Sunday, 21 October 2012

Not just history: Nurturing today's Early Years Movement

Our celebration of Mary Lily Walker's life is intended to be more than a historical occasion.  We want to remember all she did, but we also want to look anew at the lessons she taught us.  

Scotland is at the centre of a burgeoning Early Years Movement, with all sorts of sectors engaged, including the police, education, social work, economists, business, and politicians.  Mary Lily Walker was essentially one of the city's, and one of Scotland's, first Early Years champions.  Reflecting on her efforts 100 years ago and more gives us an innovative lens through which to reflect in new ways on the challenges that face us today.  

That's why we'll be holding a day-long early years conference, with some of the UK's most inspiring speakers.  Everyone will be welcome, from parents to professionals to local and national politicians. Dundee in Mary Lily Walker's day faced some tremendous challenges, and she devised some tremendous solutions.  Its likely she still has things to teach us.

*UPDATE* Registration is now available for the conference - tickets are £80/£50 for students, with a free copy of Eddie Small's new book Mary Lily Walker: Forgotten Visionary of Dundee. 

You can book your place using the below link:

If you want to learn more about what's happening in the Early Years Movement in Scotland, here are some useful links to get you started: