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

Saturday 15th 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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.

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Supporting Language Development in Child Led Play: 10 top tips for encouraging children to talk

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

Friday 15th June

10.45am – 11.30am: Ofsted Inspections: What makes a setting outstanding?

Pennie Akehurst, Managing Director, Early Years Fundamentals Ltd

Although the Ofsted inspection framework seems to get tougher each year, there are still a significant number of providers who consistently achieve an outstanding judgment.

So, what’s their secret? And what are the real differences between a ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ inspection outcome? Is it really all about the illusive ‘WOW’ factor?

Pennie Akehurst

11.45am – 12.30pm: A World of Endless Possibilities

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Early Years Consultant, ABC Does

As we know, children are unique and individual human beings. Their interests, desires and experiences motivate them to engage with the world around them. As good Early Years practitioners it is our job to create a stimulating learning environment that encourages children to think, play and explore. A space that supports them in leading their own learning. In his seminar, Alistair will be talking about how an environment built around children’s interests can have a significant impact on wellbeing and progress.

Alistair Bryce Clegg WEBSITE

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Role Play and how to engage children in stimulating play & create positive areas

Paul Clements, Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator / EYFS Teacher, International School of Madrid

This seminar will give an overview of the importance of role play and setting them up within EYFS settings including how to make them enjoyable, rather than just throwing a few labels into the home corner. How to maximise role play areas and tie them in with other themes and topics so they will only need adjusting. What are you looking for in these settings, what are the objectives and how are they achieved. Should a practitioner engage directly or model play, or allow the children to guide the play.

Paul Clements

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Sensory Play and 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! I will cover the benefits of sensory play, how it contributes to the EYFS and how to implement and maximise sensory-rich activities in a childcare setting. This will involve REAL demonstrations and activities that get the attendees involved using specialist equipment and props to compliment the activities.

Anna Kinder Kalm

2.45pm – 3.30pm: The Power of Schemas: Understanding the importance of identifying patterns in children’s play and behaviour as they learn and make sense of their world

Stella Nalini, Early Years Consultant, Kent County Council – Threads of Success

Schemas are simply repeating patterns of behaviour and biological urges which are central to children’s learning. This inspiring seminar explores the power of schemas in both children and, interestingly, adults. Richly understanding schemas provides practitioners with a powerful lens to recognise emerging patterns in individual children’s lines of enquiry and expression. Illuminating families about schemas is a simple, yet powerful key to their involvement in their children’s learning and enhances family harmony.  Stella Nalini has developed Kent’s multi-award winning ‘EFICL’ – (Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning) Pathways to Excellence Toolkit and is co-author of the Schema Development Wheels.

Stella Nalini

Saturday 16th June

10.45am – 11.30am: Immersive Play - Exploring adult led purposeful play

Verity Welch, Head of International Early Years Curriculum IEYC, Fieldwork Education

The Immersive Practitioner – What does planned adult-led purposeful play mean to you? Immersive play enhances learning experiences making them more engaging and satisfying. By providing the appropriate level of support all adults can play as an equal partner with children.

This seminar gives practical ideas and support to encourage all practitioners to create an immersive environment in which children can play and learn. The two core issues this seminar will be addressing are:

  • Inspiring your team to get deeply involved in children’s play
  • How Practitioners can simulate and extend activities by immersing themselves in their children’s interests.

11.45am – 12.30pm: The importance of imagination, creativity and self belief and how they shape a child’s future

Stacey Kelly, Founder, Early Years Story Box

Everything that we achieve in life starts with our ability to imagine it first. We then need to have the creativity and self-belief to make it happen. In Early Years it is so important that we nurture these 3 things because these, along with an environment that inspires them to want to learn and explore their own interests, will lay the foundations for them to create a future full of purpose, happiness and success.

Stacey Kelly

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Nature-based Practice for All

Niki Buchan, International Educational Consultant, Natural Learning

A practical approach to nature-based practice for practitioners, teachers and other adults working with children aged 18 months to 10 years. Exploring the how, why, when, where and what to Nature Pedagogy where children spend regular periods of time in a natural space. As a strong and outspoken advocate for children including their right to having time in nature, Niki will share her experiences from the UK, Iceland, US, Australia and South Africa looking similarities and differences.

Niki Buchan

1.45pm – 2.30pm: SEND - Supporting Children’s Behaviour, Emotional and Social Needs

Fiona Holiday, Trainer, Consultant and Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner, Connection Works

Often, when we are concerned about children’s development, it is their behaviour which alerts us to their needs. Children can have difficulty managing separation, regulating their emotions, coping with the boundaries within different settings and forming relationships with their peers and adults. What are the best ways to approach supporting children and staff with these issues? An understanding of how children learn to self-regulate and how we as adults can scaffold their development as co-regulators, can transform how we approach behaviour and support children to be in the best place to learn.

Fiona Holiday

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Supporting Language Development in the Early Years: 10 top tips for encouraging children to talk.

Catherine Jackson, Speech and Language Therapist, Wise Old Owl SLT

Language is the simple most important skill in a child’s development for developing literacy and learning. It is well documented that the ability to communicate verbally is linked to a child’s wellbeing and confidence. Without language a child is severely disadvantaged when it comes to social development, reading and writing. This seminar will provide Early Years Practitioners with 10 top tips for encouraging language development in all children. These tips are simple and practical yet extremely effective for encouraging language development in all children, especially those with impoverished language skills or who are reluctant talkers.

Catherine Jackson