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13:15 - 18:30 13 December 2017

Early Childhood Education and Care: Alternative Perspectives, New Debates


Drama Studio | Drama Studio
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision, UCL Institute of Education, Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He has researched and written on many subjects including early childhood education and care; the relationship between employment, care and gender; and democracy in education. Much of his work has been cross-national, and he has led a European network on childcare and an international network on parental leave. Until recently, he co-edited (with Gunilla Dahlberg) the book series ‘Contesting Early Childhood’. His books include Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care (with Gunilla Dahlberg and Alan Pence); Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education (with Gunilla Dahlberg); Radical Education and the Common S
Professor Helen Penn, Professor Emerita & Visiting Professor, University of East London & UCL, Helen Penn is Professor Emerita, University of East London, and Visiting Professor, TCRU, UCL. As well as her UK/EU work on the private market with Professor Eva Lloyd, she has been involved in development work over the last 20 years, latterly working on project evaluations and policy briefs for UNICEF.
Dr Alison Clark, Visiting Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education, Dr Alison Clark is a Visiting Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education, London and Adjunct Associate Professor at Oslo and Akershus University College and University College of Southeast Norway. She developed the Mosaic approach, a visual, participatory research framework with Professor Peter Moss, first published in 2001 and since adopted and adapted widely by practitioners and researchers. Key studies have included involving young children and adults in the design and review of schools and early childhood provision. More recently Alison has worked with Danish pedagogues embedding ways of engaging with young children’s perspectives. Her work as a practicing artist continues to parallel her academic interests in multi-sensory method

Join us for an afternoon conference and stay for the launch of ‘The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy’ with Professor Jane Payler at UCL Institute of Education.

Early childhood policy and practice in England is under pressure. It is dominated by an instrumental, economistic and positivistic narrative, expressed in a vocabulary of learning goals, school readiness, baseline assessment, investment and returns, and markets.

We will debate alternative narratives with eminent researchers who offer different perspectives on how early childhood might be. Sessions offer opportunities to hear about and contribute to critical issues and themes such as participation, the impact of the market on access, international development, and measurement.

The event promises to be a rich afternoon that will be followed by the launch of an important new book, ‘The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy’ where Professor Jane Payler (The Open University) will provide a short introduction.


Gulshanara Khatun
+44 (0)76126070 | g.khatun@ucl.ac.uk