MSc Researcher (Kids Active study), Dublin City University
I am currently in the end-stages of a Masters researching early childhood physical activity and fundamental movement skills. As part of this, I developed and evaluated the Kids Active pilot programme (an educator-led intvervention aiming to increase active play and movement skills of preschool children in line with Aistear) in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation. This programme was rolled-out nationwide in 2017 with over 400 educators receiving this training. In addition to this, I am also completing a Level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education which has helped me to gain practical experience in ECCE services and better understand the barriers to active play and potential for effective active play programmes.