Institute of Education


Early childhood education and care: alternative perspectives, new debates

13 December 2017, 1:15 pm–6:30 pm

Early years children helping with tools

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The Drama Studio, Room 102, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Early childhood policy and practice in England is under pressure. It is dominated by an instrumental, economistic and positivistic narrative, expressed in a vocabulary of learning goals, school readiness, baseline assessment, investment and returns, and markets. Uncover the alternative narratives with eminent researchers who debate different perspectives on how early childhood might be.

This session offers opportunities to hear about and contribute to critical issues and themes such as participation, the impact of the market on access, international development, and measurement. 

Organised by the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), the event promises to be a rich afternoon followed by the launch of an important new book, 'The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy' where Professor Jane Payler (The Open University), will provide a short introduction.

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Event contact

Gulsh Khatun, email g.khatun@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 7612 6070.