Inspired Practice Award

Closing Date: 21 February 2020

Inspired Practice Award

Early Childhood Ireland’s Inspired Practice Award showcases the commitment of our members to formal and informal continuous professional learning, to being part of learning communities, learning from each other by sharing their quality improvement journeys. 

Across the sector early years services are dedicated and committed to providing quality experiences for their children, families and staff teams. This quality journey requires considerable time and effort, involving consistent reflection on practice and a willingness to implement new strategies or ways of working. The Inspired Practice awards recognise these endeavours and highlight the achievements of the service in this dynamic and connected process of quality improvement.

Applicants for this award can focus on one or more aspects/elements of their provision

Inspired Practice - Criteria for Short-listing and Judging

Please use the application form to demonstrate:



·   Can identify the source of inspiration, (a person, a place, a training course, a Continuous Professional Development opportunity, or any inspiring event or occurrence), and describe the impact of this inspiration on them .

·   Has adopted a new strategy or change in practice that took place following the inspiration and the process involved in achieving it.


·   Has identified the benefits/impact of this new practice for those experiencing or implementing the inspired practice.

·   Can describe and provide evidence of the new/improved practice.


·    Can demonstrate strong awareness of why the changed practice is good for children, families, and the team in the service.

·    Can demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.


·    Has offered ideas to other services to inspire them to improve.

·    The themes from the Aistear Framework should underpin your story.  However, it is not necessary to make direct links to the learning goals and aims




Documentation and Supporting Evidence

Opening and closing dates for awards applications.

Opening Date: 6 January 2020
Closing Date: 21 February 2020

For more information on how to apply and the short-listing and judging process see here

To view previous Inspired Practice Award winners, please click here

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