e-CPD Programmes

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Loose Parts Play ... for babies, pre-school and school age children
Loose Parts Play Children are undoubtedly fascinated by new toys – for a while. This is because children quickly get the idea of what the toy does and then they push it aside.  The problem is that most manufactured toys have limited pre-determined purposes for play. These toys can be accompanied by a set of rules of how to play and how not to play with them.  What the toy does is written or shown on the box and it even tells you what age a child should be to play with it.  This toy may be gender stereotyped so you may get a strong message that you need to be either a boy or a girl to own such a thing. The ‘Loose Parts’ theory of play is about remembering that the best play comes from things that allow children to play in many different ways and on many different levels.  Environments that include ‘loose parts’ are infinitely more stimulating and engaging than static ones. The play environment needs to promote and support imaginative play though the provision of ‘loose parts’ in a way that doesn’t direct play and play opportunities, but allows children to develop their own ideas and explore their world. The Meantóir 'Loose Parts Play' programme is very practical with lots of visual ideas to help educators provide open ended resources to enrich activities for babies, toddlers, preschool and afterschool children. Hopefully it will inspire you to make loose parts play a significant component of your emergent curriculum.  IMPORTANT* Before you start - please read 'NOTES FOR THE COURSE'. This contains important information to help you navigate the site if you are undertaking a programme for the first time.   

02 Hours

€20.00
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Schematic Patterns in Play
A basic knowledge and understanding of schemas can go a long way in supporting educators to see, hear and understand what young children’s play patterns are telling them. When the educator can hear the child’s voice through schematic play patterns they can support individual needs and interests. This educator and child relationship enables a powerful co-facilitation of learning through sustained shared learning experiences. 'Schematic Patterns in Play’, identifies and explains 8 main play schemas. Sample activities to support children to develop these further are highlighted alongside descriptive words to build corresponding language acquisition under each schema. You will also see examples of how to write a learning story with a schema focus and many images of play schemas in action. This programme will be particularly suitable for those working with children under 3 and in junior pre-school.    The programme is presented in 4 components as follows: Why do educators need to know about schematic patterns of play? What is the theory behind schema play? 8 commonly observed schema and how to support them (Includes an explanation of each schema,  activities to support the schema, new words to support each schema, sample learning stories and images) The Educator’s role in supporting schema.   IMPORTANT* Before you start - please read 'NOTES FOR THE COURSE'. This contains important information to help you navigate the site if you are undertaking a programme for the first time.   

02 Hours

€20.00
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'Seeing Voices' a system to plan and document children's participation
Planning for emerging interests and documenting children’s learning and development can become an onerous and and frustrating task for educators. Especially if the needs of the individual child gets lost in layers of documentation.  Planning, observation and recording can become disjointed with one component bearing little relationship to the other.  This programme is about creating a streamlined system.  The aim is to outline a streamlined and effective system that will enable educators to plan for children’s emerging interests and needs and make their 'voice' visible. This programme is an extension of  the Meantóir programme ‘Planning for Emergent Curriculum’ and ‘Creating Learning Stories’ and puts a particuular emphasis on including the voice of the child.   **This programme includes blank planning templates and educator planning guides for both the 0-3 age group and the pre-school age group in the downloadable resource section. Completed sample plans for both ages groups are also included.   

1.5 Hours

€20.00