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Quality Practice Development

If your setting would like to review and develop quality in one area of practice, you can request Quality Practice Development.  An Early Years Specialist can work with you over a short period of time based on the quality development priorities of your setting. This may be with one room, age group, management or practitioner. Should you wish, you will have the option to engage in a more comprehensive whole-setting mentoring process at the end of the initial period.

  • Early Years Specialists provide specific information, advice and practice guidance to individuals or teams in Early Learning and Care settings based on Síolta, Aistear, the Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework and other government guidelines and strategies such as First 5.
  • Contact is by phone, email or video-conferencing and can involve some or all of the setting staff, e.g. a manager, room leader or team depending on the specific practice focus agreed.

How to request Quality Practice Development:

  • Email a query to outlining the area of practice you would like to develop.
  • Include your DCEDIY service reference number and setting name in the subject line
  • One of our team will then get in touch with you by phone or email.

At the end of the Quality Practice Development process, you can decide if you would like to go further and take part in a whole setting approach to Quality Development. Your Early Years Specialist will discuss this with you and provide information on the next steps. See Quality Development section for more information.

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