Welcome to Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, which features interviews and discussions on all issues relating to high quality in the Early Years and School Age Care sector. In our episodes we have a range of speakers who are leaders in the areas that matter to Early Childhood Ireland members. This podcast series is proudly supported by Arachas Insurance.
My experience of introducing real tools, with Dairíona Ní Mhuirí
In this final episode of our Delving into Adventurous Play series, Early Childhood Ireland member Dairíona Ní Mhuirí outlines her approach to Adventurous Play and how children in her Naíonra (Irish language preschool) use real tools and fire. She describes how every child is able to play the way they want to play in the outdoors and discusses the benefits of this for relationships as well as children's learning experiences.
Using real tools to support Adventurous Play, with Niki Buchan
In this episode of our Delving into Adventurous Play series, Niki Buchan Educational Consultant at Natural Learning Educational Consultancy outlines the importance of adventurous play and the role this has in physical development. She discusses some of the challenges and gives really practical suggestions on introducing real tools and fire to children. In this episode Niki refers to resources that can be used to support educators in the Early Years and School Age Care sector, as they plan to introduce experiences like real tools. These sample benefit risk assessments will help educators identify the benefits of a proposed activity, as well as any risks involved. Control measures to mitigate these risks can then be put in place using professional judgement, to enable children to derive the maximum learning and play opportunities while ensuring that risks are identified and managed. These can be accessed at this link.
What is Adventurous Play, with Chloe Keegan
In this first episode of a new series, Delving into Adventurous Play, Chloe Keegan, from Early Childhood Ireland discusses what adventurous play is and why children need to be challenged in their play, with specific reference to supporting children to use real tools.
From Mutilingulaism to Plurilingualism, with Liz Kerrins and Dr Francesca La Morgia
Our World of Languages: Episode three
In this episode Liz Kerrins, from Early Childhood Ireland and Dr Francesca La Morgia, from Mother Tongues discuss the changing terminology around languages and why the term plurilingualism is more inclusive and respectful. They refer to the OWL provocations pack, which you can check out at https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/learning/owl-project/
Valuing Multilingualism with School Age children, with Suzanne McCarthy
Our World of Languages: Episode two
In episode two of this series looking at multilingualism, Suzanne McCarthy, Education Officer at Mother Tongues outlines her research on supporting heritage languages with older children. She outlines some ideas on how we support children to develop a positive sense of Identity and Belonging through their settings valuing their home languages and the languages in their communities.
Valuing Multilingualism with young children, with Dr Christina Egan Marnell
Our World of Languages: Episode one
In this first episode of a series where we will explore multilingualism, we talk to Dr Christina Egan Marnell, Early Childhood Specialist, at Early Childhood Ireland about her experiences working with children and families who speak different languages to the language spoken in a setting. She provides useful strategies to support us to value the richness this diversity provides, while giving ideas on how challenges can be overcome.