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A call for papers has been put out ahead of the fifth annual Baby Room Conference in London on 2 September.

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The Baby Room Conference supports practitioners caring for the youngest nursery children

For the first time, the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, which runs the event, is accepting proposals for contributions on the care, learning, development or wellbeing of babies and children from birth to two.

Contributions can be made in the following forms:

 Paper presentations of 20 minutes with extra time allocated for discussion

  • Interactive workshops of 40 minutes
  • Poster presentations to be displayed throughout the day with time during lunch for delegates to discuss their contents with the creator
  • Symposium of 90 minutes comprising three related contributions in any of the above formats, with extra time allocated for discussion

The conference was launched in 2010 following the work of researchers Kathy Goouch and Sacha Powell to support practitioners caring for the youngest children.

This year, the keynote speaker will be Annette Karmiloff-Smith from the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London, while American researcher Travis Wright will also be appearing.

The deadline for proposals in Friday 30 May.

Guidance on how to submit a proposal, as well as a conference programme, list of keynote speakers, delegate fees and booking form can be found on the Canterbury website. Contact Sacha Powell with queries.