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Code: SGC/20/229 Early Years Conference 2020 (£)

South Gloucestershire Early Years Conference
Putting play back at the heart of early years

Saturday 29 February 2020

UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QZ


Nancy Stewart

All to play for: playing, learning -- and teaching young children?

Working with young children today demands attention to aspects including teaching, curriculum, assessment, child development and learning, not to mention the statutory demands of the EYFS and Ofsted's latest emphasis. In this complex picture the central importance of play for young children can be squeezed out, leaving adults uncertain of where play fits in, why it matters, and what it has to do with adults anyway. Let's stop, refresh the picture and ensure children experience their right to play, with all the rich benefits it brings.

Nancy Stewart is a writer, consultant and trainer with nationally recognised expertise in early years development and learning. She has wide experience across early years sectors in schools, nurseries, local authority advisory service, and National Strategies where she was Senior Early Years Adviser and wrote guidance materials including ‘Learning, Playing and Interacting’. She has worked to implement national programmes and advised on curriculum and assessment in the EYFS review. Early communication and language for thinking is one area of her interest and expertise, along with children’s development as self-regulated learners and the central place of play, as well as playful teaching and learning. Nancy co-authored Development Matters with Helen Moylett, and wrote How children learn - The characteristics of effective early learning, among other publications. She currently serves as Chair of TACTYC, the Association for Professional Development in Early Years.

Sharon Drew

Wiggle and Shake your Body Awake

Tempted to a little power nap after your busy morning? Not today!.........This is an interactive session which presents a selection of fun activities you can adapt and use in your setting, to help the children re-focus and wake up their brains and bodies, especially when they have had to sit still for a while, or after lunch when they may be feeling a bit sluggish.

Sharon Drew is an author and experienced trainer from a health and education background with a wealth of experience of working with children and their families. Known for her highly practical and fun presentation style, she aims to offer practitioners fresh ideas to assist them in their work place. 


Ofsted registered South Gloucestershire Settings £80
Others £140
Early Bird rate* £75

*The Early Bird rate of £75 is for Ofsted registered South Gloucestershire settings only and is only applicable if spaces are booked and paid for before Friday 3 January 2020.
Cost includes refreshments and a cold buffet lunch.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 29 February 2020 08:45 - 15:15 UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre Map