I'm back and starting to write again. I have only one more assignment to write of 1400 words which I may start after writing this blog. It has been a tough year but it was necessary for me to go back to study. This is especially evident in the aftermath of the Primetime, A Breach of Trust expose a few weeks ago. Working in early years care and education is a bit like being caught up in a whirlwind lately. I've studied Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) a lot but my favourite assignments of the year were on the debate about Nature vs. Nurture, Genes vs. Environment and the role of gender in play. On a positive note I've been complimented by tutors on how well I write. Yea thanks. Next on the agenda is describing and analysing my own philosophy of ECCE and key influences to my practice and examining changing constructions of childhood that have evolved through time. That should be interesting.
I've been dipping in and out of John Banville's Ancient Light. It's really good. Niamh Boyce's The Herbalist is beckoning. Kate Dempsey will be guest editor for Boyne Berries 14 so that will be intriguing! I'm also looking forward to reading a pdf. of Abridged Lockjaw.