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National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019

January 16, 2019

Call for research proposals


Early Childhood Ireland’s ‘National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019’, will take place on Friday 12 April 2019. It promises to be an exciting opportunity for students, practitioners, and researchers to present their research proposals.

We are now looking for research proposals from all those with an interest in early learning and care.


The themes for our National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019 are:

  • Supporting families in early years settings: partnerships with parents
  • Professionalism and the role of the pedagogue/educator
  • Curriculum in early years settings
  • Exploring child-centred practice
  • Quality early childhood education
  • Transitions
  • Play and learning
  • Documentation: challenges and opportunities
  • Current issues and challenges in ECEC
  • Management and leadership in ECEC
  • Working with under-3s
  • Influencing policy


You can submit a proposal(s) in any of the following categories:

  • oral presentation
  • poster presentation and/or 
  • self-organised symposium 


Closing date for receipt of research proposals is Friday 1 February 2019 at 3pm.


Our schedule for the day includes a special masterclass for students intending to undertake research in the future. We will present examples of innovative practice from award winning early years educators. This will be of significant interest to prospective researchers generating ideas for research proposals.

This full day research and practice conference will include a keynote speaker focusing on evidence-based research in early years. Attendees will have access to a range of research presentations, poster presentations, and self-organised symposia.

All accepted research proposals will have the added opportunity this year to be published in our first ever ‘Irish Early Years Research Journal’.


All submitted research proposals will be subject to review by our Scientific Committee to ensure continued quality and scientific integrity. Click here to find out who sits on our Scientific Committee.


Please click to view Frequently Asked Questions for our National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019. 


Proposal Submission Form


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