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Linking Theory, Research & Quality Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education


ECE Theory, Research & Quality Professional Practice Resource.

On this site you will find useful academic resources, links to research, a practical resource Toolboxmy academic blog  and  a community of practice -  for practitioners, trainers, students of ECE and everyone else with an interest in linking theory and research with quality professional practice practice!

Click on the buttons below to take you to an interest area,




My name is Paula Walshe.  I work as an ECEC trainer in the further education and training sector delivering professional  training for Early Childhood Education and Care educators.  I am also a freelance writer and FET placement assessor.

My particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality and professionalisation in ECEC. 

  • Digital technology in the ECEC curriculum.

  • Communities of practice in ECEC.

  • Contemporary research in ECEC.

I currently hold a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education and have almost completed my studies for an MA in Leadership for Early Childhood Education. 

In 2022, myself and a colleague set up a community of practice Twitter page and podcast to support the sharing of ideas and the development of quality in the sector called ECE Quality Ireland - check it out here.

As a trainer I develop and teach ECEC courses with www.forustraining.ie.

I also work as a placement assessor for students who are engaging in a professional diploma in further education with Marino Institute of Education www.mie.ie.

In addition, I am a freelance writer focussing on various topics related to professional ECEC.

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Check out the latest episode of the ECE Quality Ireland podcast which I recently recorded with an ECEC colleague.

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