The Longford Leaders in Quality Initiative, aims to provide innovative and interactive training and information sharing opportunities on various aspects of High Quality Early Years Provision. All workshops provided will be underpinned by Síolta: The National Quality Framework, Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework & research tells us that it is critical for preschool practitioners to have ongoing and regular opportunities to engage in continuous professional development. Ongoing professional development keeps practitioners up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with children.

Síolta tells us

Practising in a professional manner requires that individuals have skills, knowledge, values and attitudes appropriate to their role and responsibility within the setting. In addition, it requires regular reflection upon practice and engagement in supported, ongoing professional development” (CECDE, 2009)

In Longford County Childcare we understand the importance of ongoing professional development and so have devised this Quality Initiative to facilitate the services in Longford in making meaningful changes in quality provision.

What’s Involved?

The Longford: Leaders in Quality Initiative will take 8 months to complete. Completion of the programme requires attendance at all 4 Saturday workshops, participation in group discussions, reflections on practise underpinned by the SíoltaAistear Practise Guide and evidence of improving quality within the setting.

A review of Leaders in Quality 2016 by Anna Lynch and Elaine Woods, Lámh Beag.

A review of Leaders in Quality 2016 by Una Mulvihill, Catkins Nursery.

A review of Leaders in Quality 2016 by Caroline Cassells, Teach na Leanaí.