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National Early Years Conference 2022 – Child Development: A fresh look at the curriculum (Hertfordshire School Only Booking Page)

Course Tutors
Early Years Advisers
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Deputy Headteachers / Early Years Leaders / Early Years Practitioners / ECT (Early Career Teacher) / Headteachers / New Headteachers / Teaching Assistants
target audience
Course Types
Webinar, Conference
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS) / Early Years PVI Settings
Early Years Foundation Stage
Event Description
A child whose fifth birthday falls in the summer of 2021 will have experienced more than a quarter of their life in the shadow of coronavirus. A generation of children are entering school believing the protocols and limitations that characterise our daily lives are not a new normal, but the only normal they have known. What is more, we know the impact of the pandemic has fallen disproportionately on marginalised and disadvantaged families. At a critical time in a child’s development, a generation of children may have their future life chances significantly affected.

In this context, the debate about changes to the statutory requirements in the EYFS, in particular the educational programmes, becomes even more crucial. Now is the time to re-think what constitutes an effective curriculum. One that keeps child development at the core of supporting the learning and development needs of all children, regardless of background or circumstance.

This conference will bring together some of the country’s leading Early Years specialists to share their first-hand experience, knowledge and expertise to explore these crucially important aspects of Early Years provision. The programme of keynote addresses and workshops will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the important interconnections between child development and a responsive curriculum matched carefully to children’s needs.

Keynote speakers include:

  • June O’Sullivan, MBE, CEO, London Early Years Foundation

  • Penny Tassoni, MBE, Education Consultant and Author

  • Greg Bottrill, Author and Childhood Advocate

  • Wendy Ratcliff and Phil Minns, Ofsted

Workshop leads include:

  • Shaddai Tembo, Lecturer, Doctoral student, Writer for Critical Early Years.

  • Penny Tassoni, MBE, Education Consultant and Author

  • Ben Kingston Hughes, Managing Director of Inspired Children

  • Dr Sally Neaum, Author

  • Julian Grenier, Director of East London Research School

  • Dr Sinead Rocha, Researcher at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge

  • Julia Manning-Morton, Early Years Lecturer, Trainer and Author

  • Tamsin Grimmer, Early Years Consultant

The conference is open to all, but would be especially suitable for anyone working in EYFS: including teachers, practitioners, leaders, managers and support staff.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
Why attend: 

  • determine the link between child development and creating a bespoke curriculum

  • develop greater understanding of common inhibitors to children’s development

  • deepen awareness of the cognitive and social aspects of play

Additional Information
Hertfordshire schools with existing CPD Hub accounts can book their place here. All other bookings should be made directly on the Accelevents registration page: Accelevents registration

The cost of this event is £99 (excluding VAT) per delegate. All sessions will be recorded to allow delegates, who are booked on to an event, watch some or all of the sessions for 28 days after the event, if they aren’t able to participate in some or all of the live event on the day.
Closing Date
Tuesday 1 March 2022
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 02 March 2022 09:00 - 16:00 Accelevents Webinar
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