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On the 23rd June 2016, ELI hosted an early-years conference titled ‘Enriching the Home Learning Environment’.  Research in Ireland and internationally consistently finds that the early Home Learning Environment (HLE) is a powerful influence on children’s educational and social development.

The conference aimed to: 

  • raise awareness of the vital role of the Home Learning Environment (HLE) for children’s development and learning
  • highlight how early years and family support services can support and enhance the HLE
  • showcase quality practice-based research projects from across Ireland.

There were approximately 140 attendees, comprised of early-years practitioners, educators, Home Visitors, family support services, community and statutory organisations, students and prospective students, parents and researchers, policy makers and interested parties.

The full report summary of the conference proceedings, outlining details of the contributors, key policy recommendations and feedback from delegates is can be downloaded here.

The complete Book of Abstracts and slides from the keynotes and the parallel sessions are available by request from Brigina O’Riordan at Brigina.oriordan@ncirl.ie or 01 4498618.


Early Learning Initiative

The Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at the National College of Ireland (NCI) was developed to address the problem of educational underachievement in marginalised communities. Building upon tried and tested models of early years’ intervention, it is our mission to work with communities in areas of greatest need, to provide world-class parent and child learning support programmes.

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