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The Many Roles of the Early Childhood Teacher

The Many Roles of the Early Childhood Teacher

In this edition of our blog; we examine the many roles of the early childhood teacher as outlined as by Jill Miels, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education, Teachers College at Ball State University.     Jill Meils has made a...

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LINC Programme Graduation 2019 Photo Gallery

LINC Programme Graduation 2019 Photo Gallery

On October 26 2019, 887 students graduated from the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme. Here are some photographs from their graduation day held in Mary Immaculate College Limerick.You may also like:

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Change takes time, and time is all it takes!

Change takes time, and time is all it takes!

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student and soon to be graduate, Emma Cleary, outlines how it took time for her colleagues to adjust to the changes that she was implementing as INclusion COordinator for her setting, and time was all that was needed.  ...

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Creating Challenging Outdoor Environments for Children

Creating Challenging Outdoor Environments for Children

In this edition of the LINC blog we examine the importance of creating challenging outdoor environments for children. Outdoor environments in Irish Early Childhood Settings have up until very recently relied heavily on creating a safe place to play; but in turn they...

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Portfolios of Inclusion

Portfolios of Inclusion

In this edition of the LINC blog, tutor Paula Harte examines the relevance of the portfolio assignment that students are tasked to complete as part of the programme.      In some further and higher education programmes, portfolios—a compilation of materials...

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Coolkidz and our Community

Coolkidz and our Community

In this edition of our blog, current student Siobhán Goodwin describes how the children of Coolkidz Montessori play an active role in the community that they live in.       Coolkidz Montessori is a small pre-school in Knocklyon, Dublin 16. It is...

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Making the Story Experience an Inclusive One

Making the Story Experience an Inclusive One

In this week's LINC blog, Programme Tutor Rachael Ryan examines how you can make the story-telling experience a more inclusive one in your early learning and care setting.     The benefits of storytelling include building caring relationships and supporting...

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The Foundation of Quality

The Foundation of Quality

In this week's blog, LINC Programme Tutor and recent recipient of the Síolta Quality Assurance Award, Sharon Skehill, outlines what she feels adopting a child-centered approach means in an early learning and care setting.     Before we think about our...

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Montessori and Aistear a Marriage Made in Pre-school!

Montessori and Aistear a Marriage Made in Pre-school!

In this week's LINC blog current LINC student Sinéad McCarville outlines why she feels the links between Montessori and an emergent curriculum model are greater than you think.   Montessori children are students with confidence. They are curious and self-directed...

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TEAMWORK with NATURE – Learning with Leaves

TEAMWORK with NATURE – Learning with Leaves

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student and Owner/Manager of the Corrig Kids Playschool, Edel Graham, examines the benefits of outside play and how this environment can harbor rich learning experiences for children.     ‘Children who play outside...

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Am I fulfilling my role as INclusion COordinator?

Am I fulfilling my role as INclusion COordinator?

In this week's LINC blog, graduate and INclusion COrdinator Josephine Thompson describes how she felt when she first started out in the role and how an initial meeting with her work colleagues helped her to find her feet.   When I took on the role of INclusion...

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Pathways to Inclusion

Pathways to Inclusion

In this week's LINC blog, current student Joseph Smith outlines some of the worthwhile initiatives his setting has taken part in, and how their message of inclusion has helped to reinforce what he is learning on the LINC Programme.   My name is Joseph Smith and I...

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Thinking about Gender: Gender Equity in the Early Years

Thinking about Gender: Gender Equity in the Early Years

In this week's blog LINC Researcher Sarah Kelleher, examines some of the current thinking on gender equity in the early years.     Through interactions with their communities, children learn early on what it means to be a boy or girl, e.g. how to dress and...

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Why Process Art Rocks!

Why Process Art Rocks!

In this week's LINC blog we examine the differences between process-focused art experiences and product-focused art experiences for children, and hear how one practitioner's personal experience has given her a greater appreciation of this approach to learning.  ...

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