The Future of Early Years Education 2019


Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the Early Education Sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

June  O’Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation (invited)


Morning Keynote: Ensuring All Children Reach Their Potential Through Early Years Education
  • Highlighting that early years education is the best time to address inequalities in development between disadvantaged children and their peers, promoting social mobility
  • Outlining recent changes in early years education policy and funding, including the £24 million exceptional funding for maintained nursery schools and the pilot revised Early Learning Goals
  • Detailing the evaluation of the 30-hours free childcare offer, including the impacts of the policy on local authorities and early education providers
  • Emphasising the importance of evaluation of early years providers to ensure quality, outlining the 2018 Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education as the basis of evaluation
  • Reflecting on the aims of pre-school education, as developing children’s self-esteem and self-control, language and communication, and independence, alongside early learning goals

Susie Owen, Deputy Director, Early Years and Education, Department for Education (invited)


Special Keynote: Implementing Effective Early Interventions To Improve Young Lives
  • Highlighting the importance of evidence-based approaches to interventions to ensure effectiveness and best outcomes for disadvantaged children
  • Outlining how commissioners can use evidence and identify programmes that fit with their areas context to improve child outcomes and eliminate disadvantage
  • Introducing EIF evidence ratings, from No Effect to Level 4, where programmes have evidence of long-term positive impact through multiple rigorous evaluations
  • Detailing examples of universal, targeted selective and targeted indicated interventions, highlighting that early intervention works best when targeting particular families or individuals
  • Demonstrating how early years educators can implement evidence-based approaches in their work and interactions with parents

Dr Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation (invited)


Key Supporter Session
Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Effectively Safeguarding Children Through Multi-Agency Collaboration
  • Detailing safeguarding best practice in nursery schools, including Prevent duty and recognising signs of FGM, highlighting there were 9179 identified cases of FGM in one year between 2016 and 2017
  • Exploring best-practice engagement with parents by local authorities and nursery practitioners to assess risk to children and offer support
  • Highlighting that early years practitioners are best placed to identify child safeguarding issues and outlining training staff should undergo to understand safeguarding procedures
  • Outlining how councils and early years education providers can work together to develop robust safeguarding procedures and reporting systems
  • Exploring London-specific safeguarding issues and demonstrating how local authorities can identify contextual safeguarding challenges

Chris Millar, Chair, London Safeguarding Children Board and Independent Chair, Harrow Safeguarding Children Network (invited)


Case Study: Developing A Strategic Vision Through Governance
  • Identifying the importance of governor oversight in developing a strategic vision and ensuring that senior leadership and governors share high aspirations for the nursery
  • Utilising data as a tool to review children’s progress, regularly reviewing data with the head teacher to maintain accountability and encourage self-evaluation
  • Effectively managing financial resources to ensure they have the greatest impact within the school and explaining how to deal with budgeting challenges
  • Developing governors’ knowledge of education through regular training and networking with practitioners of nursery education to introduce new ideas and thinking
  • Outlining how governors can support effective safeguarding, including training on safeguarding and Prevent Strategy, as well as FGM awareness and safer recruiting advanced safeguarding training

Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, Chair of Governing Body, Rachel Keeling Nursery School (invited)


Case Study: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils To Close The Attainment Gap
  • Highlighting that children entering Comet enter, on average, at below age-related expectations, presenting a challenge to ensure the children ‘catch up’ before entering primary school
  • Adopting a programme focussed on developing the prime areas of learning for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) recipients, promoting self-regulation and effective learning, to ensure they develop good behaviour and learning habits
  • Introducing the Forest School approach, giving children the opportunity to experience the natural world first hand, developing self-confidence, self-esteem, and allowing some risk taking
  • Working with the Children’s Centre to develop an edible garden, as well as developing projects in the local community, building valuable partnerships and enriching the curriculum
  • Demonstrating that this approach has led to substantive progress in disadvantaged children, with no significant difference in attainment between EYPP and non-EYPP children after a year with the nursery

Lisa Clarke, Headteacher & Head of Centre, Comet Nursery School and Children’s Centre (winners of EYPP Award 2017) (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Afternoon Keynote: Ofsted Draft 2019: Key Changes And Findings
  • Outlining changes to inspections of early years settings in the 2019 Draft Framework, defining quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership in an early years context
  • Draft Early Years Inspection Handbook 2019: highlighting the important changes in inspection procedure and criteria for early years settings and how this may affect curriculum planning for nurseries
  • Emphasising 98% of state early years provision were judged to be good or outstanding after their most recent inspection and outlining factors that contribute to high standards of early education
  • Highlighting the importance of targeted Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) spending to reduce the attainment gap, detailing how early years practitioners
  • Detailing Ofsted safeguarding expectations and examples of best practice for early years educators, local authorities and governors in creating a safeguarding culture

Gill Jones, Deputy Director, Early Education, Ofsted (invited)


Special Keynote: Overcoming The Challenges Of Early Years Provision
  • Welcoming the £23 million in government funding for nursery schools but highlighting ongoing challenges, including funding for places at PVI nurseries, which deliver the largest proportion of childcare
  • Outlining the ongoing impact of Brexit on nursery schools, with potential VAT exemption as a positive, but highlighting that EU migrants comprise 6% of the UK’s childcare workers, posing a recruitment challenge
  • Preparing for Ofsted inspections: advising how to prepare for inspection, common concerns across the sector, and how to raise concerns during or following an inspection
  • Considering trends in nursery pedagogy, curriculum planning and assessments, detailing best practice examples and considering the impact of policy on these areas
  • Effectively recruiting: outlining the drop in qualifications in the early years sector, detailing how to recruit and check qualifications and how to retain staff

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) (invited)


Case Study: Developing Excellent Nursery Provision Through Local Authority Support
  • Effectively supporting nursery and child care providers, including encouraging partnerships between nurseries and children’s centres and the establishment of childcare hubs
  • Detailing Waltham Forest’s experiences and key lessons from implementing the 30 hours of free child care policy, including childcare sufficiency assessment findings and challenges
  • Outlining Waltham Forest’s experiences in funding early years provision, considering challenges overcome and effective ways of managing limited funds
  • Sharing experiences with safeguarding in early years provision, coordinating family support services and how best to ensure child safety
  • Supporting parents and children beyond nursery school provision through children and family centres, educating parents, improving mental health, and offering broader social support

Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member For Children Young People and Families, Waltham Forest Council (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Successfully Recruiting For Early Education And Retaining Staff
  • Highlighting that there is a lack of qualification in the childcare workforce, with barriers to access and a national drop in training, particularly when compared with other teaching professions
  • Emphasising the need for employee support and progression opportunities within nursery teams, keeping staff motivated and improving retention rates
  • Promoting early education as a career path and encouraging social mobility by offering careers advice and work experience opportunities, as well as training apprentices
  • Outlining how effectively upskilling nursery workers can improve retention and ensure a quality service, explaining how to identify which workers to target for professional development
  • Detailing how leaders can establish a learning culture for staff, ensuring everyone feels valued, improving retention and quality of care

Marg Randles, Chief Academic officer, Busy Bees (invited)


Case Study: Supporting And Integrating SEND Children In A Nursery Setting
  • Developing the Snowflake Resource for 10 children with, or awaiting, a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition, in order to offer additional support while keeping the children included within the mainstream nursery
  • Assembling a panel of professionals to discuss and monitor children on the Snowflakes waiting list, to ensure a fair and informed admissions policy
  • Designating a SEND coordinator and a SEND governor, as well as training staff in a range of special needs education techniques, to support SEND children and their parents, ensuring excellent care and support
  • Introducing the waves of intervention model for supporting SEND children in an inclusive setting, ranging from inclusive quality teaching to highly personalised interventions where needed
  • Collaborating with parents to set targets for their SEND children and regularly reviewing targets together to ensure continuity of expectations and learning between home and nursery

Lisa Bedlow, Executive Head Teacher, New Bridge Nursery School (invited)


Case Study: Engaging Parents To Eliminate Disadvantage And Improve Nutrition
  • Identifying an issue with children’s lack of access to home cooked meals – several children were arriving at school with no breakfast or lunch, and households were reliant on microwave meals
  • Developing the weekly ‘Make, Bake & Take’ programme in partnership with the FareShare charity, designed to boost parents’ confidence and access to fresh ingredients through cooking classes supported by a qualified chef
  • Providing space for children and babies to play and accommodating children who wish to engage with the programme, to ensure the programme is accessible to all who wish to attend
  • Engaging over 20 families (a total of 86 people) in the programme, allowing parents to take home their freshly cooked meals, enough ingredients for two more meals, and access to a subsidised food pantry
  • Highlighting that feedback demonstrates this group has helped with healthy eating, mental health and financial difficulties, positively impacting the children’s wellbeing and school readiness

Claire White, Headteacher, Hornsea Nursery School (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the Early Education Sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Early Education Sector
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 

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Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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