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RECEC Conference 2019

'Realising Children's Rights Achieving and Sustaining Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care'

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the first anniversary of the publication of the First Five strategy the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative [RECEC] is hosting a conference. Prof Sheila Greene, Trinity College Dublin will chair the event and speakers will include Prof Helen Penn, University of East London, Dr Pauline Slot, Utrecht University and Prof Nóirín Hayes, Trinity College Dublin. The day will conclude with a panel discussion.

Venue | Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Date | Wednesday November 20th

Time | 9.30 -3.30pm

RSVP | Email Valerie Kelly


Professor Sheila Greene | Conference Chair

Professor Sheila Greene is a Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin and former Professor of Childhood Research. She is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin. She was the Co-Director of the national longitudinal study of children in Ireland, Growing Up in Ireland from 2006-11. Her publications include The psychological development of girls and women (Routledge, 2003/2015), Researching children's experience (Greene & Hogan, Sage, 2005), Key thinkers in Childhood Studies (Smith & Greene, Policy Press, 2014), Children as agents in their worlds (Greene & Nixon, Routledge, in press), journal articles and commissioned reports.


Professor Nóirín Hayes

"We need to talk about the children!"

Nóirín Hayes is Visiting Professor at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and Professor Emerita, Centre for Social and Educational Research, Technological University of Dublin. Working within a bio-ecological framework of development and through a child rights lens she researches early childhood education and care pedagogy and policy and is convenor of the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative [RECEC] at Trinity College. She is author of a number of articles, reports and books including In Search of Social Justice: John Bennett's Lifetime Contribution to Early Childhood Policy and Practice (Hayes and Urban, Routledge, 2018) and Supporting Positive Behaviour in Early Childhood Settings and Primary Schools (O'Toole and Hayes, Routledge, 2019).



Professor Helen Penn

"Does the type of ownership of nurseries make any difference to quality?"

Helen Penn is currently Visiting Professor of Early Childhood at the Institute of Education, University College, London. She has undertaken commissions on services for young children for many international agencies including the EU, OECD, and UNICEF. She has recently published two new books, a memoir entitled Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: 50 years of work in childcare and education (Routledge 2018) focusing mainly on the UK and Europe; and Early Childhood and Development Work (co-edited with Anne Trine Kjorholt) on early childhood policies and practices in low income countries. (Palgrave MacMillan 2018). Her current research is on the private sector and the question of auspices - does type of ownership makes any difference to the quality of the service provided?




Dr Pauline Slot

"A European perspective on ECEC quality"

Dr. Pauline Slot is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Child, Family and Education Studies of Utrecht University. Her national and international research focuses on aspects of the curriculum and quality of ECEC and effects on child development. Particularly, she is interested in the relations between structural characteristics and process quality and published an OECD working paper on this topic. She was involved in the EU-funded CARE project on curriculum and quality of European ECEC. Currently, she is project leader of the National Early Childhood Education and Care Quality Monitoring Study funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs.



Liz Kerrins

Conference Rapporteur

Liz Kerrins is the Director of Research and Professional Learning with Early Childhood Ireland since June 2019. She has worked as a researcher, social policy analyst and advocate. She was previously Early Years Manager with the Children's Rights Alliance from 2016 to 2019. Previous roles include: Senior Research Fellow, Children's Research Centre, Trinity College; Policy Development Officer, Society of St Vincent de Paul; Policy & Projects Officer, Children's Rights Alliance; Researcher, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Housing Advisor and Researcher, Threshold. Liz has published research reports, book chapters and journal articles on children's policy and services, and housing.