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Annual Early Years Conference 2021 - A World of Opportunities: Reimagining Early Years through the EYFS Reforms

Event/course Code EDU 21/639
Event/course type Conference
Event Introduction This conference is for EYFS teachers working in schools and Early Years Practitioners in the PVI sector. It provides an annual opportunity for practitioners to come together to network, to develop professional knowledge and skills relating to their field. The content of the conference is decided by the Early Years Advisory Team, with input from Leading Foundation Stage Leaders and national speakers.

From September 2021, reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework become statutory. Local Authorities have a duty to provide training for all providers working with children in the EYFS. The key theme of this year’s conference is around the implementation of the EYFS Reforms and some high profile themes that have emerged over the past year.

This is always an extremely well-attended conference. Please book early to secure your place. The charge for this event will be £100.

This year the conference will take place virtually on a conference platform. Joining links will be emailed 48 hours prior to the date of the conference.
Event Content This will be a comprehensive and valuable day for practitioners in school who are working in nursery and reception. There will be an opportunity for networking, sharing ideas and hearing from experts in the field. The day will include one keynote speech, the choice of attending two workshops and conclude with an expert panel for a question and answer session. Workshops will be led by a variety of national and local speakers including Penny Tassoni, Stella Ram-Louis, Christina Woods, Rob Dembrey, Hannanh Webber, Ali McClure, Local EYFS teachers and Lydia Hughes to name but a few.

Dr Julian Grenier will provide a keynote speech to kick off the conference. Julian is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre in Newham, East London and the co-author of Celebrating Children's Learning (Routledge 2018) and the author of Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections (Sage, 2016). He is also a National Leader of Education, one of the co-founders of the East London Partnership Teaching School. From September the Development Matters guidance is supporting schools to implement the EYFS reforms. Dr Julian Grenier led on the writing of Development Matters and will look at the four priorities that are driving the reforms.

Delegates will be able to choose to attend two workshops. Workshop topics are as follows:

• Let’s talk about race and unconscious bias in the early years
• An early years curriculum: the building blocks
• Supporting children with SEN in the early years - how to access Support from the Advisory Team
• Enabling environments: encouraging independence and providing challenge
• Every Interaction is an Intervention
• The importance of Spatial Reasoning in early maths
• Self-regulation
• Autistic Spectrum Condition
• Communication in the environment
• Resilience in the workforce

Delegates will be able to choose their workshops on the day. The full agenda will be sent out before the summer holidays. A full recording of the conference including the workshops will be available after the event for a limited time.

Please note that the agenda and workshops may be subject to change in the event of any unforeseen circumstances
Event Learning Outcomes After the conference delegates will be able to:

• Clarify a more informed understanding of the EYFS reforms in practice
• Evaluate key themes that are currently influencing Early Years practice
• Demonstrate practical strategies to implement in practice via attendance at workshops
• Had the opportunity to hear and be inspired by national speakers
• Cascade to colleagues the key themes from the national speakers
Trainers Various Trainers
Course categories Curriculum Networks, Meetings and Conferences
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs Yes 11 - 19 yrs Yes 19+ yrs Yes 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Friday 3 September 202108:30 - 13:40Home Study, N/A, N/A