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Artists' CPD workshop: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education & Care 27 Mar 2024

The Ark is delighted to invite artists and those working in the arts with young children to this thought-provoking free session with Dr. Colette Murray, Early Childhood Education and Care researcher and lecturer.

Colette will guide participants in a supported process of asking critical questions as we bring our various arts practices to engage with young children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).

Demographics in the Irish context have changed substantially over recent years. How do we ensure that all children, including those from diverse backgrounds, are visible in our interactions and processes?

In this workshop, we will explore the role of the adult in supporting children’s identity and sense of belonging in ECEC settings. To begin, we will reflect on our own lens and position and open up a conversation about our work with young children. This workshop will help you to develop your awareness and confidence around consciously addressing inclusivity in your work.

How to request a place:

We are delighted to offer this opportunity for free to interested artists. Capacity is limited, so to request a place please fill in our short expression of interest form here outlining why this opportunity is of interest to you and how it would benefit your practice to attend.

Closing date for receipt of completed forms: Friday 15 March at 5pm.

Offer of places will be communicated by end of day Tuesday 19 March.

If demand exceeds the number of places available, we will prioritise places for artists with a demonstrated interest in early years practice, whether an established part of your practice or if you are at an early or exploratory stage in developing as an early years artist.

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About Dr. Colette Murray

Colette has more than 30 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector in both national and international contexts. She is interested in transformative and emancipatory practice in education and care. She has advocated for a comprehensive Diversity, Equality and Social Justice approach in ECEC policy, training and practice, introducing the Anti-bias approach to the Irish ECEC sector. Colette founded the Irish Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDeNn). She is a board member of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and is a steering committee member of the international Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) network.

Dr. Murray currently lectures on the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) ECEC degree programme. She has written and published primarily on social justice, diversity, equality and Traveller issues. She was previously a Fulbright Scholar based at the Center for Indian Education in Arizona State University, USA.