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Early Years: Child development programs – N. Ireland
Early Years – the Organisation for Young Children, is the largest organization in Northern Ireland working with and for young children. It is a non-profit making organization and has been working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 - 12 and their families. Over the past 50 years, Early Years has brought together pre-school children and parents from across the religious and cultural divide in Northern Ireland to promote peace and understanding.
1. Offers a range of programs and services for Playgroup and Daycare staff, parents and those working with children.
2. Delivers a wide range of in-service programs that continue our drive to improve practice by applying an appropriate play based curriculum. Our training is for parents, all adults working with young children in pre-school settings, daycares, SureStart, nursery and foundation stage and management committees.
3. Believes that major investment in young children is critical to ensure the educational, social, emotional and cognitive development of our future generations.
Contributor: Siobhán Fitzpatrick, CBE, MBA, MSSC, CQSW, BSc., serves as Executive Committee Member to the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). She is Chief Executive Officer of Early Years – the organization for young children in Northern Ireland.
The International Network on Peace Building with Young Children is a global initiative set up by early childhood practitioners, children’s rights advocates, researchers and civil society organizations working to promote a peaceful and safe life for young children. The Network comprises organizational or individual membership from countries living in, emerging from or under the threat of conflict.
This Toolkit Manual is aimed at early years practitioners, teachers, parents and significant adults who care for young children in conflict and post conflict regions who are affected by the impact of conflict. It provides ideas for activities for engaging with young children, as well as support materials for adults to help then listen to the voices of young children, and to help the children express their feelings and emotions.
This mapping exercise shows how programs known to the Network are addressing the areas identified in the Programmatic Framework as having the most effect on children’s development.
This paper presents an overview of the key issues and challenges facing early childhood practitioners in developing programs for young children, families and communities living in conflict affected areas. It examines the changing nature and impact of conflict on young children and their communities and suggests a framework for developing and implementing appropriate programs.
The second paper from Learning Group 2 maps how the programmatic framework from paper one might be applied in practice in conflict affected countries around the world.
A report on the 2011 Peacebuilding Evaluation Evidence Summit
Just what is it like working as an early years professional in areas of conflict? What are some of the problems, issues, and challenges that one has to deal with when working with young children and their carers in societies affected by conflict? Most importantly, what can early years providers actually do in situations like these? How can they effectively meet the needs of children and their carers and what role can they play within their wider communities to help build peace? These are some of the key questions that will be addressed by this book when we hear first-hand from early years professionals around the world who are working in societies affected by conflict.
MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies
This program is located within INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). INCORE is in an active research and practice Centre, you can expect to learn from Faculty with practical and theoretical skills. Its location in Northern Ireland provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning in a society coming out of violent conflict. However, the geographical scope of INCORE’s work in research, policy, and practice is both local and global.
The program is offered in association with Early Years, which is the largest organization in Northern Ireland for Young Children. It has extensive experience of collaborative work at the international level and it will provide experts from around the world to contribute to the teaching of the online specialist module on Young Children and Peacebuilding.
The Media Initiative for Children (MIFC) was developed by Early Years - the organizsation for young children (formerly known as NIPPA) in Northern Ireland and the Peace Initiatives Institute (PII) in the USA. Pii works with children and youth from communities in conflict to prepare our young people for a more peaceful future.
This media initiative was developed by Early Years - the organisation for young children (formerly known as NIPPA) in Northern Ireland and the Peace Initiatives Institute (PII) in the USA. It combines cartoon media messages around diversity with an early years’ program. Together they aim to promote positive attitudes to physical, social and cultural differences among young children, practitioners and parents. The messages also address bullying behaviors.
- Media Initiative for Rural Children Cross-borders: Rural Respecting Difference Programme
- A cluster randomized trial evaluation of the Media Initiative for Children: Respecting Difference Program
- MIFC - The executive summary
- Evaluation of the Media Initiative for Children Respecting Difference Program in the education sector
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