NCI Blog

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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ELI Home Visitors ‘Stay at Home’ and Stay Connected to Local Families

Posted by Teresa Murray on 02 April 2020
The Early Learning Initiative at National College of Ireland has a deep and active connection with the community of the North East Inner City. Staffed primarily by people from the area, ELI works with other organisations, community groups and schools, through vital funding partnerships with government, businesses and corporations, to weave a network of support for families and children across the NEIC.
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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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Celebrate Universal Children’s Day with your baby at The Lab on Foley Street

Posted by Teresa Murray on 15 November 2017
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Launch of Building Hope for Brighter Futures: Listening to the Children of Dublin's North Inner City

Posted by Emily Ferns on 01 June 2017
Yesterday saw the Early Learning Initiative at NCI launch their new report: Building Hope for Brighter Futures (PDF). The report used restorative practices that saw young people from the north east inner city discuss their views on the future of their community. 
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Young People of Dublin’s Inner City Speak Out On Community Challenges

Posted by Emma Henderson on 15 December 2016
Recent violence in Dublin’s North Inner City has led to the establishment of a Ministerial Taskforce charged with supporting the community to deal with the present situation and work together to envision and plan for a better future.
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Vote For NCI's Early Learning Initiative

Posted by Gerard McQuillan on 13 April 2016
National College of Ireland's Early Learning Initiative does amazing work with children and families - and it needs your help! The ELI has been shortlisted amongst 11 other Irish projects for the Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities grant - and your vote could make all the difference. 
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Early Childhood Learning: Tummy Time Tips for Your Baby

Posted by Emma Henderson on 15 February 2016
Tummy time is essential for your baby’s development. But why, and what exactly is it? Our 0-2 Years Programme Coordinator Marion Byrne, from NCI’s Early Learning Initiative, has some tips for parents for getting your little one comfy on his or her tum! What is tummy time? Quite simply, this is when you place your baby on their stomach on a firm flat surface, such as a blanket or mat on the floor.
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NCI's Early Years Educational Programme Set to Expand in Dublin's Docklands

Posted by Emma Henderson on 10 December 2015
An Irish education programme that has been proven to help close the educational divide between richer and poorer families - the only one of its kind outside of the USA – is set to expand, thanks to support from Ireland’s investment fund industry.
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