Following on from our very successful Childcare Professionals Day in November we are holding a mini Childcare Professionals Day on Saturday 12th of May in The Glenview Hotel 9.30am -1.00pm. The three one hour sessions will consist of Yoga for Children, Helping children to think and communicate well using the P4C approach (Philosophy for children) and Exploration of Curriculum Foundations within the context of Childrens art experiences.
P4C is an approach to learning and teaching founded by Professor Matthew Lipman. Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. The educator, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue. There is extensive evidence that teaching children reasoning, thinking and questioning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general.
The workshop will be facilitated by Veronica Byrne who has over 30 years experience working in practice. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education and an MA in Child, Family and Community. She is about to complete an MA in Leadership in Early Years.
This 60 minute long work shop will give attendees an introduction to yoga and mindfulness both for preschoolers and the carers. The workshop will present techniques for relaxation, stress management and emotional regulation suited to the little ones and the big ones to help the day become a more harmonious, learning environment. Attendees should be aware that part of this workshop will be interactive and will include a short yoga session and a guided mediation to enhance the learning experience.
The session will be facilitated by two Early Years Specialists from the Better Start Quality Development Service. They will facilitate an exploration of curriculum foundations within the context of children’s art experiences. They will also provide information on the Quality Development process, what it involves and how to access it.