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Early Years SEN Conference 2019 - Early Years Inclusion: A Foundation for All, A Future for All

Event/course Code SFVSS 19/033
Event/course type Conference
Event Introduction This is the conference is *NEW for 2019* and will be an annual event for all SENCos and practitioners working in Early Years settings in Kingston, Richmond and Windsor and Maidenhead. Its purpose is to create an annual opportunity for SEN practitioners across all areas to come together to network and to develop professional knowledge and skills in their field.

Workshops and keynote speeches will include a mix of the practical and inspirational. Its is anticipated that this event will be extremely popular, please book early to ensure your place and avoid any disappointment. The charge for this event will be £130.

In 2018 the Department for Education awarded Achieving for Children a grant from the 30 Hours Delivery Support Fund. Part of this grant has be used towards a project that involves developing a higher level of inclusive practice by enhancing the skills of the PVI sector and childminders across Kingston and Richmond

A total of 12 settings with strong inclusive practice, across both boroughs, have taken part in the project. The 12 settings, known as Inclusion Hubs have received a comprehensive and enhanced programme for SENCos and/or other staff members to better support the inclusion of children with significant needs, who may also be eligible for 30 hours. As part of this project the 12 Inclusion Hub settings will be expected to contribute in the upskilling of the early years sector, by sharing and disseminating excellent inclusive practice with other settings across Kingston, Richmond and Windsor and Maidenhead. This conference will provide an opportunity for them to share their learning through a selection of workshops.
Event Content This will be a comprehensive and valuable day for Early Years practitioners who are working with children with additional needs. There will be opportunity for networking, sharing ideas and hearing from experts in the field. The full day will be opened and closed with two informative, inspirational and knowledgeable keynote speakers.

Morning Keynote - Early Years SEN: The Future Landscape - Julie revels and Philippa Stobbs

Julie is a well established independent consultant, speaker and trainer specialising in inclusion in the early years and understanding the importance of early child development on later outcomes, including supporting young children with neurodevelopmental differences. She has recently been involved in delivery of seminars for the 25th Anniversary SEN Times Educational Supplement Show in London. Julie delivers keynote speeches and facilitates workshops across the country.

Julie also works for a range of national organisations such as nasen, British Association of Early Education, Council for Disabled Children, Action for Children.

Julie is currently involved in the delivery of a number of national projects to increase access and inclusion of children with SEND in the early years.

Julie is also a lead associate for KCA Training, delivering training in relation to social and emotional well- being, which focuses on understanding the importance of attachment, trauma and resilience throughout the lifetime.

Philippa is the Assistant Director (Education) at the Council for Disabled Children. Her professional background is in teaching and school inspection work. She has led a number of national developments in the education of disabled children and children with SEN including partnership projects bringing together providers, parents and children and young people themselves. She has led policy work for the Special Educational Consortium since 1992 and the development of national support to parent partnership services. She was the principal author of the original DRC Code of Practice for schools and DfES guidance on implementing the DDA in educational settings. She trains, writes and provides consultancy on SEN and disability issues for schools and local authorities.

She was recently seconded to the Department for Children, Schools and Families where she managed the Lamb Inquiry into parental confidence and DCSF work with the National Strategies on SEN progression and the development of RAISE online to incorporate SEN data.

Afternoon Keynote – Aspergers, Education & Me - Dean Beadle

Dean Beadle is a successful adult with Aspergers Syndrome. He is an experienced journalist, and he tours extensively speaking about his experiences with Aspergers; discussing how he developed from a child considered a "monster" to an A-Grade Student. Dean's story highlights a humorous and moving personal experience of life in education with Aspergers, and proves just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children on the spectrum.

The middle part of the day will be made up of workshops, and delegates will need to choose two sessions to attend on arrival. Workshops on offer will include the following:

· Assessing and Supporting Social and Emotional Competence: Implementing the SCERTS assessment - Susanne Tredwell
· Social Learning Theory and Positive Parenting of Early Years - Josephine Burke
· 'He did what?......Why?' Seeing things from a different perspective when trying to make sense of the behaviour of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Communication Difficulties - Hannah Webber
· One for all and all for one. Supporting the emotional well-being of staff in your setting so that they can best support children - Rob Dembrey and Advantage Day Nursery
· SEN and the Early Years - Julie revels and Philippa Stobbs

Full workshop choice and content will be available nearer the time along with the full agenda. We are sure that this conference will be an inspiring and engaging event which will be valuable for Special Educational Needs Coordinators of varying experience. There will be something for everyone!
Event Learning Outcomes After the conference delegates will be able to:

· Demonstrate the benefits of Networking opportunities with other SENCos and SEN practitioners
· Explore and share best practice between local schools
· Cascade to colleagues the key themes from the national speakers and from the DfE Project
· Demonstrate developed leadership in early years provision
· Apply new skills and strategies for children and young people with SEN and mental health difficulties
Trainers Linda Brown / Rob Dembrey
Course categories SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour
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 1Monday 20 May 201908:30 - 16:00Harlequin FC, Members Club House, Langhorn Drive, TW1 7SX