Our Inaugural Conference - 29th February 2020, Bath Spa University
There are many areas of Wellbeing that we need to consider in the Early Years Sector and with the
launch of the revised EYFS, PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development)
being high on the agenda, there is no better time for us to focus our attention to these areas.
We aimed to cover as much as we could in one day, so provided a packed agenda incorporating 7 Keynotes and 2 Workshops.
Please see, below, details of our Conference Chair, Keynote Speakers, Sponsors, Supporters and Exhibitors.
Photographs, Statements, Feedback and Reflections can be accessed from the link below:
Aaron Bradbury BA Hons. M.Ed. PGCE. NPQICL, SFHEA
Aaron Bradbury is an Early Childhood Senior Curriculum Leader with a specialism in Early Help, Child Development and Child Protection. Aaron supports the Early Years across the U.K. I’m many ways with workforce development, child development and safeguarding practices. He has recently become the Co-Chair of The Early Years Academy and sits on the ECSDN Executive.
Aaron positions his work within practice, he still works closely with PVI and Maintained sector, providing an online platform for practitioners through his App and website.
Dr Sue Allingham EdD MA BA (Hons).
Independent Early Years Consultant, Trainer & Author
Early Years Out of the Box
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
Speaker, Early Years Advisor & CEO
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.
EY Educator, Early Years Consultant
and aspiring Children’s Author
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 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 Bsc Msc
Nutrition Development Manager & Early Years Nutrition Consultant
Early Years Nutrition Partnership
Annie directs Early Years Nutrition Partnership's nutrition development strategy and leads its team of Registered Nutrition Professionals. Annie is a postgraduate-trained public health nutritionist specialising in early years and maternal food and nutrition. 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. In her local area Annie delivers workshops on weaning, fussy eating and healthy eating for pregnancy as well as teaching children's cookery.
Annie has over 15 years’ experience spanning nutrition charities and the food industry and joined the Early Years Nutrition Partnership as Nutrition Development Manager at its outset in April 2016.
Independent Early Years Trainer and Consultant
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.
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.
Early Years Participation Trainer & Consultant
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.
Independent Early Years Specialist
EYFS 4 Me
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. Kerry 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.
Tricia Wellings NNEB, BA (Hons), EYT, ATLS
Founder / Director
MBK Training / Foundation Focus / Brightkids
Tricia Wellings is an award-winning business owner and has been voted one of the 10 most influential people in her industry sector. She has worked in early years for over 20 years and has become a well-respected thought leader for the early years sector. During this time, she has gained her NNEB, BA (Hons) in Early Educations Studies, Early Years Teacher Status and more recently her PTLLS, CTLLS and A1 Assessors award. She currently owns 5 children's' day nurseries and 5 Out of School Clubs across the West Midlands. Tricia now uses her considerable knowledge of everything early years from Ofsted to occupancy levels to help other businesses develop their people and build their businesses. As an expert in making the 30 hours funding work for settings and, having trained others on behalf of many local authorities in how to maximize their income from this government initiative, Tricia is ideally placed as an Early Years Advisor and help other businesses to accelerate their profitability.
Early Years Trainer, Owner / Director
Amanda's Action Club
Amanda is passionate about two things - fitness and children; after more than twenty-five years experience delivering physical activity classes and events with her special brand of enthusiasm and energy, combined with a love of song and dance, she is more than ever focused on sharing her formula of physical activity linked to the EYFS with early years practitioners and the children they care for.
Amanda’s Action Club classes help children to learn and get active through play; They are encouraged to be active, communicate with each other and express themselves. Using props and themed activities which stimulate imaginations and help children understand their environment through inquisitive exploration. Literacy and numeracy are incorporated in Amanda's classes and personal and social development is strengthened as the children have fun with their peers.
Wise About Food CIC / Sarah Scotland Nutritonist
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 took a Science GCSE, then an Access Course and finally my Bsc Degree in Nutrition, Excercise and Health. 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 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.
Our Conference Sponsors
Without the generosity and support of our Conference Sponsors, we would not have have been able to provide such a full day of speakers and workshops plus the catering, conference bags, souvenier magazine and the subsidised ticket pricing. We are extremely grateful for the contributions and support of the Early Years sector.
Christie & Co are a great support to the sector and we are honoured that they have sponsored the conference and are attending; here is some brief information about them.
Christie & Co is a leading specialist business property adviser, providing brokerage, professional and consultancy advice to our sectors for over 80 years.
Our experienced team of childcare advisers and agents work across 16 offices throughout the UK, which enables us to leverage intimate local knowledge with national insight. Building strong and collaborative relationships with our customers is central to our business and enables us to identify and evaluate the right opportunities for you, helping you make the most informed investment decisions. Building the right connections and using them flexibly to meet your specific needs is the key to success, which is why we bring our extensive network of contacts and relationships together to achieve your goals.
Christie & Co is regulated by RICS and employs registered valuers, specialist -chartered surveyors and a sector leading consultancy team, placing us in the best position to provide well informed and incisive analysis and solutions.
We are excited to partner with Kinderly for our inaugural event and they have been in the planning from the start; here are just a few brief details about them.
Kinderly is passionate about ensuring all children have a great start in life, regardless of their background or economic circumstances. Our motivation is improving outcomes for all children, so we create digital resources and tools for childcare professionals that support children’s progress and learning.
Our products include Kinderly Together - the award-winning nursery management software that supports early years professionals capture and share children’s early years learning journeys and to run an efficient and outstanding setting.
Kinderly Learn is a new online training platform that enables early years professionals to be at their best and on top of their own learning and CPD. All the learning is bite-sized (no more than a few minutes), in a variety of formats including video, fact sheets, quizzes, and it covers a wide range of topics: behaviour, special educational needs, observations, child development, technology, Ofsted and many more!
We work closely with expert partners including PACEY, Achievement for All and Bath Spa University to ensure we develop the most effective digital solutions that help early years childcare practitioners and settings to give children the best possible start.
We are delighted that the Littlemagictrain is supporting us and that Gina will be there to demonstrate the magical adventures that will engage the children so they are actively involved in the learning process whilst having fun.
Littlemagictrain is the brainchild of Gina Bale. Founded back in 2002, inspired by her young daughter and a love of trains instilled in Gina by her late uncle and grandfather. The sessions are developed by allowing repetition, for learning, followed by creating the excitement of ‘what next’! Littlemagictrain can be used by all Early Years Professionals and in all types of Early Years Provisions and can be purchased as a resource pack.
In 2016 Butlin's invited Littlemagictrain to trial sessions as part of their new Teeny tot's concept as an extension of their 'Just for Tot's' break. The sessions have proved extremely popular and testament to this is Butlin's own Bonnie Bear joining in the magical adventures since the 2019 season. Littlemagic train is returning for the 2020 season and details of this will be provided shortly.
In January 2020, Gina launched an innovative free resource, Tarquin's Tale, designed to support Early Years Provisions helping children get active and learn about healthy food options and nutrition
We are delighted that TTS will be joining us and bringing a selection of their resources with them. We set aside a special area for them in the venue so that they had more room to display their products
TTS have been proudly supplying innovative educational resources to early year’s settings and schools, for over 30 years. Our products are researched and sourced based on ideas and suggestions from advisers, teachers, practitioners and many others, whose priority is the same as our own – children. From humble beginnings in a garage in the Midlands, to supplying over 87 countries across the globe, we have been talking to educators and inventing new reasons for children to love learning for over 30 years. It was a simple scene back in 1985; a chat with a teacher in a local school. The conversation around the lack of quality D&T resources for the classroom. One industrious evening in a garage later and the first TTS resource was born.From the conversations, the design realisation, the prototype, the consultation, the manufacture, the delivery, the reaction and most importantly the benefit to children's education, our cycle of development hasn't really changed, even if life in a school has.
Our Conference Supporters & Exhibitors
Jane Evans is widely known for her TEDxBristol talk on childhood anxiety, ‘Taming and Tending Your Meerkat Brain’. Jane is now using her experience and knowledge to help others as the Lasting Life Change Coach.
Oftsed Big Conversation is the collaboration of an amazing team of Early Years practitioners, child minders, Local Authorities, organisations, trainers and consultants throughout the UK. It is an invitation to share experiences, support one another and vitally – engage Ofsted!
PurpleBee Learning is an innovative, practice based online learning platform for Early Years Professionals that promotes health and wellbeing through Positive Leadership, Mentoring and the new PANCo Award (Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator).
It's time for change....
The Early Years Academy has formed as an Organisation to bring the Early Years and Childhood profession to be at the forefront of reflecting on an individuals practice which encompasses offering an online platform and community for Continual Professional Development.
Virtual Support UK Ltd was founded by Juls Davies in 2011 with the aim of providing small businesses and independents with the support they needed, when they needed it. Back in January 2017, Juls changed the business structure to focus on the Early Years sector and the 'Caring Professions'. Virtual Support UK Ltd is the trading company for EY Matters.