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It takes a village

It takes a village: the support needed for early child development

Thursday 29 February, 1-2pm (UK time)

Our early life experiences shape our developing brain in the most profound ways.

At a time when key building blocks in emotional, physical, and cognitive development are established, laying foundations for positive growth is crucial. This webinar will focus on the critical aspects of early life, and spotlight the vital role of community and family in supporting children’s development. It will showcase how Warwick's pioneering research into the long-lasting impact of our childhood experiences aims to make a difference for children and families across the world.

A recording of the event will be made available shortly afterwards, and all those who register will receive a link to the recording by email.


Kulbir Shergill

Kulbir Shergill - Director of Social Inclusion, University of Warwick

Kulbir is a board level cultural change and business transformation professional, driven by inclusion and people-oriented strategies. Her skills lie in being able to use cross-sector experience of working in large complex businesses and customer focused public service entities to optimise the impact of strategies that she leads on. At Warwick, Kulbir leads the development and implementation of the Social Inclusion strategy, along with the Social Inclusion team, working in partnership with stakeholders across the University and with external partners to increase diversity of Warwick’s community and develop an inclusive culture.


Vivien Waterfield CBE

Vivien Waterfield CBE (PG Dipl Organisational Change, 2023), Deputy CEO for Home-Start UK

Vivien joined Home-Start in 1998 where she held the post of Director of Fundraising and Communications for 11 years before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2012. Vivien has played a pivotal part in the impact that the Home-Start federation has had on thousands of families and children leading the charity's external relations work. She is passionate about early years and ensuring all children can fulfil their potential.

In 2023, Vivien completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Change at Warwick Business School which was closely followed by receiving a CBE in King Charles III New Year’s Honours 2024 for her dedicated work for families and children.

Professor Dieter Wolke

Professor Dieter Wolke - Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick and the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School

Professor Wolke is a developmental psychologist and known for his work on understanding individual differences in the development of infants born at risk (e.g. preterm) or exposed to risk (trauma, bullying) from birth into adulthood. He is Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences at the University of Warwick Department of Psychology and at the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School since 2006. Dieter is also part of the Senior Management Team at Warwick’s Centre for Early Life, an interdisciplinary research centre bringing together expertise in early life from across the University to collaborate on pioneering research into the formative factors in our lives.

For information on Dieter’s latest activities and publications see:

Professor Richard Hastings

Professor Richard Hastings - Professor for The Centre for Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CIDD, formerly CEDAR)

Professor Hastings is Head of Department, Professor, and Cerebra Chair of Family Research in the Centre for Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is an advisor to Sibs, a charity supporting people who are growing up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister and Ambitious About Autism, a charity championing the rights of autistic children and young people. Richard is an Associate Editor or on the editorial board for 12 journals. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Useful Resources

We understand that this webinar may highlight some difficult topics. These are some useful links to helpful resources.

Home-Start UK - support for parents and children.

NSPCC - support for parents and children.

Mind - national mental health charity for adults.

BBC Tiny Happy People - a service that helps you develop your child's language skills through simple interaction and play.