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Introducing the first ever EY Matters Conference

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9.30 am - 4.30pm

Bath Spa University

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.

Please see, below, details of our Keynotes and Workshops plus also our current Sponsors and Supporters who you can connect with and meet on the day! 

Reserve your space for just £10! Tickets are now available in the EYMatters Online Shop

Alternatively, email for more information / to 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

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
The 12 Vital Signs Your Setting is Fostering Wellbeing.
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 in Early Years linked to 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, Early Years Nutrition Specialist

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 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. 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.

Kim Esnard, Early Years Childminder Consultant and Trainer
The Childcare Coach

Good Childcare Starts with Good Self-Care
Kim will be speaking to you about how to look after yourself whether you work in a Nursery with others or you work alone as a Childminder, Trainer or Consultant

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.

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

Tools and Strategies for Supporting Children’s Emotional 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

Mental Health in Early Years

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 demonstrate how to create a physical activity session which is both beneficial for the children and their teachers, plus also how to link to the EYFS.

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.

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

Our Sponsors & Supporters

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Connect with Kinderly

We are excited to partner with Kinderly for our inaugural event, 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. Their motivation is improving outcomes for all children, so our mission is to create digital resources and tools for childcare professionals that support children’s progress and learning. They work with expert partners including PACEY, Achievement for All and Bath Spa University and continually listen to their customers to ensure they develop the most effective childminding digital solutions that help early years childcare practitioners and settings to give children the best possible start.

We are delighted that Littlemagictrain is supporting us and also that Gina will be there to demonstrate the magical adventures that will engage 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.

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