Workshop Programme

Join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. These free workshops include activities that will bring together education and play! You are bound to leave with some amazing ideas to take back to your setting, don’t miss out!

More workshops to be confirmed so watch this space for updates!

Friday 20th November

Alice Sharp

10.30am – 11.15am: Songs, Stories and Rhymes

Alice Sharp, Managing Director, Adventures with Alice

Narrowing the attainment gap in language is a massive task. Active, dynamic engagement that has literacy at the heart of it will make an impact and turn the tide of change. This session will explore through ‘voice on’ activities the value and benefit of involving children in quirky, funny, lively action-packed singing, gentle movement and oral stories. New songs, ideas and rhymes written just for the session will be explored.

11:40am – 12:00pm: Q&A with Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel, UK’s No. 1 children’s cookery author and feeding expert

Giving insight and guidance on how to make mealtimes healthy and fun for the whole family. In this Q&A session Annabel will be talking about healthy eating hacks, getting kids cooking in the kitchen and how to fit it all in with today’s busy schedules!

12.30pm – 1.15pm – A Sprinkle of Magic: 40 ways for joy to live in Early Years 

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

Since children are programmed to play, it is critical for it to live and breathe in our schools and settings. Not only is play essential for children, it is also key to adults’ well-being too. Join Greg Bottrill, author of the bestselling early education book ‘Can I Go And Play Now?’ in exploring simple yet fun ways to co-play with children so that the magic of children (and adults) can come to life…

2.30pm – 3.15pm: The importance & advantages of science in early education

Sophia Mitchell, Owner & Founder, Lab Tots

What science in early education looks like, the advantages of having science education in early years settings (for your children and your setting), science as a platform for requirements, live demos, hands on activities and explanations to show how fun, engaging, accessible and Lab-tot-tastic science can be.

Saturday 21st November

10.30am – 11.15am: Playful STEM learning with FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery

Lucy Owen, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery Coordinator, The IET

Get hands on with our fun STEM programmes, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery. Have a go at the Six Bricks Challenges, then try coding a LEGO® WeDO 2.0 robot to move, or build your own new town using LEGO® DUPLO® bricks – all while developing STEM skills through playful learning!

Anna Neville

12.30pm – 1.15pm: Language learning in early years and beyond                          

Anna Neville, Founder & CEO, Kidslingo Ltd

Language learning has many benefits including heightened cognitive development, improved listening skills as well as boosting self-confidence and ‘wider world’ awareness. The workshop will bring to life language learning for all children and inspire the educators.

Kathryn Lord

2.30pm – 3.15pm: There’s More to Books than Reading

Kathryn Lord, Author, Nanny, More to Books

This workshop will share books and ideas that can be interactive, using drama to really bring learning to life, with sections on maths and screen time.