KEYNOTE I ~ CHRIS PASCAL & TONY BERTRAM - Informal Learning in Times of Austerity


Chris Pascal OBE has done extensive work at government level to support the development of Early Years policy, sitting on a number of national committees. She has served as a ministerial advisor and as an Early Years Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education.


She has written extensively on early childhood development and the quality of early education services and sat on the Expert Panel of the Dame Tickell EYFS Review.


Chris is a patron of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), whom she is supporting in developing their research strategy. She is the current President of EECERA and continues to be an active Vice President of BAECE (Early Education).

Tony Bertram  has been a member of the Ministerial Early Education Advisory Group (EEAG), which advised the government on the development of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. He was also a member of the QCA working party on qualifications in the Early Years.  Currently, he is a member of the Ofsted National Advisory Committee.


He has a particular interest in cross-national European early childhood projects and has worked extensively abroad for the British Council and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD).


He is the Co-ordinating Editor of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) and an active VP of Early Education (BAECE).


KEYNOTE I SYNOPSIS: Informal Learning in Times of Austerity



KEYNOTE II ~ UTE WARD - 'A Caring Partnership': Parent-Practitioner Interactions in Early Childhood Education

Ute Ward worked in a pre-school, Sure Start local programme and children's centre before becoming a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. She leads the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and teaches on the MA Education. Her research interests focus on parent-practitioner relationships. This is reflected in her current doctoral research which explores parents' views and expectations of their children's early childhood practitioners.

Ute has published a practitioner-focused book on the work with parents as well as contributed chapters to introductions to early childhood studies.

Most recently she co-edited and published in the EECERA Special Issue on Working with Parents and Families.

KEYNOTE II SYNOPSIS: 'A Caring Partnership': Parent-Practitioner Interactions in Early Childhood Education