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Save Childhood Movement

Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 10:00 - Sunday, 28 April 2013 at 18:00 (BST)


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Student Two day Concession (own lunch) Ended £60.00 £2.59
Student One day Concession (own lunch) Ended £40.00 £1.89
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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.

Summit Aims

  • 1)    To bring together a multi-disciplinary group of experts to share their own thoughts and findings 
  • 2)    To clarify the most current research
  • 3)    To explore our understanding of the word wellbeing and the environments necessary for
           children to truly flourish
  • 4)   To identify examples of good practice
  • 4)    To find ways of moving from awareness to action 

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 

Project Speakers
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

Flourish Summit
The Coach House
1 Ashford Road
GL50 2QZ

Please make sure that you write the names of the attendee/s on the back!

More Information

Do you have questions about SCM FLOURISH SUMMIT? Contact Save Childhood Movement

When & Where

The Friends Conference Hall
173 Euston Road
NW1 2BJ London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 10:00 - Sunday, 28 April 2013 at 18:00 (BST)

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Save Childhood Movement

People across the globe, uniting to protect young children and their future

The movement was launched in 2013 and consists of a growing collaboration ofindividuals and organisations that share a deep concern about societal values and wellbeing and the current erosion of natural childhood. It has a particular interest in how modern culture is impacting family life and how this shapes the values and mindsets of children, especially in the early years (pre-birth to 8).

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 aims to provide a critical platform for dialogue and debate and to unite those individuals and organisations already calling for change.

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