TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM: OUR CHILDREN, OUR FUTURE
Organised by the British Association for Early Childhood Education at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham University. Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Newson, emeritus professor of developmental psychology at Nottingham, on "Video violence re-visited: an issue of child protection"; and Professor John Pearce, child psychiatrist, also of Nottingham University on alternatives to smacking. Fee: Pounds 160 residential, Pounds 60 day rate. Details: 0171 739 7594.
CHILDHOOD AND FRIENDSHIP IN A FEARFUL WORLD
Organised by Families for Freedom at the University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1, for anyone involved in child care and education. It will examine children's peer relationships, whether the current anxieties about children are justified, and whether the consequent drive towards greater protection and surveillance does them more harm than good. Fee: Pounds 25. Details: Wendy Earle, 0171 254 1389.
HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR LIFE
Organised by the Women's Engineering Society at Staffordshire University, Stafford, for women engineers and engineering students. Teachers and men and women from all disciplines also welcome. Speakers include: Lucia Jones, head of educational policy, BBC; and Kate Bellingham, TV and radio presenter. Fee: Pounds 165 (day rates available). Details: Cathy MacGillivray, WES, Imperial College, London, 0171 589 5111.
integrated services FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Organised by and held at Pen Green Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire. Speakers include: Peter Moss, senior research fellow, Thomas Coram Research Unit; and Margy Whalley, director, research, development and training, Pen Green. Plus workshops. Fee: Pounds 99.87. Details: 01536 400068.