Practitioners CPD web-page- FIRST 5

The DCYA has launched a new web-page where you will find free, online CPD resources, developed and made available through the cooperation of a number of agencies. The resources are designed to support service planning and practitioners’ professional development. Further free, online CPD resources will be added to the web-page over the coming days and weeks.

The web-page includes templates for recording CPD activities carried out, to support services to demonstrate compliance with the requirement of the DCYA Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme that services should engage, where possible, in training and CPD during the closure period. See link below.


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.

Service Managers

To help plan and record your team’s CPD activities,you can download and use the 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.

Practitioners CPD Webpage

National Síolta Aistear Initiative- CPD

National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) Continuing Professional Development

The learning experiences in this CPD have been developed to support early years practitioners in becoming familiar with some of the resources on the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide. Please note that you can view and edit the learning experiences with Adobe Acrobat only. You can read how to do this by clicking this link here.

Each learning experience:

  • Contains viewing and reading materials to support you in your professional role working with Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta: the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
  • Is linked to Aistear’s themes and Síolta’s standards
  • Contains a section at the end for key reflections on learning and possible future actions.

If you are not already familiar with the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide you might like to begin by clicking on the learning experience here: Introduction to the Practice Guide.

If you are already familiar with the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide, you can go directly to the learning experiences by following this link  and scrolling to the bottom of the page.