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‘We All Stand Together’ – LIT Thurles to Host Conference on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Working towards a world of justice, equality and equity are central for sustainable foundations which are best laid early in life.

9.00 am – 2.00 pm Saturday 16th November 2019, Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles Campus E41 PC92

Lunch Provided on the day - Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Goodie Pack
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AGENDA: We All Stand Together

9.00 am - 9.30 am
Registration & networking opportunity
9.30 am - 9.40 am Opening of Conference Aileen Healy, CEO Tipperary Childcare Committee
9.40 am – 10.20 am Keynote Speaker: Prof Mathias Urban
10.30 am - 11.30 am Choice of Workshops:

Workshop 1: Social Justice & Equality in Early Years – Dr Carol Yelverton Halpin – Waterford Institute of Technology
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Workshop 2: Anti Bias Curriculum – Joanie Barron - Wallaroo
11.30 am – 11.50 am Coffee Break & Networking Opportunity
12.00 – 1.00 pm

Choice of Workshops:

Workshop 3: Persona Dolls – Ann Halligan
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Workshop 4: Respecting Travellers, building an Anti-Bias Approach in Early Years – Deirdre Cotter

1.00 pm – 1.10 pm Close of Conference
1.10 pm Lunch

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Mathias Urban:

Mathias Urban is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education at Dublin City University, Ireland. He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts. From 2010 to 2011 he coordinated the European CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care).

His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhood professionalism in Colombia (Sistemas Competentes para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia), studies on Privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11-country project on Governance and Leadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood. Mathias is an International Research Fellow with the Critical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia, Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training), a member of the AERA special interest group critical perspectives on early childhood education. Mathias is the President of the International Froebel Society (IFS).

Mathias Urban is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education at Dublin City University, Ireland. He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts. From 2010 to 2011 he coordinated the European CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care).

His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhood professionalism in Colombia (Sistemas Competentes para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia), studies on Privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11-country project on Governance and Leadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood. Mathias is an International Research Fellow with the Critical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia, Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training), a member of the AERA special interest group critical perspectives on early childhood education.

Mathias is the President of the International Froebel Society (IFS). Mathias Urban is Desmond Chair of of Early Childhood Education at Dublin City University, Ireland. He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts. From 2010 to 2011 he coordinated the European CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care). Department_logo.png

His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhood professionalism in Colombia (Sistemas Competentes para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia), studies on Privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11-country project on Governance and Leadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood. Mathias is an International Research Fellow with the Critical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia, Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training), a member of the AERA special interest group critical perspectives on early childhood education. Mathias is the President of the International Froebel Society (IFS).

Dr Carol Yelverton-Halpin. PhD:
Dr. Carol Yelverton Halpin is a leader in the field of Early Years and Adult Education. In 2016 she graduated with a Ph.D. in Education from UCC and currently lectures in WIT on Early Years and Social Care programmes. She has previously taught in Waterford College of Further Education (WCFE), FÁS now SOLAS and has facilitated workshops with minority groups from young children to adults. Carol has worked with children and young people since the late 80’s designing and delivering programmes on personal development to promote self-esteem, health and wellness. She believes that Equality and Social Justice require action from birth to death. As part of the workshop she will examine the impact of poverty (economic and literate) from early childhood through to adulthood.

Joanie Barron:
Joanie Barron has been working in childcare and early years in Ireland for almost 35 years. She is a founding member of Wallaroo Playschool which works with an Anti Bias Approach and a respect for the rights of children. She has delivered training in Equality and Diversity Issues and was a member of Cork Early Years Anti Bias Network; EDENN ( Diversity and Equality in Early Childhood National Network). and DECET (Diversity in Early Childhood Training and Education) for many years.

The workshop will examine the 4 Goals of the Anti Bias Approach both for Adults and for Children as developed by Louise Derman Sparks and how we can get started in implementing the Equality and Diversity and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education. AIM_Logo.png

Ann Halligan:
Ann Halligan has been working in Early Childhood Care and Education since 1995 as a practitioner, Childcare Manager, and trainer. She currently owns and manages her own Preschool, Curious Minds in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Ann has been implementing an Anti-Bias Approach with children and families as part of her practice since 2001. In 2004, Ann attended the “èist” Training of Trainers accredited programme in Pavee Point Diversity and Equality for Early Years professionals Level 8 NUI Maynooth. Ann has delivered that module at FETAC Level 5 and 6 as part of the Pre-school Education Initiative for children from minority groups. Ann is a founding member of the Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDENN). Ann has been endorsed as the Irish Persona Doll Trainer. As part of this workshop Ann will introduce participants to Persona Dolls and explain how and why they can used in an Early Years setting to tell stories about a diversity of children’s and family’s daily lives. Children are naturally very creative and can easily step into imaginary worlds. Using the dolls to represent different characters we can discuss unfairness and celebrate the diversity of children and families that attend our Early Years’ Service without putting any child on the spot.

Deirdre Cotter:
Deirdre Cotter has been working in Early Years since 2000; she has worked in both private and community settings and holds a higher diploma in Early Years Education and Care. For over 14 years Deirdre was the Childcare Manager for a leading cork based charitable organisation which was set up to encourage solidarity between Travellers and settled people through a community development approach. Deirdre has a very strong belief in Inclusion and the anti-bias approach and is a graduate of the Linc course. Deirdre is currently studying for her master’s in early Years and Adolescent Studies. POBOL_Logo.png

This Conference is funded by supports provided to TCC under the Access & Inclusion Model by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs

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