The Happy Talk Conference is now FULLY BOOKED.
The conference will
take place this Saturday the 1st February 2014 at the Gresham Metropole
Hotel, McCurtain Street Cork from 9am to 3 pm.
The Conference is aimed at practitioners, managers and policy makers involved in the early years sector.
Dr. John Sharry will be the keynote speaker.
Cork City Partnership recently accepted applications for its 2013 Small Grants Scheme under the Local and Community Development Programme. The grant was open to all community, voluntary, sports
and youth groups in the Cork City area who are working to promote social inclusion and addressing disadvantage. We will post information in regard to further grants scheme in the near future.
The Substance Use Issues in Youth & Community Work Course (FETAC Level 5) is run in conjunction with Cork College of Commerce and is recruited for and promoted by CODAP. The course components are designed to promote good practice among those who work (in a paid or voluntary capacity) with young people and communities who are affected by substance use.
This year over forty interested applicants attend a pre-entry taster / information session on the 4th of September 2013; this was followed up by the interviews in Cork City Partnership offices on Thursday 12th of September 2013. Twenty candidates were chosen from the panel of applicants and the course 2013/14 (which is rolled out over the academic year on a Tuesday evening) began on the 4th of September.
On the 11th of November 2013 a number of the thirteen graduates of the Substance Use Issues in Youth & Community Work Course (FETAC Level 5) 2012/13 received their components certificates in an event which took place in Cork City Partnership.
This event was also held as part of Cork Drug Awareness Events (CDAE) November 2013 which were held across the month of November. Cork Drug Awareness Events is a series of Free Events which are run across the city to raise awareness, high light services and supports and sign post information, so that individuals, families and communities know where to go for assistance/information on drug and alcohol services.
FETAC Level 5 Componant certificates recipients
Cork Access Group works to improve the built environment for people with disabilities in Cork. The Access Group meets regularly with Cork City Council engineers to ensure the disability perspective is to the forefront in all development work carried out in Cork. In recognition of the contribution made on an ongoing basis by the Cork Access Group, Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy invited the members to a civic reception in City Hall recently. Irene Murphy as a longstanding member of Cork Access Group is pictured giving the Lord Mayor a floral bouquet to mark the occasion.
In-house Manual Handling Courses are held regularly to prepare participants for a return to work.
Topics covered during the half-day session include:
– Health & Safety Legislation
– Risk Assessment
– Manual Handling Techniques at Work
– Posture, Fitness & Flexibility
– Personal Protective Clothing
We organise and run a business training course called ‘First Look at Business’ throughout the year and we are now taking booking for courses commencing in 2014. This course is especially suited to people who are thinking about starting a business and who are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment. Contact Cork City Partnership for more details.
If you are living in the Fairhill area and currently out of work, come along to the Fairhill Jobs Support Project for free and practical job seeking sessions, workshops and training. You will also have access to a computer for job searching.
Time: Every Thursday morning from 10 am to 12 noon
Location: Community House, 26
Bridevalley Park, Fairhill, Cork. Check out
the ‘Contact Us’ page for a map of the location.
Contact: Mary Sheehy on 021 4909710 or 087 1962015
We at Happy Talk always encourage parents to help develop their children’s interest in books from a young age. Through Happy Talk, crèches and pre-schools have been provided with a range of storybooks and have re-vamped their book areas. Happy Talk has supported them to introduce a Borrow-a-Book scheme – through this scheme, families have a broad range of books to choose from which are suitable for their child’s age, their stage of development and their interest. Happy Talk has developed books around the familiar characters Nibbles and Twitch. These books were beautifully illustrated by Kathy Egan, Pre-school leader at Glenfields Community Childcare.
pictured with the latest Nibbles and Twitch book
Cork Early Years Network, an alliance of Early Years Organisations working together and facilitated by Cork City Partnership, held a one day conference on Saturday, 28th September, 2013 at the Gresham Metropole Hotel. The title of the Conference was ‘Aistear into Practice’. The target group was Early Years Practitioners.
The Key note speaker, Arlene Forster, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), spoke to a packed house about the development of Aistear, the Early Years Curriculum Framework for children 0-6 years and the subsequent implementation of the framework around the country through the ‘Aistear in Action’ initiative. The title of the talk was .Aistear: Footsteps, voyages and stories.’
Arlene was followed on by Dr. Geraldine French, author of the Barnardos Publication, ‘Early Speech and Language Matters – Enriching the Communication Environment and Language Development in Early Childhood. Geraldine’s presentation focussed on the links between Aistear and Early Speech and Language, Literacy and Numeracy. She ably put across the idea that implementing Aistear and developing speech and language,literacy and numeracy are
inter-related, work together and do not constitute ‘separate pieces of work and also demonstrated the way in which speech and language, literacy and numeracy in the early years are supported through play activities and throughout the early years curriculum. The interrelatedness of emotional well being, social competence and emerging cognitive abilities and language development was also highlighted by Geraldine.
These informative presentations, assisted by visual aids, were then supported further through the provision of three practical workshops:-
- Children as active, capable and competent learners: Supporting Aistear in Action – facilitated by Arlene Forster and Mary Daly (NCCA)
- The indoor and outdoor environment: Supporting Aistear in Action – facilitated by Lucy Connolly, Early Childhood Ireland.
- Documentation: Supporting Aistear in Action – facilitated by Máire Corbett, Early Childhood Ireland.
100 participants took part in the Conference and there was a waiting list of 63 plus, which clearly showed the thirst for further supports and information around Aistear, the Early Years Curriculum Framework.
Feedback from participants was very positive with requests to organise further workshops on the subject.
Happy Talk was featured in the Irish Examiner in March 2013.
Ava, one of our very enthusiastic participants at Happy Talk preschool sessions came along for the photo shoot!