Exploring the confident and competent child through the San Miniato Approach

19/09/2019 3.30

Early Childhood Ireland, in partnership with IT Carlow, is delighted to offer the early childhood sector an opportunity to reflect and discuss the critical importance of quality early childhood experiences for children under 3. We believe it is crucial to highlight this significant age and stage of children’s development and learning. 

As part of their four nations tour organised by Early Childhood Ireland, Early Years Scotland, Early Years Northern Ireland and Early Years Wales - Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni (From La Bottega di Geppetto -International Research and Documentation Centre on Childhood Gloria Tognetti in Tuscany, Italy.) are coming back to Ireland to share their experiences with the Irish early childhood education and care sector. This model, which has been internationally recognised gives recognition to the importance of providing quality early childhood learning experiences for children under 3.

The San Miniato model offers a widely diverse, flexible range of setting types to meet the needs of children and their families. The underpinning values and principles of the settings focus on the promotion of children’s rights, children and educators’ wellbeing and recognition for the competences of families and local communities.

How can a whole community approach enhance experiences and place the emphasis on creating opportunities for children by freeing up their competencies and potential?

Come and join in the discussion about this, through a series of inspiring presentations that focus on and recognise the importance of the first 3-years of a child’s life



3.30pm-  Registration

4.00pm-  Trust, opportunity, time exploring childhood education through the San Miniato approach - Presentation by Aldo Fortunati

5.00pm - Childrens Rights birth to Three focus - Presentation by Sheila Long - IT Carlow

6.00pm-  Break tea/coffee and light snacks served

6.15pm - The central role of documentation some practice tools to observe, document, plan and evaluate - Presentation by Barbara Pagni

7.15pm - Unders 3's interactions - Presentation by Veronica Byrne -IT Carlow

7.45pm - Q & A

8.00pm - Close

1 free Aldo Fortunati book each worth €25 -  Either "Children and the revolution of diversity" or"Towards a curriculum open to possibilities. Children's protagonism and education"


Who should attend:

Members of Early Childhood Ireland; Early Learning and Care Educators and Managers; Early Years Specialists; Better Start Mentors; County Childcare Committees; Local and National Government colleagues; College and University students and staff; Teachers; Researchers and anyone with an interest in Early Learning and Care


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Exploring the confident and competent child through the San Miniato Approach



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