What have we lost and what have we gained in early childhood education and care?
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 06 November 2018
This conference will explore the major changes in early childhood education and care (ECEC) that have taken place in the last 50 years.
Room 64220 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0ALUnited Kingdom
It is based on a new book Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education (Routledge 2018) by Professor Helen Penn. The conference will offer an opportunity to reflect on some of the significant changes and advances that have happened in that time, and on some of the losses.
Provision 50 years ago was negligible, and a mother’s place was firmly in the home. Now it is seen as a right for children and their families, although there are many questions remaining about what is taught, who by, and in what context. These changes in the UK have been systematically charted by the OECD and EU – sources of information and analysis that will be lost with Brexit.
This half day conference will feature speakers who have been intimately involved with these changes. It will offer an opportunity to discuss ideas and put forward suggestions and solutions.
|2pm||Chair: Professor Claire Cameron, Deputy Director, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education.||Welcome by chair.|
|2.10pm||Professor Helen Penn, Visiting Professor, TCRU, Professor Emerita, UEL.|
The importance of the long view.
|2.20-3.20pm||Sarah Rackham, Katherine Low Settlement, Pamela Calder, Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network.|
Local and national activism? Both speakers will present a short account of their efforts to organize and bring about change in services for children and families. There will be a conversation led by Helen Penn, with the speakers and the audience, about the issues raised.
|3.30-4.30pm||Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre, Professor Eva Lloyd, Director, International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC) University of East London.|
What kind of provision? Both speakers will give an account of their current activities in nursery education and private sector provision. There will be a conversation led by Helen Penn, with the speakers and the audience, about the issues raised.
|4.30-4.50pm||Dr Bronwen Cohen, Honorary Professor in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh.|
Reflections on Britain’s place in Europe. The speaker has long been involved in European organizations developing policy in Europe. She discusses the pros and cons of a European approach.
|4.50pm||Helen Penn, Visiting Professor, TCRU, Professor Emerita, UEL||For better or worse? A summary of the issues.|
Routledge will host a book launch of Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education