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Magic Moments in Early Years Settings (Preschool)

Magic Moments in Early Years Settings (Preschool)


April 30, 2024    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Bookings closed

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‘Magic Moments in Early Years Settings’  Finding moments of awe and joy in the everyday of ELC settings.

The importance of nature and outdoor play for staff and children in ELC settings.

Aistear in action in the environment

Providing an outdoor and nature experience – examples from a wide variety of situations. The resources suggested will be sustainable, cheap and inspiring.

Bringing the outside in and the inside out for the good of all.


Aistear in Action in the planning and documentation of nature and outdoor play.

Examples of planning that include the voice of the child and involve families.

Examples of learning stories that integrate the four themes of Aistear :- Communication, Exploring and Thinking , Identity and Belonging and Well-being.

Examples of Nature Based Tuff Trays


Aistear in Action in Interactions

At the heart of all our rich experiences in Early Learning and Care are interactions. This webinar will focus on enriching the Early Learning and Care experience for all.

Gillian will share from her authentic experience in settings on what works best, on how nature and children can inspires us and provides us with moments of awe every day.


Facilitated by: Gillian Powell

Bio: Gillian Powell is a part time lecturer in Applied Professional Practice, Business & Management and Pedagogical Framing on a Bachelor in Applied Early Years Education course delivered online and in the Cork College of Commerce by the Dundalk Institute of Technology. She owned and managed The Haven Montessori School in Bandon for thirty-two years. This early years setting catered for over fifty children and the emphasis was on outdoor education. Outdoor education in three early years settings in Ireland was the focus of Gillian’s research during the course of a Masters in Education in University College Cork. This research led to the publication of a series of books on Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families.

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Date: Tuesday 30th April 2024, 7pm-8.30pm

Cost: €25 per setting – up to 5 participants may attend



Bookings are closed for this event.