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Best Practice Seminar 2017: "Where the Imaginative Things Are"

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Best Practice Seminar for Early Years Practitioners, Childminders,
and Parents 2017

‘Where the Imaginative Things Are’


This seminar is for providers/practitioners/childminders who are working in Early Years services and parents of pre-school age children. Priority may be given to services within Dublin City Childcare Commitee's remit area.

Tickets are €15 each.

Childminders notified to DCCC/Tusla and Early Years Education students - €10 each. Please contact Aleksandra on 01-873 3696 to be provided with a discount code.

Date: Saturday, 4th of November,2017

Venue: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Ave.

Time: 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Seminar programme:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and networking
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome address
9:50– 11:50 p.m. Master class
11:50 – 12:00 p.m. Break and networking
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Learning opportunities
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch and networking
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Learning opportunities
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Closing and raffle
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Master class: Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, Understanding Creativity and Imagination and How to Harness Their Power in Early Childhood Education Settings’

There is compelling evidence and widespread agreement about the positive impact of creativity and imagination in young learners’ lives, but how and why these concepts work is often less understood. This master class will explore the traits of creativity and imagination, relating them to all aspects of a young child’s development, and to how teachers, carers and educators can incorporate them into their everyday interactions with young children. Paying particular attention to the value of the arts as learning, teaching and assessment opportunities, participants will be introduced to a number of arts based tools and strategies in music, drama, poetry and storytelling, visual arts, dance and movement, which facilitate creative and imaginative expression by all young learners in inclusive settings.

Bio

Professor Carmel O’Sullivan is the Director of the Arts Education Research Group in the School of Education, Trinity College. Carmel’s current research interests include drama with children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the arts as an approach to integrated learning, teaching and assessment in early years’ education, and work readiness for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). She has delivered lectures and practical workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, academics, members of the business community, arts educators and others in academic and professional institutions worldwide. She has recently published a series of 3 books for early childhood practitioners and teachers in China. Published by Renmin University Press, these books are designed to introduce Chinese and Asian practitioners to arts based approaches to teaching and learning across the curriculum. Carmel has continued to work through the arts with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder on a weekly basis throughout her professional career.

Learning Opportunities:

Joe Brennan, Storytelling
Joe is a storyteller, writer, theatre maker and facilitator. He will take you on a journey of magic and wonder through the highways and byways of Ireland, from his native Wexford to his home in Donegal. He will bring you over the seas to exotic and mysterious lands that lie beyond the horizon of our imaginations. His repertoire of folktales, myths, legends and original stories reflect the wide gamut of human experiences and emotions. He
is particularly passionate about storytelling for children and sharing those skills with people who work and care for them.
Aistear Theme: Communicating
Siolta standards: 1. Rights of the child, 5. Interactions and 6. Play

Anne Cradden, ’You, Me, Us: The Art of Togetherness’ (visual arts)
Drawing mainly on my experience as an artist in residence at a national school, this workshop aims to show how visual art is a natural platform for creating a sense of group identity for children through a shared imaginative journey. For children from a vast range of backgrounds, whose only other cultural touchstone is social media, collaborative art making can be a way to foster bonds; allowing them to imagine together, it can help them
relate to and appreciate one another, boosting self-esteem and creating a sense of common responsibility. The workshop will be a practical one, but rather than demonstrating things to make, I hope to collaborate with participants, drawing on their experience as educators to find and develop “ways in” to facilitate this sense of belonging. My starting point, as with my children’s workshops, is to provide as wide a range as possible of
interesting and exciting materials, mostly recycled, to stimulate the imagination and spark open-ended creativity
Aistear Theme: Identity & Belonging and Well-being
Siolta standards: 1. Rights of the child, 5. Interactions and 6. Play

Julie Tiernan, ‘Creative Music Making in Early Years Settings’
Early Years Theatre Director Anna Newell has created shows for babies that have been seen on three continents and in every single Sure Start in Belfast. (www.annanewell.co.uk/babies). Her youngest audience member so far was 4 days old! This workshop will explore some of the creative strategies used in the shows that Anna has created for the very young. Highly practical and interactive, the session will be a smorgasbord of creative collaborative play and multisensory experiences, seasoned with a pinch of neuroscience and speech & language development theory.
Aistear Theme: Communicating and Identity & Belonging
Siolta standards: 1. Rights of the child, 5. Interactions and 6. Play

Anna Newel, ‘Imagining for the Tiniest Audiences’ (drama)
Join early years’ music and drama specialist, Julie Tiernan for a music workshop packed with interactive songs and creative composition ideas that place children at the heart of selfexpression and composition. This, one -off session, will encourage a confidence when using music and drama in your childcare settings. No previous experience required, just an open mind.

Aistear Theme: Communicating and Identity & Belonging
Siolta standards: 1. Rights of the child, 6. Play, 14. Identity and Belonging


FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This seminar is for adults only. There is no childcare available on the day and children cannot be brought to the seminar

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

The learning opportunities you chose are non-transferable. These are also booked on a 'first come first served' basis

Will I recieve a Certificate for attending this seminar?

All attendees will revieve a certicate of attendance which will also certify 5.5 hours of Continous Professional Development (CPD)

Is lunch included in the ticket price?

Lunch will be provided on the day.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is free parking onsite at Marino Institute. Dublin Bus no.123 stops directly outside Marino Institute of Education also.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes

What is the refund policy?

There will be no refunds on tickets sold.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email info@dccc.ie or call 01-8733696

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