Invitation to participate: PEIN Erasmus+ PINN Learning Exchange

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The project aims to share best practice in the areas of prevention and early intervention (PEI) in disadvantaged populations, evidence informed practice, practitioner training in PEI approaches, and the importance of early childhood care and education (ECEC) as a preventative tool. The objective of this learning exchange is to allow partner organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to work at a transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods in ECEC and PEI.

The next and final learning exchange is scheduled to take place in Dublin and will be hosted virtually via Zoom over 2nd and 3rd of November. 

This is your chance to get involved in the learning exchange and hear from speakers/ virtually visit services. 

Attendees have the opportunity to hear about best practice in Ireland and abroad, as well as meeting colleagues from Portugal, Norway and The Netherlands to share your own experiences and reflect on what you have heard throughout the event.

Please see below a detailed programme of Days 1&2 is attached, and we are seeking up to 15 participants to attend these days.

Please contact express your interest.

PINN Project

Dublin Virtual Study Event

Programme for 2nd, 3rd & 4th November

Day 1: 2/11/20

Title: Pregnancy and early childhood, preparing for parenting

10.00     Welcome to the virtual visit / overview of Ireland

  • Lyndsey Anderson – hand over to Francis Chance to chair the session

10.15     The Better Finglas Area Based Childhood Programme

Overview of Barnardos and of the Finglas community and the children and families who live there.

A video walk through of the Better Finglas Project from a service user’s perspective, seeing the rooms, meeting the staff and hearing about the services on offer (Including St Helena’s Resource Centre where some of the groups are run).

Panel discussion

  • Rebecca Moore, Project Leader, Better Finglas
  • Clodagh Carroll, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Barnardos
  • Mary Callaghan, Community Midwife, Better Finglas
  • Marianne Healy, retired Director of Public Health Nursing, Health Service Executive
  • Project Staff (PFL Mentor), Better Finglas
  • Project service users, Better Finglas


11.15     Overview of maternity services in Ireland from the perspective of a parent-to-be:

  • Fiona Hanrahan, Director of Midwifery, Rotunda Maternity Hospital

11.40     Reflections from participants – what impressed or surprised you most / what would you like to clarify or hear more about

  • Panel Questions and Answers / discussion

12.10     End of morning session

2.00        Maternity services and early parenting supports in Norway / Portugal / Netherland

  • Short input from an agreed person from each country on maternity and early parent supports in their country and their professional and personal experience of them.


2.30        Experiences of maternity and early parenting supports – strengths and challenges

  • Lyndsey Anderson, PEIN – two pregnancies – two totally different experiences
  • Better Finglas parents including a father’s perspective (video)
  • Aoife Hogge, Better Finglas staff – having a baby and parenting during the lockdown


  • Facilitated Reflection in breakout rooms (translation services through zoom):
  • What should parent-centred maternity and early parenting services look like?
  • How can we best achieve this during the restrictions of the pandemic?

4.00        Close

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