31 May, 2023 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

Portobello Presents: Dr Mary O' Kane on Raising Resilient Children

Dr Mary O' Kane Early Childhood Webinar Portobello Institute

Dr Mary O'Kane is a well-known leader and an expert in the field of early childhood care and education.

Portobello Institute will host a webinar on Tuesday, June 13th 2023 led by Dr Mary O'Kane, who will speak about Raising Resilient Children. You can register for this free webinar here.

This will be the second webinar that Dr Mary O'Kane will present for Portobello Institute. You can re-watch the first one entitled Collaborative Partnership with Children and Families on our Youtube channel here.

This webinar has been specifically designed for early years practitioners and professionals, thought-leaders, parents and those who are interested in learning more about resilience in early years.

A CPD certificate is available to those who attend on the night.

Portobello Institute’s foundations lie in early years education since its establishment offering childcare courses in 1981. If you are interested in any of our Early Years and Montessori courses please click here

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About Dr Mary O'Kane

Dr Mary O'Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education.

Her research interests include childhood transitions; self-esteem and wellbeing, and the value of play.

Mary is a regular contributor to Newstalk Radio; Ireland AM, and a range of other national and local radio shows discussing a broad range of parenting issues.

  • Dr Mary O'Kane, originally studied Psychology in the UK, then specialised in the area of Early Childhood while undertaking her Master's and Doctorate at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland.
  • Dr O'Kane is an Associate Lecturer in Psychology and Early Childhood studies with the Open University, covering areas such as Child Development; Childhood Studies and Child Psychology; Young Children's Lives and Learning; and Young Children's Play and Creativity.
  • She frequently appears on both national and local radio, such as Today FM, Newstalk, Ireland AM and more to discuss a range of parenting and early childhood education topics.
  • She is the author of Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Connection Not Perfection, a book that supports parents in how they can and should support children's long-term social and emotional development while boosting wellbeing and resilience and building independence of character. It is available here

Who else will speak at the webinar?

Dr Mary O'Kane will be joined on the night by Portobello Institute's Dr Marguerita Magennis and Kellie Duggan who are both part of the passionate lecturing team in the early years department.

Dr Marguerita Magennis - Course Coordinator, Masters in Early Childhood Studies & Lead Lecturer BA Hons degree Early Childhood Studies

With over 20 years of experience in education, Marguerita's passion lies in helping adults returning to education and supporting students in their academic journeys. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of working with renowned authors and researchers in the field of early education, who have greatly influenced her career and research.

Kellie Duggan - Early Years Lecturer and Educator

Kellie, is a motivated and passionate educator. She began her journey with a BA in mathematics and a PGCE in primary education in East London. Her leadership role in mathematics led her to discover her love for early years education. In 2007, she founded Kickstart Education, opening three successful early learning centres in Wexford. Kellie gained her Masters in Early Childhood Studies at Portobello Institute. She now lectures in Durham Further Education College, while still managing several preschools in Ireland.

What will you gain from the webinar?

Portobello Institute's Early Years Department series of expert-led webinars give you the opportunity to learn from the thought-leaders in early years education and form part of our  offering of life-long learning to our students, graduates and the wider sector.

They will discuss their research, and experience and offer you access to their practical insights and wealth of knowledge.

Attending the webinar live on the night, offers you the opportunity to receive a CPD cert.

If you cannot join live on the night, you can watch it back from our YouTube channel at a later date.

Register now here!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Portobello webinar experience, please register today and come along to share the knowledge from these experts in early childhood education.

Once you have registered you will receive a link via email to attend the webinar on the night.

Don't forget to share this event with your friends, colleagues and in social media groups to the benefit of your fellow early years practitioners and colleagues.

If you have any questions or would like to explore any Early Years & Montessori qualifications you can book a consultation call with our expert advisor Jennifer Matteazzi here, email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.com or call 01 892 0031. 

Read More: Vivian Gussin Paley’s Methods of Supporting Language and Literature in Early Years

WATCH: Dr Mary O'Kane on Collaborative Partnership with Children and Families


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