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Welcome to #BrewEdEYOnline

Due to the COVID-19 Lockdown I decided to launch an online version of #BrewEdEY for the sector and to deliver this via Zoom software to make it interactive and accessible to all who wished to attend; I was delighted when close friend and colleague, Aaron Bradbury, volunteered to support me in this venture. 

All of the places were taken within two hours of launching them on Eventbrite so we released more and again they were gone in less than an hour. We then took the decision to record the presentations along with the Q & A sessions so that they could be shared more widely after the event.

The event was a resounding success and so Aaron and I have decided that we will host one each month for as long as we can engage speakers and we believe that this will also bring #BrewEdEY to those people who do not have access to them within their area or cannot travel. We have also seen participants registering from Australia, China, UAE, USA and Europe so we believe that these events are truly global.

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10.30 Welcome, introduction and housekeeping followed by Dr Eunice Lumsden, 'I Just Want to Talk About Children'
10.30 Gary Coffey, 'Making Makaton Magic in your Setting'
12.30 Debbie Garvey, 'Leading with Empathy, Support and Encouragement'
13.30 Aaron Bradbury, 'The Aspiring Practitioner in the Early Years'
14.30 Helen Moylett, 'Is this Health Crisis becoming a Children's Rights Crisis?'

About our Speakers

Eunice L

Dr. Eunice Lumsden is the Head of Early Years at The University of Northampton, Route Panel Member for the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is a registered Social Worker. She has extensive experience working with children and families and her research interests include the professionalisiation of the ECEC workforce, child maltreatment, social justice, poverty and adoption. Her book on child protection was shortlisted as the best professional book of the year in 2018. She has also received awards for her ‘Changemaking’ work and research in the early years. Nationally, she has been a member of several external expert groups advising the Government of Early Years qualifications and led the development of the Early Childhood Graduate Competencies for the Early Childhood Studies Network. She has also advised on workforce development Internationally including the inclusion of Early Childhood on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gary C

Gary Coffey is currently the Headteacher at Ivy House School in Derby, a special school for children aged between 2-19 years. Gary graduated from Newman University in Birmingham and gained a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. He has over 12 years’ experience working in education across all key stages and years, including both mainstream and special schools. The majority of his teaching career has been within the special education sector and this is an area of work that Gary is passionate about. Gary is keen to ensure that every child has access to the best team of people who can support their development and provide them with opportunities to celebrate their skills and talents. Gary is a Regional Makaton Tutor, and this provides him with the chance to meet children, families and colleagues from across the country and deliver bespoke training to support children’s communication. Gary’s professional interests include coaching and mentoring and in developing staff and colleagues to deliver a fantastic educational offer. He is keen to ensure that there is a culture of self-reflection and review and that this is under-pinned by current research and practitioner enquiry. He is currently using his experience and skills to support the development of provision for children with special educational needs in Abu Dhabi through the People of Determination Division.

Debbie G

Debbie Garvey is an active author, trainer and speaker on the subject of early years, early childhood and leadership, within the education sector. Debbie’s career spans more than three decades, championing children, families and practitioners in early childhood, across the maintained, private and third sectors. From nursery provision, through to training at FE and HE levels. Debbie’s child-centered approach has been at the heart of her roles locally, regionally and nationally. Debbie’s experience includes roles such as, practitioner, leader, author, trainer, consultant, lecturer, researcher and facilitator, developing, delivering and evaluating a range of projects. She has empowered the use and development of reflective practice in order to support quality experiences for children, families and staff, through supportive interventions such as, training, team building, conferences, forums, parent/family support, new provision and CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) programme’s. Debbie has particular interests in neuroscience, PSED, leadership, coaching/mentoring and reflective practice, and the roles these play in developing quality experiences for children, families and staff. In January 2007, Debbie set up Stonegate Training; the aim is to advocate quality experiences and provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. Amongst other things, Debbie is accredited as a C4EO Early Years Sector Specialist and a qualified mentor.

Aaron B

Aaron Bradbury is a Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood at Nottingham Trent University with a specialism in Early Help, Child Development and Child Protection. Aaron has been working in the Early Years / Childhood sector since leaving formal education. He qualified as a Nursery Nurse, completing his Btec National Diploma in Early Years and Education and went on to complete Higher Education and a Teaching Qualification and Postgraduate Certificate in Education. His current roles cover many areas within the Early Childhood Arena including being a member of the Executive Committee of the ECSDN (Early Childhood Studies Degree Network, Joint Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Level 4 & 5 Apprenticeships Standard and is currently supporting the Level 6 Apprenticeship in Early Years and supports the strategy of research and current practice at Pen Green. In addition he has recently become the joint Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the newly form Early Years Academy which allows Early Years professionals to gain professional Recognition through Fellowship Awards. Aaron is an active member of the Early Years community and positions his work within practice, still working closely with the PVI and Maintained sector, providing an online platform for practioners and all Early Years professionals via his app and website, Early Years Reviews by Aaron which includes a blog which is well situated in the workforce, with many researchers and practitioners discussing contemporary topics. Aaron is currently researching about apprenticeship pedagogy in Higher Education and how this may differ depending on the route a learner chooses.

Helen M

Helen Moylett is an independent early years consultant and writer. She earned a law degree before realising that she wasn't cut out for an office. So she switched to teaching in 1978, and found both an endless source of fascination in watching and supporting young children's learning and development, as well as a deep commitment to doing what she could to help every child develop, safely embedded in positive relationships and enabling environments. Helen has been a primary, nursery and home school liaison teacher, and a local authority senior advisory teacher on early literacy. She joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 1988 as a senior lecturer in primary and early years education. She was on the national steering group and a national trainer for Birth to Three Matters. In 2000 she left academia to become head of an early years centre. In 2004 she joined the National Strategies and was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as many materials associated with the EYFS. She was the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme, and an expert adviser to the Tickell review team. Helen also serves as a vice-president of Early Education and tutors on the MA and PGCE courses at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in Birmingham and is a Visiting Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. She co-authored ‘Development Matters’ with Nancy Stewart and has written and edited several early years books – most recently Characteristics of Effective Early Learning: helping young children become learners for life (OU Press) and Active Learning (Practical Pre-School).


The event is free to attend

We would love to make this available freely to all but sadly to preserve the quality of the Event, we have had to restrict the numbers and so have opted to use Eventbrite as our booking agent, link is below. On booking your space via Eventbrite you will receive a confirmation email which contains the link to register for the Zoom session; we have added this extra layer of security in order to have some control over those attending following the latest reports of 'Zoom Bombing'. Once you have registered you will receive a personal link via email that you will need to use to join the sessions

We will ask you to turn off video and mute yourself throughout the presentations to ensure that there is no interruption of anyone's enjoyment

Questions can be asked via the chat function on Zoom and these will be collated by Aaron Bradbury who will ask you if you would like to turn your video and sound on to ask your question and interact personally with the presenter.

We will collate all questions for the presentations and pass them on to the speaker, requesting that they provide the answers if they have not managed to get round to them during their session and this will then be shared with the video clips online and time permitting, we will send you the personal response.

You are welcome to turn on your video and unmute yourself in the gaps between the presentations should you wish to connect with others, and you will also be able to use the private chat facility to send messages, thoughts and comments to colleagues during the day. 

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10.30 Welcome, introduction and housekeeping followed by David Wright, 'The Role of the Adult; Back to Basics'
11.30 Sarah Hardwell, 'Parental Engagement and Speech, Language and Communication'
12.30 James Butler, 'I'm All About the Base'
13.30 Dr Helen Simmons, 'Surveillance of Modern Motherhood: Experiences of attending a Parenting Course'
14.30 Bridgit Brown of Pebbles Childcare, 'Staying Connected & Providing Continuity of Care Remotely – Our Plans for Moving Forward'

About our Speakers

BrewEdEY Online David

David Wright @Mr_PaintPots
David is one of the owners of Paint Pots Nurseries in Southampton. He is a qualified Early Years Teacher with over 15 years’ experience. Amongst many roles, David is a well-known commentator, trainer, tv and radio broadcaster, author, international conference speaker, parenting and relationship practitioner, crisis respite carer, founder of the charity Families First Southampton, founder of Southampton Area Men in Early Years, advisor to the government on Men in Early Years, chair of trustees of New Life Homes Trust which supports the rescue of abandoned babies in Kenya, national representative for England to the World Forum on Early Childhood Education, World Forum Men in ECE working group leadership team member, steering committee member of the South East region of the Ofsted Big Conversation, advisory member of the NAHT Early Years council, Men and Boys Coalition member.
Presentation: The Role of the Adult: Back to Basics

BrewEdEY Online Sarah

Sarah Hardwell @HardwellSarah
Sarah is currently setting up a nursery and forest school in York, having previously run a childminding business and worked as both a secondary and primary school teacher. She is passionate about all things Early Years and strongly believes in the power of working together: that giving children the best start in life is a collective effort. Sarah is an Executive Board member of The Early Years Academy and the chair of the local Foundation Stage Partnership. Alongside this, Sarah works to promote and develop effective partnerships with parents and advocates for Speech, Language and Communication within the Local Authority, as part of wider closing the word gap and social mobility agendas.

Presentation: Parental Engagement and Speech, Language and Communication

BrewEdEY Online James

James Butler @JamesEYFS
James Butler is an experienced educator specialising in the education of children in the Early Years. He has worked across the UK in both nurseries and schools and holds an MA in Education. 

Presentation: I'm All About the Base - An exploration of the Reception Baseline Assessment and what it means for the Early Years sector.

BrewEdEY Online Helen

Dr Helen Simmons @helensimmonslj
Dr Helen Simmons is the Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and the Pathway Leader 5on the MA Education (Early Years Pathway) at the University of Derby. Prior to joining the University in 2008, Helen worked in early years settings and as a private nanny, she also taught vocational early years courses at Further Education Colleges in Sheffield and Coventry. Helen has undertaken research and publication relating to leadership in the early years, early years policy and her doctoral research provided a feminist post-structuralist analysis of modern motherhood. Helen lectures and supervises across Undergraduate and Postgraduate Early Childhood and Education programmes with module leadership including Wellbeing from Birth, Children's Workforce Development, Children’s Places and The Critically Reflective Practitioner.

Presentation: Surveillance of Modern Motherhood: Experiences of attending a Parenting Course

BrewEdEY Online Bridgit

Bridgit Brown, Pebbles Childcare @PebblesWorthing
Bridgit and Chloe are home-based childcare providers based in Worthing, West Sussex offering holistic, personalised care for children and their families age 0-8 years. Bridgit has over 25 years’ experience in the childcare sector, during which she has worked for a variety of different organisations and performed a variety of roles. She has contributed to the success of winning numerous awards in the early years sector and been published in a variety of childcare journals including Nursery World and Nursery Management Today.

Presentation: Staying Connected & Providing Continuity of Care Remotely - Our Plans for Moving Forward

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