On the 18th June, Limerick Childcare Committee held its annual Summer Network Event.  The event was attended by managers, staff and committee members from 45 Early Years and After-School Services. The evening commenced with an overview of the PIP Fee Payment Policy and a number of information updates including the extension to the minimum qualification requirements for existing Early Years Services to September 2016.

Exploring Early Maths –  Marie Thérèse Marry of Limerick Childcare Committee and Marie Doherty, Early Years Specialist joined forces to deliver an interactive workshop on the topic of Exploring Early Maths. In an addition to a presentation outlining mathematical concepts such as sequencing and pattern, mathematical graphics,  concrete materials,  number,  measure, geometry and algebra, the participants engaged in a variety of interactive activities.  These included ‘People Bingo’,  exploring pattern and planning learning opportunities based on Dr Seuss’s  ‘The Foot Book’

Limerick Childcare Committee would like to thank Mary Barrett of Teach Mhuire Montessori, Abbeyfeale for agreeing to display Montessori Maths Materials from her service.  Also on display were an number of open ended ‘natural’ maths materials arranged by Marie Doherty.  The displays were designed to provide those in attendance with ideas for creating opportunities for exploring maths in their settings.

The evening concluded with refreshments and an opportunity for networking.