Giraffe Training Academy – Preschool carers Seminar


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Last Saturday, Giraffe Childcare’s Training Academy hosted a training day for 60 preschool carers, with Trish and Nicola from Canavan Byrne  delivering workshops on speech and language development, music and movement and storytelling. Our senior crèche managers acted as our in-House workshop facilitators on the day, and covered a wide range of topics on preparing the preschool learning environment and best practice in care for the Preschool age group (typically 3-5 years of age).

The afternoon workshops included looking at ways to include age-appropriate activities for the children alongside the Aistear curriculum and Siolta guidelines. Some of our senior centre managers delivered skills demonstrations in small focus groups, covering topics like the Preschool learning environment and curriculum (led by Racheal and Marta), Speech & language development presented by Trish, Parent partnerships ( led by Ivonne), Managing challenging behaviours (presented by Susan) and Music, movement and story telling, presented by Nicola. The sessions were both interactive and interesting and the team all had an opportunity to be hands on!

It was great day and we all enjoyed refreshing and developing our skills.  We have had some wonderful feedback from our practitioners and Giraffe Training Academy will host further workshops for all of our staff groups.

“We found the information extremely informative and thoroughly enjoyed the day working together.” – Jana,  Alicia, Simone, Olga, Cinthia and Miguel from Rathborne.

“I learned a lot during the seminar and cannot wait to get back into the classroom to start the new activites with the kids!” – Marta, Adamstown.

In recognition of their dedication, all of participants went home with a goodie bag full of treats as a thank you for all their hard work.

A big thank you to our Centre managers, the central support team and all the practitioners who made the day such a success! Special thanks as well to Trisha and Nicola as well for their informative workshops on the Preschool curriculum.

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