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OMEP Ireland Conference 2016: Change and Challenge in the Early Years.

The 2016 OMEP Ireland Conference took place on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at University College Cork.


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OMEP has joined with other organisations to warmly welcome the UN Secretary-General's Report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)- One Humanity, Shared Responsibilty. We especially recommend that the educational needs of the youngest children (ages 1 - 5) be ensured, particularly for refugees, and including those who are stateless and those detained in refugee camps. For the World OMEP position statement, please Click here


At the OMEP European Conference in Canterbury, England, May, 2016 a resolution was passed welcoming the continued importance that early childhood education retains in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals but highlighting the dangers of promoting, through Goal 4, the notion that early childhood education is primarily a preparatory phase for schooling. OMEP supports the United Nations' intention that access to early childhood education should be available to all young children, but maintains that early childhood is a significant period in its own right and that viewing early childhood as a time only to get 'ready' for the primary school curriculum is an impoverished view of being human. For more about the European Conference please Click here


68th OMEP World Conference 2016, Seoul, Korea, July 4-8, 2016. For more information, please Click here.

Theme: Transforming early childhood systems for future generations.


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Vol.9 (April 2015) of An Leanbh Óg, the OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies includes four of the keynote speeches and a selection of papers presented at the OMEP World Assembly and 'Children's Cultural Worlds' Conference in University College Cork in July 2014. Contents and Order form on our Publications page.


Vol. 7 of An Leanbh Óg, the OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies (April 2013) now available to download from our Publications page.


For information on previous Conferences, Talks & Presentations see our Archive section  [Click here..]