Recently, I spent an enjoyable Saturday at a local education practitioner conference that brought together 600 teachers from the region where I am based in England. The conference was at my home university where I first came to study as a part-time postgraduate student while I was a teacher working with 4–5-year-old children in a primary school a few kilometres away. At the conference, I had a wonderful time reconnecting with teachers I knew from my local early years settings and primary schools: I learned about aspects of practice they were developing, heard their news and made plans with them for future work we will do together. The conference was an opportunity to share with one another aspects of our everyday learning and teaching, and it was a gathering of a community where we all felt we belonged. It was joyful.
Bibliographical noteJane Murray is Associate Professor and Co-Director at the Centre for Education and Research, University of Northampton, UK. She has published extensively on early childhood education and social inclusion, and is Editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education.
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