'Cracking the Code' young children are born ready to communicate but they need a translator.

This year's conference was held 10th March 2016 at the Royal Overseas League, London.

At this day conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear the latest research and debate the key issues for policy and practice with others working to promote children's emotional well-being across the UK.


Dr Jools Page, NNEB, DPQS, MA, PhD
Jools Page has worked in the field of early childhood education for over thirty years, and has significant experience in both caring for children and in policy making roles. Before joining the Early Childhood team at Sheffield University she played a key role, leading on policy and practice for provision for children aged birth to three, in the Kent local authority advisory service. Her research interests primarily focus on infant & toddler relationships with their key adults in group care provision and the rights of babies and young children, specifically those under three. She is particularly interested in notions of love and care. In her PhD research Mothers, Work and Childcare: Choices, Beliefs and Dilemmas. Recently Jools has been researching Professional and Parental Perspectives on current ECEC policy for two year olds.

John Warren, Director Fennies Childcare Services

powerpointDr Jools Page - 'Professional Love' in the Early Years settings: A collaborative approach (Powerpoint file)

pdfDr. Jools Page and John Warren - 'Professional Love' in Early Years Settings

Wendy Ellyatt, CEO Save Childhood Movement
For the last twenty-five years Wendy has been exploring the unique qualities of human learning and development, with a particular emphasis on what gives us meaning and purpose. Her studies have taken her from being a specialist in the foundational importance of early learning, to examining indigenous perspectives, natural systems dynamics and our understanding of the word 'wisdom' when looking at sustainable futures. Having been involved in a number of projects worldwide, she has recently devoted her time to addressing a growing concern about societal values and wellbeing and the importance of safeguarding natural development in the early years.

pdfWendy Ellyatt - The Unique Child, the impact of culture and how we foster human wellbeing

Clair Rees, Executive Director PIP UK
Clair joined PIP UK in this role in February 2015 and has a diverse background of experience in Consultancy, policy, practise based research, training development, public speaking and leadership in the early years over 20 years. She has a specialism in peri-natal and infant mental health formed through an eclectic range of clinical experience within education, health and social care settings, both statutory and third sector. Since 2010 she has been involved in shaping the early year's agenda in the UK Parliament with the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, which is a cross-party collaboration to highlight the importance of the conception to age 2 period.

powerpointClair Rees - Shifting a policy landscape for a long term prism effect: 1001 Critical Days (Powerpoint file)

Marij Eliens, CEO AIT (Association for Interaction Guidance and Home Treatment) Netherlands

powerpointMarij Eliens - The importance of the first hour of bonding and the year after (Powerpoint file)

'Baby Talk' - What They Say the Minute They're Born

Scientists have discovered that newborn babies are conveying nine different messages to their parents about how they feel in their first hour of life, it was announced at the What About The Children? national conference 10th March 2016. Click the link below to read in full.

pdf'Baby Talk' - What They Say the Minute They're Born