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Early Years Scotland Annual Conference 2017

Early Years Scotland celebrated our 50th anniversary at our annual national conference in Glasgow on Saturday 30 September.

More than 300 delegates gathered at the Hilton Glasgow to hear a range of top speakers agree that the task for the next 50 years is to tackle disadvantage and inequality in the earliest stages of our children's lives.

The conference was chaired by the journalist, broadcaster and writer, Kirsty Wark, and speakers included the author and early years consultant, Penny Tassoni (pictured above); former Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie; autism expert, Jim Taylor; and Early Years Scotland Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards. Delegates also watched a video presentation, recorded exclusively for the conference, from Dr Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, Houston, Texas.

The Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP, gave an opening address reaffirming the Scottish Government's commitment to Early Learning and Childcare, and answered a number of excellent questions from an informed and passionate audience.

Click here to view the photographs from the conference.

We asked the speakers what were the key messages they wanted delegates to take away from the conference. here's what they told us:
Penny Tassoni
Tam Baillie
Jean Carwood-Edwards
Jim Taylor

Dr Bruce Perry - Early Brain Development: Reducing the Effects of Trauma

Speakers' presentations
Penny Tassoni - Reducing Educational Disadvantage: a Strategic Approach in the Early Years
Jim Taylor - Additional Support Needs and Eliminating Equality

World Cafe
Delegates at the conference participated in a World Cafe. They were invited to choose topics of interest and share their knowledge and insight with colleagues from across the Early Learning and Childcare sector. Click here for a round-up of the rich conversation and debate that ensued around practice, pedagogy and policy. The conversations centred around 10 themes.