Innovative learning for Cahir children

Diane Whybrow, Lorraine Slattery, Johanna Ryan of Cahir Bears Childcare Centre, Duneske,
A Cahir preschool is taking part in a new early childhood curriculum initiative that encourages innovative learning for children.

A Cahir preschool is taking part in a new early childhood curriculum initiative that encourages innovative learning for children.

Cahir Bears Childcare is one of five childcare centres in the county who took part in a recent Aistear in Action seminar.

Diane Whybrow, Lorraine Slattery and Johanna Ryan of Cahir Bears Childcare Centre,in Duneske, were one of seven early childcare and education centres from Cork and Tipperary who attended the seminar, to showcase their learning stories which are both simple and fascinating and share everyday adventures with the children as authors.

The initiative is a collaboration between Early Childhood Ireland and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), with both organisations providing mentoring and training.

The children at Cahir Bears recently took part in an interesting learning day when local builders came in to explain their work and tools, as part of the initiative.

At the recent seminar Cahir Bears showcased their preschool curricula based on Aistear, the early childhood curriculum framework for children aged three to five. The resources from the initiative will be published in the Aistear Toolkit to support other early childcare and education professionals working with Aistear.

Arlene Forster, Director NCCA: “These show active, curious and adventurous children with a thirst for learning and indeed life itself. The examples illustrate the extent of children’s learning and development when they enjoy rich, varied and interesting play-based learning experiences with practitioners who support their learning and work in partnership with their parents.“

Other childcare groups in Tipperary taking part were: Bluebells Playschool, Ayle National School, Monard; Bansha Preschool; Aherlow Community Creche, Lullabies and Laughter

Lisvernane, Glen of Aherlow; and Happy Days Childcare Ltd.,Ballyporeen.