Resources for ELC/SAC Settings Supporting Children and Families from Ukraine

Dear Provider

We are writing to you today to share some supports/resources which may be useful to you as children and families from Ukraine engage with your ELC/SAC setting.


Attached are three guidance resources for ELC settings on how they can best support children and families coming from Ukraine in a trauma informed way. The topics cover:

·       Transitions into Early Learning and Care Settings

·       The Healing Power of Being Outdoors

·       The Early Learning and Care Environment

These are available on Barnardos’ website at the following link ELC Support Resources | Barnardos

Barnardos have also developed a short e-learning recorded webinar, ‘Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine: The Impact of Trauma and How to Foster Resilience in Early Learning and Care’ which gives early years educators an overview of the impact of trauma in the context of children arriving in Ireland from Ukraine and explores some of the key considerations to help foster resilience in the early learning and care setting.

The recording is available to access here: Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine | … (

Live webinars:

Two wellbeing webinars will be hosted next week.

First is focussed on Educator/Practitioner wellbeing

Sheila O’Malley is delivering a one-hour wellbeing webinar focusing on Self-Care, Managing Behaviour and Effective Communication at 10am on Wednesday 13th April. This event will be recorded and widely circulated after the event. Recordings on the three topics will be hosted on the First 5 website after the event.

Sheila O’Malley is one of Ireland’s leading Professional Trainers/Public Speakers in the area of Wellbeing whether Personal, Workplace or Family. 

Sheila speaks on Work Life Balance, Resilience, Mental Fitness and Emotional Intelligence as well as Personal & Family Wellbeing. Sheila has worked previously with lots of Government Departments/Agencies, large companies and school boards to name a few.

This event is being hosted through WebEx and we can cater for 1000 participants for the live event.

To join the webinar click here: Join Webinar

Second is focussed on Supporting Children’s wellbeing

Colman Noctor is delivering a webinar supporting children’s wellbeing in ELC/SAC settings in the current context on Thursday 14th April 2022 at 6.30pm. This event will not be recorded.

Colman is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist. He has worked across a range of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services both in Ireland and abroad and he has a wealth of national and international clinical experience.

This event is being hosted through WebEx and we can cater for 1000 participants for the live event.

To join the webinar click here: Join Webinar

Over the coming days the resources and webinar recordings will be available for reference on the First 5 website.

Kind regards,

Early Years Comms

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