Meantóir e-CPD

Online Continuing Professional Development for the Professional Educator

Let’s invigorate your early childhood pedagogical practice

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes provided by Meantóir are hugely successful all across the country. The secret to Meantóir CPD is its uncomplicated format, enabling Educators to refresh and up-skill in specific areas of pedagogical practice.

A tried and tested Meantóir delivery model adopts a practical, jargon free approach with high levels of transferrable learning to practice outcomes. In everyday terms, when time is precious and tasks are high, this is what Educators need from CPD!

Meantóir programmes are underpinned by the principles and objectives of early childhood quality and regulatory frameworks – however, they are delivered in an accessible, common sense style that enables Educators to make real and sustainable changes and improvements to everyday practice.

We offer practical explanations and tools that will streamline your work and provide clarity where confusion and overthinking may have taken over!

e-CPD Programme Menu

Have a look through our e-CPD Programme Menu. We are sure you will find something of interest!

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Strength-based Writing
The Strength-based Approach is a meaningful and real style of writing about children in a way that starts with what they can do. A strength-based approach is not about describing a child’s learning and development in a positive light and neglecting to identify areas for further development or areas of concern. Instead it starts with where the child is now, not with what is absent, and highlights where the child can go with additional support. This makes it a vital pedagogical skill for early childhood educators to practice and develop which can be used for transition reports, learning stories or snapshot reviews. The Strength Based Writing programme consists of 4 short components that support Educators to focus on your writing techniques when compiling Learning Stories, Transition Reports or Snapshot Reviews.  

02 Hours

€25.00
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Enabling Transition
The Enabling Transition Programme will provide the Early Childhood Educator with practical, jargon free guidance on how to compile Transition Reports that are unique to each child. The programme consists of 4 short components for you to digest, discuss with colleagues and use to inform your practice. If you are a parent, looking to understand a little more about preparing your child for primary school, this programme will also provide you with lots of useful information. 1. The Importance of Positive Transition from Pre-School to Primary School 2. A Learning Partnership – the child, parents, previous and new educator 3. Good Pedagogy Practice to enable Smooth Transitions 4. Compiling Transition Reports

02 Hours

€25.00
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Creating Learning Stories
From the very first time I discovered the work of Dr Margaret Carr and the Learning Story Approach – I have loved it and advocated for it as the most effective means of documenting the assessment of young children’s learning and development. I admire the way a child’s strengths are highlighted in a way that is very personal to the child – regardless of their abilities or stage of development. A learning story is an engaging story of a child’s achievements, abilities, interests and viewpoint as an active learner. Learning Stories can focus on everything from a baby noticing himself in a mirror for the first time to a pre-school child creating a model from junk materials or helping a friend. I like to think of learning stories in this way – an assessment report or developmental checklist show you a black and white snapshot of the child, cold and frozen in time. However, learning stories are vibrant, engaging, funny, full colour mini-movies that parents can keep forever.  They give a rounded, holistic view of who the child is as an individual and as a learner. This is, after all, what early childhood education is all about! ‘Creating Learning Stories’ will provide Educators with practical guidance on this wonderful pedagogical technique for early childhood education. The programme is presented in 5 short components - each one building on the learning from the one before and packed with practical examples. Participants will discover how to structure, compile, and use learning stories as a meaningful assessment tool, to engage parents and to showcase children’s individual strengths, interests and needs.  Avril 

03 Hours

€20.00

About Meantóir

Meantóir is a specialist support service for early childhood educators and childcare service providers working with babies, young children and their families. With over twenty years’ experience in early childhood care and education including management, academic training and development, CPD mentoring, research and policy – we offer an extensive package of supports to assist early childhood services to provide a professional, high quality service for their children and families. Check out the main Meantóir website for more information on the full range of services and specialist supports on offer including our online and mobile Educator tool MOSAIC.

Meantóir e-CPD is one of the products we offer to early childhood services and their staff. In a climate where early childhood care and education is continually changing, we believe that supporting and motivating early childhood Management and Educators is fundamental to the provision of high quality learning and care experiences for young children.

Our Consultants

Avril McMonagle - Lead consultant

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Avril has dedicated her working life to early childhood care and education and possesses a diverse skills-set consisting of practical, academic and policy experience and expertise. She has a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of the early childhood sector in Ireland from a variety of perspectives over the past 20 years.

Avril is an accomplished and respected expert in the field of early childhood care and education. She has consistently promoted a professional quality agenda for early childhood as a core component of her work over the years. The legacy of her work and being at the forefront of a range of pioneering initiatives to enhance early childhood education locally, regionally and nationally; is well evidenced.

Avril was awarded a State Appointment and served as the nominee of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the Council of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment from 2015-18.

She holds an MEd from Queens Graduate School of Education and a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies from Queens University Belfast. She fulfilled a lifelong ambition by setting up Meantóir in January 2009 and the company is going from strength to strength. Meantóir is currently part of The ACORNS Programme a peer-led network designed to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland.