Morning, Tuesday, 21st April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference focuses on policy priorities for supporting child development in the first years of life - including health and wellbeing, early communication skills, and parental engagement - and will bring out case studies in innovative practice.
Areas for discussion include:
- How the commissioning and coordination of health services for children in the early stages of life can be improved;
- The impact of government measures to support children from disadvantaged families in the early years; and
- Priorities and approaches to the development of early child literacy and communication skills.
It takes place against the backdrop of key policy developments, including:
Speakers and case studies
There will be keynote contributions from:
- Mark Parrett, Audit Manager, National Audit Office;
- Fionnuala O'Reilly, Senior Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team ; and
- Professor Eva Lloyd, Professor of Early Childhood, University of East London.
Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane, University of York; Sally Carlton, South Acton Children’s Centre & Nursery; Dr Helen Crawley, First Steps Nutrition Trust; Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust; Sally Hogg, Parent-Infant Foundation; Alison Morton, Institute of Health Visiting; and Kim Roberts, HENRY.
- Child development in the first years of life - supporting children and parents;
- Developing a coordinated approach to improving health in early years - reducing inequality, increasing engagement with health checks, and priorities for the sector and government;
- Evaluating the impact of the free childcare entitlement - access and awareness;
- Improving childcare and early education - assessing the Hungry Little Minds campaign, improving early literacy and communication skills, and supporting parental engagement; and
- Next steps for child development policy.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Education Forum and Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Department for Health and Social Care; Ofsted; and Government Legal Department.