Conference Chair - Clare English
Welcome from Scottish Government Representative
Transitions Journeys - Which Path to Take?
In conversation with Dr Lynn McNair and Professor Sally Peters
In this conversation we reflect on transitions journeys and on why transitions for young children, their families and the practitioners who work with them continue to matter, especially now. In discussing ‘which path to take’ we plan to draw on what we have learned about transitions practice, research and policy over the years. We consider what this might mean in our current contexts in terms of agency, wellbeing and learning through the three lenses of relationships, curriculum and pedagogy. The session will also invite participants to join the discussion and create opportunities for delegates to talk together.
Embracing the Transition to Realising the Ambition
Being Me, the refreshed national practice guidance for early years in Scotland
In this presentation, I will talk about the genesis of the refreshed national guidance and how it has
been embraced with great enthusiasm by educators across Scotland. The strength of the guidance
document lies in its innovative design and content; the imagery, the language used and the
permission it gives to educators to embrace a holistic curriculum and play as pedagogy. I will argue
that the transition to Realising the Ambition: Being Me strengthens the voice of the child; it sets out
clearly their developmental journey and articulates what they need from us in terms of quality to
grow and develop. The presentation will cite data from a small scale study to demonstrate that
Realising the Ambition: Being Me has provided the catalyst for positive change in early childhood
policy and practice within and across the ELC sector and beyond.