Conference theme: Partnership and interaction in language development
Hosted by the Birmingham branch
The importance of early language development is widely accepted, as shown for example by the status of Communication and Language as one of the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage in England and by initiatives within the government's Social Mobility Action Plan to "close the word gap" in the early years.
This year's Annual National Conference will explore the development of early language, the role of the adults around the child in fostering language development and how practitioners can strengthen their practice through reflection and action research, as well as drawing on an established body of research to underpin their practice.
We are also delighted to include a seminar on the Friday disseminating the findings of an EU-wide project on child-centredness in quality early education settings. The conference offers an opportunity to hear from nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers, to network with colleagues and view examples of high quality early years provision in Birmingham. Come and join us!
Friday 11 May
|12.30-3.30pm||Visits to settings - a chance to visit outstanding early years nursery and reception provision in Birmingham (more details will be sent to delegates after registration)|
|5.00- 6.00pm||Seminar: Child-centred diversity in quality early childhood education and care - sharing outcomes from an EU-funded project, Dr Verity Campbell-Barr, Plymouth University; Dr Jan Georgeson, Plymouth University and Professor Paolo Sorzio, University of Trieste|
|6.00-8.00pm||Followed by the Opening Reception at a central Birmingham venue|
Saturday 12 May
University of Central Birmingham, McIntyre House
|9.30am||Welcome Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive, Early Education|
|How high quality language environments create high quality learning environments Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University|
|Learning, Playing and Interacting: the adult role in supporting children’s thinking Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart|
|Engaging in our own Sustained Shared Thinking: Practitioner/Teacher research in practice Di Chilvers|
|2.00pm||Action research methodology - Professor Chris Pascal|
|2.45pm||Being a practitioner-researcher: questions and next steps - Discussion panel of researchers|
|4.00pm||Close of conference|
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Members: £125.00 (Saturday only) or £150 (Friday and Saturday)
Non-members: £175 (Saturday only) or £205 (Friday and Saturday)