ECHO and Early Education are delighted to welcome back Professor Christine Pascal, OBE, PhD, MSocSc and Professor Tony Bertram, PhD, MEd, Bed to our first joint online event together.
ECHO warmly welcomes you back with this especially relevant and timely online seminar. Chris and Tony’s presentation will share the findings from a new international project in Froebel nurseries in England, Scotland and New Zealand that is documenting young children’s narratives about their COVID experiences.
As with most areas of society and human life, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed additional challenges to young children growing up in the modern world. Listening to, and capturing, young children’s powerful and specific narratives about the effects of lockdown and then the gradual reopening of public places and spaces reminds us all of the importance of hearing their voices, all too often excluded from public debate.
Deserving of serious consideration by practitioners and policy makers alike, the shared representations of young children's lived experiences and felt realities is a rights based and inclusive insight into their lives.
Professor Tony Bertram & Professor Christine Pascal are Directors of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) and hold several honorary professorships from UK Univer- sities. With Prof. Ferre Laevers, they set up the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) in 1991 and both have been editors of its SSCI-rated journal. Professor Pascal was awarded the OBE by the Queen for her services to early childhood in 2001. They have both been specialist advisers to the UK Government for more than 20 years. They have undertaken many national and international research projects for the UK Government, the OECD and charitable funders such as the Sutton Trust but their major interest is in rigorous and systematic professional enquiry which has meaning and relevance for practitioners. They have published widely and their major interest is in developing high quality services for young children and their families. Recently they have undertaken several evidence reviews for the EYFS and the Early Years Workforce and are documenting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and families and on early years services.