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Heroes working in early childhood education graduate from DIT

Posted: 10 October, 2017

On Monday, DIT President Professor Brian Norton celebrated with 13 students and their families that graduated from the Level 7 Síolta/Aistear Implementation Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme.

Grangegorman ABC graduates pictured with DIT President Professor Brian Norton and Jan Pettersen

All the students are working in Early Years services in the Dublin 1 and Dublin 7 area. 

This hugely important educational initiative was delivered by the Grangegorman Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme, which aims to improve the quality and standard of service delivery in early years' services in the area. This CPD course is just one project delivered by Grangegorman ABC, situated within the Access and Civic Engagement Office, in DIT Grangegorman. This course is catered to staff and managers who wished to develop their understanding of the National Curriculum Framework “Aistear”, and the National Quality Framework “Síolta”.

Dr Catherine Bates, Head, Access & Civic Engagement addresses the audience

The level 7 programme offers a unique opportunity to develop skills that are highly sought after in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. The Síolta (Quality) and Aistear (Curriculum) frameworks are seen as two cornerstones of a quality practice approach in Ireland and the requirement to have an in-depth understanding of how to go about implementing these in a meaningful way is attributed increased importance. Having completed the programme, these graduates have gained confidence with the process of implementation to a level where they are able to support their practice in improving programme delivery and in improving quality standards.

Jan Pettersen, Programme Chair for the Early Childhood Education programme at DIT

The graduates attended the programme over three semesters and delivery comprised of a combination of classes at the DIT campus in Grangegorman and in-service tutorials. DIT is delighted with the engagement shown by the graduates throughout the programme and is confident that their new skill set will contribute very positively to the sector.

The Early Childhood Educators working in the Grangegorman area that received their parchment during a ceremony attended by Professor Brian Norton are: 

Hazel Bradley

Joanne Breslin

Imelda Fennell

Joanne Foley O’Hara

Marie Gardner

Geraldine Griffin

Michelle Hall

Denise Hogan

Sandra Hurley

Deborah Keegan

Natalie Mc Allister Keenan

Silke Triesch

Jade Ward

The Grangegorman ABC Consortium, with DIT as the lead agent, is made up of 27 voluntary and statutory organisations working to improve the outcomes for children aged 0 – 6 years and their families living in the North West Inner City area of Dublin. More information about the Grangegorman ABC programme can be found here