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Focusing on the early years to improve health for all: evidence and policy

Tuesday 17th February 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Portcullis House, Westminster 

The slides from our seminar with Professor Sir Michael Marmot are now available:

Professor Sir Michael Marmot slides.pdf

Proportionate universalism in the foundation years: research and service delivery 

Thursday 29th January 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Portcullis House, Westminster.
Using examples from their research and work in the UK, Australia and South East Asia, Professor Sarah Cowley and Dr Lynn Kemp demonstrated how a proportionate universal approach to service delivery in the foundation years could contribute to the fairer, healthier society outlined in the Marmot Review (2010).

Seminar Slides:

MECSH Seminar Slides.pdf
An embedded, ecological and evidence-based approach to improving outcomes for families with young children

Sarah Cowley Seminar Slides.pdf
Proportionate universalism in the foundation years

Seizing the day to improve the nurture of our youngest children – 20th November 2014

1001 Critical Days and Foundation Years Information and Research joint seminar in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of UNCRC.

Speakers: Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green, Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London and former first Children's Commissioner for England and Dr Gabriella Conti, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Health Research, University College London.

FYIR Seminar Series 2013-14

The Group is running a series of expert seminars. Reports from the seminars can be found on this page. FYIR thanks The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund for its financial support for the series.

Early Intervention in Germany - Tuesday 15th July 2014

On 15th July 2014, Professor Dr Manfred Cierpka from Heidelberg was invited by FYIR to speak on early intervention programmes in Germany. Please see here for a copy of the slides from his lecture.

Educating for Parenthood – 2nd April 2014

This seminar with Suzanne Hargreaves from Education Scotland took place on 2nd April 2014.
A short report of this seminar is available here.

Trumping genetics with experience – 10th March 2014

This seminar with Dr Stephen Suomi of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, USA, took place on 10th March 2014.

Life Chances set by the age of 5? - 24th February 2014

This seminar with Professor Leon Feinstein of the Early Intervention Foundation and Dr John Jerrim of the Institute of Education took place on 24th February 2014

Poverty, Power, Prejudice and Parenting – 21st November 2013

This seminar with Claire Topping, MCSLT and Dr Sebastian Kraemer took place on 21st November 2013.
A short report of this seminar is available here
A full report of this seminar is available here

Seminar with Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Education.

Foundation Years Information and Research hosted a seminar for Elizabeth Truss MP at the Palace of Westminster. Elizabeth Truss has responsibility for childcare and early learning within the Department for Education. Also attending were Ann Gross, Director of the Early Years and Special Needs Group, and Richard Bartholomew, Chief Research Officer, from the Department for Education. Frank Field MP, Chair of FYIR, chaired the seminar.

These presentations were given:

  • The impact of early life environments on development by Professor Mary Target from University College London and the Anna Freud Centre

  • Three key reasons for early intervention by Dr John Jerrim, Institute of Education, University of London

  • Inequality in school readiness by Dr Elizabeth Washbrook, University of Bristol.

Foundation Years Information and Research plans to host a series of similar events for politicians and policy makers over the course of 2014.