I am delighted that Sheila was able to take time out to take part in the first episode sweetpea podcast the early years, and for sharing her knowledge of the relationship between parents and the adults that take care of their children. Sheila explains how this relationship needs to be nurtured and worked on so that both the parent and caregiver can provide worthwhile experience for both the child and the Parent. Sheila is a former lecturer of mine when I was studying at NUIG and when I say she knows her stuff she really does. I think I am a little in awe of her strength and capabilities.

Thank you, Sheila, for believing in me from the word go and supporting this podcast and getting on board from the start. Sure, no doubt this will not be the last we hear from you!!!!!!

Dr Sheila Garrity is a Lecturer with the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre and the School of Political Science and Sociology. She is also the Academic Coordinator of the BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies & Practice and the MA in Early Childhood Studies, delivered through the Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development at NUI Galway.

Dr Garrity lectures on a number of modules and supports the lecturing team within the programme and also lectures in the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway. Dr Garrity’s professional expertise is sought after from groups and organisations at a national level. Most recently the Department of Education and Skills requested Dr Garrity act as an ‘External Examiner’ in a review of the Early Years Education Focused Inspections. In addition, the Academic Council of the Dublin Institute of Technology approved Dr Garrity as the External Examiner for the newly developed MA degree in Mentoring, Management and Leadership in the Early Years.

If you would like to read Dr Garrity’s research paper on the ‘Trust and Responsiveness and Communities of Care study of the significance and development of parent caregiver relationships in Irish Early Years settings please follow this link.