Never has there been as much disruption in our children’s early education as there has been in the last year. Practitioners and leaders have not been defeated in their quest to do their very best in meeting children’s needs.
At this year’s conference, the Herts for Learning Early Years team are delighted to be welcoming three experts in their field to share their knowledge and experiences.
- Dr Stella Louis, internationally renowned freelance Early Years consultant, trainer and author working with individual nursery settings, parents, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments, charities and the Frobel Trust. Her talk will focus on equality, race and unconscious bias by examining pedagogy and values reflected in practice and be entitled: Equality, diversity and race in the Early Years
- Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, Head of Early Years for Ark Schools and an Early Excellence’s Hundred Review expert panellist, will be sharing best practice of how best to match the curriculum to the needs of the children. Her talk will be entitled: ‘Implementing a curriculum that is effectively designed to meet the needs of all children’.
- Rachel Lewis, Headteacher at Hindley Nursery School and Children Centre in Wigan, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, will be exploring the importance of attachment and positive relationships with young children to secure their progress. Her talk will be entitled: 'Be Brave and Reset' and will cover the following:
- why children need emotionally intelligent provision that supports attachment
- staff who understand individual children and how their childhood experiences and attachments have shaped them so far
- the things that we can do to support children who have not had the best start in life
- the opportunity to reset and focus on the most important ways to support our most vulnerable children
Between them, they will be exploring the impact of relationships and unconscious bias in the EYFS and the need to provide a curriculum that is best matched to meet each child’s individual and unique needs. Practicing leaders in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will also be sharing real life experiences of working with children during the pandemic.
The conference is open to all but would be especially suitable for classroom teachers, including TAs and NQTs, EYFS leaders and headteachers as well as PVI managers and staff working with children aged 3-5 years old.