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Harbour view room, Edgar Centre

116 Portsmouth Drive

Dunedin, OTAGO 9011

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Mindy Higgins: Learning and Development Coordinator

Penny Neilson: Professional Services Manager

In this Keynote, Mindy and Penny will discuss the critical importance of the first 1000 days in the development of the young child and the effects of healthy and unhealthy environments on their developing brain.

Mindy Higgins will share her knowledge and understanding of how children’s brains are developed and ultimately shaped by the interactions which surround them. As an educationalist whose calling has taken her from front line family advocacy and intervention to directing quality improvement outcomes in the field of Early Care and Education.

Penny Neilson pulls together her background in science and experience in both primary and early childhood sectors, to support principles of brain science and how these can be applied to the classroom and beyond. She is passionate about empowering children, parents and teachers to be present and reflecting on how aspects surrounding children’s brain development can be misinterpreted as children’s behaviour.

This presentation will also stress the critical importance of consistent, loving attachment to lay strong foundations for lifelong success. The importance of this is a strongly held belief of BestStart and their owners the Wright Family Foundation who lead the Love grows brains campaign in New Zealand. https://wrightfamilyfoundation.org.nz/love-grows-brains.html


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