Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network

EDeNN and Start Strong Present Making A Difference Video Series

The second video of the series presents Patsy Baissangourov, Debbie O’Callaghan, Anne Marie Williams, Suzanne McDonnell and Loretta McDonagh share about their experiences with the EDeNn training. If you are interested in completing the training Contact Us.


No Quality without Equality International Conference on Diversity, Equality, and Social Justice in Early Childhood

4-5 June 2015 DECET in collaboration with Newman University, Birmingham UK

Keynote speakers: Louise Derman-Sparks, USA | Deepa Grover, UNICEF | Peter Thatchell, UK

THERE CAN BE NO QUALITY WITHOUT EQUALITY The international conference, jointly hosted by DECET and Newman University, is a forum for practitioners, trainers, academics, policy makers and activists to explore crucial questions we believe should sit at the very centre of any discussion about ‘quality’ in early childhood:

How to achieve quality for all? How can we ensure all children and families have access to the services they need? How to ensure diversity, equality and social justice are constituting elements of all early childhood services?

Quality for whom – whose quality? How can we ensure that defining and developing and evaluating ‘quality’ is a democratic, participatory process that involves all stakeholders – including (but not limited to) children, families, diverse communities, practitioners, policy makers, researchers?

Quality with whom? How can we best support democratic educators in a competent system?

More information on DECET conference                                       Submission of proposals form

 Recent Publications

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 9.29.07 PM Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education is a foundational text, which presents contemporary theories and debates about early education and child care in many nations. The authors selected are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty years; the editors are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement.


Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 9.29.36 PMChildren’s Rights and Education: International Perspectives

This book compares ways in which children’s rights in, to, and through education, formal and informal, are viewed and implemented in a variety of social and political contexts, aiming to shed light on how policies and practices can improve equal access to high quality education in an environment which is respectful of children’s rights. Chapters focus on understanding the opportunities for and challenges of addressing children’s rights to participation and to inclusion.

  Persona Doll Training in Pristina in Kosovo

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Ann Halligan (Mayo) has just returned from Pristina in Kosovo having delivered and EDeNn Diversity and Equality Training and Persona Doll Training for Save the Children. The training was delivered to partner organisations working with and from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian backgrounds. The aim of the training was to support teachers, childcare workers, home visitors and social workers to address diversity and equality issues and work with the Persona Dolls.