MIC Researchers Launch Covid-19 PLEY Survey

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LimerickNewsMIC Researchers Launch Covid-19 PLEY SurveyBy Meghann Scully – June 2, 2020 142 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMary IMary Immaculate College If you have a child aged 10 or under and would like to find out more about the research, or participate in the anonymous online survey, the link is https://micquality.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3m8iq35XYrVEF7v .Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articlePat Tiernan Motors give top priority to customer safety in LimerickNext articleHosepipe ban ‘increasingly likely’ as water demand increases and continued dry conditions forecast Meghann Scully Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RESEARCHERS in the Department of Psychology in Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick, have launched a new study to explore the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on young children’s lives.The Play and Learning in the Early Years (PLEY) Survey examines how the current crisis is affecting the play and learning activities that young children engage in at home and the impact on their development (from birth to age 10).The anonymous online survey (available on this link: https://micquality.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3m8iq35XYrVEF7v) investigates the role of activities such as screen time, story time and outdoor play in child development and the factors that support or hinder it during the current restrictions.The survey is being conducted by members of the Cognition, Learning and Development Research Lab led by Dr Suzanne Egan. Email Linkedin freepik.com WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Commenting on the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions Dr. Egan noted that ‘Children’s social worlds have changed dramatically over the last two months since the closure of schools, preschools and crèches in mid-March.In addition to adapting to changes in their care and education, children have also had to adapt their play.Trips to the playground, visits to the library, break time in the yard or casually knocking in for a neighbourhood friend to play with out on the street are no longer possible.Restrictions have been placed on who children can physically interact with. These restrictions are both social, limiting contact to a small number of people, and physical, limiting movement to within a defined distance from home.The types of questions we’re aiming to answer with this survey include at what age children begin to understand the restrictions and social distancing, and the amount of time they are spending on screens and engaged in different types of play activities.We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response to the survey so far from parents, early years professionals, schools and children’s organisations.We’re hoping to capture the experience of as many parents as possible, particularly those with very young children, infants and toddlers’.Dr. Egan explained that this is not the first time the PLEY Survey has been run which is one of the strengths of the research.She said ‘We also ran this online survey in 2019 and it was completed by nearly 300 parents. Comparisons between the play activities during the lockdown, with those who completed the survey last year, will provide a rich contrast and highlight the differences in play, learning and child development, before and during the crisis.We greatly appreciate the time and effort of parents in contributing to this research and we hope the findings of the survey will be of interest to parents, educators and policy makers’,Additional information about supporting well-being in infants and young children during these challenging times, including information about the Let’s Play Ireland initiative and a link to the PLEY Survey, are also available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/623e00-wellbeing/) WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

UK Green Investment Bank attracts pension schemes to wind farm fund

first_img“There is already some co-investment going on with the Saudi Arabian fund,” he told attendees at the event in London.At the time, a spokeswoman for the GIB said she was not familiar with the fund alluded to by the MP but added that any fund-raising announcements would be made in due course.The offshore wind warm fund, which has an expected lifespan of 25 years, has taken partial ownership of two assets and was hailed by the GIB as the first of its kind.Shaun Kingsbury, chief executive of the GIB, said offshore projects would play an important part in providing clean energy to the UK.“A sector this size needs a broad range of long-term investors, and those investors need products they can confidently, and commercially, invest in – like this fund,” he said.He added that the additional capital attracted to the market would allow wind farms’ original developers to sell down their stakes and finance new projects with the proceeds.GIB has transferred a partial stake of one project in North Wales, operational since 2009 and run by RWE Innogy UK, and a second stake in a wind farm located in Norfolk to the new fund. The bank has sought to attract third-party capital to funds, as its ability to borrow is directly linked to a reduction in the UK’s national debt.At the time of the announcement, then-UKSIF chief executive Penny Shepherd called linking its ability to borrow to debt a “missed opportunity”. UK pension schemes and a sovereign wealth fund have backed the Green Investment Bank’s first fund, targeting investments in offshore wind projects.The fund is the first launched by the UK green bank’s new fund management entity, UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services (GIBFS), and was announced last summer with a target raise of £1bn (€1.3bn). The unnamed institutional investors and other backers provided just over half of the £463m raised ahead of the first close, with GIB itself providing £200m in capital.Speaking at a GIB event last year, Michael Fallon, at the time a minister in the Department of Energy & Climate Change, seemed to hint that a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund had committed capital to the venture.last_img read more