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Keynote Speakers

OMEP Ireland / Keynote Speakers

Dr Jools Page

Dr Jools Page is a Senior Early Years Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Brighton and co-leader of the Children and Young People’s Voice and Education Research and Enterprise Group. Before taking up her academic role, Jools was employed in both early years policy and practice roles. For over three decades she worked closely with young children and their families and it is from these humble beginnings that Jools maintains she first gained her unique insight into the importance of fostering careful, respectful, reciprocal and genuine relationships between children and their key adults in professional early years contexts

Pete Moorhouse

Pete Moorhouse is an early years creative consultant and artist educator. He is an honorary research fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol researching creative and critical thinking in Early Years. Pete is an associate trainer for Early Education and delivers training to ECEC nationally and internationally. His work with children is centred around developing children’s creativity and his practice is inspired by Froebellian principles and practice in Reggio Emilia. Relationships are fundamental to his practice with children and he is particularly interested in the interconnectedness of the child and the natural world. Pete is the UKs leading authority on woodwork in Early Years education and has written several books and journal articles, including ‘Learning Through Woodwork’ (Routledge). He is currently working his latest book – ‘Creativity in Practice: Nurturing creative and critical thinking in early childhood education’. Pete won the national award (2019) from the Creative Learning Guild for his work promoting creativity in education.