Day of Action
IMPORTANT!! We have just heard that Whitehall has been closed in both directions due to a crane blowing down yesterday. Please access Richmond Terrace from the Embankment end and after we have delivered the petition we will then be taking a different procession route up to the Houses of Parliament.
Important! Please let us know if you are coming and check in with the website two days before for any changes. As this is a political gathering we have not been able to get public liability insurance so please note that you come at your own risk (but given the above we should be a group of really well behaved and passionate people!)
Activities on the Day
Meeting at 12.30 to 1pm
gathering at Richmond Terrace, in Whitehall (facing the corner of Downing St)
(we decided to meet at a later time so that people could get cheaper tickets
and this venue was suggested by the Metropolitan Police).
There will be volunteers there to meet you from 12pm and you will be able to recognise them, along with members of the core team, because they will all be carrying red balloons! Some people will also be holding large banners. The volunteers will be giving out flags for you to wave and batches of leaflets for you to hand to passers-by.
Petition delivered to 10 Downing Street 1.30 - 2pm
Six members of the core team will deliver a letter to the
Prime Minister along with the petition signatories and comments.
March up to Houses of Parliament from 2pm
From there we will walk up past the Houses of Parliament and will then meet at
Old Palace Yard for photographs.
Entry to the Houses of Parliament
This will be through the Cromwell Green Visitors Entrance
The core members of the team will leave at 3.15 to get through security and attend the Parliamentary
Lobby which is taking place in Committee Room 6. People can also meet their MPs in the central lobby chamber or in the corridors outside of the committee room. Please note that due to a restriction in numbers only those with prior invitations from the core team or appointments with their MPs can attend the lobby (although we will try to let as many other people as possible in if we have the space). You will not be allowed to take in banners, balloons or hand round any promotional leaflets.
Formal lobbying of MPS, Houses of Parliament 4 - 6 pm
The Parliamentary Lobby will then take place with a number of speakers addressing the attendees
about the issues of concern. Dr David Whitebread will also be presenting the evidence.
See the agenda
See the handout that we are giving MPs on the day
See a map of the area
See the Palace of Westminster Layout
Please remember that although anyone can enter parliament you
cannot take in any flags or balloons and (due to space) only
people with prior invitations or appointments with their MPs
can join us for the lobby in Committee Room 6.
It takes about 20-30 minutes to get through security!
About the Day of Action
We have invited all those who are concerned about the current government's lack of knowledge and understanding about the value of early structured environments and the vital importance of developmental readiness to join us for a Day of Action on the 30th of October. We have also invited all those running early-years related campaigns to join us. The aim of the day will be to help initiate an open, balanced and fully informed national debate that puts the best interests of the child first and that leads to the appropriate policy changes.
Who can Come?
Anyone who cares about the issues and wants to help bring in the necessary changes i.e. childminders, nannies, nursery workers, early years and primary teachers and headteachers, lecturers, academics, authors and anyone else who is concerned about the wellbeing of young children. Parents, grandparents and children are especially welcome. We do not expect enormous numbers, but we hope that it will provide a space for people to link with like-minded others and share mutual concerns and passions.
In order to help us know numbers and plan the day please let us know if you are coming. Please also write your own MPs to request that they get involved in the afternoon lobby.