The Child – The True Foundation: conference report

June 15, 2010

‘The Freedom to be Myself’

OpenEYE held its second national conference in June 2010.

Each of the key speaking American professors – Kathy Hirsch-Pasek and Lilian Katz – made an eloquent case for playful learning before formal instruction, and Dr. Sebastian Suggate shared his research into early reading, showing that later readers who start at 7, by the age of 10, actually surpass those who start at 5.

The psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman spoke with a punch about the adverse effects of screen-based technology in the early years. He said, instead of screens that can induce ADHD, a child needs real experiences to create new neural circuitry in the brain that becomes intelligence and empathy.

By their questions it was clear that the roomful of teachers, parents and educators were, with us, committed protectors of the child’s right to a childhood of imaginative play uninvaded by politicians’ prescriptive curricula and harmful screens. A DVD of the conference is now available.


Too Much Too Soon – Open EYE conference details

January 16, 2008

The Open EYE conference will be held on Saturday 16th February at The Resources Centre, Holloway Rd, London, N7 6PA, from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Speakers will include:

open-eye-conference-flyer.jpgProfessor LILIAN KATZ (Early Childhood Specialist, University of Illinois)

Dr PENELOPE LEACH (Fellow of the British Psychological Society )

SUE PALMER (Educational Consultant and Writer)

Dr DOMINIC WYSE (Lecturer in Early Years & Primary Education, Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge)

The cost is £60 for the full day.

A reduced rate of £35 is available for childminders, students and unwaged. To reserve your place, please contact Alison Moore at Tel 07802 659 882. For full details please see our conference flyer