Dublin childcare providers celebrated at national awards

by Rachel Darcy

Four Dublin childcare providers are among the winners of Early Childhood Ireland’s annual National Awards, which recognise and applaud educators in early learning and care settings.

Early Childhood Ireland supports 3,800 childcare members nationwide, who – in turn – support over 100,000 children and their families.

A story by Creative Kids & Co. in Walkinstown, ‘Woody’s Maps’, was awarded the Learning Story of the Year award. This interactive story promotes a collaborative approach between the educator and parents in supporting the child’s development.

A story by Learning for Life in Lucan, ‘Dealing with Democracy’ was awarded the Emergent Curriculum in Action Learning Story of the Year. This story takes the children through the process of how decisions are made in a democratic society.

A story by CRC School in Clontarf, ‘More Than Words’ was awarded the Best Learning Story from ‘Newcomer’. This story wins this award as as it promotes the importance of kindness and empathy which is key to each child’s social learning.

Partnership with Families Innovation Award sponsored by Child Paths was awarded to Manor Kilbride Montessori School in Brittas, for enriching children’s learning through parental partnership, teamwork, and community spirit.

Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland, said: “The Early Childhood Ireland National Awards showcase the excellent practice in early learning and care settings.

“This year has been a particularly challenging one for the early years sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the high quality of the awardees demonstrates the ingenuity and tenacity which is embedded across our sector.

“I would like to congratulate the Creative Kids & Co., Learning for Life, CRC School and Manor Kilbride Montessori School and thank them for their innovative approach and contribution to the continued development of the early years sector.

“Their work helps to inspire many in our sector by delivering new and creative practices to support the education and care of children. I would also like to thank our sponsors for supporting this year’s National Awards.”

Teresa Heeney added: “The National Awards clearly demonstrate the resourcefulness and commitment of those who work within the early years sector and reinforces the need to fully professionalise the sector to ensure our early years educators are properly recognised and valued.

“I hope the government moves positively in this direction in the very near future.”

Seven other Dublin childcare providers were also recognised in the awards shortlist including:

  • Beverton Preschool in Donabate, Dublin was shortlisted for the Learning Story of the Year (Written to individual child) award and the Emergent Curriculum in Action Learning Story of the Year (Written about a group of children).
  • Our Lady’s Nursery in Sillogue Gardens, Dublin 11 was shortlisted for the Best Learning Story from ‘Newcomer’ setting award.
  • Roots & Wings in Donabate, Co. Dublin was shortlisted for the Inspired Practice Award.
  • The Cottage Kid’s Preschool in Lusk, Co. Dublin was shortlisted for the Inspired Practice Award.
  • Little Gumboots in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin was shortlisted for the Partnership with Families Innovation Award.
  • Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Services- Jigsaw, Dublin 17 was shortlisted for the First 5 Award for Transitions for Children.
  • Nicky Munro from The Learning Tree, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 was shortlisted for the Pedagogical Leader Award.

For more information visit https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie.

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