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An opportunity for you to discuss and debate important issues of the day with speakers and fellow early years professionals. Below is the programme from 2024.

Friday

12:15  -  12:45

Let’s digest the problem with food play

There has been a lot of debate around food play over the last couple of years, but where are we at now? Hear some examples from settings, split views and alternatives to common practice.

Angelica Celinska in conversation with Shardi Vaziri

 

13:00  -  13:30 

The Famly Interview: David Wright on the history of EY

David Wright was 2023’s recipient of the Nursery World’s Lifetime Achievement award for a reason. Cut David open, and he would bleed early years - and he has so much to share from his decades-long experience running the award-winning Paint Pots Nurseries as a hands-on leader. Join David and Matt from Famly as they discuss live David’s Nursery World talk about the history of Early Years, how we get more men into the sector, and how we tackle the big challenges facing teams across the country.

David Wright and Matt Arnerich

 

13:45  -  14:15 

Ofsted - ‘A curriculum for all – inclusion in the early years’

During this session, Wendy and Sam will share how a well-thought-out curriculum can support all children to do well, including those who have SEND. Wendy and Sam will share what Ofsted’s research says about how to do this and provide some practical advice on the best areas to focus on. Wendy and Sam will also explain how the interactions practitioners have with children can be central to the graduated response set out in SEND legislation.

Wendy Ratcliff and Sam Sleeman-Boss

14:30  -  15:00 

The Famly Interview: Jaqueline Harding on play and the brain

Dr Jaqueline Harding knows a thing or two about developing brains. Whether it’s advising the creators of Teletubbies, or the government, Jaqueline brings her deep understanding of neuroscience and early years. Hear Jaqueline and Matt from Famly talk all about why developing brains love to play, what it’s like advising children’s tv shows the world over, and all about the important work of the Bright Start Foundation.

Jaqueline Harding and Matt Arnerich

15:15 – 15:45

Sustainable Development Goals – Why they apply to every single one of us

Sustainability is not simply about recycling and being eco-friendly. From gender equality to addressing poverty – to build a more sustainable society we need to start with our youngest generation by building strong foundations. We will reflect on how we can be more sustainable in the widest sense, what this looks like in our settings, and what we already do that’s putting us on track, globally, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Angelica Celinska in conversation with Sue Allingham

 

Show closes 16:30

Saturday

12:15  -  12:45

What’s the problem with tuff trays?

Tuff trays have been a staple resource within our settings for years, but do we overuse them? We will unpick whether we are encouraging lazy practice through tuff trays and discuss what are the best ways to make use of them. 

Angelica Celinska in conversation with Aaron Bradbury

 

13:00  -  13:30 

The Famly Interview: Imogen Edmunds on the biggest HR challenges of 2024

No one knows about HR in early years like Imogen Edmunds. And with the recruitment crisis continuing to rear its head, it’s harder than ever to retain and recruit staff. Come and stop by to listen to Imogen and Matt from Famly talk all about the biggest HR headaches coming your way in 2024, and how to get on top of them - as well as hearing how you can make sure you recruit and retain your very best staff.

Imogen Edmunds and Matt Arnerich

 

13:45  -  14:15 

British Values – Have we got them wrong?

When did you last critically reflect on the concept of British Values? What do they mean to you, your setting and your community? And when you dig deeper, do you even agree with them? It is time to be critical and question whether what we know as British Values really are the values we want to follow and encourage our youngest generation to adopt.

Angelica Celinska in conversation with Nathan Archer

 

14:30  -  15:00 

The Famly Interview: Alice Sharp on Early Language Development

 

Alice Sharp is one of the true early years greats. Hear her on stage once, and you won’t forget it - and you’ll wish she was around to help your own littles learn in their early years. In this live interview, you can listen in as Alice and Matt from Famly discuss the pillars of early language development, why curiosity is at the absolute core of great early years practice, and maybe a little about Matt and Alice’s years long dream of starting an EY pedagogy cruise…

Alice Sharp and Matt Arnerich 

 

Show closes 15:30

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