Bun-sgoil * Cròileagan * Sgoil-àraich
Òganan Dhùn Èideann are enthusiastic proponents of a close working relationship with colleagues in Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, Cròileagan and the Sgoil-àraich. Collaboration working will take the form of sharing best practice and supporting the school curriculum and current work themes. For example, work undertaken in the school to celebrate World Book Day will be continued in wraparound and developed further.
There are undoubted benefits in partnership working within Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, which will serve to build and maintain the strong reputation and positive ethos of Gaelic-medium Education in Edinburgh.
Fàs Mòr is a Gaelic childcare service for children aged 0-12 and is based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College on the Island of Skye. Fàs Mòr have already contributed significantly to our company development ensuring we also deploy the very best in childcare through the medium of Gaelic for our children. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to work in partnership with Fàs Mòr especially in terms of developing support, resources and a network for our wraparound manager. An exchange of information and experiences in the areas of language usage (staff and children) and staff professional development is an encouraging initiative. It is recognised we have much to learn from each other, both Gaelic-medium childcare providers but diverse in terms of a rural and a city setting.
The University of Glasgow
To fully implement our plans for a successful wraparound service and to ensure our staff deliver best practice Òganan Dhùn Èideann has entered into a Research and Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Glasgow. We will be working very closely with their Department of Education and have been assigned an advisor with significant childcare experience and training of Childhood Practice managers. Our advisor teaches on the BA and MEd programme in Childhood Practice and is uniquely placed in advising and increasing the professionalism of staff in our wraparound setting including the manager.
A number of the areas we are interested in developing are:
- CPD training for staff
- implementing best practice
- developing our parent and children consultation programme
- understanding and improving teamwork
- outdoor activities
- age-appropriate childcare
- development plans for the setting
In essence Òganan Dhùn Èideann staff will work closely with the University of Glasgow to exchange innovative practical ideas which have proved to aid all round child development and contribute significantly to the continued success of our Gaelic wraparound service. We also plan to closely monitor developments in bilingual and mainstream nursery and wraparound education to ensure we are at the forefront of current trends in the marketplace.