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SEFDEY National Conference 2021: Being Unique in the Early Years

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SEFDEY's 2021 Conference aims to explore some unique experiences of children, families and practitioners in the UK and internationally

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Our conference will highlight the uniqueness of each young child, parent, family, practitioner and member of the early years’ community. This is our first online conference and we are grateful for the support of Staffordshire University in organising it.

Our three main speakers will focus on different aspects of children’s and adults’ experiences and perspectives based on their own research and practice, resulting in a very varied and interesting programme for the event. There will be time allocated for the audience to interact with the speakers after each presentation.

1st Presentation:

The childhoods and play of young child refugees: case studies from the Northern Suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon

By Sandra El Gemayel

Grounded in children’s right to play, Sandra’s PhD thesis studied how armed conflict and forced displacement affect the childhoods and play of young Iraqi and Syrian child refugees living in Lebanon. Sandra is a member of the Froebel Trust’s Research Sub Committee. She has conducted research on the human rights violations of refugees across Europe, and has worked on projects related to childhood, education, child participation and play during forced displacement.

2nd Presentation:

Working with parents of children with SEND: parents as carers, educators or professionals?

By Penny Borkett

Penny has had a varied career in early years practice, including roles as a playgroup leader, teaching assistant, Portage worker and SENCo in a Children's Centre. Penny is passionate about Inclusion. After retiring as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, she has continued as an author. This presentation is taken from a chapter of her new book and will focus on discussing and critically analysing the many roles taken on by parents of children with SEND.

3rd Presentation:

Gender and masculinity in the early years

By Aaron Bradbury

Aaron is principal lecturer in early childhood who has long been an advocate for developing the Early Years sector, including both the provision for children and families and the role of the professional. He has previously worked in a variety of maintained and PVI early years provision and his work is always rooted in practice.

Student Assignment Competition - Awards and Presentations

Our annual student assignment competition is open to all students currently studying for an Early Years Foundation degree awarded by one of our member organisations. During our conference this year, we hope to include short presentations from winning FdA students sharing their unique thinking concluded as a result of research on practice or children’s development for their degree.

Bookshop

Our friend Richard Myers from Books Education will be available with some attractive offers to promote the latest Early Years publications.

The event provides excellent opportunities for CPD for Early Years' Lecturers, HE Students, Practitioners, Employers, Early Year Advisors and Policy-makers. Certificates of attendance can be requested and sent via email following the event.

Anyone with an interest in Early Years is welcome to attend, so prepare your refreshments, make yourself comfortable and come and join us!

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