Programme
Naíonáin le Chéile is a new programme developed by Donegal County Childcare to support early childhood educators working with children 0-5 years around the areas of diversity, individuality and identity. The programme uses practical and meaningful activities to promote a sense of belonging to County Donegal, through the mediums of art and drama.
Moving on: Supporting Transitions from Pre-school to Primary Programme
The moving on transition statement from pre-school to primary school was developed as part of the Donegal County Childcare,PPP Project.This workshop will support educators to complete this new transition tool in a strength based approach. It will also support early childhood educators working with children, parents and teachers that are moving on from pre-school to primary school. Early Childhood Educators must have completed Building Pictures of Learning training to attend.
Exploring Aistear’s Communicating theme through Creating Lifelong Readers
DCCC Creating Lifelong Readers Initiative aims to promote early literacy and numeracy development through a partnership approach between Early Educators, parents and children. It focuses on the importance of early language, reading, writing and play as a means of helping children to develop the lifelong skill and enjoyment of reading. The programme includes training for Early Childhood Educators and parents, as well as resources for early childhood services to run a weekly lending library for children
Simon & Friends
The Road Safety Authority’s training programme for childcare services, ‘Simon and Friends’, aims to promote and encourage road safety among children aged five and under. Participants on the training will receive a resource pack containing four individual storybooks with stories and characters that promote age appropriate road safety messages amongst preschool children.
Messy Play Workshop
This course is open to all childcare practitioners. It will provide you with an opportunity to set up and experience some interesting textures, smells and generally messy play activities whilst learning more about why we offer these activities to children.
Keeping Safe, Children First Child Protection Training
During 2010 the Keeping Safe Programme underwent a significant revision which amalgamated an additional module on disability awareness – which raises awareness of disability issues and child protection. This training is for Early Educators who have not yet completed the full Children First Child Protection Training (DCCC offers Keeping Safe,Children First Child Protection Training in collaboration with Tusla).