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  • ChildLinks Issue 2: Children's Participation 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2021)
    Earlier this year, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth (DCEDIY) published the National Framework for Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making. The Framework, underpinned ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 1: Nature-based Preschools 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2021)
    Spending time in natural outdoor environments offers many positive physiological and psychological benefits for us all, reducing stress and increasing our general feeling of well-being. For children, the opportunities for ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 1: Mixed Age Groups in Early Learning and Care 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2022)
    Throughout our lives we engage, interact and socialise with people of all ages, learning from and supporting those both older and younger than ourselves, and benefitting from their different experiences, understanding, ...
  • Childlinks Issue 3: Childcare in Transition 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2007)
    On 10th December 2007, The Minister for Children, Brendan Smith T.D., launched the Government's vision for Children’s Services in lreland. This national policy document, The Agenda for Children’s Services, ‘is directing ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 1: Children and Nutrition 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2009)
    One in four 9 year olds in Ireland is overweight according to the July report of the Growing Up in Ireland study. The study found that 74% of 9 year olds were not overweight, 19% were overweight and 7% were obese. These ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Parenting Support Programmes 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019)
    Families in Ireland today face a wide range of issues that can have a negative impact on children’s development, wellbeing, learning, achievement, family function and peer relationships. Long-term risks ultimately include ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Children and the Digital World 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2018)
    This issue of ChildLinks considers the digital environment and the impact it has on childhood and on family life. Digital technology is increasingly present in our daily experiences from communication to sharing photos, ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Professionalisation of the Early Years Sector 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2017)
    The issue of the professional status of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector in Ireland has been the subject of much discussion in recent years among both those working with young children and Government. ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Homelessness 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2016)
    The number of families and children experiencing homelessness in Ireland today is the highest since records began. The latest Department of Housing figures reveal that more than 1,100 families are homeless, including 2,363 ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Barnardos' Key Pre-Election Campaign Objectives 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2015)
    In Barnardos pre-election campaign, we calling on all of the political parties to prioritise children in their manifestos. One in nine children in Ireland live in consistent poverty and nearly two in five experience ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Digital Childhood 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2014)
    One of the defining features of contemporary childhood in many societies is that children grow up in a world where digital technologies are prominent and taken for granted. There is no doubt that interactive digital ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Encouraging Respect for Diversity 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2013)
    The Early Years Strategy (DCYA, 2013) states that respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are prerequisites for optimal development and learning. We know from research that children as young as two years of age are ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Providing for Children with Additional Needs 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2012)
    This edition of ChildLinks focuses on exploring the theme of how early childhood care and education (ECCE) provides for children with additional needs1. Children with disabilities do at least as well, developmentally, ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Risky Play 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2011)
    The concept of risky play may sound at odds with our desire for young children to be nurtured in a safe environment, however as the many contributors to this issue of Childlinks contend, risky or adventurous play is an ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Parental Alcohol Misuse 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2009)
    Media focus on the abuse of alcohol in Ireland is too often focused on underage drinking to the neglect of the problem of parental alcohol misuse, which is the theme of this edition of ChildLinks. One of the common messages ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 3: Child Trafficking 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2008)
    The recent decision by the Government to introduce a free pre-school place for all children in the year prior to starting primary school is, in Barnardos’ view, a most significant and welcome policy development which will ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 2: Children's Mental Health 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2020)
    According to the World Health Organization, fear, worry and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. It is no wonder then that the COVID-19 ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 2: Children and the Arts 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019)
    This issue of ChildLinks looks at the impact of the arts on the lives of children. Arts experiences offer children the opportunity to immerse themselves in creative learning with complete freedom of expression, supporting ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 2: Diverse Families 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2018)
    The introduction of the Child and Family Relationships Act in 2015 represented a transformation in the legal recognition of families in Ireland. The Act modernised family law in a way that is inclusive of and sensitive ...
  • ChildLinks Issue 2: Empathy 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2017)
    In this issue of ChildLinks we look at empathy, which can be defined in general terms as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is generally accepted that highly empathic people enjoy more successful, ...

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