Recent Submissions

  • Continuing Professional Development in Early Learning and Care 

    Barnardos; National Childhood Network (Barnardos, 2021)
    There are benefits to any kind of learning, whether this is learning a new skill, such as how to cook a new recipe or how to change a tyre, or theoretical learning that helps us develop in our professional role. Learning ...
  • Sharing Development Concerns with Parents: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2021)
    The daily conversations you have with parents1 in your role as an early learning and care (ELC) professional, where you share brief discussions about their child – talking about how their day went, sharing the joy of ...
  • Can We Help? A Guide to Supporting Children and Families in Early Years Services 

    Lane, Fiona (Barnardos, 2012)
    Children grow and develop as part of an interconnected system of family and community relationships. If the family or community environment becomes a source of stress for children, it can impact on their development and ...
  • Protecting Children: A Child Protection Guide for Early Years and School Age Childcare Services 

    Conroy, Anne; Kingston, Corinne (Barnardos, 2010)
    Child protection is everybody’s concern. Those working with children in early years services and in school age childcare have both a professional and a moral responsibility to ensure that their services are managed in ...
  • Working in Partnership with Parents: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019)
    Development and education research confirms that the more involved parents* are in their children’s learning and development, the greater chance children have to succeed. We now know that ‘parental attitudes, styles of ...
  • Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 

    French, Geraldine (Barnardos, 2003)
    Supporting Quality: Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Services was initiated by Barnardos and funded under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme by the European Social Fund through the Department of ...
  • Supervision and Support in Early Learning and Care 

    McDermott, Michele (Barnardos, 2020)
    The most important resource in an early learning and care setting is its educators. When educators are supported in their professional development as part of a trusting relationship with a supervisor, they will be able to ...
  • Stories and Storytelling in Early Learning and Care 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2021)
    Telling stories is an ancient and important way for humans to share and interpret our experiences, and to learn about ourselves, the world around us and other people. Children are never too young for stories and most ...
  • Renewing Teamwork on the Return to Early Learning and Care 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2020)
    Good teamwork has benefits for everyone in early learning and care, including educators, children and families. Starting back to work in the current circumstances after Covid19 lockdown is likely to be stressful, making ...
  • Quality Childcare in the Workplace - A Step-By-Step Guide for Employers 

    Canavan, Angela (Barnardos, 2000)
    In Ireland the world of work is changing fast: unemployment is at an all-time low; labour turnover is escalating; and there is a skills shortage in some sectors of the economy. We are all too familiar with the widespread ...
  • A Guide to Developing and Managing Personnel Practice in the Childcare Sector 

    Byrne, Mary (Barnardos, 2001)
    Hello, thank you for taking the time to use this Guide to Developing and Managing Personnel Practice in the Childcare Sector. Being an employer is not an easy task; apart from managing and developing your service, you are ...
  • Parental Involvement - A Handbook for Childcare Providers 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2006)
    This handbook is not about whether or not parents should be involved in their children’s education and development, that argument is long over. The majority of providers of childcare in Ireland recognise the need to establish ...
  • Mindful Moments 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, ND)
    Mindful Moments: Breathing; Touch; Scent and Taste; Sound; Body.
  • Mindfulness in Early Learning and Care 

    Currid, Jean (Barnardos, 2020)
    We live in an age that recognises the importance of good mental health and openly discusses and promotes emotional well-being. It is also a time, however, when we, as a society, are feeling more anxious than previous ...
  • The Key Person Approach: Positive Relationships with Children in the Early Years 

    McDermott, Michele (Barnardos, 2016)
    The care and education of young children in Ireland has changed in the last two decades, with many children spending more time in their early years being cared for by people other than their parents, whether this is by ...
  • An Introduction to Schemas 

    McDermott, Michele (Barnardos, 2020)
    If you have ever wondered why a young child is rolling around on the floor or you have been irritated when a toddler is throwing things about or repeatedly banging or pulling something, you will be interested to learn about ...
  • Health and Safety in Childcare: A Guide for Centre-Based Services 

    Barnardos; Border Counties Childcare Network (Barnardos, 2006)
    Within a childcare service, the health, safety and welfare of children is of paramount importance. A combination of best practice, compliance with legislation and the development and implementation of policies and procedures ...
  • Community Involvement 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, ND)
    You will often hear the Igbo and Yoruba Proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ This phrase refers to the collective responsibility of the whole community in supporting children to grow and develop into active ...
  • After School + A Practice Guide for Providers 

    Holt, Stephanie; Pugh, Esther (Barnardos, 2004)
    Growing numbers of Irish children are spending their after school time in the care of people other than their parents. There are many different ways children and young people are cared for after school finishes in Ireland, ...
  • Sharing Good Practice: Practical Guidance for Childcare Practitioners 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2006)
    Sharing Good Practice, which has been compiled by Barnardos Regional Childcare Development Workers, focuses on some of the specific areas of good practice which are important in the creation of this kind of an atmosphere ...

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