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National Early Years Access Initiative. Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce in County Donegal. Overview. Application Process Management Structure NEYAI Vision National Policy Objectives Rationale for the Donegal Proposal The Professional Pedagogy Project

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National early years access initiative
National Early Years Access Initiative

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce

in County Donegal


Overview
Overview

  • Application Process

  • Management Structure

  • NEYAI Vision

  • National Policy Objectives

  • Rationale for the Donegal Proposal

  • The Professional Pedagogy Project

  • Profile of Participants and Eligibility

  • National Evaluation

  • Timeframes


Application process
Application Process

  • In July 2010 agencies nationally were invited to an information meeting in the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin. 3 representatives from Donegal Agencies were in attendance.

  • Interested parties would be required to put together a local consortium partner group, identify a lead partner and submit an Expression of Interest and project outline by 6th September 2010.

  • The expression of interest process was competitive with a scoring criteria applied. This would determine which projects would go through to the full application stage.

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Application process1
Application Process

  • 21st July 2010 DCCC facilitated a meeting inviting all those agencies with an interest in being part of an initiative for Donegal to attend.

  • 16 different agency representatives from across the county attended. 4 agency representatives - Donegal VEC, Inishowen Development Partnership, FAS and Children’s Services Committee Donegal expressed a commitment to be part of the consortium and voted that DCCC was best placed to be the lead partner.

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Application process2
Application Process

  • A project proposal was developed and the Expression of Interest was submitted by the 6th September deadline.

  • We were informed in October that this was successful and we were now down to a shortlist of 25 projects and asked to proceed to full application stage.

  • The full application was submitted for 26th November 2010 deadline –a most comprehensive and detailed application.

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Application process3
Application Process

  • Informed on 22nd February 2011 that the Donegal application was successful in being awarded €320,000 for the proposal.

  • The pre-contract stage would take a further 3 months of providing further information, detailed project plans, budgets, staffing docs etc. before the contract was forwarded in May 2011.

  • The NEYAI was officially launched in Dept Ed. on 20th June 2011.

  • The Donegal NEYAI PPP was launched in Letterkenny in Sep 2011.

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Management structure
Management Structure

  • NEYAI Steering Group (EYPU, CES, HSE, DES, AP)

  • Pobal

  • National Evaluation Team

  • Donegal County Childcare (Lead Partner)

  • NEYAI Consortium (VEC, FAS, IDP, CSC)

  • NEYAI Strategic Planning Group

  • Donegal Project Coordinator

  • PPP TEAM


NEYAI Vision for ECCE


Supporting government policy objectives for ecce
Supporting Government Policy Objectives for ECCE

  • Síolta

  • Aistear

  • Workforce Development Plan

  • National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


What is the vision for the neyai
What is the vision for the NEYAI?

  • Evidence-based policy making

  • EPPI Studies, EPPNI and Perry Pre-School Projects

  • Improve services for approximately 360,000 0-6 year old children in Ireland

  • A sustainable legacy for the future

  • €5.25M

  • Robust, focussed evaluation.

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Rationale for the donegal proposal
Rationale for the Donegal Proposal

Identified Need

Donegal ECCE Sector


1 implement ecce policy
1: Implement ECCE Policy

  • Síolta, Aistear, WDP – cornerstones for future growth and development of ECCE Sector

  • A strategic, resourced implementation plan

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


2 build educator capacity
2. Build Educator Capacity

  • Lighting a fire or filling a bucket?

  • ‘How’ to teach young children

  • Contemporary teaching techniques

  • Gaps in training

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Overall conceptual framework
Overall Conceptual Framework

Improved outcomes for children

Build

Educator Capacity

Improved Parental Involvement

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


The professional pedagogy project
The Professional Pedagogy Project

  • Training Programme

  • Mentoring and Support

  • Cluster Sessions

  • Information Sessions for Parents

  • On line Discussion Forum

  • Ongoing Consultation with Children

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Key focal points for training and mentoring
Key Focal Points for Training and Mentoring

  • Child Development and Learning

  • The Early Childhood Curriculum and Play

  • Pedagogical Techniques and Strategies

  • Planning and Reflecting on Professional Practice

  • Extending Learning through Assessment

  • Effective Transitions from Pre-School to Primary School

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Accreditation
Accreditation

  • PPP will be put forward for Accreditation through LYIT – HETAC 6/7

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Profile of participants
Profile of Participants

  • 3 Delivery Areas – Inis Eoghain, Letterkenny, Donegal Area.

  • 11 early childhood services

  • Approximately 80 educators

  • Approximately 300 children and their parents

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


Eligibility and selection
Eligibility and Selection

FDC, Sessional, ECCE Childminder

Pre-School Unit as part of service

Whole Service Approach

Whole Staff Team Approach

Core Training – Minimum Level 5

Commitment – past record of CPD

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce


National evaluation
National Evaluation

  • Rigorous National Evaluation of all 11 projects

  • Treatment Group vs. Comparison Group

  • A sample group of 70 children and their parents from Donegal – 35 randomly drawn from sample

  • Core evaluation questions

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce



National evaluation timeframe
National Evaluation Timeframe

  • October/November 2011: Staff and Early Childhood Service Baseline Evaluation (prior to training taking place)

  • September 2012: Parent and Child Baseline Evaluation

  • (Prior to commencing Pre-School)

  • June 2013: Staff, Parent and Child Follow-up Evaluation

  • (End Pre-School Year)

  • October 2013: Parent and Child Transition Evaluation (Primary School)

The Professional Pedagogy Project

Building a Professional Early Childhood Workforce




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