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Tracey Buckley Childcare Resource Library

pic for library April 19th 2012, Offaly County Childcare Committee re-dedicated its Childcare Resource Library to the memory of our friend and colleague, Tracey Buckley, who sadly passed away at the age of 31, in February 2011. Tracey worked with Offaly County Childcare Committee as Clerical Support Worker for four years. One of Tracey's actions was to stock and catalogue the Resource Centre. The Childcare Resource Library will be a permanent reminder of Tracey's dedication to her work and will provide services and students in the county with an invaluable resource.

The Tracey Buckley Childcare Resource Library carries a large selection of books ranging from literature suitable for QQI Childcare Level 5 & 6 courses to craft and cookery books to use with children in services as well as Story Sacks, Topic Boxes and lots of other invaluable resources. 


Resource Library Books

 Click on a category below to view a full list of books we have available in each category

art activities 2020 As Gaeilge 2020 Curriculum 2020 EDI 2020
Environment 2020 governance 2020 health well being 2020 human resources 2020
Learning Development 2020 parenting 2020 planning Assessing 2020 professional practice 2020
research study skills 2020 school age 2020 siolta Aistear 2020 Social Legal 2020


Story Sacks 

What is a Story Sack? 

A story sack is a large cloth bag containing a favourite children's book with supporting materials to stimulate language activities and make reading a memorable and enjoyable experience. In working with the children to tell the story, the following pointers are useful:

  • Talk about the story and children’s favourite bits
  • Ask children questions about the characters and the plot
  • Retell the story using the models and story sack contents
  • Find out more about the people and places in the story by looking at the non-fiction books to expand learning
  • Draw a character or model one out of plasticene
  • Draw a story map of the plot to help with re-telling the story
  • Use the story to creatively engage the children in learning life lessons

We have Story Sacks in the Tracey Buckley Resource Library which you can borrow for your service. Click on an image to view ful details of each Story Sack listed below;

Itchy Bear      No Room for Baby Roo      The Gruffalo Fatou Fetch the Water
Itchy Bear No room for a Baby Roo Gruffalo Fatou Fetch the Water
Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Available Loan Status:  Out on Loan Loan Status:  Available
 We're Going on a Bear Hunt  Ringo the Flamingo  Shaun the Shy Shark  The Scarecrow who didnt scare 
Going on a Bear Hunt Ringo the Flamingo Shaun the Shy Shark The Scarecrow who Didnt Scare
 Loan Status: Out on Loan  Loan Status: Available  Loan Status: Available  Loan Status: Available
 Little Moon Farmer Duck  

The Little Red Hen and the ear of Wheat

Do your Ears Hang Low 
Little Moon Farmer Duck little red hen DoYourEarsHangLow
 Loan Status:Available  Loan Status: Available  Loan Status:  Available  Loan Status: Available
Winnie the Witch  The Princess and the Dragon  The Train Ride  Ar Mála Mor - Mé Fein 
WinnietheWitch ThePrincessandtheDragon The Train Ride MéFéin
 Loan Status: Out on loan  Loan Status:  Available  Loan Status: Available  Loan Status: Available
 Ar Mála Mor - Éadaí Naionáin Talluala's Atishoo  Mrs Honey's Hat Our Cat Cuddles 
ÉadaíNaíonáin1 Tallulas Atishoo Mrs Honeys Hat


Our Cat Cuddles

 Loan Status:  Available  Loan Status: Available   Loan Status: Available  Loan Status:  Available


What is a Topic Box?

A Topic Box is a large Box containing preschool resources linked to a preschool interest themes.  The resources support the development of skills and dispositions.  Included is a planning sheet which supports practitioners in developing a child led learning plan.  There is also display materials within the box.

Topic Boxes Promote
Imaginative/role play
Small world play
Fine motor skills
Gross motor skills
Water and sand play
Arts and crafts

We have Topic Boxes in the Tracey Buckley Resource Library which you can borrow for your service. Click on an image to view full details of each Topic Box listed below; 


Childminder & School Age Topic Boxes
Board Games Childminder Dr. Seuss
Board Games Website Childminder Website Dr. Seuss
Loan Status:  Available Loan Satus: Available Loan Status:  Available
Drama Space - Science Sports & Excercise
Drama Space Science Website Sports Excerise
Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Available


Preschool Age Topic Boxes
All About Me Autumn Babies
AllAboutMe Autumn up dated babyphoto
Loan Status:  Available Loan Status:  Available Loan Status: Available
Dinosaurs Equality & Diversity Fairytales
Dinosaurs EqualityandDiversity up dated Fairytales up dated
Loan Status: Available  Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Available
Gardening Healthy Me Mini Beasts
gardening HeathlyMe Minibeasts
Loan Status:  Available Loan Status: Out on Loan Loan Status: Available
 People Who Help Us Sealife  Space 
PeopleWhoHelpUs sealife Space1
Loan Status: Available  Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Out on Loan
Space 2  Spring - Farm  Transitions 
Space1 FarmSpring Transitions updated
Loan Status:  Available Loan Status: Available Loan Status: Available
Transport Winter  
TransportRoadSafety Winter  
Loan Status: Available Loan Status:  Out on loan  





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