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OMEP Conference, UCC 20 May 2017

29 May 2017
Dr Mary O'Kane and Dr Denice Cunningham

OMEP Conference, UCC 20 May 2017

The annual OMEP Ireland conference titled “Early Childhood Challenges and Opportunities: Embracing Challenge and Inventing Tomorrow” was held in UCC on 20th May 2017.  It was a very successful event with excellent keynote addresses and it was wonderful to have OMEP Patron Francis Douglas, Emeritus Professor of Early Years and Childhood Studies in attendance on the day.

We were delighted to welcome the following Keynote speakers:  Dr Mary O Kane, who is a lecturer in both early childhood and psychology in Open University and Maynooth University and a parenting expert.  Mary did a paper on 'The Transition from Preschool to Primary: Lessons from Research'. 

Dr Sheila Garrity who has a role with the UNESCO child and family research centre at NUI Galway did a paper on 'Diversity, Inclusion and Family Support in Early Years Settings: a Case Study'.

Sheila Dillon is the national service coordinator for the Better start AIM’s Access and Inclusion Model and did a paper on 'A national approach to ensuring children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme', this was a very informative paper for practitioners.

We had a further 16 papers covering the following subjects: Marginalised children worldwide; Early intervention; Community wide approach to quality in disadvantaged areas; Social media in the early years; Outdoor play; Enhancing pedagogy; Student perspectives on Montessori 0 to 3 age groups; Self-evaluation and quality improvements; Children's attitudes to male practitioners in the early years; and Developing reading in the early years.

We also had some great stands and displays and an excellent Student/Practitioner poster display.

A very good day was had by all.

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Please contact Dr Denice Cunningham, School of Education at d.cunningham@ucc.ie


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