The conference, Unhurried Pathways " Towards a New Paradigm for Early Childhood, will be advocating an 'unhurried' approach to early development and learning, including principled alternatives to aspects of England's statutory early years curriculum.
The keynote address The Young Mind of the 21st Century: Realising its True Potential will be given by acclaimed Professor of Physiology, Baroness Susan Greenfield.
Research psychologist and child care expert Dr Penelope Leach, best known as author of Your Baby and Child, will be joined in conversation by Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, Colwyn Trevarthen FRSE for a presentation titled Early Childhood for a Good Life " Intimate, Enjoyable, Informative, Unhurried. Other keynote speakers will include Sue Palmer, co-chair of the Scottish Government Early Years Task Force's Committee on Culture and Change and author of the best-selling book Toxic Childhood (2006).
This conference offers different ways of thinking about and facilitating young children's development and learning, explained Dr Richard House, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Winchester and a core member of Early Childhood Action. A key aspect of ECA's approach is to support early years practitioners in becoming autonomous professionals who are sensitive and attuned to the unique needs of each child. It also aims to highlight the social, cultural and political contexts of practitioners' work and to put children's well-being before political ideology or the latest policy-making fashions.
The first public viewing of the ECA's early childhood framework document will be available at the conference and as such is likely to generate considerable media interest.
Unhurried Pathways " Towards a New Paradigm for Early Childhood will take place on Saturday 27 October at The Stripe, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. For further details or to book a place, see www.earlychildhoodaction.com or contact the ECA Conference Secretary Marie-Louise Charlton on firstname.lastname@example.org