9th Baby Room Conference

Debating Quality and Its Significance

Tuesday 1 May 2018 | 10am - 3.30pm | Canterbury Campus

This conference is for everyone with an interest in early childhood care and education for babies and young children from birth to two years of age. Keynote speakers will introduce and discuss contemporary research, policy and practice issues about babies’ and young children’s experiences in early childhood settings and the roles and responsibilities of the people who work with them.

The conference seeks to raise the profile and status of baby room work; to provide an opportunity to hear from respected speakers; to reflect on current provision; and to network with colleagues who share an interest or role in early childhood care and education for the youngest members of society, nationally and internationally.

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This year’s programme will include contributions from:

Dr Mihaela Ionescu, Program Director, International Step by Step Association, The Netherlands


Mihaela will present the Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children under Three Years Old that was designed by the ISSA to be a useful tool for anyone working with children under three, as well as for families and an invitation for dialogue around quality practices across sectors and services.

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Dr Peter Elfer, Principal Lecturer, Roehampton University, London

Peter will lead a round table discussion with colleagues from nurseries, inviting delegates to participate in a dialogue about the Key Person Approach.

Professor Helen Penn, Professor Emerita, University of East London Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, UCL

Helen will share findings from her research about the difficulties presented by for-profit childcare, informed by her work on behalf of the European Union, and will invite delegates to join in discussion by asking: Can private for-profit nurseries deliver high quality care for babies?

Professor Sacha Powell, Director of the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities, CCCU

Sacha will report the findings from research in the USA, which explored infant and toddler caregivers’ views about professional status and how professionalism is understood in their ‘Continuity of Care’ work with babies and toddlers.

Provisional Programme

09.30 to 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 to 10.15 Welcome by the Dean of Education, Dr John Moss
10.15 to 11.00 Dr Mihaela Ionescu
11.00 to 11.15 Q&A
11.15 to 12.15 Dr Peter Elfer and colleagues
12.15 to 13.15 Lunch
13.15 to 14.00 Professor Helen Penn
14.00 to 14.15 Q&A
14.15 to 15.00 Professor Sacha Powell
15.00 to 15.15 Q&A
15.15 to 15.30 Closing remarks by Professor Emerita Kathy Goouch

Now in its 9th year, the conference originated as part of the Baby Room Projects at Canterbury Christ Church University. For more information about our work, please visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/rcfcfc/babyroom

Conference Fees and Booking

Ticket prices (includes refreshments, lunch and conference pack)

  1. Delegates from small organisations (1-24 members of staff) £45 per person.
  2. Small organisation group rate of £40 per person when booking 5 or more places simultaneously.
  3. Delegates from large organisations (25 or more members of staff) £65 per person.
  4. Large organisation group rate of £60 per person when booking 5 or more places simultaneously.
  5. CCCU students £15 per person
  6. CCCU staff £15 per person
  7. If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference, please email charmian.cowie@canterbury.ac.uk
  8. Our ticket prices are kept to a minimum but if you feel that the cost is prohibitive, please contact charmian.cowie@canterbury.ac.uk

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