An educational and informative seminar programme will be running throughout Childcare Expo Midlands 2019. 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.

An exciting seminar programme is being put together for Childcare & Education Midlands 2020. In this mean time, why not look at last years seminar programme as a guide to whats in store – watch this space!

Friday 27th September

10.45am: The Curiosity Approach - Are you Curious?

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

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. 

Curiosity Approach

11.45am – 12.30pm: An inclusive approach to meeting the needs of children with SEND

Michele Barrett, Executive Head Teacher, Vanessa & Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre

Early education is often the first and only mainstream school experience for a child with severe and complex needs. At both Randolph Beresford and Vanessa Nursery schools in Hammersmith we pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to learning. In this presentation follow Elijah’s journey from entry into nursery, diagnoses, EHCP assessment and transition into school.

Michele Barrett

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Team Motivation and Performance

Jennie Johnson MBE, Chief Executive, Kids Allowed

In this seminar Jennie will speak about the impact that planning, observations, tracking and learning journeys have on team motivation and performance and how you can minimise time on admin and maximise impact for children.

Jennie Johnson

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

Maria Moon, Senior Curriculum Consultant, Early Excellence

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

2.45pm – 3.30pm: An update on the New Education Inspection Framework 2019

Angela Dyer, Early Years Lead Trainer, Ofsted

Angela Dyer is the National Lead Trainer for Early Years at Ofsted. She is responsible for co-ordinating, developing and delivering high quality training and induction for all Early Years inspectors, across the country.

This session is an opportunity to hear from Ofsted about the Education Inspection Framework, which will be introduced in September 2019, and receive the latest sector updates.

Saturday 28th September

10.45am – 11.30am: Are you ready for your inspection?

Vanessa Dooley, Director, Jigsaw Early Years Consultancy

Being ready for your inspection is a need and a must. But showing what IMPACT you are making is the most important aspect for any inspection to go smoothly and successfully. We will discuss what you can do to show IMPACT through being consistent in your practice and how you can SHINE on the day.

Vanessa Dooley

11.45am – 12.30pm: Top Tips for Talking

Deborah Powers, Children’s Speech and Language Therapist, ‘time to talk’™

Exploring practical strategies that you can use throughout everyday activities to support children’s speech, language and communication skills.

Deborah Powers

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Understanding and Supporting Children’s Behaviour

David Wright, Director, Paint Pots Nurseries

Behaviour management policies imply judgement and conformance of children to a set of criteria with no consideration of their emotional state. Valuing each individual and recognising their background, we can start to understand what their behaviour is telling us and how we can help build their self-regulation. Re-framing ‘poor’ behaviour as ‘distressed’ helps us to offer support with compassion rather than condemnation.

David Wright

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Leadership and Inspiring Staff

Jonathan Cunningham MBE, Director & Registered Manager, STORM Consultancy

Jonathan will discuss his experience as a leader within the care sector explaining the processes he takes to motivate his staff, the psychology behind it and the different type of leadership styles he implements to fit each staff members characteristics. Keeping staff happy is at the forefront of a successful care environment. WARNING: There will be strong, exciting energy in this seminar!

Jonathan Cunningham - Storm

2.45pm – 3.30pm: The Future of the EYFS – scrutinising the new Early Learning Goals

Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance

The DfE has piloted proposals for revised ELGs and the EYFSP. A consultation with the sector is on the proposals is expected in the autumn. Experts have expressed concerns that the revised ELGs are inappropriate, and that the emphasis on a more formal approach to learning is at odds with the essence of the current EYFS. This session will explore implications for providers who remain committed to providing quality teaching and learning that is responsive to the needs of the unique child. Participants will be invited to share their views on the proposals and consider how these can inform the consultation process.