The #1 Online CPD Event For Early Years Professionals

The 2017 Autumn Summit on Young Children's Physical Development is now over.

You can buy the recordings, transcripts and certificate for the summit in the Online Store below...

And if you register below I'll keep you up to date with details for the next summit and other free CPD resources for Early Years Practitioners and Educators.

Mon 25th Sept - Sun 1st Oct

2017 Autumn Summit: Children’s Physical Development: Strategies for Support

Some of the leading Early Years experts from around the world share their strategies for helping children develop their Physical Development.

Carmen Powell Early Years Advisor

I can't thank you enough for the interviews you are filming with these prominent professionals. It is a joy to hear them talk about quality interaction and relationships. The content is so useful to help support staff with children.

Not quite all the way through yet, but absolutely brilliant! Got something from everyone so far...very useful, thank you so much. Have bought the recordings, great for training staff.

Kim Benham Early Years Professional & Pre-School Manager

Our Expert Speakers

Sally Goddard Blythe

Rae Pica

Steven White

Sue Robb

Prof. Pat Preedy

Maggie Dent

Nicola Burke

Helen Battelley

Sandi Phoenix

Sharon Skade

Sue Palmer

Kathleen Porter

Dr Lala Manners


Anne O'Connor

Barbara Isaacs

Get Access to All Our Expert Interviews Completely Free

Each of the Expert Interviews will be free to view during the summit from Mon 25th Sept to Sun 1st Oct.
Or you can buy the recordings to watch and learn at any time.

Samantha Mihajlovic Kindergarten Teacher

I just wanted to very quickly pop you an email to say how very much I am enjoying the Early Years Summit! For practitioners like myself who work in settings outside of the UK our opportunities for quality CPD can be very limiting. Having access to such a range of professional experts in the field of Early Years is quite a treat!!

Thank you! The interviews have been thought provoking and inspirational. I will be taking a great deal back to my setting.

Jackie Young Early Years Professional & Pre-School Manager

The Summit Broadcast Schedule

Each interview will be posted up on the day below, and then available to watch until the end of the summit on Sunday October 1st.

Why do children in the UK start school so young?

  • Brief background of school starting age in the UK
  • The Physical Development problems caused by starting school at this age
  • The formation and development of the Upstart Scotland campaign to increase school starting age

Sue Palmer


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Outdoors and nature play, practical ideas and methods

  • A Common Sense approach to nature play
  • The multiple ways that children benefit from this type of play
  • Brilliant Australian strategies and ideas to facilitate adventuresome play

Maggie Dent


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Reflexes

  • What early childhood reflexes are
  • The contribution of early childhood reflexes to children’s Physical Development
  • Strategies to use if reflexes are retained

Sally Goddard-Blythe

Dental health and oral hygiene

  • The effects of poor dental health on children’s Physical Development
  • Practical methods for introduce tooth brushing in any setting
  • Strategies for embedding good dental health with parents

Sue Robb


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Healthy postures for babies and children

  • A brief history of the changes in posture and alignment
  • What exactly is meant by a ‘healthy posture’
  • "Sad dog" and "happy dog" sitting to improve children’s life-long Physical Development

Kathleen Porter


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Early years obesity and the effects on children's physical development.

  • Background to the obesity issues in early childhood
  • Strategies and ideas to support practitioners and educators to help combat the problems obesity causes
  • Reflections on practitioner’s own Physical health

Dr. Lala Manners

Toddlers moving and learning

  • Young children do not exist only from the neck up!
  • Why movement is critical not only to physical development, but to social/emotional and cognitive development as well
  • How to use movement and physical activity to promote understanding of academic concepts

Rae Pica


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The role of music in physical development

  • Music and drama as a vehicle for Physical Development
  • Examples of types of music to use for different types of Physical Development
  • How to design a music and movement session for young children

Helen Battelley


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The Movement for Learning project

  • Physical Development in Reception in school and the knock on effects for other areas of learning and development
  • Examples from the Movement for Learning project of activities
  • Details of how schools can sign up for this free programme on Physical Development

Prof. Pat Preedy

Practitioner's own experiences

  • The multi-sensoriness of children’s Physical Development
  • How the vestibular and proprioception senses are vital to children’s Physical Development
  • Practical ideas and strategies for educators, managers and practitioners to get more involved with children’s Physical Development

Anne O'Connor


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Research about the benefits of music and movement

  • The different ways children can access musical instruments to benefit Physical Development
  • Advice on choosing – and displaying – instruments
  • The positive effects of music on babies and very young children’s Physical Development

Nicola Burke


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Outdoors and risky play, practical ideas and methods

  • Practical and proactive strategies for improving children’s Physical Development in a nursery/day care setting
  • Tried and tested ideas for using cable drums, climbing equipment and a fire pit to encourage children’s Physical Development
  • Underpinning pedagogy about ‘risky’ play

Steven White

Montessori and physical development

  • Dr Maria Montessori’s reflections on children’s Physical Development
  • The theory behind children’s Physical Development in a Montessori setting
  • Some practical demonstrations of equipment used for fine and gross motor skills in a Montessori setting

Barbara Isaacs


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The practitioners role

  • Practical ideas for Physical Development Activities for all ages
  • Effective activities when you have a small budget (or no budget)
  • Engaging and involving parents with their children’s Physical Development
  • Examples and case studies from GM Moving

Sharon Skade


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The Survival Cup from the Phoenix Cup Philosophy 

  • What the Survival Cup stands for
  • The integration of health and Physical Development
  • How educators and practitioners can fill children’s Survival (and other) Cups

Sandi Pheonix

Here's Why You Should Attend The Autumn 2017 Early Years Summit

Attend from the comfort of your own home or setting 

There's no travel or hotels to book, saving you money and avoiding you having to take time off work and arrange cover to attend, and spending time away from your family.

All the expert interviews can be viewed from home, your setting, or anywhere with an internet connection.

Watch at your convenience

The expert interview videos will be available online so you can watch them at your own convenience. Each interview will be live from the time it's broadcast to the end of the summit on Sunday October 1st. You can watch the interviews completely free at any time during that period.

And if you get the All-Access Pass, you’ll have access to all the interviews forever.

Once-in-a-lifetime speakers

You won't find such an incredible lineup of expert speakers with in-depth knowledge at any other conference. 

We've hand picked speakers to make sure you get the full breadth of coverage of Physcial Development. You'll get insights from the latest research along with "in the field" experience from front-line practitioners.

High quality training for your continuing professional development - FREE! 

For many practitioners it's so hard to get access to high quality CPD at a reasonable price. The Early Years Summit has the very best, in-depth training from leading experts - and it's FREE!

The insights and practical ideas from our experts will help you become a better practitioner and most importantly, deliver better outcomes for your children,

Get Access to All Our Expert Interviews Completely Free

Each of the Expert Interviews will be free to view during the summit from Mon 25th Sept to Sun 1st Oct. Or you can buy the recordings to watch and learn at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

How do I access the expert interviews?

How long will I have access to the interviews for?

Can I share the interviews with my colleagues and friends?

Do I need any special equipment to watch the videos?

What if I have problems accessing the videos or my All Access Pass - or any other problems with the summit?

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Silver Sponsor: 


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HiMama is also an advocate for early childhood professionals, with campaigns such as the Early Childhood Educator of the Year and weekly episodes of The Preschool Podcast.

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Silver Sponsor:


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Our products are researched and sourced based on ideas and suggestions from advisers, teachers, practitioners and many others, whose number one priority is the same as our own – children.

The result is exceptional, innovative resources that will meet your needs