Early Learning Initiative research

Research is a vital part of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at National College of Ireland.

Recognising action research as a powerful tool for change and improvement at local level, ELI uses it as its primary research methodology.  Its collaborative nature gives participants a voice and ensures that ELI's programmes meet the on-going educational needs of parents, professionals and students. Find out more about the Early Learning Initiative and our programmes.

While best national and international practice informs the initial planning stage, action research allows ELI to continuously evaluate and amend its programmes during the implementation stage. This allows theory to emerge from practice and enables ELI's programmes to be effective in meeting their stated long- and short-term goals.

Conferences Hosted

On 18th June 2019 ELI hosted a Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Study Day entitled ‘Real-World Action Research’. 

 

On 6th March 2019 ELI hosted a seminar entitled ‘Negotiating Culture and Literacies Across Europe’. 

 

On 13th June 2018, ELI hosted an early-years conference entitled ‘The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children’. 

 

On 23rd June 2016, ELI hosted an early-years conference titled 'Enriching the Home Learning Environment'.

Journal Articles

2021

Pitsia, V. and Kent, G. (2021) School readiness of five-year-old children from socio-economic disadvantaged areas: evidence from the Preparing for Life evaluationIrish Educational Studies. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1747-4965.

 

2019

Kent, G., Traynor, A., Darmody, K. and O’Leary, T. (2019) Enhancing the Administration of an Early Intervention Educational Programme Through Technology; Exploring Usage, Acceptance and AttitudesIrish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 5 (1). ISSN 2009-972X.

 

2018

Kent, G. and Pitsia, V. (2018) A comparison of the home learning environment of families at risk of socio-economic disadvantage to national norms in Ireland. Irish Educational Studies, 37 (4). pp. 505-521. ISSN 1747-4965.

 

Kent, G. and Pitsia, V. (2018) Gender Differences in Cognitive Development and School Readiness: Findings from a Randomised Controlled Trial of Children from Communities of Socio-economic Disadvantage in Ireland. Children's Research Digest, 5 (3). pp. 33-41. ISSN 2009-7298. 

 

Kent, G., Pitsia, V. and Colton, G. (2018) Cognitive development during early childhood: insights from families living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. Early Child Development and Care. ISSN 1476-8275.

 

2017

Bleach, J. (2017) Community Action Research for Long-term Sustainable ChangeAction Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) 2016 Conference Proceedings. ISSN 2373-1680.

 

Kent, G., Galvin, E., Barnes-Holmes, Y., Murphy, C. and Barnes-Holmes, D. (2017) Relational Responding: Testing, Training, and Sequencing Effects among Children with Autism and Typically-developing Children. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 22 (1). pp. 94-110. ISSN 1942-0722.

 

2016

Bleach, J. (2016) Learning networks – enabling change through community action research. Educational Action Research, 24 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 1747-5074.

 

Kent, G., Bleach, J. and Fagan, B. (2016) The Role of the Parent Child Home Programme in Supporting Better Outcomes in Education and LearningChildren’s Research Digest. 3 (1). pp. 29-35. ISSN 2009-7298.

 

McNally, S., Kent, G., Fagan, B. and Bleach, J. (2016) Knowledge Exchange in Early Childhood Research and Practice: Findings from the Early Learning Initiative and the National College of Ireland. An Leanbh Óg: The OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies, 10. pp. 153-161. ISSN 2009-5910. 

 

2015

Bleach, J. (2015) Improving Numeracy Outcomes for Children through Community Action Research. Educational Action Research, 23 (1)pp. 22-35. ISSN 1747-5074.

 

2014

Bleach, Margaret J. (2014) Developing professionalism through reflective practice and ongoing professional development. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 22 (2). pp. 185-197. ISSN 1350-293X.

 

2013

Bleach, Margaret J. (2013) Improving educational aspirations and outcomes through community action research. Educational Action Research, 21 (2). pp. 253-266. ISSN 1747-5074.

 

Bleach, Margaret J. (2013) Using action research to support quality early years practice. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 21 (3), pp. 370-379. ISSN 1752-1807.

 

2012

Fagan, B. (2012) The Parent Child Home Programme in Dublin's DocklandsAn Leanbh Óg: The OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies, 6 (1). pp. 129-136. ISSN 2009-5910.

 

2011

Kilroy, S., Sharry, J., Flood, C. and Guerin, S. (2011) Parenting training in the community : linking process to outcome. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 16 (3). pp. 459-473. ISSN 1461-7021.

Book Chapters

Bleach, J. (2020) Mentoring and Coaching and Their Relationship to Management and Leadership in Early Education. In Gasper, M. and Walker, R. (eds.) Mentoring and Coaching in Early Childhood Education. Bloomsbury Publishing, London. ISBN 9781350100725. 

 

Bleach, J. (2019) Key Messages on Partnership with Parents: Supporting Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children. In Mooney, B. (ed.). Ireland's Yearbook of Education 2018-2019. Early Childhood Chapter. Phyllis Mitchell, pp. 15-18. ISBN 9780995698727.

 

Moore, M. and Wheatley, E. (2019) An Exploration into the Effectiveness of the Parental Tool ‘Let’s Talk’ Book, in Supporting Parents to Develop Emotional Language. In McAteer, M., Hastings, C. and Wilby, C. (eds.) CARN Bulletin 22 - Voicing and Valuing: Daring and Doing. Collaborative Action Research Network, Manchester, UK, pp. 63-74. ISBN 978-1-910029-54-1. 

 

Bleach, J. (2018) Working with and listening to families. In Kocher, L. and Patterson, C. (eds.) Pedagogies for Children's Perspectives. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138577473.

 

Bleach, J. (2017) Community Action Research in Ireland: Improving Educational Outcomes Through Collaboration in the Dublin DocklandsIn Rowell L., Bruce C., Shosh J. and Riel M. (eds.) The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 177-188. ISBN 9781137441089.

 

Bleach, J. (2016) Sharing the Learning from Community Action Research. In J. McNiff (ed.) Values and Virtues in Higher Education Research: Critical Perspectives. Routledge, New York, pp. 126-140. ISBN 9781138916821.

 

Bleach, J. (2015) Improving Early Numeracy Outcomes. In Mooney, B. (ed.) Education Matters Yearbook 2015-2016: Shaping Ireland's Education Landscape. Education Matters, Dublin, pp. 73-75.

 

Bleach, J. (2014) Supporting Parents. In Reed, M. and Walker, R. A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. SAGE Publications Ltd., London, pp. 228-239. ISBN 9781446259269.

 

Bleach, J. (2013) Community action research: Providing evidence of value and virtue. In McNiff J. (ed.) Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research. September Books, Poole, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9781902047041.

 

Fagan, B. (2012) The Parent Child Home Programme. In Hall, T. Education Matters Yearbook 2012: Your Companion Reader on Irish Education. Education Matters, Galway, pp. 36-37.

Reports

Early Learning Initiative (2021) "ELI Annual Report 2020-2021" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2020) "ELI Annual Report 2019-2020" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2019) "ELI Annual Report 2018-2019" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2018) "ELI Annual Report 2017-2018" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Flood C. (2018) The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children. Conference Report, Early Years Conference 2018.

 

O’Leary, T., Kent, G., Traynor, A. and Bleach, J. (2018) Talk2MeMore: Pilot Study Report. Dublin: Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland.

 

Brighter Futures Initiative - Research Report (2017) "Building Hope for Brighter Futures" Print Depot, Dublin. ISBN 9780905957364 (Written by children and young people aged 4-25 years old).

 

Early Learning Initiative (2017) "ELI Annual Report 2016-2017" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2016) "ELI Annual Report 2015-2016" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2015) "ELI Annual Report 2014-2015" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Early Learning Initiative (2014) "ELI Annual Report 2013-2014" Dublin: National College of Ireland.

 

Share, M., Kerrins, L. and Greene, S. (2011) "Early Years Professionalism: An Evaluation of the Early Learning Initiative's Professional Development Programme in Community Childcare Centres in the Dublin Docklands". Dublin: National College of Ireland. ISBN 9780905957166.

 

Share, M., Doyle, E., Callahan, A., Greene, S., Wachtler, M. and Boyd, E. (2011) "Baseline Evaluation of the Dublin Docklands Parent Child Home Programme". Dublin: National College of Ireland. ISBN: 9780905957326.

 

Share, M. and McCarthy, S. (2011) "Baseline Evaluation of the Early Learning Initiative’s Stretch to Learn Programme in Primary Schools in the Dublin Docklands". Dublin: National College of Ireland. ISBN: 9780905957340.

 

Share, M., McCarthy, S. and Greene, S. (2011) "Baseline Evaluation of the Early Learning Initiative: Final Report". Dublin: National College of Ireland.

Books

Moore, M. and Wheatley, E., eds. (2017) 'Let's Talk: supporting children and families by encouraging a greater understanding and use of emotional language'. Early Learning Initiative, National College of Ireland, Dublin. ISBN 9780905957371. 

 

Bleach, Margaret, J. (2010) 'Parental Involvement in Primary Education in Ireland'. Liffey Press, Dublin. ISBN 9781905785797.

Conference Items

2021

Bleach, J. and Shinnick, M. (2021) ELI’s Partnership Approach. In: TU Dublin Community – Higher Education Partnership Seminar, 24 June 2021, Technological University Dublin.

 

Darmody, K. and Kent, G. (2021) Capturing the voices of parents of school aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Early Childhood Ireland Online Research Symposium 2021, 23-24 April 2021, Ireland (online). 

 

Flood, C., Darmody, K., Wheatley, E. and Goulding, S. (2021) The Path to a Restorative Neighbourhood: Restorative Practices in the North East Inner City 2014-2021. In: ELI Restorative Practices Webinar, 10 June 2021, National College of Ireland, Dublin (online). 

 

McGrath, L., Harris, A., Grennan, D. and Power, L. (2021) Ireland’s Call: Responding and Adapting to Family’s Needs During COVID19. In: ParentChild+ Virtual Conference, 18-20 May 2021, online. 

 

Wheatley, E. and Darmody, K. (2021) Creating Restorative Communities. In: National College of Ireland Research Day, 25 June 2021, National College of Ireland, Dublin (online). 

 

2020

Bleach, J. (2020) A Home School Community Approach to Supporting Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children. In: DES Inspectorate Conference, 26 February 2020. 

 

Byrne, M. (2020) My Place to Play Programme: Creating a Dedicated Place to Play for Infants and Their Families Living in Emergency Accommodation. In: Early Childhood Ireland Online Research Symposium 2020, 19-21 October 2020, Ireland (online).

 

Kavanagh, Á. (2020) Conversation-Based Research with Young People: Discover University Focus Groups. In: CARN Virtual Conference 2020, 24-25 October 2020, online. 

 

2019

Bleach, J. (2019) Changing Lives through Community Action Research. In: JUC Public Administration Annual Conference 2019, 16-18 September 2019, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. 

 

Bleach, J. (2019) Imagining, Strategizing, Sharing and Scaling the Future through Community Action Research. In: CARN-ALARA Conference 2019, 17-19 October 2019, Hotel President, Split, Croatia. 

 

Bleach, J. (2019) Voice in Action Research. In: Network of Educational Action Researchers Ireland (NEARI) Meet 2019, 26 January 2019, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Byrne, M. and Pidgeon, A. (2019) My Place to Play Programme: creating a dedicated place to play for infants and their families living in emergency accommodation. In: OMEP Ireland National Conference 2019, 9 November 2019, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland.

 

Cummins, L. (2019) My Place to Play - An Interagency Response to Support Infants and Parents Living in Emergency Homeless Accommodation. In: PPFS National Conference 2019, 4-5 December 2019, Hotel Kilkenny, Ireland. 

 

Cummins, L. and Connell. G. (2019). Robotic Coding Clubs: A Community Action Research Project. Presented at NCI 1st Annual Research Day, 14th June 2019. Cummins, L. and Connell, G. (2019) Robotic Coding Clubs: A Community Action Research Project. In: National College of Ireland Research Day, 14 June 2019, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

 

Kent, Gráinne (2019) A comparison of the home learning environment of families at risk of socio-economic disadvantage to national norms in Ireland. In: National College of Ireland Research Day, 14 June 2019, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

 

O'Buachain, C. (2019) FLORES Pilot Programme Parents and Children Learning about STEM Together. In: Early Childhood Ireland’s National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019, 12 April 2019, Croke Park Conference Centre.

 

Wheatley, E. (2019) Widening the Circle: Assessing the Impact of Implementing a Restorative Neighbourhood Approach to Improve Civil Society and Community Health in Dublin. In: 2019 IIRP Europe Conference: Community Well-Being and Resilience, 15-17 May 2019, Kortrijk, Belgium. 

 

2018

Bleach, J. (2018) 10 years of voicing and valuing: daring and doing community action research. In: CARN Conference 2018, 25-27 October 2018, Friends Meeting House, Manchester, UK. 

 

Byrne, M. (2018) Creating an Infant Play Space. In: Early Learning Initiative Early Years Conference 'The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children’, June 2018, National College of Ireland, Dublin. 

 

Cummins, L. (2018) Finding my voice in a well-established community action research project: lessons learned. In: 8th International Action Research Colloquium, 28-29 June 2018, O’Brien Science Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. 

 

Kent, G. and Kelly, Michelle E. (2018) An evidence-based, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach towards implementing a behaviourally orientated curriculum in a Department of Education Autism Preschool. In: 30th Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education, 25th May 2018, DCU St Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin.

 

Kent, G. and Pitsia, V. (2018) Gender Differences in Cognitive Development and School Readiness. In: Children’s Research Network’s 7th Annual Conference - "Growing Up in the Digital Environment", 6th December 2018, Chartered Accountants House, Dublin.

 

Kent, G., Pitsia, V. and Colton, G. (2018) Accounting for differences in cognitive development at four years of age; a preliminary investigation. In: Developmental Section Annual Conference 2018, 12th-14th September 2018, Crowne Plaza, Liverpool City Centre, UK.

 

Kent, G., Pitsia, V. and Colton, G. (2018) Findings from an exploration of the Preparing for Life data as part of a research study funded under the Children’s Research Network Prevention and Early Intervention Research Initiative. In: Early Learning Initiative Early Years Conference 'The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children’, June 2018, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

 

Krpeta, M., Ivanova, I. and Miao, Jing Xia, L. (2018) Supporting migrant families in our community. In: Early Learning Initiative Early Years Conference 'The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children’, June 2018, National College of Ireland, Dublin. 

 

O'Leary, T., Hurley, O., Kirwan, S., Kent, G. and Bleach, J. (2018) Exploring early childhood language exposure in Irish homes. In: Early Childhood Irelands Research and Practice Seminar 2018, 13th-14th April 2018, Croke Park, Dublin.

 

O'Leary, T. and Kent, G. (2018) The Home Literacy Environment: A Comparison of Graduates of the Parent Child Home Programme to National Norms. In: Early Learning Initiative Early Years Conference 'The Constitutional Role of Parents as the Primary Educators of their Children’, June 2018, National College of Ireland, Dublin. 

 

O’Neill, J. (2018) Benefits of home visiting to early years. In: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), 28 November 2018, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Moore, M. and Minogue, G. (2018) CRM Implementation and Impact. In: Parent-Child Home Programme Annual Conference, May 2018, Long Island, New York, U.S.A..

 

Moore, M., McGrath, L. and O’Neill, J. (2018) Parent Child Home Programme. In: Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) Conference, April 2018, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Pitsia, Vasiliki and Kent, Gráinne (2018) Variations in perception of five-year-old children's school readiness among parents and teachers. In: ICERI2018, the 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 12th-14th November 2018, Seville, Spain.

 

Pitsia, Vasiliki, Kent, Gráinne and Colton, Gary (2018) Insights into the school readiness behaviours of 21st century learners living in areas designated as socio-economically disadvantaged. In: 48th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, 8th-10th November 2018, Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford.

 

Wheatley, Emma (2018) Restorative Practice. In: RPI/RJF Education Symposium, April 2018, Newry Conference Centre, Newry, Northern Ireland.

 

Wheatley, E. & Mooney, K. (2018). Brighter Futures: A Vision for a Restorative Learning Community in Dublin, Ireland. Paper presented at International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) Conference ‘Leading and Sustaining Change’, April 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Wheatley, E. and Moore, M. (2018) Let's Talk: emotional literacy book and programme. In: CARN Conference 2018, 25-27 October 2018, Friends Meeting House, Manchester, UK.

 

2017

Bleach, J. (2017). Community Action Research: Joys and Challenges. In: 7th Action Research Colloquium, University College Dublin, Dublin.

 

Bleach, J. (2017). Community Action Research: Validity. Presentation at the Network of Educational Action Researchers Ireland (NEARI), September 2017.

 

Bleach, J. and McGrath, L. (2017). Parent Child Home Programme. In: Workshop for Tusla Family Support Workers, Cherry Orchard, Ireland.

 

Kent, Gráinne and Pitsia, Vasiliki (2017) How do the home learning environment experiences in Ireland vary across diverse backgrounds? In: Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, 8th-11th November 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick.

 

O’Buachain, C. (2017) Building Capacity and Promoting Numeracy Awareness, Early Numeracy Project, Dublin Docklands & East Inner City. Presentation at the Longford County Childcare Committee Leaders in Quality Awards Night 2017, October 2017.

 

Pitsia, Vasiliki and Kent, Gráinne (2017) Which factors can predict students' problem solving skills? The case of nine-year olds in Ireland. In: Growing Up in Ireland Research Conference, 7th November 2017, Croke Park, Dublin. 

 

Wheatley, E. (2017). Zoom Ahead with Books: Development of Children’s Enthusiasm for Reading through Parental Involvement. In: OMEP Ireland Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. 

 

Wheatley, E. and Mooney, K. (2017). Cultivating Hope for Brighter Futures: Restorative Engagement to Promote Empathy in Children and Young People. In: UNESCO CFRC 8th Biennial International Conference, National University of Ireland. Galway, Ireland.

 

Wheatley, E. and Mooney, K. (2017b). Cultivating Hope for Brighter Futures: Restorative Engagement in a Divided Community – Dublin. In: International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) Europe Conference ‘Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge’, Dublin. 

 

2016

Bleach, Josephine (2016) Nurturing Community Action Research. In: 4th Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference, 16th-18th June 2016, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Bleach, J. (2016). Using Community Action Research to Navigate Local, National and International Networks. In: CARN Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. 

 

Bleach, J. (2016). Who’s minding the under-threes? The forgotten children. In: Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative [RECEC], Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. 

 

Bleach, J. and Ferguson, P. (2016). Why do networks matter? In: CARN Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

 

Bleach, J. and Flood, C. (2016). Integrating research, capacity building and practice to improve educational outcomes. In: EAIR 38th Annual Forum. Birmingham, UK. 

 

Byrne, Marion, Kent, Gráinne and Conroy, Mairéad (2016) Engaging families through play. In: Early Childhood Ireland Research and Practice Seminar, 15th April 2016, Croke Park, Dublin.

 

Kent, Gráinne and Anene, A. (2016) The Development and Impact of the Parent Child Home Programme in Ireland. In: Early Learning Initiatives Home Learning Environment Conference, 23rd June 2016, National College of Ireland, Dublin. 

 

Kent, G., Anene, A., Bleach, J. and Fagan, B. (2016). The development of the Parent Child Home Programme in Ireland. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Dublin. 

 

Wheatley, Emma, Conroy, Mairéad and Kent, Gráinne (2016) Building capacity and promoting numeracy awareness - Dublin Docklands and East Inner City Early Numeracy Project. In: 26th EECERA Conference 2016, 31st August - 1st September 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin.

 

Wheatley, E. and Maguire, H. (2016) Creating a Legacy – Community Journeys in Restorative Practice. In: Restorative Practice Ireland Conference, 26th May 2016, Dundalk Institute of Technology. 

 

2015

Bleach, Josephine (2015) Review of DEIS: Poverty and Social Inclusion in Education: A community-based approach to addressing educational disadvantage. In: INTO Educational Disadvantage Conference, 2nd December 2015, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin.

 

Bleach, Josephine, Kinsella, William and Lalor, Terri (2015) Assessing Children's Early Mathematics Skills and Concepts. In: British Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (BECERA), 17th-18th February 2015, mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, UK.

 

Kent, Gráinne (2015) The Role of the Parent Child Home Programme in Supporting Better Outcomes in Education and Learning. In: Annual Children's Research Network in Ireland and Northern Ireland Conference, 10th December 2015, Dublin.

 

Kent, Gráinne, Bleach, Josephine and Fagan, Beth (2015) Parent Child Home Programme. In: Early Childhood Ireland Research Conference, 18th April 2015, Croke Park, Dublin.

 

Kent, Gráinne, Bleach, Josephine and Fagan, Beth (2015) The Role of the Parent Child Home Programme in Supporting Better Outcomes in Education and Learning. In: Annual Children's Research Network in Ireland and Northern Ireland Conference, 10th December 2015, Dublin. 

 

Kent, Gráinne, Bleach, Josephine and Fagan, Beth (2015) Supporting Parents through the Parent Child Home Programme. In: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre Conference, 11th June 2015, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway.

 

McNally, Sinéad, Kent, Gráinne, Fagan, Beth and Bleach, Josephine (2015) 'Knowledge Exchange in Early Childhood Research and Practice: Findings from the Early Learning Initiative and the National College of Ireland'. In: OMEP Ireland AGM and Annual Research Conference, 25th April 2015 University College Cork, Cork.

 

P. Matthews, J. Bleach and L. McGrath presented on the Parent Child Home Programme at the Ireland Funds Conference, June 2015. 

 

St Laurence O’Toole JBNS and E. Wheatley presented on the Early Numeracy Programme and Zoom Ahead with Books at the Teaching Council's Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence (Féilte), 3rd October 2015, RDS, Dublin.

 

2014

Bleach, Josephine, Moore, Michelle and Ward, Moira (2014) Mathematics for children aged 3 years and under. In: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)'s Maths Conference, 24th November 2014 Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Bleach, Josephine, Shinnick, Mark and Rourke, Aisling (2014) Mathematics for children aged 3-4 years. In: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)'s Maths Conference, 24th November 2014 Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

 

Fagan, B., Mc Grath, L. and Steenson C. presented on  Enjoying maths in the home, community or preschool: ideas for parents and children at the NALA family learning conference, November 2014.

 

Flood, C., and Bleach, J. and practitioners presented on the NEYAI Docklands Early Numeracy Project at the National Conference to Signpost the Learning and Legacies from NEYAI, 23rd May 2014. 

 

2013

Bleach, Josephine (2013) From 18 months to 18 years - Supporting access to third level education. In: Higher Education Authority 2013 Conference: How Equal? Conference on Access to Higher Education in Ireland, 7th November 2013 Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

 

Bleach, J. presented on the work of ELI at the Docklands Regeneration Conference, 2nd May 2013, which was organised by Dublin City Council.

 

Fagan, B. presented on the work of the Early Learning Initiative at DIT Access & Civic Engagement Seminar, 24th October 2013.

 

Fagan, B. and Zuniga, C. presented on Fidelity of the Programme – Parent Child Home Program(me) in a Different Culture at the Global Gathering for Childhood Conference, 17th October 2013.

 

Flood, C. presented on A community based approach to involving parents in their children’s Early Numeracy Learning at the Global Gathering for Childhood Conference on 17th October 2013, while Terri Lalor had a poster presentation on the NEYAI on 19th October 2013. 

 

2012

Bleach, Josephine (2012) Community Action Research - improving practice and learning through collaboration. In: CARN/IPDC Conference 2012, 23rd-25th November 2012 Ashford International Hotel, Kent, England.

 

Bleach, Josephine (2012) Community Action Research: Providing Evidence of Value and Virtue. In: Second International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Theme: Articulating our Values and Virtues, 11th-12th July 2012 York St John University, UK.

 

Bleach, Josephine (2012) National Early Years Access Initiative: Dublin Docklands Early Numeracy Project. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 22nd Annual Conference, 29th-31st August 2012 Oporto, Portugal.

 

Bleach, Josephine (2012) Using community action research to improve early mathematical outcomes. In: British Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (BECERA), 15th-16th February 2012 Birmingham.

 

Fagan, Beth (2012) Generating knowledge through the Parent Child Home Programme (PCHP). In: British Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (BECERA), 15th-16th February 2012 Birmingham.

 

2011

Bleach, Josephine (2011) Developing ECCE practitioners' sense of professionalism through reflective practice and on-going professional development. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 21st Annual Conference, 14th-17th September 2011, Geneva-Lausanne.

 

Bleach, Josephine (2011) Early Learning Initiative’s Parents Together Approach and Parenting Multiples. In: The Irish Multiple Births Association, 25th September 2011, Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin.    

 

Bleach, Josephine (2011) Implementing Aistear through a Síolta lens. In: Our Children - Our Future Conference, PLE-Pedagogy, Learning and Education Research Conference, 20th-21st October 2011 IT Sligo.

 

Bleach, Josephine (2011) Implementing Values through Community Action Research. In: value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, An International Conference, 1st-2nd June 2011, York St John University, UK.

 

Bleach, Josephine and Crowe, Brigina (2011) Discover University - Transitional Skill Development. In: 'Supporting Students in Transition', CSSI 13th Biannual Conference, 15th-16th June 2011 National College of Ireland, Dublin.

 

Bleach, Josephine and Crowe, Brigina (2011) Discover University - PBL Inter-disciplinary Project. In: 'Problem Based Learning (PBL) Today and Tomorrow', Facilitate International Conference, 26th-27th May 2011 Trinity College Dublin.

 

Bleach, Margaret, J. (2011) Using action research to support and develop quality practice. In: British Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (BECERA), 23rd-24th February 2011 Birmingham.

 

Fagan, Beth (2011) A Good Beginning - The Parent Child Home Programme in Dublin. In: Our Children - Our Future Conference, 20th-21st September 2011 IT Sligo.

 

Fagan, Beth (2011) Parent Child Home Programme (PCHP). In: ‘Childhood Unfolding’, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) Ireland Annual Research Conference, 2nd April 2011, Cork.

 

Lambert, Jonathan, Crowe, Brigina and Goldrick, Dr. Michael. (2011) A study into the effects if a Social Collaborative Learning Strategy to Enhance Student Engagement with Mathematics. In: 'Supporting Students in Transition', CSSI 13th Biannual Conference, 15th-16th June 2011, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

 

2008

ELI (2008) Bringing PCHP to Dublin In: PCHP National Conference, May 2008, New York, U.S.A.. 

 

ELI (2008) Parental Involvement in their Children's Learning. In: Clondalkin Partnership Conference, 17th November 2008, Dublin. 

 

Flood, C. and Crowe, B. (2008) Creating a Shared Vision – An Early Learning Initiative. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECRA) 18th Annual Conference, 4th September 2008, Stavanger, Norway.