Professor Norin Hayes spent the day with our LMU early years degree students working on the practice of Siolta and Aistear and achieving quality through early years practice.  Throughout the 1 day workshop she focused on the following areas:

Getting it Right from the Start
The child at the centre of practice
The importance of the early years professional

•    Recognising that what we do is important
–    in economic terms
–    in social terms
–    developmentally and educationally
•    Understanding why what we do is crucial
–    For young children
–    For society
–    For ourselves

Professor Nóirín Hayes is a developmental psychologist.  She is Visiting Professor at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and maintains her affiliation to the Dublin Institute of Technology, through the Centre for Social and Educational Research. Her specialist field is child development and learning, with particular interest in early childhood development, educational wellbeing, pedagogy, and children's rights. She has an active research portfolio working with postgraduate students and researchers. She has also been active in shaping early years policy developments in Ireland.  She is the author of a number of books, reports and research articles on practice and policy including Engaging Children: Towards a Nurturing Pedagogy [co-authored] and Early Childhood: An Introductory Text which is in its fourth edition and has been a core text since its original publication in 1993.  Her most recent book is Early Years Practice: Getting It Right from the Start (Gill and Macmillan, 2013). She has served on a number of government working groups, commissions and advisory groups most recently the National Early Years Strategy Expert Advisory Group. She is a member of the Growing Up in Ireland [Phase 2] Education/Cognitive Development advisory group. Professor Hayes is a founder member of the Children’s Rights Alliance, a member of the board of Start Strong and of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.