Nicola O’ Reilly is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education in DCU. She originally studied Social Science in UCD and worked in Housing. In 2000, she returned to college to study Montessori Education in London, where she worked for several years before returning to Ireland and opening her own setting in Kilkenny, which she ran until 2021. She completed a Master of Education with a Specialism in Early Childhood Education in Maynooth University in 2020. She now teaches Inquiry Based Learning & STEM in ECE, Technology in ECE and Early Maths and is also a Placement Tutor, on the BECE in DCU. She is also a Research Assistant on a number of different projects related to all things STEM/STEAM in Early Childhood and is the Co-Chair of the EC STEAM Network.