CPD Training

CPD TRAINING COURSES AVAILABLE FROM NATIONAL CHILDHOOD NETWORK

Programme
Aims 
Duration

Síolta Standards Workshops

To provide guidance for Practitioners on understanding and implementing  each of the Síolta Standards and  their  connection alignment to Aistear  where appropriate

32 Hours in total

Consulting with Children

To build practitioners knowledge and skills to better hear the voice of the child in Early Years settings

To promote the Rights of Children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To guide Early Years’ Practitioners in helping children become active citizens in their own right.

To explore using various methods and methodologies for listening and consulting with children in Early Years Settings.

To engage practitioners in thinking about the ethics involved in listening to children, following through on processes and documenting learning.

Three hours

Circle Time

To support pre-school practitioners and children to build a structured, regular occasion when a group meets to speak, listen, watch, participate, interact and share concerns together.

To provide circle time that reflects the interests of children.

To develop circle time as a vehicle for learning e.g. supporting social skills.

To develop circle time that supports and fosters children’s sense of community and therefore identity.

To ensure that quality circle time takes into account how children learn, fun and engaging activities, props and resources for circle-time that link learning through the four themes of Aistear, Well-Being, Identity and Belonging, Exploring and Thinking and Communication/Siolta and Regulation 5.

 

Professional Practice

To enhance understanding of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

To focus on the role of the Early Years Professional and how engaging in CPD builds competencies

The benefits and rewards of CPD

How CPD relates to quality work in the Early Year’s sector.

Two Hours

Curriculum Development and Implementation
Programme (Aistear)

To provide an in-depth focus on curriculum matters in relation to:

Aistear – Principles and Themes

Developing and documenting children’s learning journeys

Following, tracking and developing children’s interests /child initiated learning

Planning and extending learning

Developing Individual Educational plans for children

Twelve Hours

Pre-school children to enhance their learning and development under Aistear

Examine and explore key play experiences within the context of the three National Frameworks; Síolta, the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations and Aistear.

Experiences include play with the following materials: Sand, Water, Dough, Clay, Paint, Junk Art, Blocks, Pretend Play Materials

Raise awareness of the importance that Early Years Practitioners have in supporting, extending play and in acting as children’s ‘play partners’

Highlight how both the child’s brain and body are at work when playing

Highlight how children are influenced by the play experiences and activities they are exposed to in an Early Years setting

Highlight how good play experiences have a long term impact children’s learning and development

Provides practical examples of how to better provide for play with open ended materials

Shows how each play experience can promote children’s development as outlined under each of the Aistear themes

Eighteen
Hours

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Play for Under 3s

To highlight how sensory play experiences for babies (3-12 months) promote children’s development under the themes of Aistear

To highlight fundamental play experiences for babies (12 months to 3 years) that promote children’s development using the themes of Aistear

Twelve Hours

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Outdoor Play 3 – 5 year olds

To highlight valuable outdoor play experiences for 3-5 year olds that promote their development using the themes of  Aistear

Three Hours

Providing Inspirational Play Experiences for After School services

(both Indoors and Outdoors)

To provide a range of outdoor  play experiences for school age children (4-12 years)  using the NCN/Barnardos good practice guidelines based on Aistear

Six Hours

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Promoting Children’s Development Through Music and Movement for Under 3s (Introduction to the Action Kids Programme)

To highlight how movement to music promotes babies development using the themes of Aistear

To highlight how movement to music promotes Toddlers development using the themes of Aistear

Six Hours

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT


Promoting Children’s Development Through Music and Movement for 3 – 5 year olds (Introduction to Action Kids Programme)

To highlight how movement to music promotes Pre-schoolers development using the themes of Aistear

Six Hours

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT


Promoting Children’s Development Through Music and Movement in After School services (Introduction to Action Kids Programme

To highlight how movement to music can promote older children’s co –ordination, confidence and self esteem

Two and a half hours