Two international experts in early childhood education will be the keynote speakers at a free webinar hosted by Early Start at the University of Wollongong.
The "Early Childhood Education and Care in a Shifting Landscape" webinar will examine the impact of adversity and the role early childhood education can and should play in a nation's response to these challenges.
Jane Bertrand, program Director at the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation in Canada will speak at the September 23 webinar.
As will Tove Mogstad Slinde, who is a senior advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Senior Professor Tony Okely, Director of Research at Early Start, said that children throughout Australia have faced an incredibly tough year.
"From bushfires to floods and now COVID-19, this year has disrupted almost every aspect of children's lives. It has impacted their schooling, their ability to see their friends and family, and participate in extra-curricular activities," Professor Okely said.
"This may impact the benefits that children derive from taking part in preschool and kindergarten.
"Early childhood education and care is vital for children, for helping them to overcome adversity and build resilience, and for helping the nation as a whole to rebuild from this difficult year."
The keynote speakers will be followed by a Q+A with UOW Early Start experts.
The webinar is registered by the NSW Education Standards Authority for professional development, and will be of particular interest to educators, academics, policy makers, and parents.
Visit https://uow-au.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6x8PlO4xRoy9vXXE1fRf0A to register for the free seminar starting at 7pm.
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