Saturday 26 September 2020

Ed Vainker (MR 1994-1999) on BBC Radio 4

Ed Vainker made an appearance on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' show and offered his knowledge in a conversation around early years child development.

Today host, Justin Webb, started a conversation about the Duchess of Cambridge's Early Years support campaign. In 2019, Kate Middleton spoke about the importance of supporting children in their development sharing her belief in the African proverb that it 'takes a village to raise a child.' The campaign supports the belief that the first one thousand days of a child's life can determine their life chances. 

As part of the Duchess of Cambridge's vision, an Early Year's Steering Group has been set up to explore how best to support academics, practitioners and charities in their work to provide all children with the best possible start in life.

Ed Vainker (MR 1994-1999) is part of this steering group, and also the Principal and Executive Co-Founder of Reach Academy in Feltham. Back in May 2018, alongside other practitioners, academics and charities, Ed met with the Duchess of Cambridge to share ideas going forward. 

Speaking on the Today show, Ed told viewers about his experience of the early years as a school founder. He explained the importance of the first one thousand days, and also the research that has been done on early years development.


To listen to Ed on the Today show, please click here and skip to 1:34:00.

You can also read more about the Duchess of Cambridge's support campaign here.

Listen to the interview here

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