A three-part keynote address delivered by the speakers below.

Part 1 to be delivered by:

DEIRDRE GROGAN is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at University of Strathclyde and has a keen interest in play within the early years. Deirdre has worked alongside educators across Scotland to support and reflect upon the implementation of play pedagogy. She works with Local Authorities and many other national organisations striving to develop quality play within the early years.

Deirdre is devoted to the early years and supporting/guiding children and staff to reach their full potential.

Part 2 to be delivered by:

MARION BURNS is an early years and primary education specialist with over 19 years of experience as an HM Inspector of Schools in Scotland. She gained her doctoral degree at Strathclyde University in 2019. Her transitions study explored curriculum continuity for children starting school. Marion’s international experience includes professional learning activities in New South Wales and in Iceland as part of the Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (POET) project. She is a guest lecturer and occasional module tutor for Strathclyde University on the Early Years Masters and the BA childhood practice degree courses. Marion blogs on the subject of transitions for the International Network of Transitions Researchers and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Educational Transitions. She is a co-author of Realising the Ambition: Being Me, the national practice guidance for early years in Scotland, (Scottish Government, 2020).

LYNN TAYLOR started her career as a teacher of nursery and all stages of primary classes, with experience of teaching across three local authority areas in Scotland. She specialised in early years education, gaining a Masters with Distinction in Early Years Pedagogue from the University of Strathclyde. She went onto work in early years strategic support and development roles at regional and national levels. She is completing a part-time EdD exploring the enactment of early years policy in practice alongside working in her current role as a Senior Education Officer of Curriculum Design in the Curriculum Innovation team in Education Scotland. Lynn has co-authored and illustrated several publications including the current national practice guidance for early years in Scotland – Realising the Ambition: Being Me.

Part 3 to be delivered by:

LYNN MCNAIR is Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Practice and Froebel / Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Lynn’s research interests include: Early childhood; Froebelian pedagogy, principles/liberal education and environment; children/human rights; children in nature; pedagogy as a critical and political practice/ pedagogical culture of questioning; practitioner inquiry; young children’s transitions; people of colour/ anti-racist practice; neoliberalism and power; Antonio Gramsci and radical politics; social justice and democracy; civic education/ economic inequalities/ children in poverty; cultural/ideological hegemony; early years curriculum/hidden curriculum; education and radical democracy; and progressive educators. Lynn has more than 40 years experience working in Early Years Education and was awarded an OBE for services to Early Education in 2009. Lynn is a trained Froebelian, attaining her certificate at the Froebel Institute, Roehampton University, London, UK. Lynn is the Programme Director Froebel in Childhood Practice (U of E) course and is the Pathway Co-ordinator of the MSc Education (Early Childhood Practice and Froebel). Lynn regularly travels the globe sharing her knowledge on Froebel’s principles and philosophy. She is well published and is an award-winning author Finally, Lynn would say her passion for egalitarianism, emancipation, democracy and a belief that children are rich, active, resourceful beings came from being a mother to Kurt and Mischa; and what she learned as she observed them playing freely as children. This way of being with children, trusting in them in their abilities and capabilities is where she puts her energy into her work with children today.