Keynote: Welcomes and departures: Why they matter more than we think

This 2-hour webinar with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will give attendees from all settings a chance to consider transitional moments in more depth.  How can we support young children in their early years to feel secure in parting from parents?  How can we welcome primary children into a school building without causing a cortisol spike, and what happens if adolescents are given a personal welcome into every single class throughout their day? 

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Overview

Course overview

Partings and reunions matter more than we think.  They are so commonplace that it is easy to miss their emotional significance or to realise they have a biological basis.  And yet, they are so fundamental to human relationships that every single human culture has a word for hello and goodbye, and it would feel exceedingly odd if we did not mark these moments with a word or gesture. 

This session with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will give attendees from all settings a chance to consider transitional moments in more depth.  How can we support young children in their early years to feel secure in parting from parents?  How can we welcome primary children into a school building without causing a cortisol spike, and what happens if adolescents are given a personal welcome into every single class throughout their day?

Suzanne will explore not only the science of welcomes and departures, she will also suggest practical ideas about steps you can take to put this information into use in your classrooms, your staff rooms or even your own home.

About Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate.

Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, Scotland, within the School of Psychology, where she now holds an honorary post.  In 2011, she stepped away from full time academic work in order to set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate what she calls the Science of Connection.  Humans beings are born connected, and as a species we have a physiological need for emotional connection in order to lead happy, healthy lives.  Suzanne thought the public deserved to understand the science that gives depth to these insights.  In 2014, she expanded her reach by founding the organisation connected baby, which enabled her team to create events and resources that support her message.

We estimate that, in the past 10 years, well over 100,000 people have heard her speak live, and many more have watched videos or read her books and blogs.  Suzanne brings to her work her awareness of the latest discoveries on infant communicative capacities and brain development, as well as her own research expertise on parent-infant relationships and the socio-political contexts within which scientific information emerges.

Suzanne now works closely with organisations throughout the world, holding on to the same goal with which she set out:  We need to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, because they are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

Website:       www.suzannezeedyk.com

Website:       www.connectedbaby.net

Twitter:         @suzannezeedyk

Facebook:     @drsuzannezeedyk

Suitable for

Education professionals from all settings 

Outcomes

Course outcomes

At the end of this session you will know -

  • How to support young children in their early years to feel secure in parting from parents? 
  • How to welcome primary children into a school building without causing a cortisol spike, and what happens if adolescents are given a personal welcome into every single class throughout their day? 
  • You will have tools and insights that will allow you to take the information from this session and use it in your classrooms or settings.

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