Seminar Programme

An educational and informative seminar programme will be running throughout Childcare Expo London 2020. You can see the list of speakers & topics below.

For every seminar attended, visitors will receive an electronic CPD certificate after the event. Seminar sessions cost £14 when booked in advance and £19 when booked at the show. All prices exclude VAT.

Friday 20th November

10.45am – 11.30am: What makes a successful leader in the Early Years? June O’ Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, LEYF

Leading childcare settings is complex. Not least, because it addresses two different issues. Firstly, providing childcare places for parents who work and secondly providing educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to give them the best start in life. Therefore, leaders in childcare settings require a broad range of leadership skills, knowledge and understanding if they are to successfully deliver on both these challenges.

June O’ Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, LEYF

June O Sullivan

11.45am – 12.30pm: Awe, Wonder and Imagination – Inspiring Creativity through Play - Ben Kingston-Hughes

This unique seminar highlights the fascinating new neuroscience behind creativity and showcases a vibrant series of playful experiences to help children on the most important journey they will ever take. It also looks at the profound and life changing impact of positive adults inspiring creativity in children. Mind-blowing new information and a host of ideas to take back to the setting make this seminar essential for anyone working with children.

Ben Kingston-Hughes, Managing Director, Inspired Children

12.45pm – 1.30pm: The Curiosity Approach - Are you Curious? - Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett

Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett are the founders of this inspirational pedagogy, a modern-day approach to Early Years. The Curiosity Approach is sweeping the UK and beyond, with thousands of educators now embarking on a journey to transform their provisions and practice and become Curiosity Approach settings. Come and listen to them talk passionately and explain how The Curiosity Approach pedagogy is adapting to life in our modern technological age. A whirlwind tour to inspire, excite and motivate.

Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett, Co-Founders, The Curiosity Approach

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Inspirational Environments for the Under 3’s - Maria Moon

Draw inspiration and revisit the principles of creating an enabling environment for the under threes. An opportunity to reflect and consider how child development supports planning for an inspirational environment and how to further develop your own enabling environments.

Maria Moon, Senior Curriculum Consultant, Early Excellence

Maria Moon

2.45pm – 3.30pm: The Message Centre: a sprinkle of magic over writing, reading and mathematics and the joy of childhood - Greg Bottrill

Discover the wonder of messaging with young children, the perfect way to reveal the joy of writing, reading and mathematics. The Message Centre taps into the psychology of hiding and finding to truly bring mark making to life! Simple yet ingenious…

Greg Bottrill, Early Years Author, Can I Go And Play Now?

Saturday 21st November

10.45am – 11.30am: Empowering Early Years – Developing Effective SEND support - Kerry Payne

This seminar is thought-provoking, practical and interactive.  Practitioners will have the opportunity to think about their high-quality teaching and provision including how to build upon this to support children with different types of SEND.  It will empower practitioners and give them the skills and tools to act in the first instance of early intervention. This course includes a free resource for building your own SEND toolkit.

Kerry Payne, Early Childhood Specialist, EYFS 4 Me

Kerry Payne

11.45am – 12.30pm: The Joy of Not Knowing – Nurturing a Love of Creative Thinking and Lifelong Learning in Early Years Settings and Primary Classrooms - Marcelo Staricoff

An interactive session that will demonstrate how the principles and very easy to implement strategies that underpin the JONK approach lead to all children becoming intrinsically motivated to want to know and to learn:

  • How can classroom and school values-led cultures be built to ensure that the curriculum is presented to the children in a way that promotes their curiosity, creativity, resilience, strategic awareness and independence?
  • How can schools incorporate a Learning to Learn Week to launch the academic year, equipping children with all they need to remove barriers and to develop as successful individuals, creative and philosophical thinkers, lifelong learners and global citizens?
  • How can school leaders and teachers bridge the partnership with families and the community to maximise the impact on the life chances of every child?

Marcelo Staricoff, Former Headteacher and Author, Start Thinking – Daily Starters to Inspire Thinking in Primary Classrooms

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Positive Programming for Little Minds - Stacey Kelly

Children are shaped by what they consistently hear, see and feel in their early years. Our words and actions are powerful and can have a huge impact on a child’s development. This seminar will explore different practices, giving food for thought and alternative ideas of how to get the best out of children now and in the future.

Stacey Kelly, Founder of Early Years Story Box, Early Years Story Box

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Putting wellbeing at the heart of your organisation - Linda Baston-Pitt

Does wellbeing sound like a fluffy nice-to-have notion when you are struggling to meet the demands of keeping your staff whilst meeting new Ofsted requirements? Join Linda to learn how promoting health and wellbeing throughout your setting will breathe back the life and soul of your organisation and the people who work there. You’ll retain your staff and exceed Ofsted requirements along the way but, most importantly, you will play a key role in halting the obesity crisis and in setting firm foundations for children and families to have healthy, happy lives.

Linda Baston-Pitt, CEO, PurpleBee Learning Ltd

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Changing Pedagogy, Changing Play - Alice Sharp

This session will share current thinking and theory and how it should be impacting our practice. We will explore a range of contexts to stimulate creative thinking. We will consider how we shape environments to offer rich learning, through engaging with sensitive, knowledgeable and nurturing adults. We will identify ‘provocations’ that could be used to support sustained thinking and child developmental processes.

Alice Sharp, Managing Director, Adventures with Alice

Alice Sharp