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How your local authority can improve the lives of your under 5's

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The origin of 50 Things

Discover how a Yorkshire based school recognised a need in the community for early years support and enrichment that would successfully reach and engage parents and their children. Christian Bunting will provide an overview from concept through to the technology that brings all the activities together.​​​​​​
 

Christian Bunting
Bradford Birth to 19

Christian’s passion for education spans a number of years in senior roles, formerly in schools and presently as a Partnership Board member for the Bradford Opportunity Area. He has led the development of Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School from inception, building a collaborative alliance of 150 schools.


Local Authority Perspectives

We will be introducing special guest speakers from Wakefield Council and also Leeds Council to provide a view of 50 Things to do Before You’re 5, how it was rolled out to the community and what early benefits have been felt since its introduction. ​​​​​​
 

Andrea Richardson
Early Intervention and Education Consultant

Andrea was previously the Head of Early Years in Leeds and has been undertaking a PHD study in how Children’s Centres are engaging with parents to improve services. More recently, Andrea has worked as Quality and Standards Manager in the Early Years Service in Leeds.

She was involved in the development of the Children’s Centre programme in Leeds, Foundation Stage profile moderation across the city, safeguarding processes, total inclusion policy 0-5, developing family outreach services, assimilating sure Start local programmes into the delivery of Children’s Centre and involving parents in children’s learning, implementation of the Early Intervention Fund as part of the CAF process and developing multi-agency working from strategic to implementation.
 

Angie Gaughan
Wakefield Council, Health Improvement Specialist

My team leads on the Early Years and Families aspect in the Health Improvement Universal Team. Through various work streams we support children and families to be more healthy and active. Since joining the Health Improvement team I have been able to develop a more holistic approach to health and physical activity, which has been complimented by my sports development background. Health Improvement sites in the Arts, Culture and Leisure Service within the council, and this has proved fruitful in the development of 50 things.


Parent Perspective

Parents and carers have a central role in bringing 50 Things to life. We are delighted to be including a parent voice in the webinar to hear how 50 Things to do Before You’re 5 works in practice.​​​​​​
 

Carrie Priestley
Parent, Teaching Assistant and Enthusiast

Carrie Priestley is a 50 Things Enthusiast. Carrie first encountered 50 Things to Do Before You’re 5 while on maternity leave, as a mum to Amber and Olly. A Teaching Assistant in a large EYFS Unit in an all-through school in Bradford, Carrie now leads the 50 Things project at school.

With first-hand experience of raising young children at home, combined with a professional understanding of how children learn, Carrie is able to speak with authority and enthusiasm about why the experiences of 50 Things to Do Before You’re Five is a wonderful resource to families across the UK.

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Placing families and early years at the heart of your COVID recovery strategy

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Covid19 and the Wider Impact on Children and Families

The Covid19 lockdowns have had a hugely detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of families and young children, with many children being disadvantaged in areas such as educational attainment, physical development, health and mental wellbeing. Professor Mark Mon-Williams will be talking about the evidence-based Born in Bradford Project, and how we can apply the lessons learned to get children back on track through initiatives like 50 Things to do Before You’re 5.
 

Professor Mark Mon Williams

Professor Mark Mon-Williams (MMW) holds a Chair in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Leeds, and is Professor of Psychology at the Bradford Institute of Health Research, and Professor of Paediatric Vision at The Norwegian Centre for Vision. He is also a Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (the UK’s National data analytics centre).


The Impact of Covid19 on Social Mobility

Christian Bunting will look at the negative impact Covid19 has had on social mobility, learning and life chances for children from different backgrounds. He will consider how 50 Things to do Before You’re 5 is well-placed to address social disparity, and will be central to the Covid recovery strategy across many local authorities.
 

Christian Bunting
Bradford Birth to 19

Christian’s passion for education spans a number of years in senior roles, formerly in schools and presently as a Partnership Board member for the Bradford Opportunity Area. He has led the development of Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School from inception, building a collaborative alliance of 150 schools.


Addressing the Decline in the Uptake in Free Education Throughout Covid19

For a variety of reasons, Covid19 has led to significant drops in attendance, for children entitled to free education. While this has been beneficial to a tiny minority, the impact has been largely unfavourable. Andrea Layzell will be looking at how the uptake of free education for 2 year olds, nursery children and reception age children has declined, and what this has meant for child development and social mobility.
 

Andrea Layzell
50 Things Project Lead

Andrea Layzell is the 50 Things Project Lead and Workforce Development Leader. She has worked in Early Years for over 30 years. This includes 20 years working for local authorities, as a consultant supporting practitioners, and most recently with the Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School.