Wellbeing for All in Early Years

  • Michael Tippett Centre
  • February 29, 2020
  • Saturday, 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
  • EY Matters
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Wellbeing for All in Early Years

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St. Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

Saturday, 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
February 29, 2020


EY Matters

020 7416 6688



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Wellbeing for All in Early Years

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St. Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

Saturday, 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
February 29, 2020


Introducing the first ever EY Matters Conference: Wellbeing for All in Early Years

We invite you to join us for the first of our EYMatters Conferences where we are looking at areas of well-being for all of those involved in the sector. During the day we will have informative and inspiring Keynotes and Workshops, plus Stalls and Networking.

Tickets are now available in the EYMatters Online Shop

Alternatively, email: Juls@EYMatters.co.uk for more information / book your place

Full price: £45 / discounts and concessions available!

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sue Allingham EdD MA BA (Hons), Early Years Out of the Box
Backwards and Forwards, Up and Down – Exploring Transitions in the Early Years
During this session we will reflect on what we mean by ‘transition’, and why it is important that everyone involved has a consistent understanding of the implications. This will involve looking through three lenses:
• How we use language, and what we mean by it
• The power of the environment
• Considering all involved

About Sue
Sue’s expertise and passion for teaching and learning in the Early Years started with her classroom experience and Senior Lead role as Early Years Co-ordinator in the late 1980’s. Moving into research Sue gained an MA followed by a Doctorate, both in Early Years Education from Sheffield University. These achievements enabled Sue to consolidate her thinking and practice; she realised that the work she was doing had a solid grounding in research. This research base informs the articles she writes regularly for Early Years Educator magazine and she is now the Consultant Editor. This work also gained Sue a commission from Practical Preschool Publications to write Transitions in the Early Years which is now in second edition.

Linda Baston-Pitt RGN, BA Hons, Cert Ed, PG Cert Positive Psychology, PurpleBee Learning
Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of your Organisation
Promoting health and wellbeing is a critical element and central to our role as early years professionals, but how your setting is organised and how it operates day to day is what makes the difference. We can all agree that wellbeing is a good thing, but what does it look like in practice and how can you foster it in your own setting? Linda will talk about how you can develop a whole setting approach to wellbeing that will help you meet and exceed Ofsted’s expectations around health and wellbeing of children, families and your team and share the 12 vital signs that your setting is fostering wellbeing.

About Linda
Linda is CEO of PurpleBee Learning and is a recognised voice and influence on Early Years provision and a leading player in the wellbeing arena. She founded the multi award-winning Old-School House Nursery established in 1994, recognised nationally as a centre of excellence rated by Ofsted as consistently Outstanding. Linda has spent more than two decades working at local and national level and is currently an active representative on a number of national committees, including trustee on the National Day Nurseries Association Board (NDNA), a working member of The UK Government All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and OBC Chair of the Ofsted Eastern Region Steering Group.

Jamel Campbell, Early Years Educator, Early Years Consultant and aspiring Children’s Author
The Importance of Males in the Early Years & Retention of Staff  linked to Wellbeing
Less than 4% of Early Years teachers / practitioners are male. During his keynote, Jamel will discuss the importance of male practitioners, positive male role models for the children, the barriers preventing men working directly with children in provisions and how the children view the male staff. Jamel will also look at how daunting it can be for male staff to work in a predominantly female environments, how this can affect their mental health and link this to what needs to be done to encourage more males to take up roles within the sector and how they need to be supported linked to staff retention and wellbeing.
About Jamel
Jamel C Campbell is an Early Years Educator, Early Years Consultant and aspiring Children’s Author. He has worked in the industry for 17 years. Early Years is his speciality, but he has worked in youth clubs, schools, been a mentor to many and supported children with SEND. Jamel C Campbell is one of the UK’s ‘Men in the Early Years’ champions / ambassadors and has spoken on numerous platforms about the importance of having men in the early years and the importance of having a balanced work force.

Annie Denny, Nutrition Development Manager and Early Years Nutrition Consultant, Early Years Nutrition Partnership
Nutrition in the Setting; Involving the Children and Parents in Healthy Eating
The early years present a window of opportunity to establish healthy eating habits for life. Early years practitioners are uniquely placed to encourage young children and their families to eat well but, despite this, childhood obesity is still a major challenge. In this session we will explore strategies and tools to promote excellence in early years nutrition, with a particular focus on how settings can engage and educate children and parents. Learning outcomes include practical tips on EYFS-linked food-based activities for settings, portion size guidance for practitioners and families and tips for healthier lunchboxes.
About Annie
Annie is a postgraduate-trained public health nutritionist specialising in early years and maternal food and nutrition. She has over 15 years’ experience spanning nutrition charities and the food industry and joined the Early Years Nutrition Partnership as Nutrition Development Manager for its launch in April 2016. Annie directs EYN Partnership’s nutrition development strategy and leads our team of Registered Nutrition Professionals. Annie supports nurseries and early years settings across the UK to improve their nutrition practice, as well as providing international early years nutrition consultancy. She is a highly experienced trainer, developing and delivering training for early years staff and health professionals both nationally and internationally.

Kim Esnard, Early Years Childminder Consultant and Trainer, The Childcare Coach
Good Childcare Starts with Good Self-Care
“To provide ‘good childcare’ you need to look after yourself.”
During Kim’s presentation she will discuss what good selfcare is, how it is important to look after yourself and also help you identify the support you have around you.
Her focus will be on lone workers – i.e. childminders, nannies, independent trainers and consultants, but the advice that she provides is relevant to all early years professionals, even if they are working as part of a team.
About Kim
Kim Esnard founded The Child Care Coach in 2012 after noticing dwindling support and training for childminders.
She currently works alongside local authorities to provide childminding training workshops and has over 20 years’ experience in childcare and has been rated Outstanding twice by Ofsted.
She is is a Pacey local training provider. She specialises in one-to-one coaching for existing and newly registered childminders. She provides individualised packages covering registration, documentation, inspections, SEF and implementation of all areas of the EYFS.
Her vision is to see an army of childminders across the country standing tall as professionals.

Alison Featherbe, Independent Early Years Trainer and Consultant, Orange Caterpillar
The Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scales
How to use the SSTEW scale to develop high quality adult-child interactions in your setting.
The sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being (SSTEW) scale is designed to consider some of the intentional and relational pedagogical strategies strongly associated with child outcomes. It considers practice that supports children aged between two and five years of age in developing skills in sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being, as well as developing strong relationships, effective communication and aspects of self-regulation.
About Ali
Alison started her Independent Early Years Consultancy, Orange Caterpillar in 2014 after a long career in Early Years. Qualifying as an NNEB in the early 80’s she has held many EY roles. Including Private Nanny, Teaching Assistant, Childminder, Nursery Practitioner, Pre-School SEN Advisor, EYFS Lead and Early Years Development Officer. Alison has a BA Hons and gained Early Years Professional Status in 2010. Alison mentors Early Years Initial Teacher Training students at the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Alison is committed to enthusing and inspiring the Early Years workforce to provide a quality learning environment for babies and children. Alison enjoys writing and delivering training, supporting settings to overcome challenges (no matter how big or small) and is passionate about her own and others Continued Professional and Personal Development. Alison is committed to safeguarding babies and children and is NSPCC trained, she is currently going through the NSPCC accreditation process. Alison has been awarded ‘Gold Standard Reliability’ in using the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW) scales and is due to undertake Schema Play training to becomes an accredited Schema Play trainer. Alison uses her experience, knowledge and skills to develop practice and deepen understanding in all areas of the EYFS, she is your ideal ‘critical friend’!

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, Early Years Participation Trainer & Consultant
Supporting Staff Wellbeing
With a growing number of children being recognised as having a mental health need and low wellbeing we all need to be more mental health aware and create environments which support positive mental health and good wellbeing. Sonia will share a variety of practical ways we can support children’s wellbeing. The ideas Sonia will be sharing will include strategies and tools you can use immediately, these will include ways to embed an emotional vocabulary, calming strategies for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, how we can engage with nature and mindfulness tools.
About Sonia
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton is a freelance nurture consultant working with 3 and 4 year old children who have social, emotional and mental health needs, an essential element of this role is in supporting the children’s and staff wellbeing. Sonia is also a specialist leader of education with her local teaching school. Sonia delivers training across the country to schools and early years settings as a freelance trainer. Sonia is the author of 7 books and regularly writes for education magazines. Most of Sonia’s writing career has focused on supporting wellbeing for staff and children.

Kerry Payne, Independent Early Years Specialist, EYFS 4 Me
Mental Health in Early Years
At present, 1 in ten children and young people suffer from mental health problems. Evidence of symptoms are demonstrated through depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders. Positive mental health enables children to develop their resilience and grow into wellrounded adults. Recent research suggests that children are more likely to suffer from mental health issues than 30 years ago” (Mind, 2015). During her presentation, Kerry will explore mental health in Early Years looking at Attachment and the Key Person and the importance of recognising and dealing with mental health issues and stress within the children and the workplace
About Kerry
With over 12 years of experience in early education, Kerry is a positive and committed practitioner and consultant with a specialist knowledge in SEND and social and emotional behaviours. Her early career was spent in nurseries and schools working as an early years teacher and manager. During this time, Kerry worked with a variety of children and families who faced different challenges and her enthusiasm was driven from the collaborative work to build positive experiences for young children. Her progression into an early years consultant has enabled Kerry to develop a number of innovative training courses that are practical, fun and useful. Kery is also a Mental Health and Paediatric First aid instructor and have an extensive portfolio of early years training. She has experience in consultancy and provide hands-on support work in London, the rest of the UK and internationally. Working in the early years isn’t always easy so Kerry has developed training that supports practitioners to consolidate their experiences and to reflect on their next steps. This not only supports the individual but forms the building blocks to a strong early years workforce.


We have two workshops that all of the delegates will be able to participate in as they will run twice during the day.

Amanda Frolich, Early Years Trainer, Owner / Director, Amanda’s Action Club
Wellbeing through Physical Activity for the Children and Practitioners
In this practical session, Amanda will provide a brief overview of the importance of physical activity for children and adults and the Principles of Movement before commencing her practical demonstrations of the elements that are required to create a simple fun session linking to the EYFS. Amanda uses a mix of nursery rhymes, songs and props when delivering her classes and will demonstrate how these can stimulate little imaginations; children learn best when they have good role models, so you will be encouraged to get involved and have fun.
About Amanda
Amanda has more than twenty-five years experience as a young children’s entertainer and is the founder of Amanda’s Action Club, a successful children’s parties and classes brand. Amanda is passionate about two things – fitness and children. She oozes enthusiasm and energy and it really is infectious. Combine that with a love of song, dance and small children and it’s easy to see why her Action Club classes and parties are such a success.Amanda believes children should be active, but also believes they should be allowed to express themselves and develop at their own pace, as every child is unique. Her aim is to ignite a passion for fitness, exercise and movement – not only in children, but in parents too.

Sarah Scotland, Freelance Nutrionist, Wise About Food / Sarah Scotland Nutritonist

The Importance of the Eating Environment
We will discuss how the environment can affect eating habits, putting mealtimes first and creating a calm environment to eat and enjoy food. We will also look at how you as Early Years Providers can make your home / nursery / provision a place where children will want to eat and enjoy food. Sarah will provide you with some examples of case studies, based on her research with Childminders.

About Sarah
After 15 years of being a stay-at-home mum, I decided that I needed to do something for myself that I was passionate about. I have always been interested in food and wellbeing, and how to encourage a healthy environment in the household, therefore I chose to become qualified as a Nutritionist. I went back to college, and at the age of 35, I became a student again! I took a Science GCSE, then an Access Course and finally my Bsc Degree in Nutrition, Excercise and Health. I loved every moment and met some great friends along the way.

Since I have been qualified, I have had many opportunities to work with a wonderful array of people, offering them hints and tips that have helped them lead healthier lives. I have directed ‘Meet and Eat’ sessions for over 50-year-old’s, helping them become more confident in the kitchen and eat healthier meals, as well as making new friends. I have worked with a big selection of families, in children centres and schools, developing their cooking skills and sharing practical nutrition advice. In the last few years, I have been involved with people with learning difficulties, and I have enjoyed helping them and their carers learn about portion sizes and giving advice on healthy choices. I created Wise About Food as a community interest company in order to offer community groups the nutritional advice and general wellbeing that has not been previously available to them.

Who is this Conference for?

All Early Years Professionals including

  • Practitioners
  • Childminders
  • Nannys
  • Teachers
  • Nursery Owners
  • Nursery Managers
  • Trainers
  • Consultants
  • Children Centre Staff
  • Local Authority Staff


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