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Clare Education Centre Programmes

Reception Project 2017 - 2019

Reception photoWelcome RECEPTION for Clare Education Centre from European Partners in Zagreb (October 2018). 
Our project is a 3-year programme of research and development in early years education. It is undertaken by 6 partner institutions integrating primary and pre-school education in Denmark, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Norway. It is focused on what we have termed the RECEPTION challenge: a trans-European need for primary schools to address the diversity of children’s social and educational preparation for their entry to primary school.

We aim to investigate and disseminate successful attempts by our partner institutions to address the RECEPTION challenge within a wide range of demographic and socio-economic contexts and educational systems, in response to the needs of diverse and often disadvantaged children. Early years children across the European area are the ultimate beneficiaries of our project, but our immediate target groups are their teachers, school leaders, and associated professionals working within Early Years Education and Care (EHEC).Our general, overall objectives are to investigate and help to meet our target groups’ needs for training and support in addressing the RECEPTION challenge. More specifically, we aim to produce a 5-day residential training course and a substantial RECEPTION handbook which can also be offered together as an online or blended learning module. In parallel, we will develop and collate a RECEPTION resource pack of materials and resources for the strategic implementation of related policies and initiatives, renewable and adaptable to the particular circumstances and needs of our target members throughout the European area.


Ireland from Reception Project on Vimeo.

Developing Aistear was a key theme of the Irish partners.  Avril O’Dea and Róisín Murphy from Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, Newmarket on Fergus delivered a very well received presentation on the development of the Aistear Programme in Infant Classes.  Their presentation was supplemented by a beautiful video showing the implementation of Aistear in both the Holy Family Junior School Ennis and in Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire.  To view the presentation on the Irish Case Study.  

The Power of Play to Promote Wellbeing and Connections with Others for Children with Autism Spectrum Differences: Are we Listening to What the Research and the Children are Telling us?  Accepted for Publication in Children’s Research Digest, September, 2018. Dr. Emer Ring, Dr. Lisha O’Sullivan & Dr. Kathleen Horgan.  CLICK HERE to read Article.


To view the Reception Handbook, click on the attachment below.  The Handbook contains State of the Art Reports and Case Studies from all participating countries.    

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A RECIPE for Success (A Comenius Learning Programme 2015 - 2016)

Today’s educators face an enormous challenge in keeping students engaged, embracing new technologies and satisfying the constant demand for higher standards of education.
Clare Education Centre, in partnership with a number of local Primary Schools, aims to address this challenge of by exploring the potential of LEGO WeDo resources to meet curriculum objectives in subject areas such as Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Technology and Maths. The RECIPE project represents a pan-European initiative involving partners in Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Greece and Ireland, and involves using qualitative methods of action-research to investigate how schools can best work in partnership with Regional Educational Centers RECs across Europe to reduce Early School Leaving (ESL). Through the support of Mary Immaculate College initial teacher educators, students and the college’s LEGO Innovation Studio, pupils in the schools will have an opportunity to explore sets of theme-based robotics activities designed specifically for the primary classroom. Pupils will have the opportunity to build amazing mechanisms, wild animals and adventure stories, and then add movement with fun easy-to-use software whilst allowing students to exercise creative problem-solving and team-working skills. With a focus on creativity and collaboration, motivation and self-direction, and interacting with meaningful tools that expand mental capacities, it is intended that the LEGO kits will provide a unique 'hands-on, minds-on' experience that supports and enriches the entire learning process. The project is led by Rory McGann (ICT Lecturer in Mary Immaculate College) with the support of Clare Education Centre.

 Clare Education Centre recently hosted the RECIPE meeting of partners in education from across the continent.  See attached article printed in local paper - The Clare Champion, May 15, 2015
Also attached article printed in InTouch magazine April 2014

Promotional Video - Ennis, Ireland

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