SAVE CHILDHOOD MOVEMENT
2013 ‘FLOURISH’ SUMMIT
Early Childhood and the Science of Wellbeing
Children in the modern world are currently subject to unprecedented cultural and environmental tensions. From the changing nature of family life to the erosion of their local streetscapes, an increasing disassociation with the natural world, the downward pressures of the schooling system, the influences of commercialisation and the extraordinary advancement of digital technology, their rights and freedoms have been progressively and substantially eroded.
With wellbeing increasingly the focus of public and political discourse the summit will explore the crucial importance of the early years of life and will aim to identify the influences that are currently compromising children’s natural development and happiness. It will also aim to highlight examples of inspirational thinking and practice and to identify some of the key people and organisations involved in the growing call for change.
Current list of confirmed speakers
Anthony Seldon – Master of Wellington College and co-founder of Action for Happiness
Emeritus Professor Philip Gammage - world renowned authority on the early years
Tim Gill - Leading thinker, author and founder of Rethinking Childhood
Barrie Elvish - CEO of C&K Childcare, Australia
Wendy Scott - Ex chair and chief executive of the British Association for Early Childhood Education, currently honorary president of TACTYC
Dr Richard House - Psychotherapist, Co-founder of the OpenEYE Campaign and Early Childhood Action (ECA) - editor of "Too Much, Too soon'
Professor Sami Tamimi - Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Director of Postgraduate Education in the National Health Service in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln, UK.
Catherine Prisk - Director of Play England
Sue Palmer - Literary expert, author of Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys
Sally Goddard-Blythe - Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, author of "The Genius of Natural Childhood' and 'What Babies and Children Really need'
Reg Bailey - Chief Executive of The Mothers' Union - led the 2011 government sponsored independent review on the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood
Baroness Susan Greenfield - Neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster (as Susan will be in Australia at the time of the summit she is recording a 30 minute film about her own concerns for us to show)
Susan Stranks - Television producer and presenter, Coordinator - National Campaign for Children’s Radio and the Sound Start Group
David Bond - director, producer and writer of documentary, commercial and short film projects for, amongst others, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Co-runs the production company Green Lions and is currently developing Project Wild Thing
The National Trust - members of the National Trust's Natural Childhood Project
Jan White - nationally recognised independent early childhood consultant working specialising in outdoor provision. Author of 'Playing and Learning Outdoors: making provision for high quality experiences in the outdoor Environment' and editor of 'Outdoor Provision in the Early Years'.
Mike Grenier - Eton master and co-founder of the Slow Education movement
There will also be short talks from people running new or inspirational projects in the UK.
Ticket price includes refeshments and picnic lunch. Please let us know in advance if you require a vegetarian option. If you are a student booking a ticket please bring identification with you on the day.
Please note that, subject to the conference going ahead, tickets are un-refundable and we cannot take any responsibility for any unexpected speaker cancellations. We hope, however, that this doesn't happen!
Cheques should be made out to "Save Childhood Movement' and sent to
The Coach House
1 Ashford Road
Please make sure that you write the names of the attendee/s on the back!
The Save Childhood Movement is a growing collaboration of individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about the current erosion of natural childhood and the lack of focus on child wellbeing. It has a particular interest in how modern culture impacts the values and mindsets of children, especially in the early years.
The movement aims to identify and highlight those areas of most concern, to protect children from inappropriate developmental and cultural pressures and to fight for their natural developmental rights. It also aims to provide a critical platform for dialogue and debate, to identify examples of inspirational practice and to help source innovative and future-focused solutions.
If you care about the wellbeing of our children please support and join us.
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