Family Learning Conference

Family Learning in the Early Years: First Steps to a Fairer Future

24 November 2022 | 9.30am-2.00pm | Online

The pandemic has significantly impacted on young children and families, as well as all the infrastructure of care and support for them. Families are now facing the biggest cost of living crisis for decades which means it’s more important than ever for community and learning organisations to work together to help tackle disadvantage particularly for families in the early years.

This conference will give delegates opportunities to:

  • Understand the impact covid has had on increasing inequalities and what you can do within your organisation to address this.
  • Discover creative and effective early years initiatives that will engage new learners or audiences.
  • Gain a richer understanding of how you can expand your curriculum or learning offer to support children in your community to be school ready.

Who will benefit from attending?

This conference is ideal if you want to boost engagement and participation of families and communities in:
  • adult and community learning settings
  • family learning settings
  • schools
  • libraries
  • galleries
  • museums
  • family hubs
  • early years settings


Download the full programme with workshop descriptions 9:30am Welcome and overview   9:40am Keynote: Jenny Gibson, Mission Director, A Fairer Start and Chief Scientific Advisor at Nesta 

10:10am First workshops: Choice of one session from 1-3 of the workshop list. Please note, all sessions will be recorded and be available to watch after the conference.  1. Poverty Proofing© in Early Years, Health and Culture with Luke Bramhall, Head of Youth Services and Poverty Proofing at charity Children North East 
2. Warm and responsive interactions with Stacy Mann, Subject Specialist Early Years and Childcare at NCFE 
3. The Importance of Early Years for Lifelong Health - Oxford Brain Story with Dr Elizabeth Rapa, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry group at the University of Oxford 
11.10am Break  11.20am Keynote: Ellie Suggate-Francis, Assistant Director – Early Childhood Unit at National Children’s Bureau  11.50am Networking exchange   12.10pm Lunch break  12.40pm Second workshops: Choice of one session from 4-6 of the workshop list. Please note, all sessions will be recorded and be available to watch after the conference.  4. Art in the early years with Dr Penny Hay (National Teaching Fellow, FRSA, FHEA, FCCT), artist, researcher and educator. 
5. Play Out! - taking Early Learning outdoors with Mary Devlin, Family Learning Specialist at Learning Unlimited  
6. How Cambridge took a community approach to early years communication with Chris Barton, Senior Adviser for Inclusion and Vulnerable Groups and Helen Wootton, Early Communication and Language Adviser for Talking Together in Cambridgeshire at Cambridgeshire County Council. 
1.40pm Group discussion  2.00pm Evaluation and close 


Online (Zoom)


Early Bird £60+VAT (until 16 October 2022) Standard Ticket £75+VAT (from 17 October 2022 onwards)


24/11/2022 09:30 - 14:00
GMT Standard Time

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