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Learning and Development

We work with Early Learning and Care providers to improve quality and create an inclusive environment.
We coordinate the delivery of Continuing Professional Development, including Hanen Teacher Talk, Lámh Module One and Sensory Processing in Early Learning (SPEL). We deliver 'Aistear & Play' CPD as part of the National Síolta Aistear Initiative suite of courses supporting the roll out of Aistear.

What is Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) Level 3 training?

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a progressive range of supports to enable children with disabilities to fully participate in the state funded ECCE programme which provides two years of pre-school. AIM Level 3 provides a multi-annual programme of training to contracted ECCE service providers for preschool staff to build skills and confidence in relation to disability and inclusion.

Better Start currently offers three training programmes under AIM Level 3:

Lámh Module One

Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Lámh signs are used to support communication.

Module One is a one-day (6 hour) course  for early years practitioners and professionals. It covers 100 Lámh signs and how to support a Lámh user.  No previous Lámh training is required. A training pack including a Lámh handbook, certificate of completion and access to Lámh signs online will be provided to all participants who complete the training. Lámh Module One is available to complete online.

Hanen ‘Teacher Talk’™

The Hanen Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, using a social entrepreneurial approach, ‘to enable young children to develop the best possible language and literacy skills’ (The Hanen Centre, 2018).

Hanen ‘Teacher Talk’™ is a three-day (18 hour) training course consisting of three modules, A, B and C. A training pack including three workbooks and a certificate of completion is provided to all participants who complete the full 3 Module training. Modules A and B are now available online. 

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Sensory Processing in Early Learning (SPEL)

This e-learning course has four modules:

  1. What is Sensory Processing?
  2. Development of Sensory Processing in an early learning environment.
  3. Practical strategies.
  4. Supporting a child’s needs.

Each module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

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National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI)

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) was established in 2016 to support central, coordinated roll out of Síolta and Aistear, the national quality and curriculum frameworks. The initiative is a collaboration between Department of Education and Skills (DES), Department of Children, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Youth (DCEDIY), Better Start and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

Aistear & Play’ CPD is part of the NSAI suite of courses supporting the roll out of Aistear. This Aistear CPD programme is delivered in partnership with the Better Start Quality Development Service (QDS).  It consists of 5 individual workshops (2 and a half hours each) and two onsite support visits from an Early Years Specialist to support settings to apply the learning from the training.

Aistear and Play is currently suspended due to Covid-19.

Promoting Children's Well-Being through a Nurturing Pedagogy

Promoting children’s well-being through a Nurturing Pedagogy is a four part series developed by Better Start. The aim of this series is to describe and explain the importance of children’s well-being in early childhood and how to promote well-being through a nurturing pedagogy. You will also consider practice strategies and reflect on how these can be applied within your own Early Learning and Care settings. This is an e-learning course. Go to the training and events page to access this course.

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