A FORMER Play School presenter has given an inspiring talk to students at the University of Worcester about her experience and passion for childhood.
Speaking to an audience of 100 students, Baroness Floella Benjamin presented a talk on the theme of ‘childhood lasts a lifetime’ as part of the university’s Working with Children and Young People Conference.
During the talk, Floella shared some of her childhood memories of moving from Trinidad to London, as well as her experience as a children’s presenter, reflecting upon the influence of childhood in later life.
The students also had the opportunity to find out about careers and the issues affecting professionals in this field.
Floella said: “What a joy it was speaking at the University of Worcester about kids, the importance of early education, smiling, inspiring and nurturing. It was great to be among so many students and professionals who were so passionate about improving the lives of young children and really making a difference to their futures.”
Talking to the group, she said: “You stand for everything I believe. That is everything should be fun, stimulate children, and help them cope with the ever changing world.”
Karyn McCluskey, director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, also gave a presentation to the conference. She spoke about street violence in Glasgow and the factors impacting on the lives of offenders from birth, to illustrate the cyclical nature of offending behaviours and the need for early intervention.
Panellists included independent consultants and representatives from a range of local and national organisations, including Action for Children, Worcestershire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, and West Mercia Youth Offending Team.
Rose Watson, careers and employability service manager at the university, said: “We were delighted to see so many students and practitioners get so involved at this conference. Students and staff alike were able to explore career possibilities with children and young people by learning from employers and graduates.”
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