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On April 14th 2018 Minister Katherine Zappone announced a new Continuous Professional Development initiative to support Early Years Practitioners to access a range of training options to enable them to deliver quality early learning experiences for all children. Employers who facilitate practitioners to attend training organised by the initiative are eligible for payments of €13 per hour for up to 18 hours per person in a calendar year.

Better Start Early Years Learning and Development Unit is responsible for coordinating the roll out of the initiative.

Pilot Phase

Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) Level 3 training
The pilot phase of the programme is running from March to December 2018. During this time AIM Level 3 specialised training is being offered to all services engaging with the Access and Inclusion Model. Two training programmes are offered: Lámh sign language and Hanen Teacher Talk.
Training is provided by certified Better Start Early Years Specialists or other certified tutors, depending on the programme of training offered.
About Lámh
Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Lámh signs are used to support communication. www.lamh.org

We are facilitating: Lámh Module One
This one-day (6 hour) course is for early years practitioners and professionals who work in an environment where Lámh is used and covers 100 Lámh signs and how to support a Lámh user.  No previous Lámh training is required. A training pack including a Lámh handbook, certificate of completion and access to Lámh signs on line will be provided to all participants who complete the training.
About The Hanen Approach
The Hanen Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization, using a social entrepreneurial approach, ‘to enable young children to develop the best possible language and literacy skills’ (The Hanen Centre, 2018). www.hanen.org
We are providing: Hanen 'Teacher Talk'
Hanen Teacher Talk is a three-day (18 hour) training course consisting of three modules. A training pack including three workbooks and a certificate of completion is provided to all participants who complete the training. Full attendance for all three days is required to achieve certificate of completion.
Initially, invitations to both training events are sent via ‘EventBrite’ to services that are/or have recently been supported through AIM.
For more information contact: AIMtraining@betterstart.ie