Workshop Programme

Get hands on and join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. These free workshops include activities that will bring together education and play! You are bound to leave with some amazing ideas to take back to your setting, don’t miss out!

Friday 1st March 

Minister Zahawi

10.15am – 10.30am: Opening Keynote

Early Years Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP has been confirmed to open the show on Friday 1st March, before giving an opening keynote speech in the workshop area at 10.15am. Nadhim’s responsibilities in government include education policy, special educational needs, safeguarding in schools and childcare policy, to name just a few.

Anna Gagg

10.30am – 11.30am: Sensory Play & the EYFS

Anna Gagg, Owner, Kinder Kalm

Learning should be rooted in the child’s interest and they are more likely to learn if the method is relevant and most importantly fun! Join our fascinating workshop and gain ideas on how to implement and maximise sensory-rich activities in a childcare setting. Expect ‘real- life’ demonstrations using specialist equipment & props in conjunction with original music, singing, yoga-inspired moves for children & messy play stations.

Mrs Mactivity

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Bring science into your Early Years, KS1 or SEN setting with Mrs Mactivity!

Heather McAvan, Founder, Mrs Mactivity

Not sure how to bring science to life? Mrs Mactivity shows you how to use paper crafts and interactive printable resources to encourage your children to use crafting and science to really inspire and motivate them to learn and dive into STEM. Use a paper plate to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly, or show the parts of a plant or human using a make your own lift the flap activity! Super easy and mega fun too.

Amanda Frolich

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Supporting Physical Development through Music and Movement

Amanda Frolich, Founder, Amanda’s Action Club

Action Amanda will teach you how to structure a 45 min physical development fun, fitness and music session into your setting! You will leave inspired and energised with lots of ideas on how to educate children to be active and healthy from an early age. Using our modern nursery rhymes and versatile props, develop through play the Action Amanda way!

Saturday 2nd March

10.30am – 11.30am: How 15 minutes of yoga and mindfulness a day improves children’s mental and emotional wellbeing                                                 

Ashley Costello, CEO, Mini Me Yoga

This interactive workshop will show how you can bring a simple 15 minute yoga and mindfulness programme into a child’s life and reap the many benefits that yoga and mindfulness provide. The workshop will help you to share self-help tools with young children whilst having FUN to aid the prevention of many mental and emotional imbalances that we see in children. Looking at these ancient tools from a science perspective will help us understand why they are so effective.

Sid Sloane

11.45am – 12.15pm: Sid Sloane

Actor, Writer and one of CBeebies’ most-loved founding presenters, Sid Sloane is running a workshop on Saturday 2nd March between 11.45am – 12.15pm. This workshop will be focused around children’s ‘Brain Health’ and how to improve it! Alongside some interactive games, Sid will discuss the importance of talking about mental health within your setting and will provide ideas for encouraging children to be more aware of it.

Mrs Mactivity

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Fun Easter Crafts & Activities

Heather McAvan, Founder, Mrs Mactivity  

Put a Spring in your step with Mrs Mactivity! Make fun Easter crafts and activities that anyone can do, no creativity or artistic ability required! And find out more about this new “hidden gem” fast growing resources provider that kids, parents and teachers love!

Sue Asquith

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Let’s create, explore and investigate

Sue Asquith, Early Childhood Consultant

Exploration and investigation are essential skills to nurture and support in early childhood.  These skills also link to the characteristics of effective learning (how children learn) in terms of the early years foundation stage framework. This workshop will be interactive with examples of easy to make dough recipes, science type experiments, potions and ideas to extend children’s favourite stories and rhymes to help us provide children with lots of learning possibilities.