Conference Overview

The (EYFS) learning and development requirements are informed by the best available evidence on how children learn and reflect the broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes children need as foundations for good future progress.

(Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012)

Our Early Years settings should be the best place to learn and achieve. There is huge potential to really engage children in their learning through quality play experiences in a stimulating environment. All too often this potential is squeezed out of Early Years by a misguided belief that a ‘formal’ approach to teaching and learning is the only way to get results.

A wealth of experience and a passion for quality child led learning tells me that this isn’t the case. A well planned environment that underpins quality play experiences, delivered by skillful practitioners is a guaranteed recipe for success. Through ‘Excellence in Early Years’ I will introduce you to a range of tried and tested strategies that will help you to achieve this goal.

During the day we will look at

  • How you can link your environment to on going assessment.
  • The balance between adult led and child initiated learning.
  • The principles behind the concept of Continuous Provision and how to make it work.
  • How you can use your environment, planning and assessment to show that children are making progress within the Development Matters statement.

Benefits of Attending

  • Strengthen your knowledge of what the key elements of an effective Early Years environment inside and out should be and why.
  • Take time to reflect on the effectiveness of the provision that you put in place and the skills that it develops.
  • Learn how to carry out an in-depth skills audit for all areas of provision with practical examples.
  • Take away strategies for planning high level attainment in adult led activities and periods of Continuous Provision with planning formats to get you started.
  • Have the opportunity to look at the role of the adult in facilitating effective and productive learning both inside and out.
  • Discover how to create an audit trail for attainment in an effective Early Years environment.
  • Learn how to prepare your children for ‘school readiness’ enabling them to achieve high levels of attainment without a Key Stage One approach.

Who Should Attend?

  • Head Teachers
  • Members of Senior Leadership Team
  • Middle Leaders
  • Early Years Coordinators
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Early Years Support Staff
  • Governors
  • Advisory Teachers

Conference Dates

  • There are currently no dates available.

Conference Costs

  • Cost per person £185 (+VAT)
  • Group bookings of 10 or more people £149 (+VAT) per person
  • Concessionary rate for self funding students, childminders and playgroups £99 (+VAT)

Invoices will be sent to the email address provided on the booking form approximately six weeks before the event.


This conference will start at 9.30am (Foyer open from 8.45am for drinks/morning pastry) and will finish at approximately 4pm.

We're aware some people have a fair distance to travel and trains to catch so we tend to have a working break in the afternoon so you can get away promptly.

How to Book

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to cancel all conferences for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, we’re working on creating more online training modules but also looking into ways we can reproduce the conference experience without a room full of people. The wonders of technology! As things progress, we’ll advertise any future virtual events on all our social media platforms and let all our subscribers know by email.

Hopefully things will improve in 2021 and we can get back to meeting face to face.