It’s a time of big change for early years leaders.
The new Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework comes into force from 1st September and with it comes new freedom for early years leaders to design and implement a curriculum designed around the needs of the children in their care.
Early years settings and educators are interpreting the new framework in their own way, combining non-statutory guidance from Development Matters and Birth To 5 Matters with their own professional judgement to develop a curriculum which reflects context and community.
At the same time, leaders are grappling with unprecedented staff and funding shortages, all while holding responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our children through a pandemic.
Combining case studies from early adopter schools and guidance from expert speakers covering Curriculum and Assessment, Management and Leadership, and Safeguarding and Quality Care, the National Early Years Conference 2021 has been designed to support all early years settings, prioritising collaborative discussion between practitioners.
You’ll leave with the practical guidance, inspiration and confidence you need to develop a ground-breaking curriculum, support your staff effectively, and deliver quality care for your children.
Group discounts of up to £35 per person available!
What will I take away?
- Insight from early adopter case studies – discover how early adopter schools are implementing the new framework and using non-statutory guidance to inform their pedagogy and practice
- Practical and actionable guidance from leading experts – hear from early years experts and trainers on the latest guidance on a range of topics, from safeguarding, SEN and assessment to referrals, recruitment and resilience
- Inspiration, benchmarking and support from your peers – collaborate and network with other early years practitioners in a conference environment dedicated to exchange between colleagues
Who should attend?
- Private, voluntary and independent nursery owners, managers and deputy managers
- Nursery and early years settings practitioners and teachers
- Primary school early years and EYFS phase leaders and practitioners
- Reception leaders and teachers
- Special school with early years provision
- Registration & refreshments
Keynote: Chair’s welcome + introduction
Following a year of unprecedented change, disruption and virtual-only training, we welcome you to the first-ever, in-person National Early Years Conference
Exploring the new early years foundation stage framework and non-statutory guidance
Keynote: Making development matter: informing your approach to early years curriculum
Dr Julian GrenierHeadteacher, Sheringham Nursery School
Hear how the Development Matters non-statutory guidance is being interpreted and implemented to help adapt early settings curricula to the new framework
Keynote: Birth to 5 Matters: an alternative reference point
Examining the non-statutory guidance from the Early Years Coalition, discover how schools are embracing and implementing an alternative to the Development Matters guidance
Keynote: How online learning journals are adapting to the new framework
With the move away from traditional tracking and tick-boxes, how are online learning journals now working with early years educators to monitor child development?
Q&A: What framework guidance works best for my setting?
Dr Julian GrenierHeadteacher, Sheringham Nursery School
Your chance to ask questions around the new statutory framework and non-statutory guidance, and determine what that looks like for your setting and children
Grab a coffee + discuss what you’ve heard!
Pick and move between three streams, depending on what’s most relevant to you and your setting
|Embedding Characteristics of Effective Learning
Prioritise play, exploration and creativity in our curriculum, and enable staff to put outcomes first and have the confidence to talk to Ofsted about a play-based curriculum
|A complex-needs curriculum
Practical guidance from a leading SEN expert on implementing a curriculum that reflects complex and individual needs, enables children to ascribe meaning in their own way
|No tick-boxes, no tracking
Moving away from formalised tracking and worksheets, how do we now monitor pupil progress with less paperwork and give staff the confidence to talk about it with Ofsted?
|Protocols, policies + procedures
Establishing a watertight set of procedures and policies that keep children safe in education while providing staff with the confidence and clarity to act appropriately
|Literacy in early years
Examining the role of language, words and books in early years settings, ensuring purposeful writing, not for its own sake, and ensuring that it responds to the needs of all children
|ELGs + baseline assessment
Hear how receptions are adapting teaching and assessment to Early Learning Goals and baseline assessments, while incorporating the Characteristics of Effective Learning into their pedagogy
Take lunch + discuss what you’ve heard!
Practitioner case studies
Hear 3 case studies from 2 early adopter schools and 1 private nursery
- Welcome back
Case Study: How we developed our own curriculum as an early adopter
Hear how an early adopter school embraced both Development Matters and Birth to Five Matters to inform their own expertise and reflect their context and children
Case Study: How we built a play-based curriculum for our pupils
Listen to how one nursery refocused its curriculum around play, exploration and the Characteristics of Effective Learning to adapt to its children’s needs and abilities
Case Study: Rethinking our approach to how we monitor child development
Hear how another early adopter evolved its approach to tracking and assessment in the light of new statutory and non-statutory framework guidance
Q&A: Quiz the case studies
Your chance to put questions to the early years case studies
Short coffee break
Grab a quick coffee before joining one of the masterclass roundtables
Choose between 6 roundtables, led by expert speakers on staffing, tracking progress, anti-racism and wellbeing
|Embed anti-racism in early years education
Encourage inclusivity, equity and openness from an early age
|A practical guide to effective staffing
Prioritise quality recruitment, improve staff retention and build attractive career paths
|Open discussion: play-based learning
Share best practice on enabling a play-based curriculum, and how to tailor that to our setting
|Open discussion: the role of online learning journals
A collaborative discussion around the use of learning journals in light of the new framework
|Case study: making effective referrals
The dos and don’ts of referrals, based on a case study of safeguarding in early years
|Nurture a culture of resilience
Supporting workplace mental health and wellbeing, enabling staff to leave work at the door
Keynote: Close of conference and wrap-up of the day
After a day of expert perspectives and leading practitioner case studies, leave the first-ever National Early Years Conference feeling inspired and confident to make change tomorrow.