The Inspiration Meeting will be of interest to all Managers, Head teachers, and Early Years Practitioners working with the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1
Dr Barry Carpenter is well known both internationally and nationally and was recently appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University. He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. His career has spanned over 30 years in Education in both leadership and academic roles.
The talk will explore how will it be for early years children when they return to nursery, preschool, and school. What do these very young children need – many of them having experienced separation and loss, social distancing and constant washing of hands? It would be naive to think that they will pick up where they left off on the day their school or setting went into lock down. After analysis it is clear that the loss children have suffered during this time, and the potential anxiety and trauma it may have caused, will have significant impact on their ability to learn effectively.
Barry has built the construct of a Recovery Curriculum, enabling schools and settings to consider the processes they will need to put in place to successfully transition children back to school or settings. As the word ‘construct’ suggests, this is a process of building, of co -constructing, a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of children, that harvests their experience and makes sense of it emotionally as well as cognitively.