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Renowned expert addresses conference

Internationally renowned expert addresses early year's conference in Scunthorpe

12 March 2018

Internationally renowned Professor Doctor Ferre Laevers from the University of Leuven in Belgium addressed a key early year’s conference today (Monday 12 March 2018) at the Learning Development Centre, Enderby Road in Scunthorpe.

This gave a unique and unprecedented opportunity for professionals working with children aged 0-6 years to spend a day's conference with Professor Dr Laevers, director of the Research Centre for Experiential Education at the University of Leuven, Belgium. 

Professor Laevers is regarded as one of the leading innovators in early education in recent years.
Central to his contribution to early years practice has been his research on well-being and involvement, which he has identified as the fundamental traits that underpin a child’s successful development and early learning.

Alongside this research, Professor Laevers has developed the Leuven Scales as a tool to effectively measure children’s well-being and involvement.

This widely anticipated course reflects on their importance and the implications for practice across schools and early year’s provision.

North Lincolnshire Council continues to work with schools and early years providers to create the best outcomes for our youngest children. Key example of achievements so far include:

  • Most schools and other settings are graded  good or outstanding by Ofsted

  • Above national average attainment for Good Level of Development in Early Years and first out of 11 when compared to statistical neighbours

  • 88 per cent of 0-5 year olds in North Lincolnshire receive a free imagination library book every month; 355,000 books have been delivered.

  • A Children’s Literacy Trust has been established

  • Higher than national proportion of disadvantaged children taking up the offer of free childcare places.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Learning and Families at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are really excited to welcome Professor Laevers to North Lincolnshire. He is internationally renowned for his work and research into early year’s development.

“There are some great examples of excellent work in our schools and early year’s providers across North Lincolnshire, as highlighted in our recent Annual Education Report.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to hear, first hand, about his work and develop further the excellent work already taking place across North Lincolnshire.”

Ferre Laevers
First Published:12 March 2018