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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
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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