Seminar Programme

An educational and informative seminar programme will be running throughout Childcare Expo Manchester 2019. You can see the list of speakers & topics below.

For every seminar attended, visitors will receive an electronic CPD certificate after the event. Seminar sessions cost £12.50 when booked in advance and £19 when booked at the show. All prices exclude VAT.

Friday 14th June

10.45am – 11.30am: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs In Early Years

Fiona Holiday, Trainer, Consultant and Play Therapist, Connection Works

Many children come to us having experienced stressful events or environments and these can have an impact on development and behaviour. This is an introduction to how our bodies and minds can respond to adversity and trauma and why young children’s brains are particularly vulnerable. We will look at how we can respond to support children and families and why harnessing the power of connection is so important.

Fiona Holiday

11.45am – 12.30pm: Smiles and Laughter in the Early Years

Francesca Cornwall, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

In this fascinating seminar talk Francesca will focus on what smiles and laughter represent, how you can consciously cultivate them in practice and the benefits in doing so. The seminar will be underpinned by research and evidence and will briefly explore the cognitive psychology behind smiles and laughter.  It will also put into context why this should be a priority in practice i.e. exposure to smiles is a proven de-stressor thus relevant to the current mental health situation in the sector, and Francesca will offer examples of how this can be applied in practice.

Francesca Cornwall

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds – an intergenerational project.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, ABC Does

Last year Alistair had the great pleasure of working as an expert on the Channel 4 programme Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. The programme tracked the huge befits that can be gained by both adults and pre-school children when they have opportunities to come together to play and learn. In this seminar Alistair will outline the impact of the experiment on the children involved and discuss strategies and ideas to get you started in your own project.

Alistair Bryce Clegg WEBSITE

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Nature and Environmental Sustainability

Kate Peach, Managing Director, Each Peach Childcare

Many nurseries are recycling, using reusable nappies, growing vegetables for plant based diets, using wormeries and much more – all of these things are fantastic for our environment. But… do our children understand what is happening, why it’s happening and how it’s happening? Each Peach Childcare and Forest School teach their children about environmental day to day learning in many different ways and they gain valuable experience in a calm and nurturing environment.

Kate Peach Headshot

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Towards the new Education Inspection framework 2019

Elaine White, Senior HMI, Early Years, Ofsted

This session is an opportunity to find out more about the new inspection framework that is being developed by Ofsted. The new framework is being shaped by what we know about educational effectiveness and will be implemented in September 2019.

Saturday 15th June

10.45am – 11.30am: Self Evaluation - what it means to early years practitioners, managers and practice and where do we go from here?

Sue Asquith, Early Childhood Consultant

Whether you work in a school, nursery, pre-school or as a childminder self-evaluation is an integral part of the early years leadership and management role.  Ofsted have removed their on-line self-evaluation form, so what next?  Come and hear information to help you decide how to continue to monitor your progress, acknowledge your improvements and establish what area(s) you want to strengthen.

Sue Asquith

11.45am – 12.30pm: Nurturing Emotional Well-being, Planting Positive Seeds & Empowering Children in Early Years

Stacey Kelly, Founder, Early Years Story Box

Everything a child sees, hears and feels in their early years creates subconscious programming that then silently guides them throughout life. In this talk Stacey will explain how the subconscious mind works, the impact that it has on a child’s future and how to ensure that our actions and environment are supporting emotional well-being and planting positive seeds in little ones.

Stacey Kelly

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Spider in the Sink! A child led approach to learning

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, ABC Does

There is no doubt that when children lead their learning they achieve high levels of wellbeing and engagement that lead to progress and attainment. But, what does child led learning really look like?

In this session Alistair will talk about what child led learning can look like in your setting. As well as talking about some of the current research into child development, he will use lots of examples of effective practice from the many and various settings that he has worked with across the world. So, come along for some theory, some practical advice and a bit of inspiration!

Alistair Bryce Clegg WEBSITE

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Intergenerational Play

Laura Sanders, Early Years Teacher and Proprietor, Little Stars

Little Stars, led by proprietor Laura Sanders, embarked on their Intergenerational Play journey in 2017, following the success of the Channel 4 Documentary. This seminar will explain the journey, the outcomes for children, links to the EYFS and more. With the practicalities of the sessions explained, the risk assessments involved and the motivational reasons why, this is the seminar to inspire and motivate you to embark on your own journey or build on your current practice!

Laura Sanders

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Universal language-screening - early identification & intervention - in the Early Years

Diana McQueen and Jo Williams, Speech & Language Therapists and Directors, Soundswell (speech and language therapy solutions) Limited

Diana and Jo will demonstrate how you can systematically and easily introduce universal language screening for all children in the Early Years.

diana and jo