Seminar for Early Years Providers – 11th November 2017

Seminar – Starting Strong – 11th November 2017

DLRCCC are delighted to host a seminar for early years educators, Starting Strong, on Saturday, 11th November 2017.

The aim of the seminar is to support you in providing an inclusive practice for the children and families in your setting.

Participants will be able to choose one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop.

Date:                       Saturday, 11th November

Time:                      9.30am – 4.00pm (includes lunch)

Venue:                   Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan

Fee:                         €25

Booking:                                Seminar booking form is included at the end of this training programme.

First Preference will be given to early years educators who have completed the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion training with DLRCCC

Introduction by Catherine Healy (National AIM Coordinator)
Morning Workshops
Afternoon Workshops

Workshop Details


Participants choose one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop.



Morning Workshops: 10.00am – 12.30pm

10am: Conflict Resolution from a HighScope Perspective

Facilitated by Norma Kelly, HighScope Trainer

In all early childhood settings children have conflicts throughout the day, over space, materials and friendships.  Learning how to find solutions that work for everyone is an important learning experience for adults and young children.

The HighScope approach views conflict as a natural part of children’s play.  This workshop will explore the strategies that adults can use to help children to develop their ability to solve problems when in conflict situations.  Participants will explore the importance of acknowledging feelings and discuss how to use the specific conflict resolution steps in a number of ways.

10am: Practical Multi-Sensory Strategies for Early Years Settings’

Facilitated by Niamh Garivan, Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

This workshop will demonstrate some of the challenges faced by children with extra needs and provide advice on cost effective, easily implemented changes which can support engagement and encourage skill development in the children attending your early years setting

Afternoon Workshops: 1.15pm – 3.45pm

Facilitated by Tricia Curtis, Speech & Language Therapist

This is aimed at Early Years practitioners who need a system to talk to parents about concerns they may have about a child in their care.

During this session, practitioners will:

  • Gain an understanding of how parents feel when they receive sensitive news.
  • Become more aware of their own feelings and response styles around sharing sensitive news.
  • Learn about and apply effective communication strategies for sharing sensitive news.
  • Discuss challenging case studies and scenarios with other professionals

1.15pm: Recognising and Supporting Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Facilitated by Lisa Domican

Autism can present itself in a million different ways. Not every parent will recognise the signs and have obtained a diagnosis that will make them eligible for specific support.  However, as an Early Years professional, you may be able to spot the signs and create an environment that can include a child on the spectrum in a general setting. Lisa will explain what Autism can look like, help you imagine how it feels and explain what issues can affect involvement in typical early learning.

Lisa will demonstrate how to create a sensory space, make visual supports, adapt play structure to suit the learner’s specific interests and how to use practical reinforcement.

There will be chance to bring your own examples to the talk, where Lisa will break down and problem solve specific issues using evidence based methodology.


For booking form please click here.

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