The Practitioner Inquiry Programme: Building a bridge between research and pedagogy

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to invite educators who work in member settings to be part of an exciting new programme which will focus on practitioners making connections between research and their normal everyday practice.

What is Practitioner Inquiry?

Practitioner Inquiry is a process of individual or collective research, led by practitioners within their own work settings. It enables practitioners to better understand what is happening in their setting and ultimately, to make small or large changes to improve shared practice and the experiences of the children and families they work with.


How will I benefit from taking part in the programme?

Regular engagement in Practitioner Inquiry supports professional growth by challenging or disrupting your thinking. It helps practitioners to reconsider ingrained habits and routines and create a space for practitioners to stop and look again at existing or comfortable ways of working. In this way, Practitioner Inquiry can be transformative.

It’s strength, and also its challenge, is the close connection between practice and research as the practitioner-researcher belongs to the setting – they know and understand the practice which is under investigation. Practioners are often asking questions, reflecting on their practice, problem solving and are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between research and pedagogy.

Practitioner Inquiry also empowers practitioners by generating credible evidence to advocate for wider change: locally, regionally and nationally.


What is in it for my setting?

  • The programme is an opportunity for Continuous Professional Development, which is delivered online in the evenings
  • It includes on-site visits from an early childhood specialist, who will mentor the setting practitioners in their own setting
  • At the end of the programme, each setting will have the opportunity to share their research through an in-person event, as well as through an e-book publication and individual posters. These posters will be designed for each setting to share with their families, children and other interested members of the Early Years and School Age Care community.


What is involved and who do I contact?

If you would like to be part of this exciting programme and can commit to four online zoom mentoring/CPD evening sessions, commencing mid-March and finishing end of June 2024, along with one on-site mentoring/support visit and individual zoom meetings if required from our early years specialist during this period, please complete the expression of interest form below before 29 February 2024. If you have any questions about this programme, you can also email Kathleen at [email protected].


How do I get involved?

If you would like to be part of this exciting programme and can commit to the requirements above, please complete the expression of interest below by 5pm on Thursday, 29 February 2024.

Practitioner Inquiry Programme 2024 Expression of Interest Form

Address of setting:
Name of Practitioner:

Number of rooms

Type of Setting:
Is the ECCE setting

If you have been nominated by your manager to take part in this programme, please enter their name below.