The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 2016 Best Student Research Award was presented to Miriam O’ Regan, an M.Phil. student in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences. Miriam crrently serves on the Board of Wicklow County Childcare Committee as a Public Participation Network representative, having previously worked as the Childminding Advisory Officer as part of the WCCC team for more than 9 years.
Her supervisor is Dr Ann Marie Halpenny. Miriam’s submission was entitled “Mainstreaming Childminding in Ireland: Attitudes towards Professionalization”. Miriam will join a DCYA task group shortly exploring solutions to issues facing the childminding sector shortly. The Board and staff of WCCC would like to congratulate Miriam on this wonderful achievement.