Child-centred early years planning, provision and practice: with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk
About this event
This full-day seminar will be jointly hosted by Children in Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), and led by renowned childcare expert Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. It will provide an opportunity for leaders in education, learning and childcare to work together to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the plan to increase early learning and childcare entitlement by 2020.
- Prioritising child wellbeing while managing logistical constraints
- Achieving more with what we have
- Sharing and building on existing plans for the expansion
- Identifying ways in which to work together towards 2020.
Dr Zeedyk will be joined by other experts, including Terry Lanagan, Executive Officer at ADES, and Sally Cavers, Head of Inclusion at Children in Scotland.
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.
Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University.
In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise. Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness. Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.
Suzanne works internationally with organisations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience. In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby. She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.
Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.