EXCELLENCE AND EQUITY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
Budapest, 21-22 February 2011


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Danubius Hotel Helia
62-64 Kárpát utca, H-1133


PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE

Monday, February 21

Chair: Dr Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Secretary for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources

8:30 - 9:30Registration, welcome coffee/tea
9:30 - 9:45Opening by the Hungarian EU Presidency
Dr Rózsa Hoffmann, Minister of State for Education, Ministry of National Resources
9:45 - 10:00Opening by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport
10:00 - 10:45Keynote Speech: Early childhood education and care in a broad social and economic context
Prof. Edward Melhuish, Birkbeck, University of London
10:45 - 11:15Coffee/tea
11:15 - 11:30Providing all our children the best start for the world of tomorrow - The Communication of the European Commission on Early Childhood Education and Care Adam Pokorny, Directorate General for Education and Culture
11:30 - 13:00Focus Topics
11:30 - 11:55Focus Topic 1: The structure, governance and quality assurance of high quality early childhood education and care
Prof. John Bennett, Thomas Coram Research Institute, United Kingdom
11:55 - 12:20Focus Topic 2: Investment in equitable and high quality early childhood education and care
Deborah Roseveare, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
12:20 - 12:55Focus Topic 3: Quality pedagogy, staff competences and partnerships in early childhood education and care
Prof. Paul Leseman, University of Utrecht
12:50 - 13:00Orientation on Conference Arrangements
13:00 - 14:30LUNCH
14:30 - 17:30Sections
With an internationally acclaimed expert chairing each section, participants listen to two opening presentations on good practice, learn about the diverse contexts and take stock of progress in Member States towards quality early childhood education and care for all.
 Sessions of Sections
1.The structure, governance and quality assurance of high quality early childhood education and care Chairperson:
Jan Peeters, Ghent University
Presenters:
Paivi Lindberg, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Miho Taguma, Project Leader and Policy Analyst, OECD
Rapporteur:
Eszter Márkus, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
2. Investment in equitable and high quality early childhood education and care Chairperson:
Helen Penn, University of East London
Presenters:
Jan van Ravens, Faculty Affiliate at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University,
Nada Stropnik, Institute for Economic Research, Slovenia
Rapporteur:
Mileda Rabusicová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
3. Quality pedagogy Chairperson:
Marisa Krenn-Wache, Federal Training Institute for Kindergarten Pedagogues, Austria
Presenters:
Carlina Rinaldi, Reggio Children, Italy
Nagy Jenőné, Faculty of Education, Szent István University, Hungary
Rapporteur:
Carme Montserrat, University of Girona, Spain
4. Staff competences Chairperson:
Michel Vandenbroeck, Ghent University Presenters:
Pamela Oberhuemer, State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany
Szombathelyiné Nyitrai Ágnes, Apor Vilmos University College, Hungary
Rapporteur:
Mathias Urban, University of East London, United Kingdom
5. Partnership with parents and the local community Chairperson:
Greg Brooks, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Presenters:
John Vorhaus, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
Myriam Mony, École Santé Social Sud-Est, Lyon, France
Rapporteur:
Szabó Mária, Educational Research Institute, Hungary
15:30 - 16:00Coffee/Tea
16:00 - 17:30Sessions of Sections: discussion and summary agreement on reports
  1. The structure, governance and quality assurance of high quality early childhood education and care
  2. Investment in equitable and high quality early childhood education and care
  3. Quality pedagogy
  4. Staff competences
  5. Partnership with parents and the local community
19:30 - 22:00Dinner and cultural programme


Tuesday, February 22

Chair: Dr Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Secretary for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources

9:00 - 9:45Keynote Speech 2: Children in Europe in the 21st century - Challenges and opportunities in children's education and upbringing
E. Sylvester Vizi, physician, neuroscientist and pharmacologist, former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
9:45 - 10:45Report by Sections
10:45 - 11:15Coffee/Tea
11:15 - 12:30Panel discussion
Peter Moss, Thomas Coram Research Institute, United Kingdom
Bernard Rorke, Director of Roma Programmes, Open Society Institute,
Kari Jacobsen, former OECD Head of ECEC Network
Benoît Parmentier, Belgium: L'Europe de l'Enfance,
Mary Honeyball, Member of European Parliament,
Márta Korintus, Institute of Social Policy and Labour, Hungary
12:30 - 13:00Conclusions and closing
Conclusions by Jan Truszczynski, Director General, DG for Education and Culture
Closing by Zoltán Gloviczki, Deputy State Secretary for Compulsory Education, Ministry of National Resources
13:00 - 14:30LUNCH


Day 2 Afternoon: Visit to a Hungarian institution of early childhood education and care (3 options):
Practice Kindergarten of Apor Vilmos Catholic College in District 6., Sure Start Children's House in District 8., Early Intervention Centre Budapest)