B.Soc. Sc (UCD) M.Soc. Sc (UCD) C.Q.S.W., Dip. Montessori (St. Nicholas)
Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Professional practice in the early years; Child protection and safeguarding; Working with families and communities in early years services; Contemporary issues in early education; Mentoring in early years services; Supervision of professional practice placements and research projects.
Intergenerational learning with particular emphasis on young children and older people. I am a member of an EU consortium awarded funding for an action-research project entitled ‘Together Old and Young’ (TOY). The project brings together the worlds of active aging, elder care, early childhood education and working with families in order to develop an under-exploited area in research, practice, training and policy. The current work of the consortium is the development of a massive open online course (MOOC) to upskill practitioners in early years and older person services to implement intergenerational practice. For more information see www.toyproject.net
Partnership between early years practitioners and families in early years services.
Professional development of early years practitioners.
Gallagher, C. & Fitzpatrick, A. (2018). “It’s a win-win situation” – Intergenerational learning in preschool and elder care settings: An Irish perspective. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 16, 26-44.
TOY Project Consortium (2013). Intergenerational Learning Involving Young Children and Older People, Leiden: The TOY Project: http://www.toyproject.net/literature-review/c1sbe
Fitzpatrick, A. (2012). Working with Parents in Early Years Services. In M. Mhic Mhathuna & M. Taylor (Eds.), Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland (pp.262-274). Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.
I am a member of a number of advisory boards in the broad area of early childhood education.
I have acted as an external examiner to degree programmes in early childhood education in a number of IOTs.
I have completed community-based projects with students as part of the DIT Students Learning with Communities programme.