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Annual Conference 2018: Masterclasses

Annual Conference 2018: Masterclasses

November 23, 2017




Alison John will deliver this year’s Keynote and a Masterclass:
Alison John from Alison John & Associates Limited has worked delivering disability awareness and challenging the attitude to disability within the UK and internationally. She specialises in delivering inclusion, equality and play training in the early childhood education and care sector. Her training is participative and engaging, delegates will feel warmed, informed and inspired to make change.


1. The Toybox Project
In partnership with children and parents, Toybox provides a rights-based outreach service for Traveller children aged 0-4 aimed at tackling inequalities in Traveller education.


2. Helium Arts
Is the national children’s arts and health organisation. Bringing art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland.


3. Dr. Sheila Long
Recently completed a Doctorate in Childhood Studies, on Children’s Rights Education for Early Years, at Queen’s University Belfast, from which she has developed a model for incorporating children’s rights education into the professional formation of ECCE professionals.


4. Margaret Coogan
Has been working in ECCE for over 20 years as an educator, manager/owner and trainer. She promotes the role of pedagogues to recognise and support the individuality of each child and to identify ways environments can promote equality, diversity and inclusion for all.


5. Ann Halligan
Has been working in ECCE since 1995 as an educator, manager/owner and trainer. She has been implementing an Anti-Bias approach with young children and families for the last fifteen years and has embedded the approach into her everyday practice. 


6. Niamh Gallagher
A Speech and Language therapist and lecturer in inclusive practice. Her area of interest centres around the early year’s practitioner in identifying and supporting children with speech, language and communication needs and the need to develop and extend existing models of collaborative practice.


7. Lorraine Dempsey
Chairperson of Special Needs Parents Association which exists to support all parents of persons with special needs and disabilities irrespective of age or diagnosis, by promoting on a national level, improved treatment, education, welfare and acceptance for our children.


8. Rita Melia
Is Head of Training and Practice with Early Childhood Ireland, her area of interest centres around how the educator’s image of the child influences the choice of pedagogical approach and the subsequent impact on young children’s wellbeing and involvement.


9. Imelda Graham
Is well known for her work within early years through Barnardos and her publication: Realising Potential – Equality, Diversity & Inclusive Practice in Early Years. She set up an early years’ service for child refugees in Greece called “Spaces of Hope”.


10. Dr. Emer Ring
Joined Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in 2011 as Head of Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the LINC Programme.


11. Thomas Johnston
Is Director of Ceol Connected. He considers music-making immensely beneficial for children and young people, having transformative potential around issues such as diversity and wellbeing.


12. Colette Murray
Is currently a lecturer in the Early Childhood Programme in the Humanities Department of Blanchardstown IT. Her work has been central and led the debate on the inclusion of a diversity and equality approach in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector.


13. Brian Casserly – Resilient Defence Cyber Technical Expert 
An Introduction to GDPR for Childcare and Education Services
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) comes into effect across all EU member states on 25 May 2018. All current data protection regulations will be replaced by the GDPR from this date and all sectors will need to comply with this legislation. With only weeks remaining to the GDPR, Early Childhood Ireland has engaged Resilient Defence to provide clarity on GDPR planning.  The masterclass will focus specifically on the childcare sector and the practical measures that can be taken to align with the upcoming regulation.


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