About Mine Conkbayir

Mine is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer. She has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years. Mine is the winner of the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare Award.

About Mine Conkbayir

Mine is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer. She has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years. Mine is the winner of the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 5 Most Inspirational People in Childcare Award.

She is currently undertaking a PhD in early childhood education and neuroscience to develop her work in the complex and challenging subject of infant brain development. Her key objective is to bridge the gap between neuroscience and Early Years discourse and practice. She hopes that her research will provide the necessary evidence to seek solutions to this persistent issue, with the ultimate goal of enhancing provision for babies, children and young adults.

Hello and welcome to my website!

I am passionate about enabling adults to make those early, formative experiences for babies and children as nurturing and meaningful as possible. It is those interactions and relationships as part of these experiences, that shape brain development and subsequent emotional responses, across the life trajectory. Harnessing reliable evidence provided by neuroscience can strengthen understanding of how the brain develops and grows in response to these experiences – and what we need to change for the sake of the child’s immediate and long-term wellbeing.

My point? If parents and practitioners alike, have accessible information concerning the impact of their behaviour and responses on children’s brain development and holistic well-being, perhaps they could do a few things differently. Neuroscience provides us with cutting-edge data that when used appropriately, can support parents – and those working with our youngest citizens to consider the whole child: how their earliest experiences and relationships impact at the level of the brain, their consequent behaviour and ultimately, their ability to survive and thrive in life.

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”

Rita Pierson, Educator

  • One of the best speakers! Immediate, knowledgeable, determined and fun!!!

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALSLDN Talks | Inside the Brain of a Child
  • A very engaging and informative presentation. Can’t wait to buy Mine’s book and have a good read of the theory and evidence, to relate it to my own practices. Highly recommend!

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALSLDN Talks | Inside the Brain of a Child
  • Hello Mine. You gave a talk once at LJMU for Education studies and Early Years students. Ever since, I have been hooked on your work which has inspired me and I would like to thank you.

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALSStudent at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Excellent! Listening to Mine made me realise that more people need to be informed about the neurological development of children and the power that love and nurture have!

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALSLDN Talks | Inside the Brain of a Child
  • Wow! Yesterday was amazing and so inspirational x Mine you really know how to light the room with your enthusiasm x All of my team including myself came away feeling empowered and confident to make changes which will have such a positive impact. I really can't thank you enough. Looking forward to our next meeting!

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALSJayne Windsor, Manager of Clare House Nursery, Somerset.
  • Working at Body & Soul, a childhood adversity charity, we see many people who have experienced significant trauma in their early lives. Mine’s research is crucial for understanding the effects of trauma and toxic stress on the brain, and sharing what can be done to transform these effects so that children and adults alike can thrive regardless of their past experiences. Great talk Mine!

    SEMINAR TESTIMONIALS
  • Inspirational talk and excellent research from Mine. Mine was an excellent, clear speaker, she spoke with very little crutch words which made her a great talker and clear to understand throughout the talk. I learnt tremendous amounts of information and I will become a much better person from this talk. I have a lot of respect for you. There should be more people like you. You are my new role model!

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  • A FABULOUS addition to my bookshelf. Thanks for writing this book Mine. I’ve recommended it to all my students (who are scrambling to buy a copy). A long overdue look at childhood from an evidence-based neuroscience perspective, no pseudoscience, no hype, AND an enjoyable read. You’re my new hero!

    BOOK REVIEWSarah McKay, Neuroscientist, TEDx speaker, science communicator and Founder of The Neuroscience Academy
  • Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice
  • Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues: An Introduction

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