Don’t miss your opportunity to take part in our sell-out Early Childhood at the Heart conference with eight inspiring keynotes, copies of the presentations, additional and supporting resources plus a certificate for your CPD!
Keynotes / Presentations:
Elaine Bennett, Starting School in 2020 – A Journey Like No Other
Elaine reflects over 2020 and all that it has meant to her, the children she cares for and for all of us; she describes the methods of contact she has maintained with the children she cares for and also how it has been for the children moving from nursery to KS1 education last September. This presentation from Elaine would not be complete without references to the new EYFS, Development Matters and the campaigns she is involved with, Right From the Start, Birth to 5 Matters and the National Education Union.
Kathryn Solly, Outdoors for Everyone – Making the Most of Weather in a time of Pandemic
Join Kathryn in her inspiring presentation where she looks at the possibilities for Outdoors Play all the year round and also considers how to improve children’s access to play during the pandemic and across the seasons plus provides a range of ideas to inspire you to do more outside.
Greg Bottrill, The Verb ‘To Childhood’
During this exclusive keynote for Early Childhood at the Heart, Greg will be exploring whether talk of play and Early Years isn’t enough and how we need to turn the narrative towards a much bigger picture. This presentation is not ‘slide heavy’ they are used more as prompts as Greg, as always, speaks from the heart, sharing his passion for childhood and the ‘magic ‘.
Dr Sue Allingham, Children are People Too!
In her keynote, Sue reflects on some of her recent thoughts about how children are perceived and explores how we can get away from the distractions of the every day tasks and really engage with each child and get to know them so we can support them in the way that they need. In essence, keeping The Child at the Heart of our practice.
Dr Eunice Lumsden, Adverse Childhood Experiences: Pedagogy of Transformation or Just Another Trend?
Eunice explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACESs) and how they relate to safeguarding, child abuse and trauma, how we can put the child’s right to care as well as education back into Early Childhood and Care, and the importance of strengthening practice through training, supervision and working together.
Dr Emma Maynard, A Focus on the Experiences of Complex Families
Emma will be presenting findings from her doctoral and post-doctoral research, which considers how parents experience intervention and change, in context of their own life stories. She will be focusing on the needs and experiences of parenting young children, and explaining how the threat and cognitive dissonance experienced by traumatised families may impact their ability to learn, and adapt to new parenting behaviours. Overall Emma will be asking us to consider the journey travelled for parents at the heart of their young families.
Gary Coffey, The Current Narrative of SEND and Inclusion in the Early Years
Gary is passionate about his work within the special education sector and during his keynote he explores, as the title suggests, the current narrative of SEND and Inclusion in the Early Years including looking at the relevant legislation and frameworks that support our work, strategies to support our own reflection and provision and the importance of fostering each child’s view to ensure inclusivity.
Dr Valerie Daniel, Perceptions of a Leadership Crisis in the Early Years
Valerie’s keynote is based on her research and she shares her journey with us exploring the disappearance of nursery schools, looking at the two different models for Early Childhood Care and Education, (the Private Voluntary and Independent – PVI – settings and Maintained Nursery Schools – MNS) and how they are structured and funded, the confusing qualifications landscape, recruitment and retention of staff and the lack of consistency across the two models and how they are both duty bound to delivery EYFS and are subject to the same inspections and grading by Ofsted.
On completion of the modules in this session and the submission of your reflection you will be awarded a certificate which you can download and save/print to evidence your participation as part of your Continuous Professional Development.
The conference has been constructed as a course on our EY Matters Online Training and Resource Platform,
with each Keynote set up as a separate module/lesson.
If you are not already registered with EY Matters, then you will need to do so in the checkout process in order to create your EY Matters Online account.
On completion of your purchase, you will receive a link to ‘Start Your Course’ and your purchase will also be saved in your account. You can work through the presentations and additional resources at your own pace, you will need to login each time and your progress will be saved.
The proceeds from your fee paid will be utilised as follows:
- A percentage will be paid to the Speakers … we all have to eat and pay bills!
- The remainder will be ploughed back into creating more content and resources for the EY Matters Online Training and Resource Platform so we can continue supporting you with free and subsidised courses
Further plans …
We are looking to retain a proportion of the funds raised in order to create a fund to support CPD within the Sector and once we have the structures and board in place for this (and of course some money!) we will be inviting you to apply for a bursary to access training and events crucial to your development that you may not otherwise be able to afford.