National Early Years Network Conference 2013

 The 2013 National Early Years Conference took place on the 19 June in Glasgow. The theme of the conference was parenting: ‘holding the parent in mind so the parent can hold the child in mind’.

It provided a unique opportunity for those interested in early years health improvement to share experiences, find out how the national strategic direction can support early years work at a local level and meet a wide range of people all working to improve outcomes in the early years.

 View the video of the plenary presentations including;

  • The Importance of early communication; Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, The science of human connection
  • Upholding children’s rights; Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • How well do we protect children and meet their needs in Scotland?
  • Fiona McManus, Care Inspectorate
  • Families living in poverty; Alison Garnham, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Good Places Better Health; Dr Sheila Beck, NHS Health Scotland
  • Working together; Mike Foulis, Scottish Government

Download the power point presentations from the parallel sessions;

Promoting attachment

Before Words Project; Gretel McEwen, NHS Grampian and Nicola Milne, Moray Council

Building healthy and happy family relationships: the Early Years Framework of Assessment and Intervention for Attachment and Resilience (EY FAIAR); Jean Campbell, Psychological services, South Lanarkshire

Empowering parents

Financial inclusion service in a children’s hospital setting; Lesley Nish, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Nutrition and food skills programmes for parents and carers of early years children; Fiona Smith, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Looked after children

Embedding nurturing principles in the early years to meet local need and achieve better outcomes for children; Ruth Miller and Blake Killeen, East Ayrshire Psychologist Services

Looked After Children Healthcare Project; Anne Wilson, Action for Sick Children (Scotland)


Active families: a coherent and systematic early intervention approach to improve families health and wellbeing through a nursery-based family programme Judith Elliott, North Lanarkshire Council

Early learning environment

Bookbug for the home; Heather Stirton, Scottish Book Trust

Developing respectful relationships in the early years setting; Brian Donnelly, Respectme

Tailoring support to meet need

Right course, right parent? Paula Huddart, Early Years Sure Start and Outreach

Building communities’ capacity around prevention and early intervention; Jennifer Reid, NHS Ayrshire & Arran


‘Father-proofing’: Why and how to; Gary Clapton, University of Edinburgh

The National Parenting Strategy – how do fathers fit in? Marion Macleod, Children in Scotland

Antenatal care

Antenatal parenting support for vulnerable women: an exploratory randomised controlled trial of Mellow Bumps; Dr Jane White, University of Glasgow

Promoting early attachment and reflective parenting with the PEEP Learning Together programme; Sally Smith and Kirsteen Watson, Parents Early Education Partnership

National Early Years Network Conference 2013 Brochure

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