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Reception Project 2017 - 2019 (An Erasmus+ Programme)

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.


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.  View presentation on the below video.  

Ireland from Reception Project on Vimeo.

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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Govermment Buildings,
Kilrush Road,
Co. Clare