Early Childhood Ireland announced the launch of the 2018 National Pyjama Day Fund.
A total of six charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on National Pyjama Day earlier this year, which amounted to almost €280,000. The recipient charities are:
- Down Syndrome Ireland
- Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland
- Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
- Temple Street Foundation
Each of the charities support children with additional needs under the age of 6.
Throughout this programme, ReCreate are going to develop a tailored programme – ‘Play, Create & Learn’ – which will consist of playful creative engagements that can be used in the classroom by educators and those working with young children with additional needs.
Using our reuse materials as provocations – open ended activities that don’t have a prescribed outcome, instead are designed to stimulate ideas, initiative and imagination – the artistic processes used in this programme will encourage participation and provide the children with opportunities to experience the world using their senses, learning ‘how to learn’, and how to make meaning through these artistic and creative experiences. Catering for a range of intelligences and capabilities, a strong emphasis will be placed on the wellbeing of each child, opening new avenues of self-expression and alternative forms of communication.
Speaking about the announcement, ReCreate Chief Executive Clodagh O’ Reilly said ” I am delighted that ReCreate were one of the recipients of the Pyjama Day 2018 Fund! This grant will allow us to deepen our engagement with inclusive early years settings and we can’t wait to get started on the project”
A full press release on the award can be found here