• Online Webinar
  • October 9, 2021
  • Saturday, 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM
  • Early Education

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Darlington Branch Autumn Online Conference – Taking Ownership of Assessment in the EYFS

Online Webinar

Saturday, 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM
October 9, 2021

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Early Education

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Darlington Branch Autumn Online Conference – Taking Ownership of Assessment in the EYFS

Online Webinar

Saturday, 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM
October 9, 2021

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This online conference is a half  day event consisting of various presntations. There will be multiple presentations including a keynote presentation on Observation, Assessment and Planning by Di Chivers. There will also be a presentation on getting the full benefit out of CPD and a workshop with theoretical and practical strategies to support practitioner in capturing the child’s voice and moving the child’s learning and development forward.


Observation, Assessment and Planning – A professionally informed skill
Observation, Assessment and Planning is at the heart of effective early years philosophy and practice. A fundamental professional skill which enables us to fully understand how children develop, learn and progress. It is also at the centre of curriculum making involving the child, family and community; and binds together high quality early childhood education.  Di’s keynote will look at the current realities and myths of OAP referencing the EYFS Statutory Framework 2021, the Ofsted EIF and Birth to Five Matters.

Capturing children’s voice: using real life experiences, consultation and floor-books
This workshop will give practitioners theoretical and practical strategies to support them gather and document children’s ideas, language and interests and move children’s learning and development forward. 

Deepening Our Professional Knowledge – regarding CPD as a truly continuous process
Leslie will consider what it means to develop as a professional in the early years and explores the opportunities for individuals to improve themselves.  


Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for over 40 years as a Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Senior Lecturer, Adviser and National Strategies Regional Adviser.  Di’s work focuses on children’s creative and critical thinking and following children’s interests, ideas and fascinations through observing children, understanding their development and HOW they learn, listening to their conversational talk and trying to understand their thinking. Di also leads on professional development initiatives including The pedagogy of children’s interests, Talk for Maths Mastery, Talk for Reading, Sustained Shared Thinking and Leading Learning an observational approach. She has written several books, many articles and has created an assessment tool called the Development Map – an holistic, child centred way of mapping children’s development and progress. H

Kay Rooks has a wide experience of teaching and management within the field of Early Years and Key Stage One. She has several years of teaching experiences within nursery, infant and primary school and has leadership experience as a SENCO, Deputy and Acting Head teacher. Kay has had experience of working on the delivery of projects including the ‘Talk, Talk’ project with Sunderland Learning Support Service and Early Years innovative projects as the Early Years Consultant for Sunderland Education Action Zone. Kay has a personal interest in creating enabling learning environments for children, particularly in the areas of personal, social and emotional development and in developing children’s language, communication and early literacy skills. She is also interested in the areas of sustained shared thinking and supporting creativity.

Denise Kilner  has a wide experience of teaching and management having begun her teaching in Key Stage 2 then moving into Key Stage 1; this was followed by several years teaching in both Reception and Nursery. Denise has also worked as an Early Years Support Teacher and a Foundation Stage Leader. She was the Deputy Headteacher of a large infant school then, for 5 years was the Headteacher of Mill Hill Nursery School in Sunderland. Denise then worked for the University of Sunderland as an Academic Tutor and as Learning and Teaching Adviser for Focus on Learning, a CPD centre in the North East of England. Denise has a personal interest in creating enabling environments, documenting children’s learning, developing thinking and supporting creativity.

Leslie Patterson  believes that all children are competent and capable learners, given the right environment. She is committed to supporting the development of a knowledgeable, reflective and skilled workforce for children in all types of early years settings. She believes deeply in life-long learning and acknowledges that her own knowledge and ability to improve practice has come from the excitement of discovering alternative possibilities and evaluating how to use new ideas effectively. She has gained a great deal from reading, discussion, sharing of practice, studying and observing other institutions both locally and internationally. Since 2018, Leslie has worked as a freelance consultant. This followed a period of almost eleven years as Headteacher of a maintained Nursery School which she led from Satisfactory to Outstanding by focusing on improving teaching and learning. During this period Leslie became a National Leader of Education and her Nursery School became a lead school of a teaching school alliance. This led to her becoming more widely involved in professional development, supporting struggling schools and settings, and initial teacher training. Before leading the Nursery School, Leslie had many years of experience as a teacher in primary schools where she held several leadership positions.


Fees and Booking

This conference costs £5 for members and students and £10 for non members.
More information and booking via Website Link.

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