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LIT Thurles & Tipperary Childcare Committee to Host ‘Outdoor Play Matters’ Conference 

The Department of Applied Social Sciences at LIT and Tipperary Childcare Committee are pleased to join forces to host their upcoming conference 'Outdoor play matters' on Saturday April 21st at LIT Thurles Campus.

The aim of the event is to promote the many health and psychological benefits to children of increased experiences and education in outdoor environments and the conference promises to be a very engaging, informative and active day.

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President LIT will officially open the conference, while keynote speakers on the day will include Mr Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of the charity Barnardos in Ireland and Carol Duffy , ECI, (MA in Early Years Education) is an Early Childhood Specialist with Early Childhood Ireland.

Fergus Finlay was a senior member of the Irish Labour Party and is also a weekly columnist with the Irish Examiner and the author of a number of books. Carol Duffy has worked in the Early Childhood sector for over thirty five years, as an early year’s educator, lecturer, and mentor. She is the author of Nurture through Nature and The Trunks.

Several workshops will also take place on the day, including:
· Towards Quality Outdoor Provision - Carol Duffy
· Discovering bugs, bees and pollinators - Albert Nolan
· Mucky Boots - Niamh Geoghegan
· Totally kids
· Fundamental Movement Skills - Christina Duff

Registration will take place at 9.30am. The conference will take place from 10am to 4pm (Lunch provided)

Conference cost is €15 per person and bookings should be made via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-play-matters-tickets-44252302829

For further information or queries, contact Barbara at (085) 8596581 or Email: barbaragunn@tccc.ie​​

Listen to Cathy Jones, Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, LIT and Aileen Healy from the Tipperary County Childcare Committee speaking to Fran Curry on the Tipp Today Show on Tipp FM about the conference

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