9:00 Registration with coffee and tea and space for meeting people
9:45 Adam Ingram MSP — Minister for Children and Early Years — Welcome
10:10 Colwyn Trevarthen — Introduction and Overview of the Day. What developmental science says about how infants and toddlers learn.
10:20 Tina Bruce — Background on early childhood education, with special reference to Scotland. The importance of play.
11:00 Alan Sinclair — The economic case for investing in early years.
11:30 John Carnochan — Links between youth crime and early years. Anti-social behaviour in young people and violence at home in infancy.
12:00 Tam Baillie — How life is for Scotland's small children and what to do to make it both safe and rich in imagining and learning
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Aline-Wendy Dunlop — An Enlightened Educational Policy - The Scottish early childhood tradition.
14:15 Harry Burns — Healthy and active children become healthy and productive adults. How can medical services care for those who have missed a loving, confident and nourishing start?
15:00 Coffee and Tea with Fruit and Cake
15:30 Ingela Naumann — A child-centred social investment strategy. Lessons from Sweden.
16:00 Suzanne Zeedyk — Creating the world we want - by reflecting anew on how we relate to our children
16:30 Discussion with Concluding Comments and Future Directions, Chaired by Lesley Riddoch, to summarise the whole conference and to place the needs and rights of children in the present-day context of Edinburgh and Scottish practice, government policy, and trends in society, family life, and employment.
17:30 Close