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The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has launched a range of online resources and guidance to support service providers, practitioners and parents to prepare for the reopening of Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare settings, including childminders. The Guidance for Reopening webpage is available on the First 5 website https://first5.gov.ie/practitioners/reopening.

Some resources are already published, and others will be added in the coming days and weeks. The web-page will be regularly updated, so please check back. Irish-language resources will be available in the coming days.

Supporting Transitions Back Into Pre-school - Social Story


Better Start AIM has developed a Social Story™ on transitioning back to pre-school for practitioners, children and their parents. Resources can be downloaded below:

  1. Social Stories™ – Tip Sheet for Practitioners​
  2. I am Going Back to Pre-school – Template for Practitioners
  3. I am Going Back to Pre-school – Blank template for Parents


Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

There are lots resources in the Practice Guide including examples of good practices, resources for sharing, self-assessment tools (where you can take the time to reflect on your practice) and action planning tools.

You can access the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide here: http://aistearsiolta.ie/en/

Check out Mo Scéal resources on the NCCA website. Mo Scéal, (My story) supports the child’s transition from Preschool to  Primary school through a range of resources and examples of good practice: https://ncca.ie/en/early-childhood/mo-sc%C3%A9al

AIM Inclusive Play Resources

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school setttings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials, also support the development of coordination and audio, visual and tactile skills among all children, and in particular, children with a disability.

Follow the link below for video demonstrations and learn how to introduce and use resources with young children.


Lámh supports communication - between parents and child, between siblings, between friends. It can be a stepping stone to communicating with the world. Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland.

Lámh on Instagram:
Check this out. A great way of learning new Lámh signs in a fun way. The stories and themes are topical and updated daily.

Lámh on Twitter:
Another way of brushing up on your signing.

The Hanen Organisation

Hanen offer some free articles to Parents and Early Years Educators. Explore fun activities using the Hanen approach, ‘Tips for Parents’ and ‘Research’ summaries: http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info.aspx

Book Nook – The Hanen Centre

The Hanen Centre have a youtube channel where they share some of their favourite children’s books and talk about ways you can use  them with young children to promote their emergent literacy skills.

Follow the link below to see what books you can find and learn new ways to support children’s emergent literacy skills:

Barnardos eLearning course: Learning Environments in Early Years

Learning Environments in Early Years is designed to help you, the early years educator, to provide quality environments for the children you work with.

This free online course is filled with practical examples, grounded in theory, to help you shape the early years’ environment to support a tapestry of rich experiences for children. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and there is a quiz at the end of each section.

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate eLearning Training – Managing Unsolicited Information
The aim of this eLearning training programme is to support the Registered Provider to:
·        Understand what Unsolicited Information is.
·        Identify how the Registered Provider can prepare, manage and respond if an unsolicited information report has been made to Tusla about their Early Years setting.
·        To provide information and to support the development of a complaints policy and procedure for the Early Years setting.


Inside Education

Inside Education is a weekly podcast for educators interested in teaching. It is released every Wednesday during the school year. Suggestions for and feedback on the podcast are always welcome at insideeducationpodcast@yahoo.com. You can text the programme on 086 8962665.

Podcasts of previous programmes are available at www.insideed.com and from http://seandelaney.com/podcasts/.

The programme is presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

Early Childhood Ireland – Practice Blog

Early Childhood Ireland have a fantastic practice blogs which sharing learning and practice from around the country. Take a look for some inspiration and ideas. https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/blog/


Julia Donaldson, Author of The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson, Author of The Gruffalo, is hosting a weekly session from her home, full of stories, poems and songs. It can be accessed through the official ‘Gruffalo’ facebook page and would be a great resource to share with Parents too. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo/

Early Arts UK

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. The ‘Research’ section to find articles on the impact of creative experiences on the development of young children.

Children First E-Learning Programme

Tusla has worked with the DCYA and HSE to developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise. The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. The programme will allow you to log back in and resume where you left off.  https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/