Tuesday 26 March

Session 1:

Welcome by the hosts
Jan Tore Sanner, Minister of Education Norway
Steffen Handal, Leader of Union of Education Norway

The Nordic Way – building trust and a sense of belonging
Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic approach – history and developments
Professor Tora Korsvold, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway

Nordic ECEC Policies: Principles and Practices
Professor Jóhanna Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland

Nordic childhoods – an international view.
Professor Judith Wagner, Whittier College, US.

Reflections on the Nordic ECEC tradition for Education 2030
Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

The Nordic tradition – an international professional perspective
David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International (EI)

Session 2:

A childhood perspective on ECEC institutions
Professor Jan Kampmann, Roskilde University, Denmark

Children’s right to participation – opportunities and obstacles in everyday interaction
Professor Emerita Berit Bae, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Session 3:

The concept of care in an educare-model and the toddlers in the Nordic ECEC
Associate Professor Christian Eidevald, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Play and learning in Nordic pedagogy
Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Scary, risky play – a Nordic contribution to a pedagogy of exploration
Professor Ellen Beate Sandseter, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway.

A children’s rights perspective
Children’s Ombudsman Elisabeth Dahlin, Sweden

Wednesday 27 March

Session 4:

The politics of belonging
Jaana Juutinen, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Oulu, Finland

Promoting diversity across ECEC
Associate Professor Anne Kultti, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Session 5:

What is teaching in a Swedish pre-school
Professor Pia Williams and Professor Emerita Sonja Sheridan, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The kindergarten teacher role – developments and challenges in Norway
Professor Kjetil Børhaug, University of Bergen, Norway

Teachers and the learning environment – implementing the new curriculum framework in Denmark
Anne Kjær Olsen, Head of further education programme, University College Copenhagen, Denmark

ECEC teachers’ possibilities to tackle inequalities
Professor Kirsti Karila, University of Tampere, Finland

Pedagogy and the teacher role: an international provocation
Professor Iram Siraj, University of Oxford, UK

Comment on the teacher role in Nordic ECEC
Steffen Handal, Union of Education, Norway

The Nordic way – policies for democracy and active participation
Anders Rusk, General Secretary, Nordic Teachers´ Council
Rikke Høistad Sjøberg, State Secretary to the Minister of Education and Integration