Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award (NEW)

Shortlisted Entries - Early Childhood Ireland Inspired Practice Award

The shortlisted entries for the Early Childhood Ireland Inspired Practice Award are:

• Inspired to inspiring
Roots & Wings, Beresford Road, Donabate, Dublin.

• TJ and his Wheelable Chair
The Cottage Kid’s Preschool, Tyrellstown, Lusk, Dublin.

• This is the story of our Kindness Elves
Happy Days Ratoath, Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath, Meath.

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Early Childhood Ireland

National annual Awards

Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award (NEW)

In previous years of this award Early Childhood Ireland has observed children, parents, pedagogues, ancillary staff, managers, owners, trainers, and communities interact and support each other in inspiring ways that: elevate the quality of provision within settings; provide inspiring examples of practice that others may emulate; and demonstrate and celebrate the potential of quality provision to enhance the lives of those involved.

The role of reflection and continuous professional learning shines through these inspired stories as they create a vision of a maturing professional sector that holds care and education in capable hands.

This year there is a new category the Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award. This award recognises specifically centre-based school age childcare  which includes:

Any centre-based service for school going children aged 4-15 years (inclusive), which operate:

  • Before school
  • After school
  • During school holidays

These services may be delivered in a variety of settings: – Standalone services for school going children; – Part of service provision offered by sessional or part time pre-school providers (e.g. where there is a pre-school morning session, and school age afternoon provision); – Part of service provision offered by a full daycare/crèche provider; – Aligned to a school.

The Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award criteria is based on the developed National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare. School age childcare  “is a time for rest, relaxation and recreation, and – when it is high quality – it is also a place where children can grow and develop socially and emotionally, following their interests and widening their horizons.”

Every application will be judged using the criteria established for that award.

(NEW) Award 2 Criteria for Short-listing and Judging – Inspired Practice School Age Childcare Award.

  • Demonstrates the facilitation of initiatives and ideas of children and young people within the service. Demonstrates that actions are intentional and thoughtful and supports the leadership capacities in children and young people.
  • Can identify the source of inspiration and describe the role of children and young people in this. This may involve (but is not limited to) play, creativity, imagination, abstract thinking, leadership, emotional and social skills. Interests, hobbies (individual and group activities).
  • Has identified the benefits/impact of this inspired practice for those experiencing or implementing it.
  • Can describe and provide evidence of the new/improved practice.
  • Ensures that from the start, children are driving the decision making. Are asked for their views demonstrating a dialogue between children and adults based on reciprocal respect.
  • Demonstrate that children’s views were listened to, considered, given due weight and given feedback on how they were included.
  • Can demonstrate strong awareness of why the inspired practice is good for children, families, and the team in the service.
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement.
  • The ethos and practice of the school age childcare service values diversity and promotes equality, inclusion and non-discrimination. This is demonstrated within practice and an environment that children help shape and create.
  • The key principles of the National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare services, informed by Aistear and Siolta, are reflected in service design and delivery, paying particular attention to every child’s right to express their voice, to participation and to play and rest.



Documentation and Supporting Evidence requirements

Resources to support you in applying for this award

 Key dates for your diary

Opening date

19 April 2021

Closing date

31 May 2021

Award Winners announced

8 October 2021

Please email if you have any questions.

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