Science all around us!

Supporting basic concepts of the scientific mind. During a recent webinar session with students, I was somewhat surprised to hear their views on how children develop concepts in respect of science and technology in early education.  The discussion itself evolved from something completely different, but it struck me that there is a lack of consistencyContinue reading “Science all around us!”

Digital Natives

Technology literate children In recent years there has been a change in understanding regarding young children and technology. I have long since been an advocate for technology in early education, believing that our children as the citizens of the future should be encouraged to use technology in different aspects of their lives. Children of todayContinue reading “Digital Natives”

A Day in the life of a Green School

Author Denise Sheridan MA Student Ulla Beag was set up in 2010 as an inclusive green school, with a Play based pedagogy, delivered under the framework of Aistear.  The aim was to provide the experience of an outdoor play environment similar to that in which I grew up; for both my own children and children in the localityContinue reading “A Day in the life of a Green School”

Professionalisation a critical issue

– An Early Year’s professional crisis in an urgent quest for professionalisation? (Author: Kellie Duggan – MA Student) As an early years manager/owner of several rural ECE settings in Ireland, I felt quiet strongly that the answer to the above issue was very straight forward – “The sector needs to be acknowledged for the workContinue reading “Professionalisation a critical issue”

Breathing in Nature

What a better way to help manage anxieties and stresses of life, than to engage with nature. Sit back and imagine a cool breeze, breath deeply and let that fresh sensation engulf you, and almost immediately you can feel the stresses seeping away, recoiling to uncover realities of the moment, you are grounded. Now rememberContinue reading “Breathing in Nature”

Lets get grubby!

Making the most of our Outdoor Environment My thoughts are brought back to Mid -Spring some 12 years ago, when completing a student Teacher assessment in a small town in Co Down.  The student had planned an outdoor activity, so I was indeed intrigued to receive her proposal engaging with an outdoor activity in aContinue reading “Lets get grubby!”