Key Points
  • Using catch up funding to support learning and development
  • Impact of Covid-19 on the development of children
  • How other providers are meeting the prime ELGs
  • Communication and Understanding, Literacy
  • Emotional development during Covid-19 and how this intersects with safeguarding
  • Preparing for Ofsted inspection
  • Supporting SEND children with their learning and development
  • Involving parents as they become more involved in learning and development
  • Facilitating early physical health and development
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chaired by Professor Elizabeth Wood, Professor of Education, Sheffield University
  • Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance
  • Rohan Allen, Headteacher, Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Victoria Burnside, Headteacher and SENDCO, Ashworth Nursery School *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Mandy Richardson, Managing Director, Naturally Learning *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Natalie Showell, Headteacher, Low Hill Nursery School *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Daniela Jamois, Assistant Headteacher & EYFS and Foundation Stage Lead, Charles Dickens Primary School *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Claire Brooker, SENCO, Resource Provision lead & Green Class Teacher, Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery *Ofsted Outstanding*
  • Julie Denton, Registered Childminder, Julie’s House *Ofsted Outstanding*

A child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. Unfortunately, children below the age of 5 have spent more than a third of their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Westminster Insights’ Early Years Digital Conference will showcase how early years leaders from across England are supporting children’s learning and development and overall school readiness for children.

Attend this one-day conference to hear national guidance, best practice and shared learnings from outstanding early years settings, with a focus on outcomes for children from two years old to the end of reception year.

Hear case studies from outstanding settings - what approaches they have deployed, how are they meeting the ELGs and tracking progress?

If you are expecting an Ofsted inspection soon, you will benefit hearing from Rohan Allen (Headteacher, Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre) who leads an early year settings that was one of the first to be ranked outstanding under the new Ofsted framework. Get practical advice on how to design curriculums to support children get back on track with L&D.

Delivered virtually, attendees are able to watch content from their own settings and on demand, network with colleagues via the digital platform, build relationships and directly discuss challenges with your peers.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

  • Contextualising school readiness and early years learning and development

Speakers

Professor Elizabeth Ann Wood Professor of Education, Sheffield University

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09:30 - 10:10
Panel Discussion: How Has Early Years Learning and Development Evolved During the Pandemic?

 
  • Discussing the impact of the pandemic on school readiness and whether school readiness is a useful concept
  • Examples of how settings have re-focused their resources to support children, families, and their communities
  • Upskilling staff through the Professional Development Programme (PDP) to meet the needs of the children, setting, and locale

Speakers

Michael Freeston Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance

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10:10 - 10:20
Break

 

10:20 - 10:45
Case Study 1: Developing Children’s Communication, Language and Literacy

 
  • Exploring why language and literacy are foundational for learning and development at Charles Dickens early year setting 
  • Developing playful, language-rich environments which provide opportunities for children to explore language and build literacy 
  • Sharing examples of measuring, tracking, and reporting on children’s communication, language, and literacy development
Questions and Discussions (10:35 – 11:45)

Charles Dickens Primary School has extensive best practice in building children’s communication, language, and literacy. This early year settings views language and literacy as foundational for children’s early learning and development more broadly.

Speakers

Daniela Jamois Assistant Headteacher & EYFS and Foundation Stage Lead, Charles Dickens Primary School

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10:45 - 11:10
Case Study 2: Supporting the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of Children (PSED)

 
  • Understanding how the pandemic has challenged children’s wellbeing and PSED
  • Building into the curriculum opportunities for children to process emotions, contextualise their relationships and explore a sense of self 
  • Examples of measuring, tracking, and reporting on children’s wellbeing and PSED
Questions and Discussions (11:00 – 11:10)

Low Hill Nursery School’s work on supporting children’s wellbeing and PSED is considerate one of their strengths accordingly the Ofsted. Children’s emotional wellbeing has been a priority for the past year.

Speakers

Natalie Showell Headteacher, Low Hill Nursery School

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11:10 - 11:35
Case Study 3: Facilitating Children’s Physical Health and Development Through the Curriculum

 
  • Developing core strength and motor skills through engaging indoors and outdoor activities which challenge children to utilise their whole bodies in as many different ways possible 
  • Supporting early growth and healthy eating patterns through good nutrition and effective food safety 
  • Examples of supporting good oral health in early years settings
Questions and Discussions (11:25 – 11:3)

Mandy Richardson and Naturally Learning are leaders in the early years sector in supporting children’s physical health and development.

Speakers

Mandy Richardson Managing Director, Naturally Learning

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11:35 - 12:15
Networking with colleagues on the digital platform

 
During this session you will be automatically matched with another attendee, and you will start a video chat. When the time expires, you are matched again with another colleague. You may extend your networking session and exchange digital business cards. 

12:15 - 12:45
Lunch Break

 

12:45 - 13:10
Case study 4: Empowering the Learning and Development of Children with Complex Needs

 
  • Adapting the curriculum to respond to the needs of children with SEND, disabilities or at risk of falling behind 
  • Examples of building inclusive environments that effectively engage all children in their learning and development
Questions and Discussions (13:00 – 13:10)

Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery has a special resource provision (the “Green Class”) for children with social communication needs, including autism, moderate learning difficulties and severe learning difficulties. Claire Brooker leads this work.

Speakers

Claire Brooker SENCO, Resource Provision Lead & Green Class Teacher, Surbiton Children's Centre Nursery

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13:10 - 13:50
Double Case study 5: Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers

 
  • The impact of the pandemic on parents and carers involvement in children’s early year learning and development 
  • Offering a range of opportunities for parents and carers to be involved in their child’s learning 
  • Supporting safeguarding, the identification of concerns and encourage continued learning at home
Questions and Discussions (13:30 – 13:50)

Fostering a continuous partnership with parents is central to the ethos at Julie’s House. They actively create opportunities to discuss and share information to inform bespoke learning experiences.  

Ashworth Nursery School uniquely runs workshop sessions to build parent’s/carers’ capacity to support children’s learning and development at home.


Speakers

Victoria Burnside Headteacher and SENDCO, Ashworth Nursery School

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Julie Denton Registered Childminder, Julie's House

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13:50 - 14:00
Break

 

14:00 - 14:25
Preparing for the Impact of EYFS Reforms on Ofsted Inspections

 
  • Insights into an early years setting providing outstanding outcomes for children
  • Sharing examples of how to prepare for and manage logistics on the day of inspections
  • Understanding how to communicate how quality of care, teaching and learning is aligned with the EYFS curriculum
Questions and Discussions (14:15 – 14:25)

Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre was one of the first early years settings to be ranked outstanding by Ofsted under the new EYFS Framework changes.

Speakers

Rohan Allen Headteacher, Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children's Centre

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14:25 - 14:30
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Elizabeth Ann Wood Professor of Education, Sheffield University

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End

Speakers

Rohan Allen Headteacher, Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children's Centre

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Claire Brooker SENCO, Resource Provision Lead & Green Class Teacher, Surbiton Children's Centre Nursery

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Victoria Burnside Headteacher and SENDCO, Ashworth Nursery School

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Julie Denton Registered Childminder, Julie's House

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Michael Freeston Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance

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Daniela Jamois Assistant Headteacher & EYFS and Foundation Stage Lead, Charles Dickens Primary School

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Mandy Richardson Managing Director, Naturally Learning

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Natalie Showell Headteacher, Low Hill Nursery School

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Professor Elizabeth Ann Wood Professor of Education, Sheffield University

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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