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When Playtime is Education: Tips for Quality Time with Your Preschoolers

Posted by Teresa Murray on 30 June 2020
On a normal working week, home visitors from Early Learning Initiative’s ParentChild+ programme bring the gift of playtime into homes across Dublin’s inner city by providing disadvantaged families with the educational materials they need to encourage their child’s early learning and development. Research tells us that a child born into poverty is more likely to start school without the basic knowledge and skills they need to keep up with their peers. One factor of future academic success is a positive and nurturing home-learning environment. By providing families with educational support early in the child’s life we can help to give that child the best possible start.
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Parenting While Social Distancing – Part 2: Content Containment

Posted by Teresa Murray on 30 March 2020
We asked Dr Josephine Bleach, Director of the Early Learning Initiative here at National College of Ireland, for some advice and tips for parents during this particularly challenging time.
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Parenting While Social Distancing – Part 1: The Great Outdoors

Posted by Teresa Murray on 20 March 2020
We asked Dr Josephine Bleach, Director of the Early Learning Initiative here at National College of Ireland, for some advice and tips for parents during this particularly challenging time.
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Channelling children's natural curiosity to STEM

Posted by Dr Meghan Marrero on 12 November 2018
Dr Meghan Marrero continues her guest blog, this week giving an insight into her work with young children and STEM education. Why STEM for young children?
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Introducing Dr Meghan Marrero

Posted by Dr Meghan Marrero on 20 October 2018
We are delighted to welcome Dr Meghan Marrero to NCI. She has generously agreed to take the time to blog about her work here in Dublin, and we will be sharing regular updates with you on the NCI blog in the coming months.
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Continuous Professional Development: Why do it?

Posted by Emma Henderson on 08 September 2015
Sinead Matson, course leader for NCI's new BA Hons in Early Childhood Education, talks about the benefits of Continuous Professional Development. 
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NCI Launch Two New Courses to Emphasise 21st Century ‘Human Skills’

Posted by Emma Henderson on 09 July 2015
Pictured: Course leaders Sinead Matson (left) and Dr. Arlene Egan (right) at the launch of the new BA programmes
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Early Childhood Educators: What Advice Would You Give Your Student Self?

Posted by Emma Henderson on 30 June 2015
Sinead Matson is a specialist in Early Childhood Education, with a particular interest in play. She is also the Course Director for NCI’s new BA Hons in Early Childhood Education, and has a background in Montessori teaching. In advance of the launch of the new BA, she poses the question, “What piece of advice would you give yourself as you started out in your education and training?” I like books. I like books, instructions, policies and procedures. I like to know what I’m doing and when I’m doing it. I like check lists, action lists, task lists. Scrap that… I like lists. Yes I’m “that” person! I cannot tell you the satisfaction I get from checking off a completed task or the comfort of knowing my next step. I do not like the unknown. Not only do I not like it but I’ve been known to let it hold me back.
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