The International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC) at UEL will host an international seminar on Monday June 27.

ICMEC, part of the School of Education and Communities, will host 'Marketised early childhood systems: recent developments in New Zealand and Australia'.

There will be two speakers, and Professor Helen Penn, Professor Emerita at UEL, co-founder of ICMEC and Honorary Professor at UCL's Institute of Education, providing a response to the two presentations and introducing the discussions.

ICMEC is delighted to welcome back Professor Linda Mitchell, Waikato University, New Zealand and Professor Fran Press, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK who will present at ICMEC's first - hybrid - seminar since the Pandemic.

Professor Mitchell will speak on the subject 'Turning the tide on privatised early childhood education in New Zealand'.

Professor Press will speak on the subject ‘' mixed economy and the quality of ECEC. Lessons learned from the Australian experience'.

Professor Mitchell is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, working with Frances Press and other MMU staff on the project, Theorising democracy in education. Her research focuses on early childhood education policy and practice, refugee and immigrant families in early childhood education, and democracy in education.

The conference takes place between 13.30 and 16.30 at UEL's University Square Stratford Campus. You can register for a free place by contacting Professor Eva Lloyd of ICMEC at and indicate whether you plan to attend in person or would prefer to be sent a Teams link.

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27 June 2022
1:30 - 4:30pm