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 Top speakers at Galway City & County Childcare Committee's 7th Annual Childcare Conference

Sue Palmer, one of the UK 's best known child development experts will be a special guest speaker at the conference hosted by Galway City & County Childcare Committee entitled Nurturing Bright, Balanced Children in Modern Times . The GCCCC's 7th Annual Childcare Conference will take place on Saturday, 28th November in the Salthill Hotel, Galway.  Sue Palmer's best-selling book Toxic Childhood: how modern life is damaging our children… and what we can do about it helped spark a national debate about the nature of contemporary childhood. Sue Palmer's response was to publish a 'self-help' book for parents, Detoxing Childhood. Her presentation: Raising bright, balanced children in the modern world will centre on play, sleep, childcare, and how to use TV, computers and mobile phones to your advantage.

Other speakers include Dr. John Sharry, child and family psychotherapist.  Dr. Sharry is Director of the Parents Plus charity, a popular Irish Times columnist and author of the book Positive Parenting.  He is the author of a range of popular self-help books for parents and families, such as Parenting preschoolers and young children. Dr. Sharry's talk: Positive Discipline for Pre-schoolers and Young Children will include tips on being responsive to and 'tuning-in' to children's needs.

Seamus Morrissey, Coordinator of the Incredible Years Programme in Galway will focus on how Incredible Years aims to improve the educational experiences, learning opportunities, social and emotional skills of children and will specifically address the progress of the programme in pre-schools.

The launch of the "Quality Childminders" Poster by Ms. Sylda Langford, Director General, Office of the Minister for Children will also take place during the conference.  The poster, aimed at parents / guardians, highlights the merits of choosing good quality childminding services.

"We have attracted an outstanding range of speakers again this year", said Mary Giblin, Coordinator of Galway City & County Childcare Committee.  "Sue Palmer, Dr. Sharry and Séamus Morrissey are experienced professionals and the conference will provide a unique opportunity for both parents and childcare providers to avail of their expertise."

All parents and childcare service providers are welcome to register for the conference at the great value price of €10 (including lunch).  Call  091 752039 or email for a Nurturing Bright, Balanced Children in Modern Times conference brochure and booking form.

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