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Early Years Education Conference Held at Dulwich Beijing

December, 2009
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From November 6 to 8, 200 professional Early Years educators from all over the world attended the first Dulwich Early Years conference – EYE on the Dulwich College Beijing Legend Garden campus.eye-1s

Penny Tassoni, Peter Dixon, Barbara Isaacs and Alice Sharp were the keynote speakers, all well-known Early Years professionals in the UK and around the globe. Guests were treated to four inspirational key speeches about the importance of language, enabling environments, creativity and a project in Manchester that turned around a failing school through pioneering practice and respect for the child.

Over the three days delegates attended a range of workshops, many run by the three Dulwich China Schools’ teaching staff, culminating in Chinese cultural workshops which ranged from tea making to Chinese drumming!

The conference opened with Chinese drumming by students from our school and ended with a film of the conference produces by a group of Dulwich students in Year 13.

On the first night, guests listened to Peter Dixon, a poet and passionate defender of a child’s right to enjoy their childhood. Peter read his poetry to a spellbound audience at a dinner held at the Crowne Plaza. The laughter from delegates in the room was tinged with a feeling of awe at the responsibility that we have as adults to ensure children have positive childhood experiences.

Kate Beith, Head of Early Years at Dulwich, said: “This conference has given Early Years the status it deserves and could not have gone ahead without the commitment and support of Brian McDouall, the Dulwich College Board of Management and staff at our three Dulwich China Schools.”

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