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Bleach, Dr Josephine

Director of Early Learning Initiative (Room 1.10)



General Information

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Director of the Early Learning Initiative



  • PhD in Education. University of Dublin, Trinity College. 2004-2008
  • Higher Diploma in Professional Education Studies (School Planning) (First Class Honours). National University of Ireland, Galway. 2002-2003.
  • Master of Studies (Honours). University of Dublin, Trinity College. 1999-2003.
  • Diploma of Management in Education (First Class Honours). University of Dublin, Trinity College. 1999-2000.
  • B. Education Degree. Carysfort College of Education (N.U.I.) 1977-1980.


Academic Experience

  • Professional Development, Change Management and Quality Support Programmes for Early Years Services and Primary Schools
  • Guest Lecturer in Third Level Institutions on the following topics:
    • Collaboration (UCD, St. Patrick's College of Education);
    • Challenging Behaviour (St. Patrick's College of Education);
    • Parental Involvement in their Children's Education (Trinity College)
    • School Development Planning (Trinity College)
    • Early Intervention and Prevention (NCI)

Industrial Experience

  • Facilitator with the School Development Planning Support Initiative, Department of Education and Skills (1999-2008)
  • Class teacher, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator and Early Start teacher in Our Lady Immaculate Senior National School, Darndale, Dublin 17 (1980-2000)

Research Interests

  • Community Action Research; parenting; early learning; literacy; numeracy; professional development; community development; policy development and implementation.


Recent Funding

  • Area Based Childhood Programme: Funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies; Managed by Pobal and Centre for Effective Services (CES)
  • Corporate Partners: McCann FitzGerald; Smurfit Kappa Group Foundation; ICG; Dublin Port; State Street Foundation; Deloitte; Citco; McGarrell Reilly Group; HSBC; Ireland Funds; Arthur Cox; BlackRock; Dermot Desmond; Fyffes; Irish Ferries; Samskip; Total Produce; Ulster Bank; Eversheds and The Panel.
  • National Early Years Access Initiative, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, the Mount Street Club Trustees, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Education and Skills and Pobal


Professional Body Membership

  • The Teaching Council

Research Publications

Published International Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Bleach, Margaret, J. (2016) "Sharing the Learning from Community Action Research". In: Values and Virtues in Higher Education Research: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, New York, pp. 126-140. ISBN 9781138916821.
  • Bleach, Margaret, J. (2015) "Improving Early Numeracy Outcomes". In: Education Matters Yearbook 2015-2016: Shaping Ireland's Education Landscape. Education Matters, Dublin.
  • Bleach, Margaret J. (2014) "Supporting Parents". In: A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 228-239. ISBN 9781446259269.



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