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Open Eye Seminar in London on the 4th October 2008

Sally Goddard Blythe will be one of a number of participants as this meeting convened to discuss the implications of the EYFS framework, which became law in the autumn of 2008. She will make a short presentation on “Developmental Readiness – the foundation for later learning success”

OPEN EYE’ POLICY SEMINAR 4th October 2008, 10am to 5.30pm Foundations for Early Childhood – towards a constructive dialogue Margaret McMillan Room, BAECE, 136 Cavell Street, London E1 2JA This path-breaking seminar will bring together a number of key thinkers and policy makers from within the early childhood field to look closely at the issues and controversies raised by the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It will show how these considerations are leading to a deeper reflection on the nature of childhood and the principal developmental and educational needs of the Early Years. Core Aim: To ensure that Early Years policy-making in the UK acknowledges and reflects the extraordinary potential and developmental sensitivity of young children · To discuss ongoing concerns about the introduction of the EYFS and why these have arisen · To share current thinking on age appropriate development and learning environments for early years · To contrast and compare how Early Years policy in the UK differs from that of other European countries. · To examine different approaches to early development and learning · To share research on childhood stress and wellbeing in the UK · To provide an open and dynamic platform for ongoing dialogue The benefits to participants This will be a unique gathering of people who are concerned about Early Years learning and development in the UK, and especially England. The issues discussed will have relevance to all participants and will stem from deep dialogue facilitating a mutual exchange of concerns and ideas. Participants will hopefully come away with a renewed understanding and passion for the extraordinary importance of the Early Years . Opportunities will open up for new, dynamic exchanges that can inform the shape of subsequent Early Years policy-making..

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