Family Learning Conference 2018

Practical approaches to family learning

Wednesday 28 November 2018 - Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 7

09.30 Registration and tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks - Noel Kelly, Director, Educational Welfare Services, Tusla

10.10 New research on Irish family literacy - Dr. Ann Hegarty, Literacy and gender, research and training practitioner and Dr. Maggie Feeley, Research fellow, UCD

10.20 Helping children develop a love of reading - Neil Griffiths, Educational Consultant, Storysacks, UK

10.50 Effects of technology on the parent-child relationship - Laura Barret, Family Learning Resource Worker, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (ETB)

11.05 Doodle Den and Doodle Families literacy programmes - Tara Scott, Programme Manager, Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative

11.20 Go to workshops
Workshops will run from 11.30am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. You can attend one morning and one afternoon workshop

11.30 – 1.00 Morning workshops

A. Developing children’s social and emotional language and literacy through working with parents – Lána McCarthy, Family and Community Literacy Co-ordinator and Cathy Kiernan, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Programmes Co-ordinator, Youngballymun and Megan Devenny, Speech and Language Therapist, HSE

B. Storysacks and helping children develop a love of reading – Neil Griffiths

C. Sceál: Engaging grandparents to pass on stories – Geraldine Tuttle, Resource Tutor, Galway and Roscommon ETB

D. Fun and ideas with maths, science and art – Debbie Woods, Literacy and Art tutor, Adult Learning Services Drogheda, Louth and Meath ETB

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30 Afternoon workshops
E. Developing children’s social and emotional language and literacy through working with parents – Lána McCarthy, Family and Community Literacy Co-ordinator and Cathy Kiernan, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Programmes Co-ordinator, Youngballymun and Megan Devenny, Speech and Language Therapist, HSE

F. Family literacy with Doodle Den - Tara Scott, Programme Manager, Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative

G. Tips for recruiting and retaining parents on family learning programmes – Helen Walsh and Carmel O’Neill, WordAid, Kilkenny

H. Fun, facts and football: Using the Fantasy Premier League App to encourage literacy development and Lego Literacy Camp: How to make our own comics featuring our Lego creations – Laura Carey, Librarian, Clones Library, Clones, Co. Monaghan

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 fdolan@nala.ie

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 – just select this option on the booking form and let us know where you would like the invoice to be sent.

If you have not told us the person and organisation that we should invoice, we will send the invoice directly to you.

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.