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Research and Practice Seminar 2017

Research and Practice Seminar 2017

January 24, 2017

Date: Friday 31st March

In this years Research & Practice Seminar, we can look forward to hearing about the current issues and challenges in the early childhood care and education sector, with presentations on ‘Social Media in an Early Years Setting’, ‘Practitioners’ Experiences of Inclusion for Children with Additional Needs’ and ‘Students perspectives on the value of degree level training’. There are also interesting presentations on Policy, ‘Hearing the Teacher’s Voice’, and ‘Lost in Translation and Transition’ – transition from preschool to primary school in a Gaeltacht region. Under 3’s and Families is explored under the titles of ‘To Educate the Human Potential: Montessori in the first three years’ and ‘Steiner Parent and Child Programme’.

The theme of our conference is reflected in presentations on ‘Professionalization of the ECCE sector’ under the titles of ‘Placement Practice and the Development of Professional Identity’, ‘What do Early Years Practitioners Understand about Reflective Practice’ and ‘What a difference a year makes! – Exploring the Impact of Training on Practice One Year After Completion’. The Role of the Educators is highlighted with presentations on ‘Enhancing Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education’, ‘Preschool Educators Beliefs and Pedagogical Practice’ and ‘Children’s Rights Education in Early Years’.
Wellbeing of educators, children and families is discussed under the titles ‘The Role of Coping Style in Children’s Emotional Wellbeing’ and ‘A Systematic Review of Interventions and Supports for the Bereaved Child’. Under the strand of ‘Quality’, we will hear about ‘Children’s Perspectives on Quality in an Early Years Setting’ and ‘Addressing Quality in childcare – a case study of a community wide approach’. A number of presentations under the strand ‘Management and Leadership’, will provide some useful insights under the titles ‘To Lead or Not to Lead, that is the Question’, and ‘Addressing the Crisis: Leadership as it is and as it Could be’.

Attendees will also have to opportunity to sit in on topics being explored during self-organised symposiums, titles such as ‘Pedagogical Documentation inspired by Reggio Approach’, ‘Supporting Practitioner Researchers’, ‘Developing processes and tools to support children’s transition from preschool to primary school’ and ‘Supporting competent young learners through a shared preschool and infant curriculum framework’.

In the main hall, there will be an opportunity to view and engage in professional dialogues with presenters in the Poster Presentation Section of our Research & Practice Seminar, with posters on Policy, Wellbeing of educators, children and families.


Research Day Timetable
>> 13.30 – Registration and Posters
>> 2.00 – Welcome & Keynote
>> 2.45 – Research Seminars
>> 3.45 – Coffee Break & Posters
>> 4.15 – Research Seminars
>> 5.15 – Close



We are pleased to announce that Professor Nóirín Hayes will deliver the Keynote Presentation at this year’s Research and Practice Seminar. Nóirín Hayes is a developmental psychologist. Her specialist field is child development and learning, with particular interest in early childhood development and education, curriculum and pedagogy and children’s rights.


Call for Proposals

This year’s annual conference will take place on 31st March and 1st April in the O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD, Dublin.  The 31st is dedicated to the Research and Practice Seminar and we are inviting educators and researchers to submit a research abstract and share their work and learning.

The closing date has now passed to submit a research proposal for our Research and Practice Seminar in UCD on March 31st. 

The large attendance and buzz of conversation and excitement at last year’s research seminar reflected the scope and depth of research that is happening all around us here in Ireland, in everyday practice in early childhood settings as well as in the academic work of the third level institutions. There is most definitely an appetite in the sector for more professional conversation, for sharing the work of both new and established researchers and educator-researchers and for developing the early childhood community of practice. Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to provide a platform to showcase this research and to facilitate these professional conversations.

We invited submissions under any the following themes:

  • The role of Educators
  • Wellbeing of educators, children and families
  • Professionalisation
  • Management and Leadership
  • Current issues and challenges in ECCE
  • Infrastructure and Frameworks
  • Quality in ECCE
  • Curriculum
  • Play
  • Under 3’s
  • Families
  • Policy
  • Funding and Governance


Keynote: Professor Nóirín Hayes

Professor Nóirín Hayes, Ma, MEd, PhD is a developmental psychologist.  She is Visiting Professor at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and maintains her affiliation to the Dublin Institute of Technology, through the Centre for Social and Educational Research. Her specialist field is child development and learning, with particular interest in early childhood development and education, curriculum and pedagogy and children’s rights. She has an active research portfolio working with postgraduate students and researchers. She is the author of a number of books, reports and research articles on early childhood education, practice and policy including Early Years Practice: Getting it Right from the Start (2013: Gill and Macmillan) and is co-author of Introducing Bronfenbrenner (Routledge, 2017). She has served on a number of government advisory and working groups most recently the Better Outcomes: Brighter Futures Advisory Council (2016 – present). Prof Hayes is a founder member of the Children’s Rights Alliance, an honorary member of OMEP and a member of the board of Start Strong [2011-2016] and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment [2012-2016].


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