Louth county Childcare provide support and advice on all early
childhood care and education programmes.
Supports for parents launched by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs.
A key element of that support comes under First 5, the Government’s strategy for babies, young children and their families, and includes play and learning resources for children under 6.
These online resources are being hosted on the First 5 website with ideas & activities under the themes of Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.
As well as activities for parents to enjoy with their children, the online resources also give tips on supporting children with their feelings, and ideas and activities for learning through play.
A number of early years organisations have been working together to support the development of these resources, including
- Early Childhood Ireland
- National Childhood Network
- Better Start
Early Childhood Ireland has prepared a number of videos on behalf of the Department which include early learning and care providers and specialists. These videos, in the “Preschool at Home” section of the First 5 website, aim to inspire families to discover the learning and play that can take place at home.
We hope the ideas on the website will encourage parents to support their children to use their imagination and own experiences to explore and make new discoveries – from role play, to creative arts, to light play, to malleable materials and many more… The website includes ideas for how to use resources that can be found at home.