Early Childhood Ireland - Plan for Reopening

Practice Considerations

Here you will find resources and information to support your education and care practice, and service continuity during this pandemic. This includes resources to help your own or children’s mental health and well-being. We also have information and resources to share with your team or families, tips and updates, along with links to sites that you may find useful.

Practice Ideas

Practice Ideas – Small World Play – pdf of leaflet

Practice Ideas – Dens and Hideouts – pdf of leaflet

Practice Ideas – Sensory Development – pdf of leaflet

Reopening Outdoors – Carol Duffy – Early Times Magazine Summer 2020 Article (Please note: Member login required)


Mental health & well-being

A Focus on Mental Health and Well-Being – Introduction

Step 1: Reading the Signs of Stress and Reframing Behaviours 

Step 2: Recognising the Stressors

Step 3: Reduce the Stress

Step 4: Reflect: Enhance Stress Awareness 

Step 5: Respond: Develop Strategies for Responding to Stress and Returning to Calm



Supporting the Transition to Primary School in 2020, Mary Daly, NCCA – Article 1

Supporting the Transition to Primary School in 2020, Mary Daly, NCCA – Article 2


Resources from the government

The National Early Years Children First Committee have put together a 30 minute, online, revision presentation for Early Learning and Care Practitioners that are returning to settings.  The session was developed to highlight the key elements of the Children First 6 hour training.

Its purpose is to serve as a revision for Early Years practitioners prior to reopening of services following closure during the Covid- 19 period.

The purpose of this presentation is to refresh information for Early Learning and Care Practitioners on Children First and their role and responsibilities in relation to identifying and reporting Child Protection and Welfare concerns using appropriate procedures within their own organization and Tusla.

This programme should be preceded by completing the Tusla ELearning Programme. It is suggested that Practitioners complete the Tusla ELearning Programme every three years.

This session is designed as a revision of existing information and should not replace completion of the Tusla ELearning Programme and attendance at the Always Children First Foundation level programme. This session is suitable for all members of staff in Early Learning and Care settings.

This session can be accessed through the link YouTube link below.

Video Revision presentation: https://www.youtube.com/wa



To share with families

Let’s Get Ready –
The webpage can be viewed by clicking the below link:




Scéalta Blog

Reopening: Compromises and Silver Linings Sarah Twohig

Reopening: Silver Linings Mixed Age Pods Sarah Twohig

Stay Safe. Stay Outdoors! – Edel Graham

Because You Matter – Máire Corbett

Reopening: We Were Ready! – Anne Macken

Being Nice is not Enough! – Colette Murray

Lockdown Effects: Not the Same Child at all – Dr. Suzanne Egan

Reopening – ‘Seeing Joyful Faces’ – Sharon Skehill

Reopening Childcare – Reimagining it as it could be – Lee Herlihy

Your Place – Máire Corbett

Pedagogical Leadership – Kathleen Tuite

Pod Talk – Milica Atanackovic

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