A key objective of First 5 is to improve Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all those who work in early learning and care and school-age childcare settings.
During the Covid -19 emergency period many practitioners will have an opportunity to undertake online training or development activities to help them meet the demands of their professional roles.
Below are a number of resources designed to support your connection to your job and to meet the obligations of the continued funding of staff by the DCYA but we understand that consideration must be given, during this time, to your own health and well-being. It is understood that many people have caring responsibilities that need attending at this time so we would urge you to review the HSE’s advice on minding your mental health and supporting well-being which can be found here
You can choose any number of free online courses and resources from the list below that may suit your particular professional development needs. We will also add new content in the coming days and weeks so please come back regularly to find new resources.
We encourage you to keep a record of the online resources you use and your learning from them. Keeping a record will help you keep track of your professional development, and may be a tool your manager can use to support you. To help this process we have provided a template form which you can download here.
Engaging with Continuing Professional Development is an opportunity for you and your staff team to add to everyone’s knowledge and skills while not working directly with children during the Covid crisis. It also demonstrates your ongoing commitment to training and professional development within your setting. To help plan and record your team’s CPD activities, please download and use our Service Manager’s Continuing Professional Development Service Record. You should keep the completed record on file as you may need it for compliance checks. You can download the document here.
Choose from an area of interest:
Tusla has developed an eLearning programme in relation to Unsolicited Information for early learning and care and school-age childcare providers. This course will help you to:
Click here to register and complete the training.
This programme will help you to,
Click here to complete the e-learning training programme
Tusla has developed an e-learning programme in relation to supporting people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. This programme covers topics including:
This course from Barnardos is designed to help you to provide quality environments for the children you work with. This course will help you understand:
To register click here.
A variety of short, CPD learning activities have been developed through the National Síolta Aistear Initiative which supports the coordinated roll out of Síolta and Aistear. These CPD activities focus on a range of practice areas for practitioners working with children from birth to six years. They are intended to support you to:
Please go to www.aistearsiolta.ie/en/CPD to access these resources
This e-learning programme will help develop your knowledge of sensory processing in order to enhance the participation and engagement of all children in the pre-school learning environment.
This leadership and management course explore the role of support and supervision in quality early years provision, including motivating and empowering staff to enhance and further develop their knowledge and understanding of quality practices.
Inspired by the principles of Marte Meo, we explore how positive adult-child interactions promote children's well-being, develops their sense of identity and belonging and their communication skills.
The QRF supports registered early learning and care services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. It does so by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practice in early learning and care. This course will help you understand the QRF and its processes.
The National Childcare Scheme is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare.
It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15. To learn more about the National Childcare Scheme please go to the National Childcare Scheme youtube channel where you will find lots of informative videos.
These guidelines set out the key Universal Design considerations and guidance for Early Learning and Care settings. The guidelines provide a flexible Universal Design framework to ensure that settings are accessible, understandable and easy to use for all children, staff, families and visitors.
To learn more click here
This website has interesting resources to share for free. Go to the ‘Resource’ section to find ideas on providing a range of creative experiences for different age groups. Go to the ‘Research’ section to find articles on the impact of creative experiences on the development of young children.
Hanen offer some free articles to Parents and Early Years Educators. Explore fun activities using the Hanen approach, ‘Tips for Parents’ and ‘Research’ summaries.
Barnardos offers many free resources on the barnardos.ie website in their ebook shop for
both early learning and care educators and parents. Below you will find samples;
Ebook - The Key Person Approach: Positive Relationships with Children in the Early Years
Ebook - Community Involvement: A Guide for Early Years Educators
Ejournal - ChildLinks
There are a number of resources that are available on the Access and Inclusion Model site that may be of use to both parents and Practitioners
Key Documents doe the Access and Inclusion Model can be found here.
Resources on Home and Play can be found here.