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OCF webinar: Growing the youngest minds in a pandemic

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

2:00pm - 3:00pm
On Line Event, Zoom

Much of the media focus of the pandemic has been on schools, but children too young for school are at severe risk of being overlooked. Recent research shows that lockdowns have affected their development; but for them lockdown is their ‘normal’. The pandemic has exacerbated the pre-school disadvantage gap that already existed, and we know this will have an impact on their later educational attainment – but what do we need to do now to get back on track?

This session will look at how the charitable sector and other partnerships are adapting existing services and offering new ones, and explore what we need to do as a community to support families.


Welcome – Adrian Sell, CEO at Oxfordshire Community Foundation

Spotlight on early years – Dr Nayeli Gonzalez Gomez, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, and Dr Alexandra Hendry, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, on their Babylab research

Supporting the change – Katherine Barber, CEO at Home-Start Oxford and co-founder of the Oxford Early Years Network

Making a difference – Laura Barbour, Early Years Lead at the Sutton Trust

Over to you – Q&A

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