This meeting will be different from others as we will have more input from our guest speakers followed by discussion.
Sandra Mathers is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests are the quality of early year’s education and care, and the relationships between quality and children’s development. Recent research studies have considered whether disadvantaged children receive comparable quality early year’s provision to those from more advantaged backgrounds, and explored the early year’s experiences of children in care.
Kathy Sylva is Honorary Research Fellow and Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oxford. She has been awarded an OBE for services to children and families. She has conducted several large-scale studies on the effects of early education and care on children’s development, acting as a lead researcher on the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education study (EPPE/EPPSE) which following 3000 children from pre-school entry to the end of compulsory schooling. She co-led the national Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England, another large scale study on the effects of early childhood services on development