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Early Childhood Education Symposium

Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative (RECEC) hosted its final symposium in the early childhood education alignment series on March 9th in Regent House. The event, as with previous events, focused on the shared expertise and dialogue of participants, weaved through the day of presentations by Dr. Jacqueline Fallon, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Professor Nóirín Hayes, School of Education, TCD, a keynote by Professor Emer Smyth, Economic and Social Research Institute and an innovative panel discussion. The energy that existed throughout the entire symposium series persisted in this innovative discussion, which highlighted the critical role of early childhood education and care in the lives of contemporary Irish children, the unique value and importance of relational and playful pedagogies in early education and the multiple roles filled by early childhood educators in all settings.  The value and contribution of professional dialogues and the significant information the discussions and contributions have made to our understanding of the complexities of  was highlighted. The organisers would like to thank the participants for their input to these events. See video presentations, papers and more at

Keynote Speakers

Dr Emer Smyth, ESRI

Dr Emer Smyth, Research Professor and Head of the Social Research Division at the ESRI. She is Co Principal Investigator of Growing Up in Ireland (GUI), together with Dorothy Watson and joint research area coordinator for education. Her main research interests centre on education, school to work transitions, gender and comparative methodology.

Professor Nóirín Hayes, Convenor, RECEC, Trinity College.

Professor Nóirín Hayes is the Visiting Professor at the School of Education and maintains her affiliation to the Dublin Institute of Technology through the Centre for Social and Education Research. Her specialist field is child development and learning with particular interest in early childhood development educational wellbeing, pedagogy, and children’s rights.

Date | 9th March

Venue | Regent House, Trinity College Dublin

Registration by email to Valerie Kelly