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Early Years Conference 2011

Posted by pevans on January 13, 2011

Early Years Conference

Are We Securely Attached

March 17th  2011

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  The Early Years and Childcare Team are once again organising an Early Years Conference.  The Conference is organised and subsidised by the Early Years and Childcare Team at East Lothian Council and aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of Early Years development in improving children’s life chances

 Speakers at the conference are:

Robin Balbernie

Robin Balbernie is currently Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS. He works with the Children’s Centres in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean as lead of the Secure Start team, providing an infant mental health service. He is also involved in work with the Intensive Baby Care Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital and has been running supervision groups for health visitors for over 20 years.

He has a special interest in early interventions, originally arising from his work with adopted children, and is on the Committee of the Association of Infant Mental Health (UK) and is also a member of the Young Minds’ Policy and Strategy Advisory Group.”

 Suzanne Zeedyk

Suzanne Zeedyk is currently Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at Dundee University. Suzanne’s work focuses on parent-infant relationships. She is frequently invited to speak to groups of parents and professionals on the importance of such relationships, and how babies’ early experiences influence the development of their brain, bodies and psyche.

She works closely with organisations such as the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, HomeStart, Kids Taskforce and a number of city councils. Her key aim is to increase awareness of the extent to which, when making decisions about the care we give to children, we are also making decisions about the kind of society we wish to build.

The day will be facilitated by Susan Deacon who was MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh from 1999 to 2007 and was Scotland’s first cabinet minister for Health and Community Care.  She holds a range of advisory and non executive roles with organisations in the private, public and third sectors.  She has been a consistent advocate for the importance of children’s early years and is widely known and respected across Scottish political and public life

Who should attend?  Anyone working with young children and their families, or who has responsibility for strategic planning for Early Years services

Contact Pauline Evans 01620 827141  pevans@eastlothian.gov.uk if you require more information

 The Programme and Booking Form are available below

 Early Years Conferenceprogramme  booking slip11


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