Early Years Conference 2017

Unleash the Power of Early Years Education

  • Best Practice, Practical Strategies, Policy and Research

  • Dramatically improve children’s long-term outcomes in literacy, numeracy and mental well-being

  • How to ensure that every child is ready to learn

  • Using neuroscientific research to create the best conditions for learning

This year’s Early Years conference includes exciting new research and up-to-date practical workshops for you to take part in.

Observe our dynamic line-up of speakers, who will:

Inspire you to unleash the full power of Early Years.

Bring international knowledge of Early Years through:

  • leadership

  • learning

  • and teaching

Delve into current research and Early Years policy

Find out how policy is informed by research.

Unpick latest changes in standards.

A step-by-step guide to developing readiness to learn.

Explore ‘best practice’ environments for learning.

Develop essential practice and provisions in line with the 2017 EYFS framework.

Explore the benefits of attending by:

Gaining an insight into global best practices:

  • Impact of neuroscience

  • Reggio Emilia

  • Self-regulation & trauma-informed practices

Receiving strategies to support key areas of development.

Supporting children’s natural affinity with the arts.

Pick up practical tools to:

Develop executive function skills.

Accurately assess the effectiveness of your practice.

Help children regulate their stress levels.

Judge the quality of:

  • literacy

  • numeracy

  • science

  • diversity

Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Richard Gerver simply describes himself as a former headteacher with a big mouth... he is however, much more than that. He is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and globally renowned thinker. Richard is always humbled to be able to share his insights into human potential, leadership, change and success and to celebrate his lifelong commitment to living, learning and laughing. 

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Rebecca Smith has worked internationally in early childhood and elementary settings with experience in the Australian curriculum, PYP framework and the Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach. Rebecca is a Level 3 qualified Forest School practitioner and is committed to encouraging children to experience time in the outdoors environment. Rebecca currently works as a 4-5 year old teacher at The Inter Community School Zurich, Switzerland. 

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Pam Mundy

Pam Mundy

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Pam is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer and keynote speaker. She also worked with the Department for Education representing the Curriculum Foundation on the recent EYFS Review. Her training style is engaging and practical with a strong focus on developing and supporting emotional development.

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Janet Rose

Janet Rose

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Dr Janet Rose is currently Principal of Norland College, a specialist education and training college for early years practitioners. She is a former Reader in Education (Associate Professor) and has led various early years degree programmes at several universities. She has worked closely with the National College of Teaching and Learning and has presented her research at the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Janet is the author of numerous publications, including co-authoring a book on The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings and one on Health and Well-being in Early Childhood.  

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Iram Siraj

Iram Siraj

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Iram Siraj is Professor of ECE at the Institute of Education, University of London and the University of Wollongong in Australia. Iram’s recent research projects have included leading on the:  Evaluation of the Foundation Phase across Wales and she is  a principal investigator of the major DfE 17 -year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) and of the influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project (REPEY). She is currently specialist adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on early education and has undertaken reviews of the Foundation Phase for the Welsh Govt. and of the workforce for the Scottish Govt.

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Galina Dolya

Galina Dolya

Date: 1st Dec 2017

Galina is a world-renowned expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s theory. She is passionate about the benefits of a developmental cognitive curriculum model for Early Years, and her approach to this has been shown to advance child-learning abilities to an unusually high level.

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09:40 - 10:25

The long-term impact of quality practice


-What research tells us about quality practice and its long-term impact on children's learning. -Evidence from the EPPSE 3-16 study to show the power of early educational experiences: - on children's long-term well-being and literacy and numeracy development - in interacting with learning in the early years of life and beyond

By Professor Iram Siraj


10:35 - 11:20

How changing standards impact children’s development


- Latest policy updates and how to use the changing standards to ensure your children thrive: - through changes to the learning and development requirements - under the latest specifications for safeguarding and welfare

By Pam Mundy


11:35 - 12:15

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 1


Tools to Measure Classroom Quality

- MOVERS, SSTEW and ECERS-E - How to achieve holistic child development - Examples of excellent practice

By Professor Iram Siraj

Story Grammar

- Promote a love of stories - New tools to understand story structure - Encourage ownership of story language

By Galina Dolya


12:25 - 13:05

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 2


Block Play the Vygotskian Way

- Ways to develop cognitive abilities - Foster goal-directed behaviour

By Galina Dolya

Reggio Now!

- Real-life examples of Reggio Emilia - How to embed Reggio Emilia approaches in your setting

By Rebecca Smith


14:05 - 14:50

Readiness to Learn - The Role of Attachment and Self-Regulation


- Explore recent neuroscientific research linking early attachment relationships, the capacity to self-regulate and academic learning. - Identify the executive function skills which enable young children to engage and progress in their learning - Update and deepen your knowledge of the neuroscience of human relationships

By Dr Janet Rose


15:00 - 15:40

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 3


Trauma-Informed Practice

- Support children who have experienced toxic stress - Evidence on the effects of early trauma - Practical strategies to help children regulate their stress

By Dr Janet Rose

Fire It Up

How engaging the arts: - Affects children's brain architecture and well-being - Stimulates sensory development - Excites joy and engagement in learning

By Pam Mundy


15:50 - 16:30

Building on Their Foundations


Find out why young children make such dynamic learners Discover key skills, attitudes and behaviours that we need to nurture and develop in children to ensure they have the foundations to achieve sustained success in their continuing education How can we ensure that the natural curiosity of children in Early Years sustains them through life? How can we develop strategies to sustain their progress? Insights into human potential, leadership, change and success

By Richard Gerver


First delegate rate

£399 + VAT

Additional delegate rate

£379 + VAT

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