Podcasts

We are delighted to launch Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast. Our podcast series will feature interviews and discussions on a range of issues relating to the provision of quality early learning and care, with a range of speakers who are leaders in the areas that matter to Early Childhood Ireland members. As it’s recorded, you can tune in any time that suits you – whether you’re on the go or relaxing at home!

Series 3 The Power of Learning Stories Episode 1 More than Words

Learning stories capture and make visible children’s knowledge, skills and dispositions. In this series of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast,  we talk to educators who use learning stories to show children, their parents and other stakeholders what and how they are learning in a vivid, tangible way. In episode 1, Audrey Fagan from the CRC preschool talks about her lightbulb moment and takes us through the beautiful story called More than Words, with which her setting won the 2020 Newcomer setting learning story award

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Developing your Child Safeguarding Statement

Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare services are providers of relevant services under the Children First Act, 2015.  This means that the owner of the service or the chairperson of the Board of Management has a legal obligation to ensure that the Child Safeguarding Statement is in place.  In this podcast, Laura Dagger Coordinator of the National Child Safeguarding Programme, Early Learning and Care takes us through the steps of developing a Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

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Episode 2: Carraig Briste, Killegny and COVID-19  

In episode 2 of our series COVID-19, a year on Orlagh Doyle, owner of Carraig Briste and Killegny Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare settings, in Co. Wexford, talks with us about her experience of this unique year. She reflects on the fact, that despite the many and ongoing challenges, the setting is operating at the best quality in its history.

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New series: COVID-19 a year on.  Episode 1: What COVID-19 has meant for autistic children and their families

In this new series of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, we look at COVID-19 a year on, with 2 episodes looking at the impacts of the pandemic on children, their families and the Early Learning and Care sector. In this first episode Fiona Ferris, Deputy CEO and Head of Training with AsIAm, reflects on some positives and also some of the detrimental aspects of lockdown and restrictions on autistic children and their families. She talks about the importance of relationships in education and concludes that relationships are desirable for adults but essential for children.

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Episode 4 – Slow relational pedagogy in practice

In episode 4 of the Caring and Learning with children under two series, Máire Corbett chats with Sarah O’Leary from Cheeky Cherubs Early Years Schools in Cork and winner of the Early Childhood Ireland Pedagogical Leader award 2020 about how she and the team of Educators at Cheeky Cherubs implement Slow relational pedagogy.

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Episode 3 – Effective and supportive interactions for babies and toddlers

In episode 3 of the Caring and Learning with children under two series, Máire Corbett chats with Colette O’Donovan, National Coordinator of the Marte Meo service with Tusla about Effective and Supportive Developmental Interactions for babies and toddlers.

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Episode 2 – Getting the environment right

 In episode 2 of the Caring and Learning with children under 2 series, Early Childhood Specialist Lilian Joyce, examines Getting the Environment Right. She explores ways we can ensure that the environment in which babies and toddlers are cared for facilitates their physical and emotional development both indoors and outdoors.

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Episode 1 – Slow Relational Pedagogy

For the new season of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, we plan to have a number of themed series, with a range of guests discussing aspects of a particular topic. To get this new format started, we decided to shine a light on the subject of children under 2.
In the next 4 episodes, we will reflect on how we can care best for very young children. For the first episode, we are joined by Dr Geraldine French from DCU to discuss Slow Relational Pedagogy.

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Episode 7 – Valuing Parents and Families

In this episode of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, Early Childhood Specialist Debbie Mullen discusses the importance of parents being as involved and engaged in their child’s setting as they can be.

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Early Childhood Ireland’s Podcast – Episode 6: Creativity Rocks

Aistear encourages early childhood educators to see children as creative and to support children to be creative in their exploring, thinking and communication. In this episode of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, Milica Atanackovic, Research and Professional Learning Manager shares her ideas around what creativity is and why it is about so much more than art.
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Early Childhood Ireland’s Podcast – Episode 5: Mind Yourself

In this episode of Early Childhood Ireland’s Podcast, Gillian Moore, Early Years Employer Service Manager discusses how important it is to support educators to manage stress in an appropriate and positive way.
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Early Learning and Care settings were the first part of the education sector to reopen as restrictions started to ease post lockdown; many opened in June and by September all had reopened. Educators have led the way and learned a lot in the process. In this episode of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast Valerie Gaynor, Manager and Inclusion Coordinator at Creative Kids and Co, in Walkinstown shares her experiences of her Podogogy and gives practical ideas that have helped them to keep the experiences for children familiar, fun and safe!

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In episode 3 of Early Childhood Ireland’s Podcast
Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy discusses her reaction to Budget 2021.
She encourages members to contact their local TDs to express their disappointment with the lack of recognition from government of the vital role Early Learning and Care settings play in the educational and economic life of this country. 

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In episode two Self -regulation, it starts with us , Catherine McHugh discusses concepts of self-regulation with Máire Corbett. Catherine uses the concepts of mindfulness and self-regulation in her daily life and in her work with children and with adults who care for children.

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In episode one Outdoors – A Deeper Appreciation, Carol Duffy, Early Childhood Specialist shares her thoughts on the value and importance of outdoor play for children. Carol is passionate about play and the outdoors and in raising awareness of the benefits of both for all children.
So, sit back and relax, or pop in the earphones as you head for a walk and have a listen.

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