Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network

EDeNN and Start Strong Present Making A Difference Video Series

The first video of the series is the key note speaker from the EDeNn and Start Strong Conference from June 2013. Louise Derman-Sparks gave a wide ranging address highlighting our duty under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Anti-bias in the Irish context and in practice.

 UPCOMING: Persona Doll Training in Mayo

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Persona Doll Training with Ann Halligan will take place in Mayo. Training sessions will run over 3 days. Participants must attend all training days.

 ***Preference will be given to those who have completed the Diversity and Equality Training Module FETAC Levels 5 and 6

Day 1: 27th September 9.30am – 4pm

Days 2 and 3: A Saturday in September and October (Dates be agreed)

Cost: €30 per day (tea and coffee included)
Venue: Ballyheane Community Building, Ballyheane, Castlebar
For booking: Please contact Ann Halligan: 087 2977249

The training will comprise of One Introductory Day to Diversity and Equality concepts including the Anti–Bias Approach for both children and adults. The following two days training will focus on working with Persona Dolls in practice. The training will highlight the links between this work and the implementation of the National Quality Policy Frameworks and Guidelines: Aistear, Sìolta and the Diversity and Equality Guidelines promoting and Delivering Diversity and Equality Training. Participants will be introduced to working with Persona Dolls.  To learn more click here Persona Dolls.

Ann Halligan is a founding member of the Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network (EDeNn). She is a Diversity and Equality and Persona Doll Trainer with EDeNn and has provided training nationally and internationally. Ann implements the Anti-bias Approach in practice in her own service in Castlebar, Mayo and uses Persona Dolls as a tool to support children develop their sense of empathy.

Cloud 2 (2)Children’s Books

A new resource page filled with children’s book to address issues of equality and diversity has been added to the EDeNn website to support practitioners and families. Addressing such themes as  FamiliesTravellers  Disability and Bullying, Discrimination and Racism.


 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.