Family Learning Conference 2017

Fresh approaches to family learning, 29 November, 2017

09.30 Registration and tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks - Chairperson: Irene Keogh, Tusla, Educational Welfare Services, Integrated Services Manager

10.10 Providing evidence: The impact of family learning on children and adults - Cath Harcula, Chair of the National Family Learning Forum, England

10.30 Family literacy: A framework for practice - Lána McCarthy, Family and Community Literacy Co-ordinator, Youngballymun, Dublin

10.50 Play and the learning brain - Dipankar Biswas, Adult Literacy Tutor and Play Therapist, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (ETB)

11.10 Tea, coffee and networking

11.30 Preparing for Level 3 communications content - Sinead Clinton, NALA Distance Learning Service

11.50 Language development and supporting families to access speech and language therapy - Megan Devenny, Speech and Language Therapist, HSE, Ballymun, Dublin

12.10 A picture speaks a thousand words: Creating a picture book - Carol Ann Treacy, Children’s Books Author and Graphic Designer

12.30 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 - 3.30 Workshops (participants may attend one workshop)

A. How lego can be used as a family learning tool - Pam Buchanan, Adult, Family and Community Learning Facilitator, Dublin

B. Accessing the learning brain through play - Dipankar Biswas, Adult Literacy Tutor and Play Therapist, Limerick and Clare ETB

C. Motivating parents to engage and stay in family learning programmes - Helen Walsh, Resource Worker and Adult Literacy Tutor and Carmel O’Neill, Adult Literacy Tutor, Kilkenny and Carlow ETB

D. Internet Safety for Kids: Awareness session for parents and teachers - Alex Cooney, CEO and Cliona Curley, Programme Director, CyberSafeIreland

E. Everyone has a story… How to run a practical picture book workshop - Carol Ann Treacy, Children’s Book Author and Graphic Designer

F. Making the case for family learning: Outcomes and evidence - Cath Harcula, Chair of the National Family Learning Forum, England

Registration fee:

The conference fee is €30 if your organisation is a NALA member or you joined NALA as an individual member, paying €25.

Otherwise, the conference fee is €60 if you are a member who joined NALA for free or a non-member.

To join NALA click here. If the conference fee is difficult for you or your organisation, please contact Fergus Dolan in NALA at

Securing your place:

We require payment of the fee to secure your place. You can pay directly to NALA by online transfer, credit card, cash or postal order. Alternatively, we can send an invoice to you or your organisation. You select this option on the booking form. Let us know where you would like the invoice to be sent. If you intend to receive the discount under a large organisation member of NALA (for example and ETB) please give us their details in the billing section.If you have not paid before the event or told us who to send the invoice to, we will send you the invoice.

Cancellation policy:

If you register for the event and cannot attend, please let us know. If you cancel at less than two days’ notice, the full cost will be charged to you or your organisation.