In 1999, the groundbreaking BBC series Child of Our Time began filming a group of babies from the moment they were born, to explore what would shape their lives in the new millennium. Twenty years on, these children are fully grown and can reflect in their own words on growing up during a time of extraordinary social change. Drawing on thousands of hours of archive footage, this special focuses on three of the children (Eve, Jamie and Rhianna) exploring childhood as the first generation of 21st-century UK.
This accessible series combines lovely snapshots of real families in the first year of their babies’ life, with commentary and insights from researchers.
From familiar research on early language development and attachment, to more recent breakthroughs in early motor skills and nutrition; you’ll find something fascinating!
You can find it by searching for ‘Babies’ in Netflix or following this link.
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A short watch which is thought-provoking and worthy of reflective discussion amongst colleagues.
I use a book club format when using film as a professional reflection tool, with questions to prompt discussion and thinking. For example:
What makes up Libby’s world?
How does Libby feel?
How do her parents feel?
What are her parents’ motivations?
What has informed her grandmother’s understanding of Libby’s capabilities?
How do you think society views people with hearing impairments (current and/or historical understanding)?
What is the role of the social worker?
Where is the line between state and parental responsibility?
What support is available for children with hearing impairments, parents, professionals?
What could improve the outcomes of children with hearing impairments?
Where does early years education fit in to this?
How did the film make you feel?
Will the film change your practice? If so, how?
This list isn’t exhaustive but it captures some of the main elements of discussions I’ve had on the film – your team will be different and bring different experiences to the discussion. Let me know if you have any other suggestions to include!
Synopsis: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.
My mentor originally suggested this programme to me in 2015 as she was an alumni of the programme, full of praise for its structure and content. As I work full-time, I was apprehensive as to whether I would be able to make space in my life for a masters degree at a time where rapid development and progress in the nursery school was taking up a lot of my professional energy. However, my curiosity and thirst for learning got the better of me and with enthusiasm I began study in 2016.Read More »
I was lucky enough to secure a late tour session with the super Sally Thomas to view the latest in the series of best practice spaces she has developed in collaboration with Norfolk County Council’s Early Years Achievement Team.