Early Years: Finding Our Voice


Leadership in Early Years Education RIG Meeting

Tuesday 19th Jan 2021
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
Online Meeting

How do we communicate the importance of early years to others?

How do we overcome division in the sector so that we can stand stronger together?

How can we influence policy to enable a stronger early years sector?

At our last symposium for the Leadership in Early Years Education Research Interest Group (BELMAS), we discussed the need for a stronger early years voice – a voice that would rise up from the fragmentation and division in the sector and enable real recognition and influence. Through brief presentations and open dialogue, the 90 minute symposium will explore how early years leaders of all types and backgrounds can work together to build this much-needed voice of influence.

Three speakers will open the discussion with their thoughts:

- Aaron Bradbury Coffey, early years advocate, academic and writer

- Ellen Dektar, policy maker for children’s and community development in California

- Taneshia Thompson, manager at the London Early Years Foundation Brixton Nursery

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