What if… we wanted a world-leading early years sector?

Thu Jun 13 2019 at 05:45 pm to 07:00 pm
Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

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What if… we wanted a world-leading early years sector? 


The early years have now got the recognition they deserve as a pivotal stage in our lives.  It’s one that lasts a lifetime – setting us up, or not, to face the joys, but also the challenges, trials and tribulations to come.  With that recognition has come a whole host of initiatives, from, in England, the Early Years Foundation Stage, to interventions on the ‘home learning environment’ and early years workforce. 

In the process, the early years is being re-shaped around the project of ‘school readiness’ and there is growing interest in measuring early years outcomes.  Nationally, standardised assessments are moving steadily but determinedly down the age range, while international comparisons of early years attainment are coming on stream via the OECD’s ‘Baby PISA’ survey.  These developments have not gone unchallenged, with many commentators voicing concerns about the over-formalisation of provision for young children. 

We wanted to take stock of where England is heading on early years provision.  What are the benefits and drawbacks of the attention now being paid to this phase and the environment it has created for our children’s formative years?  Do we have the workforce and services to deliver policy as it stands, let alone a different vision?  And what should be our longer-term goals for the form and ethos of the early years phase?


Speakers include:


Jan Dubiel, Head of National and International Development, Early Excellence

Sue Rogers, Professor of Early Years Education, UCL Institute of Education

Helen Ward, Reporter in Early Years and Primary Education at TES

with more speakers to be announced shortly


Chair: Professor Becky Francis is the Director of UCL Institute of Education.


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