After a lot of determination, passion and excitement, the Childcare & Education Virtual Summit held on the 18th July went down as a triumphant success! Starting as a goal to continue supporting and bringing the sector together, the Virtual Summit ended with achievements exceeding all expectations.
With a warm welcome from the Virtual Summit’s charming host, Lisa Collard, the day began – followed by an emotional compilation of ‘thank you to the sector’ videos made by organizations such as PACEY, The Voice Union, Early Years Alliance, UK Nanny, Childminding UK and NDNA.
“This has got me emotional! So proud of our sector”
Ben Kingston-Hughes kick-started the day with a fascinating and thought-provoking talk exploring the neuroscience of play, nurturing and curiosity, which left the audience with smiles on their faces, thanks to Ben’s wicked sense of humor.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your informative talk. I smiled and laughed too which was even more enjoyable. I can also now go back to my school and give even more scientific reasons for letting the children play”
Next up was Sarah Mackenzie from N Family Club, delivering a reassuring and informative talk on reopening nurseries in line with Covid-19 procedures. Jo Meakin then took to the screen with a captivating talk on the world of loose parts, providing invaluable advice on how to introduce this approach to your setting on a budget.
Phil Minns, Ofsted, delivered his highly anticipated talk on the new inspection framework, containing excellent analogies that made understanding the framework clear and easy. Childcare Expert and International Nanny, Shada Lambert, gave a passionate talk on child led play that provided tips and observations that would make anyone feel confident to try it out!
Sabrina Persiano gave the penultimate talk, displaying an incredible understanding of how we can support children and adults mental health through Play Therapy. Lastly was the renowned Curiosity Approach, sharing their years of experience on how to bring curiosity approach elements to your practice – leaving the audience motivated towards change.
“Brilliant and inspiring presentation, I will be making a few changes to my setting.”
Throughout the Virtual Summit, the audience communicated with the speakers in live Q&A sessions, making an event that could have easily been detached; engaging and personal. The Q&A’s were successful in every right (including strong Wi-Fi connections!), enticing innovative conversations and ideas.
“Thank you for a great conversation, some really good points and
Despite being an online event, attendees left with free educational resources, CPD learning, offers to use at future events and a whole host of new knowledge and insight. Not only did the Childcare & Education Virtual Summit succeed in informing and inspiring the sector, they overcame the challenges of not being able to run live events and produced something just as great.
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