50 Years of Early Years Provision Day Two: With a focus on the late 1990’s – Present

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 1 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 2:

10.00 Introduction to the day

10.10-10.30 Rachel Walton / Jacqui Gitau – African families in the UK (AFIUK)

10.30-11.00 Group discussion

11.00-11.20 Naomi Eisenstadt – Sure Start: what we learned about policy to implementation, cross government working, and the challenges of evaluating a system change.

Sure Start was one of a number of area-based initiatives set up in the early years of the last Labour Government. Its aim was to narrow the gap in school readiness between poor children and their better off peers. The aim would be achieved by the delivery of integrated ‘joined up’ services for families with young children living in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in England. It was a flagship program of New Labour, and continues to be talked about today by some, as a hugely successful initiative allowed to wither on the vine by the Coalition and Conservative Governments. This talk will describe the context in which Sure Start was set up, some of its failures, some of its successes, and the major arguments concerning its evaluation.

11.20-11.50 Group discussion

11.50-12.00 Short Break

12.00-12.20 Sharon Gitau: The lived experience of an ethnic parent- challenges and triumphs through the system + Ekua Nsiah Brown: Working with ethnic minority families within Social services identifying and challenging racial bias

12.20-12.50 Group discussion

12.50-13.20 Jo Chapman – OXPIP – The Oxford Parent Infant Project: the story of who we are and what it means to work therapeutically with the parent-infant relationship

In this presentation, Jo Chapman will provide a brief overview of OXPIP’s history and what we mean by parent-infant psychotherapy. Using video material, she will present a short case study to offer insight into the complexities and nuances of working directly with the parent-infant relationship.

13.20-13.30 Finish with plenary/panel discussion – Roger Bullock to lead – Dartington.org: Linking Issues to Wider Economic and Social Policy


10:00 am

Online via Zoom

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