The #1 Online CPD Event For Early Years Professionals

2016 Summit: Talking With Children and Quality Interactions


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What is the Early Years Summit?

The Early Years Summit is an annual online CPD event for Early Years Practitioners. Each year the summit will provide in-depth training in the fundamental skills needed in the Early Years through interviews and presentations with leading experts and practitioners.

The training is completely free to attend, you just need to register and you'll be sent details of how to access the material when it's available. You also have the chance to buy the recordings of the event to watch and listen at your own pace later.

2016's event will be focused on the key topic of "Talking With Children and Quality Interactions". Watch this space for details of the speakers and topics.

Meet Our Speakers

Marion Dowling

Marion is a hugely respected consultant, inspirational trainer and Vice-President of Early Education. She's the author of Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Young Children's Thinking.  

Michael Jones

Michael has a background in speech and language therapy and teaching and co-led the Every Child a Talker (ECAT) programme in three areas of England. Michael has published widely on children’s language development and learning and much of his work is free to download at

Recently he has written: Talking and Learning with Young Children *Use discount code UK16AUTHOR  at for a 25% discount!*

And On Your Marks!

Kathy Brodie

Kathy is an independent consultant and author. She runs the online training website Her books include: Observation, Assessment and Planning and Sustained Shared Thinking in the Early Years. and Inclusion and Early Years Practice (with Keith Savage)

Laura Henry

Laura Henry is an expert international award-winning Early Childhood specialist. She is the founder of the community interest company for Early Childhood trainers and consultants, NEYTCO; vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education; and national representative for the World Forum on Early Care and Education.

Laura is organising the first Early Years Safeguarding & Child Protection conference

Dr Ann Clare

Dr Ann Clare is a consultant and author, who has worked across the sector. Her PhD, researching babies and young children under three, inspired her first book, Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers and to co-author a second edition of Working with Babies and Children with Dr  Jools Page and Prof Cathy Nutbrown.

Ann’s two gorgeous grandchildren, Oscar and Lottie, have been her inspiration for her new book Interaction and Communication in the Early Years.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Alistair is an award-winning author and product designer, whose work has been published in a number of books and magazines. He also sits on the advisory board for Early Years Educator (EYE). Alongside support and training for a range of settings and schools Alistair works Internationally and with Local Authorities across the UK.

Find out more about Alistair's Conferences, books and resources at his website here.

June O'Sullivan MBE

June O'Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), the UK’s leading childcare charity and social enterprise, which runs 33 nurseries across eight London boroughs. June is also an inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on early years, social business and child poverty and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University. Her book Successful Leadership in the Early Years was published in 2015.

Dr Jane Bulkeley

University of Chester

Dr Jane Bulkeley has lectured at the University of Chester since 2014, transferring from Glyndŵr University. Her professional interest and experience include the early years and primary phase of formal education, the role of informal and social education, peer observations and supporting teaching and learning in practice. Jane has a large number of conference papers published. She is also an external examiner at the University of the West of England and the University of Huddersfield.

Chris Reid

Chris Reid is the CEO of Connect Childcare, a specialist in nursery management software, recognised within the industry for its strong, sustained sales and use of cutting edge technology across thousands of nurseries and among 30,000 parents across the UK. Creator of ConnectChildcare, ParentZone and iConnect technologies, specifically for the childcare sector.

Niki Buchan

Niki Buchan is an author and international educational consultant with Natural Learning Consultancy. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Scotland and now Australia. She is a strong advocate for children’s right to a high quality childhood, including having regular access to nature, being treated with respect and having their voices heard. Her website is:

Julie Fisher

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. In her consultancy work, Julie draws on her own research projects with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is author of Starting from the Child (4th ed 2013); The Foundations of Learning (2002) and Moving On to Key Stage One (2010). Her latest book is Interacting or Interfering?’ (2016).

Penny Tassoni

Penny Tassoni is PACEY's President. A well-known and well-respected author and trainer, Penny has written over 40 books, including the best-selling Practical EYFS Handbook. Penny has long championed the importance of supporting childcare professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. Her books are known to anyone who has studied child development.

Her latest book is entitled Reducing Educational Disadvantage.

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ParentZone is an easy access communication tool which opens the channels between parents and practitioners to enhance each child’s experience. ParentZone is the smartphone app and secure website which puts a Facebook style timeline of your child’s day in nursery just one tap away. Always.

Silver Sponsor: First Discoverers

First Discoverers is a unique online childcare resource run by Wesco GB. The site publishes weekly informative, topical and academic articles aimed at childcare professionals and parents alike.

As well as their weekly posts, First Discoverers also create free downloadable eBooks. Previous titles include ‘The Science of Childcare’ and ‘What Makes an Outdoor Learning Environment?’ the latest eBook ‘EYFS Developmental Milestones’ is available to download now.

Silver Sponsor: CACHE

Qualifications from Level 1 to Level 5 designed for people wanting to work or who are already working with children or young people.

Our qualifications cover a wide range of job roles from assistants to managers, including people who work or volunteer with children, young people and their families, or whom are responsible for their outcomes.

Silver Sponsor: PACEY

PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. Formed in 1977, we are a charity dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families.

We provide training, practical help and expert advice to practitioners working throughout England and Wales. We also provide peer support and encouragement through our nationwide network of PACEY Local volunteers.