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Autumn Conference & AGM 2017: early education's role in combating child poverty and health inequalities


Early bird rate: £95 members/£150 non-members if booked before 29 September 2017

Conference theme

Nearly a century since the landmark 1918 Education Act gave local authorities the power to establish nursery schools in England in response to campaigns to improve the health and education of young children living in poverty, the value of early childhood education has become widely accepted, and provision near universal for 3- and 4-year-olds.  Yet many challenges of poverty, inequality, poor health and housing remain across all parts of the UK.

What part can early childhood education and early intervention play in giving all children the best start in life, and what should early years policy for the next century focus on to make real progress towards a good start in life for every child?


The conference will run from 11.00am to 3.00pm, with registration from 9am, and our AGM from 9.30 to 11.00am.


9.00   Registration opens

9.30   Annual General Meeting

11.00  Conference welcome and introductions

11.15  Tackling the reality of child poverty: early childhood education and care as part of a wider strategy - Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group

12.00   Inequalities in child development and health:  progress since the Marmot review - Angela Donkin, Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity

1.00    Lunch

2.00   Working with families in trauma: Jane Evans

2.45   Closing remarks

Special offer

Book on our autumn conference on 10 November and get a 10% discount for the Sightlines Initiative Conference: All Our Futures on 11 November.

Alison Garnham
Angela Donkin
Jane Evans
Event type: 
AGM & Seminar
London Metropolitan University
Friday, 10 November, 2017

Attendance at the AGM is free and open to all members.  Attendance at the Autumn Conference costs:

  • Standard rate: £120 members/£175 non-members
  • Early bird rate: £95 members/£150 non-members if booked before 29 September 2017

A concessionary rate is available on the basis of need.  Please enquire for details.

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