Masterclass

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Masterclass 1: Transition practices in early years – travelling instead of reaching the destination - Friday

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Adrijana Visnjic-Jevtic, PhD University of Zagreb, Faculty of Teacher Education

Access to educational transition is determined by public education policy, community culture of growing up and personal paradigms of process participants – parents, teachers and children. The most education policies are declaratively committed to accepting children as active participants in their own education. The actual children’s participation and therefore well-being is questionable. One of the biggest issues is schoolification in the early years Sometimes adults (we!) think about transition as a process that should ensure children adaptation to the school. ECE professionals should be aware of the process itself instead of (just) reaching the desirable outcomes. Through the Erasmus+ project Enhancing transition practices in early childhood education the good transition practices were found and they will be presented.

Masterclass 2: The L Word: All We Need is Love - Saturday

Speaker: Anthony Semann, director, Semann & Slattery, Australia

Just as your body was designed to extract oxygen from the Earth’s atmosphere, and nutrients from the foods you ingest, your body was designed to love.

Does love play a role in the professional lives of educators or should love just sit within the realm of an individual’s personal life? And what of the need to love the people we work with? In this masterclass we will explore how love is a necessary oxygen that exists within the relationships of the workplace, but a re-definition is required in order to enable it. A lack of love may in fact lead to unnecessary relationship-based problems however when recognised as a healing power, love can provide a missing ingredient that can move a team from ordinary to extraordinary. 

Masterclass 3: Masterclass on Research Techniques - Friday

Speaker: Breandán Ó Caoimh

Just as your body was designed to extract oxygen from the Earth’s atmosphere, and nutrients from the foods you ingest, your body was designed to love.

Does love play a role in the professional lives of educators or should love just sit within the realm of an individual’s personal life? And what of the need to love the people we work with? In this masterclass we will explore how love is a necessary oxygen that exists within the relationships of the workplace, but a re-definition is required in order to enable it. A lack of love may in fact lead to unnecessary relationship-based problems however when recognised as a healing power, love can provide a missing ingredient that can move a team from ordinary to extraordinary. 

Masterclass 4: Playfully Practical Literacy - Saturday

Speaker: Catherine Gilliland, St Mary's University College Belfast

This masterclass will take the participants on a journey from how children learn to read to using reading to learn. It will demonstrate how stories and storytelling are at the epicentre of this journey. The teacher needs to be a bibliotherapist and ensure children develop creative visualisations.

Catherine Gilliland is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Literacy in St Marys university College, Belfast. She is widely published and has presented her research across Europe. She has been a Keynote Speaker at the Literacy Association of Ireland Conference. You can listen to her Podcast on Making Reading Addictive on Inside Education, Dublin FM

Masterclass 5: Development of a new funding model for early learning and school-age childcare: An overview of progress to date and stakeholder consultative workshop - Saturday

Speaker: Anne-Marie Brooks, DCYA

This masterclass will take the participants on a journey from how children learn to read to using reading to learn. It will demonstrate how stories and storytelling are at the epicentre of this journey. The teacher needs to be a bibliotherapist and ensure children develop creative visualisations.

Catherine Gilliland is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Literacy in St Marys university College, Belfast. She is widely published and has presented her research across Europe. She has been a Keynote Speaker at the Literacy Association of Ireland Conference. You can listen to her Podcast on Making Reading Addictive on Inside Education, Dublin FM

Masterclass 6: Time to Say Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement - Saturday

Speaker: Evelyn Reilly, ELC Owner/Manager & Lecturer

Loss and bereavement is not a subject that Early Years Educators would choose to deal with in early year’s settings. However dealing with loss and bereavement for both the Early Years Educators and young children is an area that needs to be explored and given attention.

Loss is part of everyday life, children may have had some experiences of losing a pet and from this moment the young child is building an understanding of what death may mean. Children attending our setting over the years vary in how they tell their teachers about this type of loss. Depending on how their parents have approached the subject of death, the child will share these concepts in different ways. Other children have spoken about the death of a grandparent and again their understanding is shaped by what their parents have shared with them and whether or not the children were involved in the funeral service.

This masterclass will explore how to support children and Early Years Educators in understanding and supporting loss and bereavement. It will explore current available support networks for young children. It will guide through personal experiences how an early year’s service can offer support to both children, families and staff team in the event of loss and bereavement. Gaps in levels of support will be identified with strategies highlighted to address these gaps. How young children understand the concept of death and bereavement will be explored.

Participants through an interactive process will develop some strategies to support children, families and educators in managing the grieving process and celebrating the life of those lost.

Masterclass 7: Why we no longer fly to the moon - Saturday

Speaker: Irma Grothuis, Artisit and Arts Consultant (Children and Young People)

What stories do the children that you work with like to hear? How do you tell them? Are there any ways you could make them better? Or explore them further?

During this session, children’s drama facilitator and writer Irma Grothuis, will explore a range of storytelling and drama methodologies for very young children. We’ll examine the stories that children are most likely to immerse themselves in and consider how we can engage them and build upon that engagement over time.

Masterclass 8: Partnership with Parents - Saturday

Speaker: Maureen Keane, Clare Family Resource Centre

Maureen will provide an overview of the current thinking from the literature available on how practitioners should work in partnership with parents and children.

She will give practical examples of how we do this in our setting from the time a child first presents to us looking for a place.

  1. Share information with parents about our setting and what we have to offer.
  2. How we share information about their child’s development and learning.
  3. How we support parents with individual plans for their child to encourage learning at home.
  4. How parents are involved in our setting and how we support and speak to parents to encourage respect and learning for them and their child.

By providing examples Maureen will acknowledge that we are not perfect but we try hard to make every parent and child feel special and supported.

Masterclass 9: Working Together- The quality Regulatory Framework and Quality Practice - Saturday

Speaker: Rita Melia, Early years Specialist, EY Inspectorate, Tulsa Child and Family Agency

This master class will explore the structural and dynamic elements of quality early learning and care provision which support quality outcomes as identified by Laevers (2017) children’s levels of wellbeing and involvement.   Starting with the preschool educator’s image of the child as a learner, Loris Malaguzzi (1993) suggests that the educator’s image of the child is where teaching begins.  Malaguzzi expands on this stating that the educator’s image of the child impacts both implicitly and explicitly on their assumptions and the pedagogical choices that educators make. The educator’s image of the child is influenced by historical, social, cultural, and ideological views; views which may be influenced by specific doctrines or beliefs that have been either consciously or subconsciously created (Hoyuelos, 2013).  Similarly Bruner (1996) confirms that the educator’s choice of pedagogy is never innocent, in fact he suggests it communicates the educator’s conception of the learner and the learning process.  This Master class will reflect on how based on a continuum from a didactic, adult directed pedagogical approach to an autonomy supportive pedagogical approach, the educators image of the child as a learner, impacts on outcome quality as identified based on children’s levels of wellbeing and involvement.  A practice framework learning for Wellbeing developed from Rita`s PhD study will give visibility to the Bioecological perspectives (Bronfenbrenner and Morris, 2006) which influence quality early learning and care provision in practice. 

Masterclass 10: Transforming the borders of professional knowledges for early childhood education and care - Friday

Speaker: Dr. Verity Campbell Barr, Associate Professor in Early Childhood Studies & Associate Head of Research at Plymouth Institure of Education

In this Masterclass, Verity explores new directions for what is known and how one knows when working with young children. Identifying professional knowledges as multiple and varied, with different degrees of structure and varying social processes for distributing and verifying knowledge, she explores how/where/if embodied forms of knowledge (Murris, 2016) might be located within the boarders of professional knowledges for ECCE. Drawing on her own encounters with children, alongside different research projects, Verity reflects on how discussions of professionals knowledges in ECCE might be transformed for the future.

Masterclass 11: Employment Insights - Saturday

Presenter: Gillian Moore, Early Years Employer Service Manager, Early Childhood Ireland

Following on from our successful EYES insights series in our Early Times Magazine,  focussing on key topics for employers, this Masterclass brings together experts in areas of HR and Employment law. Chaired by our Early Years Employer Service Manager, Gillian Moore, this masterclass gives you a unique opportunity to ask our expert panel your specific employer questions and benefit from hearing their insights and advices.

Masterclass 12: Improving Children’s Early Language Development through Everyday Interactions in Early Learning and Care Settings - Saturday

Presenter: Catherine Healy, BA, MA, LINC, National Team Lead for Quality Development with Better Start. Grace Monaghan BSc, HDip, Early Years’ Specialist with the Better Start AIM programme.

Children develop language and emergent literacy through naturalistic interactions with the adults and children around them. Early Years’ Educators can play an essential role in positively influencing children’s acquisition of language, by providing warm, nurturing responses to children, creating language-rich environments, and facilitating conversations among children themselves. High quality interactions build on the child’s focus and involve opportunities for the child to actively participate in back-and-forth exchanges. This masterclass will examine how high quality interactions might look in in Early Learning and Care settings, and cover some strategies that will help Educators to support children to interact successfully with others.

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