Workshop Programme

Get hands on and join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. These low or no cost activities will bring together education and play and are free for visitors to attend.  

Friday 27th September

Lisa Applebee

10.30am – 11:30am: YogaBugs Mindfulness Workshop

Lisa Applebee, Managing Director, YogaBugs

In this interactive workshop, Lisa will look at the benefits of yoga for children and demonstrate some yoga and mindfulness techniques that teachers and practitioners can use to help children focus their minds and feel calm. You can go on wild adventures, roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!

Sid Sloane

11:45am – 12:15pm: Brain Health with Sid Sloane

Sid Sloane, Actor, CBeebies Presenter & Writer

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.

Kathryn Lord

12:30pm – 1:30pm: There’s More to Books than Reading

Kathryn Lord, Author, Nanny, More to Books

This workshop will share books and ideas that can be interactive, using drama to really bring learning to life, with sections on maths and screentime.

Kim Pott - Funky Feet Music

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Dancing Digits – 5 key areas to Fine Motor Development

Kim Pott, Director, Funky Feet Music

This workshop will arm you with practical ideas using musical activities to support Fine Motor Development to take away and implement in your setting.

We will share with you the building blocks to develop good fine motor development and control using;

  • Lovely Lycra
  • Sensory Sensations
  • Dancing Dinosaurs
  • Lottie Ladybird

And much much more. This session will require audience participation

***WARNING*** Be prepared to have fun!

Saturday 28th September

Lucy Owen

10:30am – 11:30am: Designing, Building & Discovering with LEGO

Lucy Owen, FIRST LEGO League Jr. and Discovery Manager, The IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)

In this fun and interactive workshop participants will experience the Six Bricks activities used in FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery and explore both Jr. and Discovery by coding a LEGO WeDo 2.0 using iPads from the Jr. programme as well as building moon bases, rockets and moon rovers to test using ramps from the Discovery programme.

Dave Benson Philips

11:45am – 12:15pm: Entertainment & Sing-a-long Songs

Dave Benson Phillips, Children’s TV Legend & Entertainer

Find Dave in the Interactive Workshop Area where he’ll be getting everyone on their feet and encouraging visitors to join in with some fun action songs.

Rebecca Walker - BB Training

12:30pm – 1:30pm – An Introduction to Makaton

Rebecca Walker, Regional Makaton Tutor, BB Training

This workshop is an introduction to Makaton, looking at the many benefits of using it in a fun and enjoyable way. You will look at a few concepts of signs and symbols from the Makaton Core Vocabulary and how they can be used to help develop language and communication skills. You will leave inspired wanting to learn more to support the individuals that you care for.

Dave Benson Philips

1:45pm – 2:15pm: Entertainment & Sing-a-long Songs            

Dave Benson Phillips, Children’s TV Legend & Entertainer

Amanda Frolich - Amanda's Action Club

2:30pm – 3:30pm: The Importance of Physical Activity in Early Years           

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, learn through play the Action Amanda way!