Leaders in Quality

Longford Leaders in Quality Initiative

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.

It is essential that engagement in this initiative has the support of management and room leaders, who can commit to attending all 4 sessions.

Services must commit to a process of self-evaluation, reflection, planning and implementation of changes supported by onsite visits and mentoring from Longford County Childcare.


Who should engage?

Services who are committed to providing quality early years experiences for children and families of their area.

Services who would like this commitment recognised and awarded.

This programme is open to all services but spaces are limited. Priority will be given to services who show a clear commitment to participation and service improvement.


When will this Quality Initiative run?

The Longford: Leaders in Quality Initiative will begin in January 2017. Workshops will run from February to May with support visits commencing in January. This Initiative will culminate in an Awards Night in September 2017.


What topics will be covered?

Workshops will be focused on quality provision in the early years. These workshops will be an opportunity to reflect on your service, where quality exists and areas for development. The workshops will be an opportunity for peer supported learning and engagement. The workshops will be:

  1. Applying Aistear in Practice
  2. The Place of Play in Curriculum Design
  3. The Importance of the Learning Environment
  4. Quality Interactions
  5. Transitions
  6. Observations & Learning Stories
  7. Partnership with Parents
  8. Equality & Diversity

What are the Benefits of Engaging?

  • All services who complete the programme will receive a Longford: Leaders in Quality Initiative Award at a Gala Awards Ceremony in December 2016.
  • Services will receive individual awards for development of quality in particular areas.
  • Services will be acknowledged as higher quality services within the county.
  • Services will receive one to one mentoring and guidance on how to develop quality in their area.
  • Participating services will have access to ongoing mentoring from Longford County Childcare Committee throughout the year.
  • Services will see an improvement of quality provision and development of reflection skills.
  • Services will have the opportunity to network with other practitioners and learn from each other.

How do services apply?

Applications are now closed for 2017. LCCC will be in touch towards the end of the year with information on the 2018 roll out. In the meantime if there are any queries on this initiative please contact us.

Here are 3 videos of participants from 3 services last year.


1st video – Lamh Beag

2nd video – Catkins Nursery

3rd video – Teach na Leanai