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A Short Study of Parents’ views on their Child’s Pre-school Service and the Benefit of Pre-school Services to Children and Parents (2015)

The rationale for the consultation was to inform NCN of how parents viewed their child/children’s pre-school service in the following areas:

 Knowledge of and attitude to their child’s pre-school service
 The benefits of the service to their child and themselves
 Their understanding of what children should learn at pre-school
 Their awareness of Síolta and Aistear

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Children’s Research Digest Vol 2 issue 1 Researching Early Childhood (2015)

This paper is based on a research study, commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in 2013. It had two principal aims, the first of which was to ascertain if the recommendations of five major inter-familial child abuse inquiries held between 1993 and 2010 had been implemented. The second aim was to develop a template for devising recommendations that would be most likely to be implemented and achieve the outcome intended. 

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Children’s Research Digest Vol 2 Issue 2. Researching Early Childhood. (2015)

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Emotional development among early school-age children: gender differences in the role of problem behaviours (2015)

There has been an increasing focus on social and emotional development in educational programmes in early childhood as both variables are believed to influence behavioural outcomes in the classroom. However, relationships between social and emotional development and behaviour in...

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Let them Talk: Evaluation of the Language Enrichment Programme of the Ballyfermot Early Years language and Learning Initiative. French, G. (2014).

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Aistear in Action. An Evaluation of the Ballyfermot Early Years Language and Learning Initiative Programme to promote Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings through the use of the Aistear Framework. Walsh, G., et.al (2013).

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The Professional Pedagogy Project. Supporting every child’s right to early education. McMonagle, A. (2012).

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For Love or Money. Exploring the professional identity of the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Ireland today. Madden, R. (2012)

This study examines a broad range of ECCE policies and initiatives throughout the last twenty years that have influenced professionalism within the ECCE sector.

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An Evaluation of the Effects of the Eager and Able to Learn Programme on Outcomes for 2-3 Year Olds in Early Years Settings (2012)

Eager and Able to Learn (EAL) is a new pilot programme designed by Early Years-the organisation for young children in Northern Ireland, and targeted at 2-3 year-old children in early years settings. It aims to improve young children’s eagerness and ability to learn through...

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Childhood Development Initiative’s Mate-Tricks Pro-Social Behaviour After-School Programme (2012)

Mate-Tricks is an after-school programme designed to promote pro-social behaviour in Tallaght West (Dublin). Tallaght
West has been designated as an area of particular social and economic disadvantage with high levels...

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The Developmental Status of 2-3 Year Old Children Entering Group - Based Settings in Northern Ireland: Survey Findings (2012)

Between October 2008 and January 2009 a survey was conducted of 655 two-three year old children who attended 90 early years settings in Northern Ireland together with the practitioners in the settings and the children’s parents. The survey was part of a...

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Being Confined Within? Constructions of the Good Childhood and Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings in Ireland. Kernan, M. and Devine, D. (2010).

This study is based on a study of the experience of the outdoors in early childhood education and care settings in Ireland.

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Developing Programmes to promote ethnic diversity in early childhood: Lessons from Northern Ireland. Connolly, P. (2009)

This working paper focuses on some of the issues and challenges faced in developing early childhood programmes to promote racial and ethnic diversity in societies characterised by deep divisions and/or conflict.

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Listening and Learning: Empowering Children in Early Childhood Services. Hart, M. (2004)

The aim of the consultation with children was to listen to children in all matters that concern them within early childhood settings. The need for a shift away from the welfare model of ‘minding’ children and a move towards empowering children...

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Artists Schools Guidelines towards Best Practice in Ireland (n.d)

The arts excite children’s creativity and imagination. They stimulate the child’s full range of intelligences, creating multiple systems of connection, representation, and expression. It is crucial for the arts to be...

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