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Welcome to the Author Blog for Sheila Nutkins. Here you will find information and Sheila's own thoughts and opinions on topical issues relating to early childhood education and care.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Update on petition to UN

Dear Friends,
We have seen an incredible amount of interest in this petition over the last couple of weeks. I want to say a huge thank you and welcome to our new supporters!
We now have supporters from over 150 countries, recognition of this as a truly global campaign.
As practitioners, parents, activists and supporters you all know the importance of investing a child’s earliest years and the impact it has on our communities and societies. I have been extremely impressed with this commitment and passion and I wanted to highlight some of the comments we have been receiving on the petition:
Kristen from Oregon, USA said: “Children are at the heart of our societies and our future. Investing in children creates a safer, smarter and more sustainable future for us all.”
Edward from Freetown, Sierra Leone said: “I believe the life and development of everyone begins at childhood, and what ever happens at this time, affects the individuals, what they will be, and what they will do for the communities they live in and the world at large.
Amadou from Niger said: “Les enfants representent l'avenir de demain.”
We have also uploaded some of the latest news from the early childhood development world. The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development ‘s responded to the UN Open Working Group’s ‘Focus Areas’ document and campaign supporter Lisa Jordon of the Bernard van Leer Foundations has written an article about how early childhood development can provide the foundation for the 21st century business skills we need. Please feel free to share your work and stories with me to post on the petition page.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to have your say and participate in the UN’s MyWorld Survey Let the UN know that you think young children and early childhood development should be one of its priorities in building and better world.
Please continue to share and promote this petition. Our aim is to present the petition to Ban Ki-Moon at an event at the UN in June. Help us to reach and exceed that target!
Yours Sincerely
Tessa Jowell
 Update from Tessa Jowell who started a petition on Change.org to 

Put early childhood development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework to give all children the best start in life

Go to:
 http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-and-un-member-states-put-early-childhood-development-at-the-heart-of-the-new-post-2015-development-framework-to-give-all-children-the-best-start-in-life?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_message 
to view and sign petition

Dear Friends,
We have seen an incredible amount of interest in this petition over the last couple of weeks. I want to say a huge thank you and welcome to our new supporters!
We now have supporters from over 150 countries, recognition of this as a truly global campaign.
As practitioners, parents, activists and supporters you all know the importance of investing a child’s earliest years and the impact it has on our communities and societies. I have been extremely impressed with this commitment and passion and I wanted to highlight some of the comments we have been receiving on the petition:
Kristen from Oregon, USA said: “Children are at the heart of our societies and our future. Investing in children creates a safer, smarter and more sustainable future for us all.”
Edward from Freetown, Sierra Leone said: “I believe the life and development of everyone begins at childhood, and what ever happens at this time, affects the individuals, what they will be, and what they will do for the communities they live in and the world at large.
Amadou from Niger said: “Les enfants representent l'avenir de demain.”
We have also uploaded some of the latest news from the early childhood development world. The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development ‘s responded to the UN Open Working Group’s ‘Focus Areas’ document and campaign supporter Lisa Jordon of the Bernard van Leer Foundations has written an article about how early childhood development can provide the foundation for the 21st century business skills we need. Please feel free to share your work and stories with me to post on the petition page.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you to have your say and participate in the UN’s MyWorld Survey Let the UN know that you think young children and early childhood development should be one of its priorities in building and better world.
Please continue to share and promote this petition. Our aim is to present the petition to Ban Ki-Moon at an event at the UN in June. Help us to reach and exceed that target!
Yours Sincerely
Tessa Jowell
 

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Conversation - funding for early childhood education and care

This Conversation article makes the case for funding and qualified staff in early years settings. Read at http://theconversation.com/early-years-education-is-a-class-leveller-not-an-optional-extra-24379