50 Years of Early Years Provision Day One: With a focus on 1970’s – early 1990’s

This online conference comprises of two, half day events which will highlight and discuss the range of early years provision over the last 50 years, with emphasis on the history of services for BAME communities. We will hear about early years provisions from the 1970’s onwards and understand the links between then and now. This is a pertinent topic as today we are still having discussions regarding the provisions needed for children and their families and caregivers.

Please note that for this event you can book for each day individually or purchase combined ticket for both days.

The programme for Day 2 can be found here.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand key developments in the early years provision
  • To hear from practitioners and experts by experience from BAME communities regarding these services
  • To understand the changing theory and practice of early years services
  • How and why services have developed over the last 50 years in the context of social change

Programme for Day 1:

THEME -1970’s – early 1990’s

10.00 Introduction to the day

10.10-10.30 Sonia Jackson: How the Plowden Report (1967) sent Early Childhood Care and Education in Britain down the wrong path, and why we have never found our way since

10.30-11.00 Group discussion

11.00-11.20 Gillian Pugh:Transforming the early years: 1975 – 2005

Transforming the early years 1975 – 2005. Services for young children in England in the 1970s were not a priority for government. They were available to only a tiny proportion of children under five, provided largely by the private and voluntary sectors, and few early years workers were appropriately trained. During the next two decades local authorities, practitioners and trainers began working together to create a more integrated approach to planning services, to devising a curriculum that responded to how young children learn, and to improving the qualifications and pay of those working in early years settings. From 1997 the Labour government built on this work with an ambitious and transformative agenda, but despite very considerable progress was not able to create high quality and sustainable services for all our youngest children.

11.20-12.00 Group discussion

12.00-12.45: Lunch

12.50-1.10 Teresa Smith:Narrowing the Gap? EPAs to Children’s Centres 1971-2021: 50 years of research on implementation and outcomes

13.10-13.30 Plenary – large group panel discussion

Online conference in partnership with The Mulberry Bush Child Care History Network and the Dartington Centre for Social Policy.


10:00 am

Online via Zoom

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