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Looking Back, Looking Forward Conference: Celebrating 25 Years of Early Years at UCC
The conference which took place on the 10th of March showcased the integrated and holistic nature of the Early Years and Childhood Studies degree and research in early childhood at UCC which positively contributes to early learning, well-being and development in the present and into the future.
There were two keynote speakers - Associate Professor Geraldine French of DCU who focused on a literature review for Aistear and Dr Máire Mhic Mháthuma who focused on beginning, being and becoming: developments in early years education and care over the last 25 years and beyond. Panel sessions included: Creative, participatory and inclusive practice in early years; early intervention in diverse contexts; exploring early childcare educators’ perspectives on supporting music for children in early years setting; young Knocknaheeny; P4Play; early years practice in Lesotho; early years participation literature review; migrant children; young children’s wellbeing; early years practice; wellbeing; early years sector overview; neuroscience in early years; transitions; resilience in early childhood; Froebel research. This conference was aimed at early years providers, academics/researchers, graduates and current students of the B.A.(EYCS) at UCC.