Glendalough has for centuries been a place where people have come to seek wellbeing and on Saturday 29th March, 65 Early Years Educators arrived for WCCC’s bi-annual Childcare Professionals Day; a key fixture in the CPD calendar of many services for a number of years now.
Once everyone had signed in and had their share of coffee, tea and warm scones, Lorraine O’Connor (CanavanByrne) gave a very informative talk on the role of Early Years Services in relation to intervention and specifically the Early Intervention Team.
This was followed by a very engaging and honest workshop by Sheila O’Malley who explored issues such as personal boundaries, dealing with anger, nbehaviour management, building resiliance and importantly, the need for Early Years Educators to be aware of their own needs and feelings and how they affect their practice and their wellbeing. If you’d like to hear more on Sheila’s approach to children and families, you can read her blog by clicking here.
After lunch, Jan Pettersen from the Dublin Institute of Technology explored the untapped potential for using the great outdoors for education, which sparked great discussion and was well received by all in attendance.
Finally, on behalf of WCCC, I would like to say congratulations to Kangakare in Arklow, who were the lucky winners of our prize draw for a year’s membership to the new ReCreate play resource centre in Walkinstown. We look forward to hearing feedback from Mandy and her staff on this exciting new resource for Early Years Services.
Thanks again to all the services who attended and we look forward to seeing you again at our events and workshops throughout the year.