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ELI's Early Years Conference

Enriching the Home Learning Environment

The Early Learning Initiative at National College of Ireland is delighted to announce an Early Years Conference recognising the value and importance of the Home Learning Environment (HLE), for children’s development and learning.

Research in Ireland and internationally consistently finds that the HLE is a powerful influence on children’s educational and social development.

This conference aims to raise awareness of the vital role of the HLE for children, and highlight quality practice-based research projects from across Ireland.

The event is relevant to: early years practitioners, educators, community and statutory organisations, researchers, students and prospective students, parents, policy makers, local representatives and all interested parties.

We are delighted to confirm our two international keynote speakers:

- Brenda Taggart, one of the Principal Investigators and Research Co-ordinator for the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE) in the UK, will report on the findings of an important aspect of parenting: the home learning environment and the long term impact this has on children.

- Michelle Morrison, Training and Programme Support Director with the Parent Child Home Programme (PCHP) in the US, will present on the role of home visiting programmes in supporting children’s learning and development, in particular their social and emotional development.

These keynotes will also be joined by specially invited Irish policy-makers who will respond to the presentations from the Irish context. Finally, there will be parallel workshops focused on practice based research on the following themes:

 Language, Literacy and Numeracy
 Home Visiting
 Partnerships with Parents
 The Role of Fathers
 Wellbeing – Social and Emotional Development and Resilience
 Early childhood (birth to three years)
 Identity and Belonging - Inclusiveness and Diversity. 

Further information on the schedule for the day will be available soon. 

Booking has now opened and can be made through the Booking page. 
Individuals and organisations who are working with the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) in the Docklands and East Inner City area, should contact their ELI coordinator for arrangements on booking their place.

For further information or queries, please contact the Early Learning Initiative on 01 4498618 or email eli@ncirl.ie.


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