Early Years Summit

The 2018 Autumn Summit:
Leading Practitioners, Leading Practice

22nd October to 28th October 2018

The Autumn Summit 2018 is now over, but you can pre-register to get details of the 2019 Spring Summit as soon as they're available...

Or you can buy the Autumn 2018 recordings to keep and watch forever...

Get the Autumn 2018 Summit Recordings

Here's just some of the things you'll learn at the Autumn 2018 Summit...

  • Outstanding Environments
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    Benefits of being outdoors
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  • Practitioner and educator wellbeing
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  • Children's wellbeing
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    Supporting children in our settings
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Nursery Owner, Canada

This was the easiest, most comfortable, convenient form of education I have ever been involved in! My daughter also participated in the Early Years Summit and introduced this concept to me which I absolutely loved. We have educated and cared for children for over 25 years may I say it was magnificent to meet and hear of others in our field all over the world! Kristal and I have picked up a few ideas from the summit introducing the ideas to our children and families have proved to be most successful and FUN!

Just want to tell you how much I am enjoying the Summit ... I have been introduced to some new things ... and have already looked into training to be an INPP as a direct result of your summit (I did not know about this role beforehand, and seems to be the missing link that I have been looking for all these years)!


Early Years Professional

Your Host

Your host for the Summit is well known Early Years author and expert, Kathy Brodie.

She’s the author of multiple books on Early Years childcare and is the founder and organiser of the Early Years Summit and Early Years TV – the leading free online CPD resources for Early Years Practitioners and Educators globally.

She’s also created a number of online training courses covering Observation Assessment and Planning, Sustained Shared Thinking and Schematic play. 

Samantha Mihajlovic

​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

Jackie Young

Early Years Professional & Pre-School Manager


The Summit Broadcast Schedule

Each interview will be posted on the day, as per the schedule below, and then available to watch until the end of the Summit on Sunday 28th October

Monday 22nd October 2018 
Outstanding Environments

Alistair Bryce-Clegg 

Vanessa Dooley

Lisa Stell

Playfulness and Learning

  • What do we mean by 'Playfulness'
  • How children's learning and playfulness are linked
  • Strategies that you can implement in your environments to increase playfulness
  • Reflecting on your environment from the children's perspective

Effective provocations in the environment

  • How to make environments that excite and interest children (and adults)
  • Effective - and cost effective - items of provocation
  • Essential elements for an outstanding environment

Outstanding childminders environment

  • How childminders can make the most of their outdoors
  • Ideas for resources and activities for all children
  • Forest school approach for childminders
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Practitioner's Wellbeing

Christopher Phoenix 

Jamel Campbell

Sarah Fillingham

Lauren Coulter

Practitioner Wellbeing

  • Helping 'our story' or self-narratives to be positive and affirming
  • How to change 'our story'
  • Encouraging educators and practitioners to self reflect

The role of networks in supporting practitioners

  • The ways projects and networks can support practitioner's wellbeing
  • The role of the employer and Jamel's experiences with LEYF
  • Jamel's story book for children

Proactively supporting practitioners in a setting

  • Use of the SSTEW scale to support practitioners, improve practice and help children
  • Range of practical, reflective frameworks to help practitioners
  • Action for Happiness and using neuroscience to inform the future at Portico Nurseries

Working together effectively in the 2/3 year old room

  • The small acts of kindness that can make all the difference
  • Effective, practical meeting strategies
  • Reflection and supporting each other day to day
Wednesday 24th October 2018

Rachel Buckler

Ursula Krystek-Walton


  • The unique role of the Early Years in safeguarding children
  • Updates of safeguarding legislation and procedure
  • Differences between neglect and abuse
  • Working with families and other professionals

Safeguarding in practice

  • Implementing safeguarding policies and procedures, whatever your setting size
  • Methods for improving, updating and reviewing safeguarding
  • Top tips for safeguarding so children really benefit
Thursday 25th October 2018
Children's Wellbeing

Sandi Phoenix

Daniel Butcher

Susan Stacey

Diana Suskind

Jon Rolnik

Tash Treveton 

 Nicole Halton

Children's Wellbeing

  • Phoenix Cups framework
  • Recognising children's wellbeing and their needs through their behaviour 
  • Top tips for Cup filling for educators and practitioners

Children's wellbeing as a Manny/nanny

  • The role of a male nanny or Manny
  • Children's wellbeing and how Mannies and nannies can support this
  • Life in Los Angeles with young children

Emergent Curriculum and pedagogical documentation

  • How practitioners and educators can use the emergent curriculum to support children
  • The role of pedagogical documentation in making learning visible 
  • Top tips and ideas to support children's wellbeing

Stonework Play 

  • Making children's learning and understanding visible through Stonework Play
  • How 'Tarry Time' during Stonework Play can increase empathy, compassion and respectful interactions
  • Bringing children closer to nature and inspiring meaningful stories
  •  International Stonework Play Day 3rd November 2018

Physical activity and children's development 

  • How agility, balance and co-ordination support children's mastery disposition
  • Ideas for structuring a physical activity session
  • Top tips for practical and cost effective physical activities

Babies' wellbeing

  • Supporting the wellbeing of babies
  • 'Planning' for babies and their unique developmental needs
  • Considerations around babies being outdoors
Friday 26th October 2018
Outdoors Play and Learning

Professor Jan White

Claire Foster

Jill Watts

Kim Hunter

Viki Veale

Claire Martin

Outdoors Play and Learning

  • The '3 hours outdoors every day' Awareness campaign
  • The physical, biological, psychological and physiological benefits of being outdoors
  • How to access the outdoors, wherever you are in the world, if you are in a city or in the country

Creating an outdoors environment

  • The essential learning that can be gained from hills
  • Beyond the gate and working in partnership with parents
  • Top tips for activities and provision outdoors

Sensory integration outdoors

  • Importance of full sensory experiences for children
  • Outdoors and sensory integration
  • Top tips for sensory activities

Time to Play

  • Learn about the Waldorf School pedagogy
  • Discussion about Kim's film 'Time to Play'
  • Hear about Kim's own experiences of homeschooling 

Outdoor play in a digital age

  • The importance of outdoor play in a modern childhood
  • How research projects can improve practice
  • Benefits of a further and continued professional development

Comparisons between outdoors in the UK and in the US

  • Being outdoors in Boston, US
  • Inspiring others to enjoy the outdoors
  • Top tips for outdoors 
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018 - All videos are available for free

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Silver Sponsor

Let them Bloom with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership
The EYN Partnership has a unique network of registered nutrition professionals (registered nutritionists and dieticians) who deliver nutrition support to nurseries and pre-schools. Our support is tailored towards each individual setting, helping you to improve nutrition practice through a whole setting approach. 

EYN Partnership resources are developed by the British Nutrition Foundation and the Pre-school Learning Alliance and fully support the nutritional requirements of Ofsted.

Find out more here:  eynpartnership.org

Here's Why You Should Attend the
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. 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 for a full year.

Once-in-a-lifetime speakers

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

We've hand picked speakers to make sure you get the full breadth of coverage on outdoor play and learning. You'll get insights from seasoned practitioners, leading-edge thinkers and the latest research.

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 leading experts who will make a real contribution to developing your understanding.

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


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, my recordings  or transcripts - or any other problems with the summit?