Professor Noirín Hayes BA MED PhD


Teaching Areas

Child Development, Early Education and Learning Theory

Research Expertise

Early Childhood Education Policy, Quality and Curriculum

Higher Education Learning and Curriculum Design

Selected Appointments, including current position

1997- Director, Centre for Social and Educational Research [CSER]

1996-2003 Head of School of Social Science and Law

2003- 2008 Faculty Head of Learning Development

2008 – Head of School of Social Sciences and Law

Selected Publications

Hayes, N. (in press). Children at the Centre of Practice. In (Eds.) Máire Mhic Mhathúna and Mark Taylor, Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

Johnston Molloy, C, Corish, C., Kearney, J., Hayes, N. and Glennon Slattery, C. (2011) Developing a nutrition assessment tool for Irish preschools. Nutrition and Food Science Vol 41, No 1 pp 44-53.

O'Donoghue Hynes, B & Hayes, N. (2011a). An Evaluation of the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme using Policy Design Theory. An Leanbh Óg:The OMEP [Irl.] Journal of Early Childhood Studies Vol 4&5, April 2011, 31-50.

O'Donoghue Hynes, B & Hayes, N. (2011b). Who benefits from early childhood education and care policy tool design in Ireland? Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 19, (3).

Hayes, N. & Kernan, M. (2008) Engaging Young Children. A Nurturing Pedagogy (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan)

Hayes, N. (2008) Teaching Matters in Early Educational Practice:The Case for  a Nurturing Pedagogy Early Education and Development Vol 19, Issue 3 pp  430 - 440

Hayes, N. (2007) The role of early childhood care and education from an anti-poverty perspective. Background Policy Paper commissioned by the Combat Poverty Agency

Hayes, N. (2007) Perspectives on the Relationship between Education and Care in Early Childhood. Background Paper prepared for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Hayes, N (2006) (ed.) Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education and Care Proceedings of OMEP conference, UCC (Cork: OMEP, Ireland)

Hayes, N. & Bradley, S (2006) The Childcare Question in B. Fanning and M. Rush (eds)  Care and Social Change in the Irish Welfare Economy (Dublin: University College Dublin Press

Hayes, N (2006) New project sees bright future for children in Ballymun.  Action on  Poverty Today, No. 15, Winter, 2006.

O’Kane & Hayes (2006) The Transition to School in Ireland: Views of preschool and primary teachers. International
Journal of Transitions in Childhood, Vol 2 pp.4-16

Mahony, K. & Hayes, N.  (2006) Researching Quality in Irish Early Education. In N.  Hayes (ed) Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education and Care. Proceedings of  OMEP Annual Conference (Cork: OMEP, Ireland)

Hayes, N. (2005) (3rd edition) Early Childhood: An Introductory Text.  (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan)

Hayes, N. & Bradley, S. (2005) An Accessible Childcare Model (Report prepared for, and  published by the National Women’s Council of Ireland)

Hayes, N. (2005) Welfare and Wellbeing: Impact of Social Policy on Early Educational Practice in Ireland. In M. Horgan & F. Douglas Children in the Global Village. Proceedings of OMEP Annual Conference (Cork: OMEP Ireland)

Hayes, N. (2004) Children’s Rights: Participation of Children in Policy-making in Ireland, in D. Crimmens & A, West.
(eds.) Having their say. Young people and participation: European Experiences  (Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing)

Hayes, N. & Kernan, M. (eds) (2003) Transformations: Theory and Practice in Early Education: Proceedings of OMEP conference, UCC (Cork: OMEP, Ireland)

Hayes, N. (2003) Play, Care and Learning: Creating an integrated curriculum for early education in Ireland, in M.
Karlsson-Lohman & I. Pramling-Samuelsson (eds) Play, Care and Learning:  Curriculum Studies Monograph Vol. 5. (Gotenberg: Gotenburg University Press).

Hayes, N. (2003) Towards a Nurturing Pedagogy: Re-conceptualising Care and Education in the Early Years in N. Hayes & M. Kernan (eds) Transformations: Theory and practice in Early Education. Proceedings of OMEP Conference, UCC (Cork: OMEP, Ireland)

Hayes, N. & Claxton, J. (2003). New Process Quality Indicators from the IEA Preprimary  Project Observation Systems. In D. Weikart, P. Olmsted, J. Montie (eds.) with N. Hayes & M. Ojala A World of Preschool Experience: Observations in 15 Countries (Michigan: HighScope Press)

Hayes, N. (2002) Children’s Right – Whose Right? A Review of Child Policy Development in Ireland. Studies in Public Policy 9. (Dublin: The Policy Institute, Trinity College)

Other activities

2007-2010. Principal Investigator, ‘Early Childhood Care and Education  in Ireland: Towards A Rights-based Policy Approach’, IRCHSS funded
1994 - 2004 present. National Research Coordinator, Ireland of the IEA  Preprimary Project - a longitudinal study of 400 Irish children

2003-2007 Chairperson, ‘Young Ballymun: Area-based Prevention and  Early Intervention Project Development’, Office of the Minister for  Children and Atlantic Philantrophies.

2003 – 2008 Board member of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education

2006 – present Chair and founder member Children’s Rights Alliance


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