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2018 OMEP Ireland Conference

Cork Institute of Technology

Saturday 28 April 2018

9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.



Celebrating Creativity and Curiosity in Early Childhood.


OMEP Ireland is pleased to announce that the keynote speakers for the 2018 Conference will be


  • Dr Sylvia Chard (The Project Approach)
  • Lyndsey Hellyn & Stephanie Bennett (The Curiosity Approach™)



OMEP Ireland is now inviting submissions for the Conference Research Strands. For more details on how to submit an abstract, please click here


Conference Booking NOW OPEN

EARLY BIRD RATES for bookings made before 16 March 2018


  • OMEP Members and Conference Presenters: €50.00
    • €70.00 for bookings made after 16 March
  • Non Members: €90.00
    • (€120 for bookings after 16 March)
  • Reduced rate for Unwaged, and Students with ID : €30.00


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Keynote Speakers 2018


Dr. Sylvia C. Chard

Photo of Dr. Sylvia C. ChardDr. Sylvia C. Chard is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. As a professor at the University of Alberta from 1989, she was for seven years Director of the Laboratory School, the Child Study Center, in the Department of Elementary Education. Dr Chard taught at various levels in schools from preschool through high school in England. She completed her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. Dr Sylvia Chard is co-author with Lilian G. Katz of the book, Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach (Ablex, 1989). Other books include From My Side: Being a Child (2009; co-authored with Yvonne Kogan) and Picturing the Project Approach: Creative Explorations in Early Learning (2017). Dr Chard lectures on the Project Approach, interdisciplinary learning, and young children representing their understanding through drawing, in Canada, the U.S.A., and in many other countries around the world.
She continues to maintain a website at


Lyndsey Hellyn & Stephanie Bennett

Photo of Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett.jpg Lyndsey Hellyn & Stephanie Bennett are the co-founders of The Curiosity Approach™. Together, they have over 50 years teaching and leadership experience in early childhood. They are the directors of six settings across the East and West Midlands in the UK.


The Curiosity Approach™ is more than just beautiful play spaces. It's a modern day approach to Early Years taking parts from Reggio, Steiner, Te Whãriki and a sprinkle of Montessori. It's a beautiful recipe book of wonderful ingredients, carefully mixed together with experience, passion and a love of early childhood. It's baked together in a mindful oven of loveliness that needs thoughtful practitioners, professionals to be mentally present, thankful and forever curious about their career with little children, creating the "thinkers & doers" of the next generation.


Lyndsey Hellyn began her career as a primary school teacher in Birmingham, leading a range of early years departments from neighbourhood nurseries to children's centres. In 2009, she became the proud owner of her first private setting. Using her previous knowledge of child development and her visits to Reggio Emilia, Italy, Lyndsey has created environments where staff are empowered, supported and inspired to work to the highest standard.


Stephanie Bennett qualified in childcare over 30 years ago and has an Early Years degree with 'Early Years Professional Status'. She is the passionate and inspirational owner of two incredible nurseries in Leicestershire. She is a huge advocate of young children and is dedicated to raising standards in early years provision by motivating practitioners to provide the most wondrous opportunities for children.



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