Policy Frameworks for Early Childhood Education and Care

National Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care Services (0-3 years)

The Ministry for Education (MFED) considers the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), as the most important time in the life of children, a period which directly impacts on how a child approaches future learning and social-emotional challenges.  MFED has signalled ECEC as one of the priorities and drivers in its ongoing efforts to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). After a thorough consultation with all major stakeholders, the Ministry has launched the new national standards, Early Childhood Education and Care Services (0-3 Years) in October 2021. These standards are intended to apply equally to childcare ECEC services operating both in the public and private sectors.

Early Childhood Education and Care (0-7) National Policy Framework for Malta and Gozo

In October 2021, the Ministry for Education (MFED) published the Early Childhood Education and Care (0-7) National Policy Framework for Malta and Gozo. This document identifies five primary goals in achieving the national vision in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) where the focus is for young children’s development to be maximised.

You may view the policy documents by clicking on the following link:

The National Standards for Early Childhood and Care Policy is launched – The Office of the Permanent Secetary (newsbreak.edu.mt)

Christmas Initiative for Children – Grandparents’ Post Office

It is the Festive Season again! This Festive Season there are going to be elderly people who are not going to have any family or loved ones to celebrate with. You children can help!

How? It is very simple. All you need to do is:

  1. Write or draw a message on an A4 white paper. You can use any medium
    such as colours, markers, paint etc.. You can also choose to design your
    message digitally
  2. Address it to a Grandparent
  3. Scan or take a high quality photo of your message and,
  4. Upload your message on https://www.nannietpostoffice.com/.
    This portal was developed by Prof Alexiei Dingli, Mr Stephen Bezzina and Ms
    Marvic Sciberras.

Then the team at the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society will print your messages, put them in an envelope and deliver them to the elderly, for the festive season.

When? We welcome your designs, drawings and messages as from the 22nd November till the 5th December.

We are looking forward to receiving a lot of messages from you CHILDREN, so that together we can make our GRANDPARENTS happy for this festive

Sessjonijiet Virtwali għall-Istudenti tal-Lingwi

Id-Dipartiment tal-Lingwi Barranin se jorganizza serje ta’ sessjonijiet virtwali lil studenti tal-lingwi tas-7 u t-8 Sena li huma nteressati li jużaw il-lingwi b’mod aktar attiv u li lesti li jiskopru dwar lingwi differenti minn dawk li huma familjari magħhom. L-istudenti li għandhom għal qalbhom xi lingwa jew oħra huma għalhekk imħajra li jinagħqdu ma’ studenti li jitgħallmu lingwi differenti u jattendu għal serje ta’ webinars marbutin mal-lingwi. Dawn il-webinars ser jittrattaw aspetti dwar il-lingwa, l-kultura, l-użu u t-tagħlim tal-lingwa u jipproponu attivitajiet li bihom l-istudenti jistgħu jużaw jew ikabbru l-għarfien tagħhom fil-lingwa barranija partikolari li tkun qed tiġi ppreżentata lilhom. Ser ikun hemm sessjonijiet fuq iċ-Ċiniż, il-Franċiż, il- Ġermaniz, l-Għarbi, it-Taljan u l-Ispanjol, kif ukoll xi lingwi oħra li ma’ jiġux mgħallma fl-iskejjel.

Fis-sessjonijiet l-istudenti ser ikollhom ċans jiżviluppaw ħiliet plurilingwi u jieħdu sehem f’attivitajiet diversi permezz tas-sessjonijiet offruti lilhom. Is-sessjonijiet se jsiru kull nhar ta’ Tnejn, jibdew fit-22 ta’ Novembru 2021, bejn l-4:00 u l-5:00, fuq MS Teams. Wieħed mitlub ġentilment japplika hawn: https://forms.office.com/r/APXYrTEjy6. Għal aktar informazzjoni wieħed jista’ jikteb fuq foreignlanguages@ilearn.edu.mt jew iċempel fuq 25982902.

Sustainable Development Goals Seminar

The Esplora Team would like to advise teachers of Primary, Middle and Secondary
Schools about the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts Concluding Seminar, which will be hosted at the Esplora Planetarium Hall on Tuesday 16th November 2021. Registrations starts at 8:30am.

How can we raise awareness on the importance of quality education, gender equality and life below water using the creative arts? The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Discover a variety of free educational resource packs based on 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals. These were developed as part of the Erasmus+ Project entitled ‘Embracing the Sustainable Development Goals through Creative Arts’. The project focused on the use of Storytelling, Dance and Digital Games to raise awareness on quality education, gender equality and life below water.

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Seven Reading Recovery Teachers Graduate with MA from the University College London

The National Literacy Agency congratulates the seven Reading Recovery teacher leaders Anna Vassallo, Doreen Scerri, Eleanor Vella, Janet Maria Cristina, Roberta Galea, Rosanne Delceppo, and Rosanne Talbot, on their graduation which was organised virtually by UCL (University College London).

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based early intervention for children who are not getting underway with reading and writing after one year in school. Most children catch up to age-expected levels in a short period of time and no longer need extra help. Reading Recovery teacher leaders receive a high level of training (at Masters level) about literacy learning and teaching of young children. Under the aegis of the Agency, they train prospective Reading Recovery teachers.

Culture Pass Programme for Schools

The Directorate for Culture is launching once again the Culture Pass Programme for all schools.  All students attending the Kindergarten, Primary, Middle, Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools can benefit from this initiative. The aim of the Culture Pass is to give all students the opportunity to experience at least one cultural activity/event during a scholastic year.  We would like all students to experience more than once.  We are offering several cultural productions which children and students may enjoy and which are related to their learning experience.  All productions are designed to reflect the desired audience and age group, as well as the school curriculum.

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Course for students sitting for Maltese SEC exam on Maltese spelling rules

The National Literacy Agency, within the Ministry for Education, invites students sitting for the Maltese SEC exam in 2022 to attend a short course in Maltese on Maltese spelling rules. This course is aimed at those students who would like to keep up to date with Maltese spelling and grammar rules. Due to the current situation and the containment measures in place, the course will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

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The Pact for Skills one year on: 450 organisations pledge to reskill over 1.5 million people in Europe

Having the right skills is essential for individuals’ success in a fast changing labour market. The recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the rhythm of change in how we live, learn and work, as well as how we progress in our careers. The Pact for Skills was set up to bring together employers, workers, public employment services, regional authorities and others to identify what skills will be needed in different sectors of the economy to ensure we can flourish in a more green and digital society.

Today, the Pact celebrates its first birthday. A lot has happened in the last year and the strong alliances already built are creating more opportunities for working-age people across Europe to learn new skills and improve their prospects in the labour market and at work.

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Information Sessions about Accounting by the Institute of Accountants (MIA)

The Department of Accounting within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes is inviting interested students in Year 11 to participate in an information session about Accounting as an option subject which will be delivered by the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA). The session, which will repeat itself on different days and times, will help students make an informed decision about accountancy as a career path. Studying Accounts can immensely help students by increasing their work opportunities. The #AccountsForYou information sessions will be held virtually after school hours, starting from Wednesday1st December 2021 and will be available in both Maltese and English.

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Read me a Book – Recorded Reading for Pleasure for Children Aged 0-9

The virtual video library of the ‘Read me a Book/Aqrali Ktieb’ programme of the National Literacy Agency offers recorded Reading for Pleasure sessions for children aged 0 to 11 years. These sessions are produced in English and Maltese by the reading animators of the Agency. The virtual library of the Agency is accessible to all educators and parents. Applicants may borrow up to two recorded sessions, one in Maltese and another one in English, every day. These clips, which will be provided free of charge, will be time-barred for a limited period (circa 3 hours).

Parents may choose the clips from the catalogues which can be found at: https://education.gov.mt/en/nationalliteracyagency/Pages/Resources/Lets-Read-Together.aspx. To borrow a video clip kindly send an email to kurt.lee.azzopardi.2@ilearn.edu.mt and please provide the following information:

•Title of video clip;

•Age of child (0-3, 3-7 or 7-11);

•Date and Time for viewing.

The viewing times are as follows: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. A link and password will be provided through email by Mr Kurt Azzopardi. For more information please call 2598 2994.