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Friday, June 7 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Right from the start: Play, relationships and learning LIMITED
Limited Capacity seats available

Giving children the best start in life and preparing them to take life’s opportunities and deal with its challenges is central to what all of us in education, child care and health services aspire to achieve. To help children to learn, but also to develop as people, requires us to grapple with evidence and to focus on what are the best ways for children to learn and develop.

In this talk I will present evidence assessing the role that play and relationships have in child development - right from the start of life. This includes during pregnancy and into the postnatal period, where the quality of early play-based interactions of mother, fathers and their infants predict a range of later outcomes for children, including important aspects of their cognitive development and emotional and social development. I hope to make the case that finding the right place for play is critical for all aspects of children's development.