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Reopening Together Series: Webinar 3

Reopening Together Series: Webinar 3

June 25, 2020

Date: Wednesday 1 July  2020

Time: 4pm


For the third webinar in our Reopening Together series, we are delighted to be joined by Mary Maloney, who will share her thoughts on a nurturing pedagogy. Colette Murray will discuss the critical importance of anti-bias work in early childhood education and care. Aine McGuirk from BOP Star will be sharing some social management services insights to assist members in promoting their setting through social media channels. 


Mary Moloney
Title: Nurturing Care – Nurturing Pedagogy, what children most need and want from their Early Childhood Teachers

Mary is an accomplished researcher, author and lecturer in the field of early childhood education and care. Her work is influenced by research trips to Slovenia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. In 2018, Mary achieved her lifelong ambition to work at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as a volunteer kindergarten teacher with refugee children and their families in Greece in 2016 and 2017.

Mary was awarded a National Teaching Hero Award by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2014 in recognition of her work as a lecturer in early childhood education at Mary Immaculate College. She has given keynote addresses at national and international ECEC conferences. Her publications include two books published by Routledge: ‘Early Childhood Education Management: Insights into Business Practice and Leadership’ (2017) and ‘Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care (2018). Mary is currently co-authoring a publication with a colleague (Dr Jennifer Pope) at Mary Immaculate College concerned with ‘Empowering Confident and Competent Learners, birth to 3 years old’ ,which she feels is a neglected space in ECEC. Her motto ‘Early Childhood is Everyone’s Business, Make it Yours’ signifies her deeply held belief in the critical importance of early childhood education and care for all children. She is a tireless advocate for the sector focusing in particular upon professional identity, educator well-being, inclusion, leadership and management.  In her spare time, she likes to read (murder mysteries), walk with the love of her life – Chancer, her golden retriever and, spend time with family and friends


Colette Murray
Title: It’s Not Optional: Anti-bias Work in ECEC

Colette has more than 30 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector in both national and international contexts. She has worked as educator, trainer, lecturer, advocate and researcher. She has advocated for a comprehensive Diversity, Equality and Inclusion approach in ECEC practice, training and policy, introducing the Anti-bias Approach to the Irish ECEC sector. Colette is interested in transformative and emancipatory practice in education and care. She founded the Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDeNn). She is a board member of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Center and is a steering committee member of the international Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) network. Colette currently lectures on TU Dublin: Blanchardstown ECEC degree programme. She has written and published primarily on social justice, diversity, equality and Traveller issues.


Aine McGuirk
Title: Social Media for your Business – the Benefits & Risks

BOP Star work with businesses who care about delivering enviable customer experience. We build a picture of the business through a customer’s eyes and then set about harmonizing our clients online and physical presence to improve their sales outcomes.

Building a relationship with our clients is key for telling their story and promoting their brand through social media channels. We collaborate on content creation, discuss promotional ideas and really get a sense of the tone of the business to create an engaging and compelling online profile.

Our social media management services include planning and posting compelling content to business pages using a range of mediums, actively engaging with followers and filtering any responses to customer private messages and page comments. We help businesses remain responsive and allow owners get on with the day-to-day stuff.

Keeping our clients informed is critical, we provide weekly statistics on key performance metrics and continuously review these to enhance reach, engagement and page followers/likes. We monitor current trends to stay in tune with specific markets, track client competitors to keep them ahead of the game and consult on future social media strategy.

Helping business owners tell their story in a compelling and engaging way is what we do each and every day. Finding competitive advantage through social media is our way.

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