An educational and informative seminar programme will be running throughout Childcare Expo Midlands 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 £12.50 when booked in advance and £19 when booked at the show. All prices exclude VAT.

Friday 25th September

10.45am - 11.30am: Sparking creativity and developing children’s confidence & resilience through Forest School - Jamie Victoria Barnes

The benefits of rich outdoor learning experiences are second to none. Outdoor learning offers holistic development for every child and in a fast-paced world heavily focussed on technology, forest schools provide a stimulating and relaxed environment to learn in. Jamie Victoria Barnes, creator of The Childcare Guru, uses her wealth of knowledge to explore forest schools and how to use them to support children’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Jamie Victoria Barnes, Early Years Specialist, The Childcare Guru

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

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: Discovering STEAM through play based experiences - Michele Barrett

Young children learn best when deeply engaged in experiences of their own choice- is it possible for adults who are sensitive and interested in children’s own choices to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics while engaged in play? AT Randolph Beresford and Vanessa Nursery schools we believe it is more than possible- it is essential. Working together with our colleagues at Imperial College we have develop a series of first hand experiences that link directly to later learning and understanding of STEAM subjects.

Michele Barrett, Executive Head Teacher, Randolph Beresford and Vanessa Nursery Schools

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Supporting Speech, Language and Communication for the Under Threes - Maria Moon

An opportunity to reflect on current research and practical ideas on how to support under threes Speech, Language and Communication effectively through carefully planned environments and high quality, effective interactions.

Maria Moon, Senior Curriculum Consultant, Early Excellence

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 26th September

10.45am – 11.30am: Developing Enjoyment, Resilience and Attainment in Learning Through Self-Regulation - Jan Dubiel

Recognised by Times Educational Supplement as one of the ten most influential people in British education Jan will offer insight into: How to build teacher confidence and improve pupil learning through self-regulation. How does physical and personal development impact pupils’ learning? Understanding what works and what doesn’t for different pupils. What is the relationship between personal and social development and teaching, learning and assessment in classrooms today?

Jan Dubiel, Author, Effective Assessment in the EYFS

11.45am – 12.30pm: The importance of a balanced play diet for EYFS - Dr Amanda Gummer

The Balanced Play Pyramid has been developed by Dr. Amanda Gummer and is based on a wide range of research into child development and play.  Promoting a balanced play diet (in the same way that children get a balanced nutritional diet) is beneficial for holistic development and can help parents, child care professionals and educators provide that essential balance for young children.

Dr Amanda Gummer, Founder & CEO of the Good Play Guide

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Supporting Children’s Mental health in the early Years - Sabrina Persiano

Supporting Children’s Mental Health in the Early Years: identification, intervention & impact Walt Disney once said that our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. If we want future generations to thrive then we are obliged to not only support children’s mental health but also to help them realise their full potential. In this seminar we will look at how we identify mental health needs, how childcare professionals can use basic principles to support children alongside intervention, and finally we will look at how we can all make an impact in placing children’s mental health a priority with policy makers.

Sabrina Persiano, Certified Play and Creative Arts Therapist (PTUK)

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Provocations to Encourage Creativity - Leslie Patterson

Creativity is much more than artistic expression; it has a place in all areas of learning and is deeply connected to the Characteristics of Effective Learning. This seminar demonstrates how a range of stimuli can act as provocations which encourage children to approach learning imaginatively and creatively. Participants will have the opportunity to explore resources, responding to the stimuli presented to them.

Leslie Patterson, Education Consultant, Finding the Magic in the Early Years

2.45pm – 3.30pm: 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

Curiosity Approach
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