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Rollercoaster founder to speak at Galway Childcare Conference

Galway City & County Childcare Committee welcomes Anne O�Connor, Child Clinical Psychologist and founder of Rollercoaster.ie to December 4th annual conference in the Galway Bay Hotel. Anne will explore the importance of clear communication systems between childcare providers and parents that enhance the child�s experience in any childcare setting. With over 20 years experience, Anne O�Connor has dealt with a diverse range of family-related issues in a practice offering psychological services to young children.

 Rollercoaster.ie is a virtual meeting place for thousands of parents all over Ireland, offering a centralised stop for advice and discussion on a 24/7 basis as well as information on local shopping, services and family friendly facilities. Set up ten years ago by Anne O' Connor, it is now Ireland's No.1 Website for Pregnancy & Parenting information. The site combines a wide ranging mix of articles written by a team of experts and user-generated content such as Blogs, Discussion Boards, Surveys, Polls, etc.


Other guest speakers include Pat Broadhead, Professor of Playful Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is the author of Early Years Play and Learning: Developing Social Skills and Cooperation, and has undertaken extensive research into how children become sociable and cooperative through play and how playful learning environments are created. Pat Broadhead is a regularly invited keynote speaker in relation to playful learning, integrated working and early years issues and has advised UK Parliamentary Select Committees on Training and Development

 Jan Godfrey, HSE Information and Advice Officer - Children First and Susan McGlone, HSE Mid-West Regional Parenting Coordinator will focus on the importance of communicating with parents about sensitive issues and will discuss their recent research in this area.


Child Protection training is ongoing and Galway City & County Childcare Committee, in conjunction with the HSE, will launch a Child Protection Poster. This poster highlights the 3Cs Concern, Contact & Consult and is a simple, step by step guide for childcare service providers to deal effectively with child protection concerns.


Anne OConnor is a Child Clinical Psychologist, Journalist and Entrepreneur and we are very fortunate to have such an influential speaker at the Galway Childcare Conference, says Rosario N� Sh�illeabh�in, Information Officer, Galway City & County Childcare Committee.


Parents, childcare service providers, students and the general public are welcome to register for the conference at the great value price of €10 (including lunch). Call 091 752039 to book. Conference brochure and booking form may also be accessed at www.galwaychildcare.com.

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