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Visits to German centres of excellence 2018

Shortly before Professor Manfred Cierpka’s death, he arranged for Trustees preparing the round table series on Governance in the Foundation Years to visit the federal National Centre for Early Intervention in Cologne and the Ministry for Social Affairs in Saarbrucken in 2018.

These centres develop and maintain Manfred’s pioneering early intervention programme Keiner fällt durchs Netz (KFDN). We undertook the visit and the dissemination of its findings as a memorial to Manfred Cierpka’s marvellous work for infants and those who care for them.

The FYIR Round Table series
Bringing brilliant ideas across borders: Issues in migrating programmes across national and regional boundaries

The FYIR invitation seminar series, chaired by Karen Buck, MP, brought together outstanding speakers and distinguished audiences to debate what’s necessary to ensure the successful introduction of a brilliant idea or initiative from one country or region to another. The conclusions of the series are being written up to provide a guidance document for policy makers and practitioners and will be published at the first of our 2019 seminar series on Governance in the Foundation Years.

The 2019 FYIR Round Table series  
Governance in the Foundation Years

During March 2019 our series of four invited round tables on the evidence on governance in early years will open with a review of lessons learned from our seminars on migrating and evaluating programmes across boundaries and the follow-up visit to Germany.

Please contact the Secretary if you would like further details about our programme

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.

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, then the Minister with 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. 
Professor Mary Target, University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, Dr John Jerrim, Institute of Education, University of London and Dr Elizabeth Washbrook, University of Bristol gave presentations. Frank Field MP chaired the seminar.