Celebrate Diversity - Together We Make Our World Complete
Celebrate Diversity - Together We Make Our World Complete

Celebrate Diversity - Together We Make Our World Complete

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Canal Court Hotel

Merchants Quay

Newry, United Kingdom

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This Early Learning conference is a collaborative event between Child Care in Practice journal, the Early Years Organisation and the Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition.

Jillian van Turnhout is a leading children's rights advocate and a former Senator. In 2015, Jillian secured a legislative ban on corporal punishment of children in all settings. In her 5 year term in Seanad Éireann, Jillian spearheaded a number of legislative changes to ensure children have a voice and place in Irish law. Jillian is currently Chair of Early Childhood Ireland.

Paul Connolly is Professor of Education and Dean of Research for the faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast. He is internationally recognized for his research on: diversity and inclusion in early childhood; programme evaluation; and quantitative research methods in education.

 Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times. He oversees news content for the Times' regional edition east of Tampa, the SouthShore & Brandon Times, and his commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years.

Siobhán Fitzpatrick CBE is Chief Executive Officer of Early Years – the organisation for young children, and the former European representative on the World Forum Foundation for early years care and education. Siobhán has extensive experience in strategic planning in relation to the development of services for young children, especially those living in vulnerable environments.

Lynne Peyton is a Child Care Consultant, author and founder member of the executive board of CCiP. She supports organisations across Ireland to get better outcomes for children and families. Her special interest in tackling chronic childhood neglect has provided valuable insights into how we can promote positive change if we better understand each parent's model of the world. 



08.30-09.15  Registration

09.15-09.30 Welcome Address and Introduction

09.30-10.40 Keynote Addresses

Jillian van Turnhout: Evolving Identities in a Changing World

 Paul Connolly: Diversity and Social Inclusion in the Early Years

10.40-11.10 Refreshments, networking and browsing exhibitions

11.10-12.20 Interactive Workshops (please see below)

12.20-13.10 Lunch

13.10-14.30     Live Link-up with the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco Hernando, Florida

 Ernest Hooper: Soldiers for Society: The invaluable role of childcare educators

 Siobhan Fitzpatrick: Starting Early- Fostering a Culture of Respecting Difference

 Lynne Peyton: Understanding Others' Model of the World - a Tool for Appreciating Difference

14.30 – 15.00  Siobhan Fitzpatrick: Starting Early- Fostering a Culture of Respecting Difference. What does this mean for Ireland North and South?

15.00- 15.50 Plenary Session: Feedback from workshops and next steps

15.50 Closing Remarks

16.00 Close

Participants are invited to register interest in specific workshops in advance of the conference. We are awaiting confirmation of some speakers. Additional presentations may be added to some workshops. As space in each workshop is limited places will be allocated by conference organisers. Thank you for your understanding.                                


Interactive Workshop Titles and Presenters

A. Supporting Children - Living in Direct Provision

 Liz O’Reilly (Daughters of Charity Child and Family Services) Asylum Seekers: Living and Breathing Diversity

 Lisa Moran (UNESCO, NUI Galway) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: Messages arising from a study of Early Years services and the experience of parents, including those resident in Direct Provision, in the West of Ireland.

B. Supporting Children - Prioritising the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

Anne Fitzpatrick (Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre) Making Young Children’s Rights Real – The Inclusion Pathway at Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre

 C. Supporting Children - Diverse Families and Cultures 

Una Turbitt (Public Health Agency ) Child protection as a Priority   - Female Genital Mutilation

D. Supporting Children - Managing Diversity in Early Years Settings

 Denise Morgan (NICIE)  Valuing and Respecting Diversity in the formally Integrated Pre-School in Northern Ireland 

E. Supporting Children - Family Support

 Sinead McGlacken and Sheila Garrity (UNESCO, NUI Galway) And so say on the bus! Exploring the role of early years’ services for families with English as an Additional Language in contemporary Ireland: supports, barriers, interaction and participation


 For further information please contact Cait Morgan, Child Care in Practice childcareinpractice@qub.ac.uk                        

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