2017 Spring Summit: Children’s Personal, Social
and Emotional Well-Being: Strategies for Support

Meet Our Expert Speakers

Some of the leading Early Years experts from around the world share their strategies
for helping children develop their Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Introducing Our Expert Speakers

Marion Dowling

Marion Dowling needs little introduction in the world of children’s personal, social and emotional development. Her fantastic book 'Young Children's Social, Emotional and Personal Development' available at Sage Publications, is in its fourth edition and is still my ‘go-to’ book when doing anything to do with personal, social and emotional development. It is packed full of great theory, linked closely to good practice.

Marion leads training and often keynotes at conferences that focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development, to great acclaim, often being described as inspirational, thought provoking and supportive. 

Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development, published by Sage.

Jane Evans

Jane began working in early years care and education 22 years ago as a supervisor in a pre-school, she loved it! She also worked in a pre-school for children with complex physical, learning and emotional needs and was a childminder.The children taught her so much and encouraged to study their development and needs so she could better support and care for them. Jane now regularly delivers training to Early Years settings and speaks at conferences focusing the impact of childhood trauma and anxiety on early development.

Website: www.thejaneevans.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jane.evans.16

Twitter: @janeparenting2

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Professor Chris Pascal OBE

Professor Tony Bertram

Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram are founders of European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA).

Professor Chris Pascal OBE is Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (www.crec.co.uk) and President of EECERA. She has written extensively on early childhood development and the quality of early education services and has done significant work at government level to support the development of early years policy, in the UK and internationally.

Professor Tony Bertram is Honorary Professor at Birmingham City University. He was President of EECERA from 1992-2007. Alongside Professor Chris Pascal, he has been the Director of the Effective Early Learning (EEL/BEEL) projects, the Accounting Early for Life Long Learning (AcE) Project, the International Review of Early Years Curriculum and Assessment (INCA) project and was a National Evaluator of the four year DfES Early Excellence Centre Programme.

Most recently he has been engaged in a cross-national Early Years policy comparison tool as part of a project conducted with the IEA (Netherlands).

Both Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram have been Ministerial Advisers to the UK Government and Governments around the world.

Website: www.crec.co.uk and www.eecera.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EECERA/

Twitter: @eecera

Sally Goddard Blythe

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Sally is the author of seven books and other published papers on child development and neuro-developmental factors in specific learning difficulties including: Reflexes, Learning and Behavior, The Well Balanced Child, What Babies and Children REALLY Need, Attention, Balance and Coordination – the A,B,C of Learning Success - a reference source for all professionals involved in child development and education, The Genius of Natural Childhood, Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning and a screening test for clinicians and health practitioners.

Sally has lectured on the role of infant reflexes in development and later learning problems to many different groups throughout Europe including to a working party on child well-being at the European Parliament in Brussels and in different parts of the United States.

Forthcoming publications 2017:• 2nd edition of Attention Balance and Coordination. The A B C of Learning Success. Wiley-Blackwell. Chichester• Raising Happy Healthy Children. Hawthorn Press. Stroud.• Born to Move. Hawthorn Press. Stroud.

www.inpp.org.uk

www.sallygoddardblythe.co.uk

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ inborn capacity to communicate. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee, within the School of Psychology. In 2011, she set up her own independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years.

Suzanne now spends much of her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She is able to bring to this her research expertise on topics including parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the socio-political contexts that frame our responses to scientific information.

She works closely with organisations throughout the world to increase awareness of the decisions we take about caring for children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.

Website: www.suzannezeedyk.com and connectedbaby.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drsuzannezeedyk

Twitter: @suzannezeedyk


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Julia Manning-Morton

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Julia’s career in the early childhood field has included roles as a practitioner, manager, adviser and inspector across a range of settings for children aged 0-7 years and also as a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies.

For much of her career, Julia’s particular interest and passion has been to support the development of effective practice and provision that meets the needs of children from birth to three years olds, being part of the Birth to Three Matters Project Group. Julia’s research and writing is focused on the personal, social and emotional well being of children and practitioners. She is particularly interested in working with leaders in supporting teams to meet the emotional needs of babies and young children.

Website: www.early-education.org.uk/trainers/trainer/8461


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Rob Fox

Rob has worked in schools from London to Italy, although he is currently based in Cambridge, working as a TA at the Stephen Perse Foundation, who care for children from age 3 to 18 and are innovative in their philosophy.

He feels that sharing good practice and networking with others helps raise the bar for everyone. In addition, he would like to see the male/female divide broken down, for the benefit of the children that we educate and care.

Rob is currently studying for his Foundation Degree at Chelsea and Kensington College in London.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Alistair enjoyed a successful 10-year career as the Head teacher of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire. Alongside his headship he established a consultancy career specialising in the education of children in the Early Years.

Demand for his consultancy became so great that Alistair left headship and established ABC Does… (abcdoes.com). Most of his time is spent supporting practitioners in their settings or delivering key notes and training, specialising all aspects of Early Years practice and management for both the maintained and non-maintained sectors nationally and internationally.

Alistair is also 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 also works internationally and with Local Authorities across the UK.

Website: www.abcdoes.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/abcdoes

Twitter: @abcdoes

Instagram: www.instagram.com/abcdoes/


Sandi Phoenix

Sandi Phoenix is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. She is highly regarded as a speaker, coach, mentor and professional development facilitator for the education and care sector in Australia.

Sandi is known for her ‘Cups Philosophy’ that has revolutionised the way educators understand and support children’s behavioural learning. This concept has recently been developed into a resource, The Phoenix Cups Kit, which is now available for educators.

Website: www.phoenix-support.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PhoenixSFE/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/phoenixsupport

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sandi-phoenix-nee-barrett-2b569b55


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"Mrs M"

Mrs. M is a writer and blogger, but first and foremost a busy mum of three. She lives in Cheshire and is a carer for her son with autism. She worked for over 15 years in childcare and education as a Nursery Manager, then as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in a resourced provision. She went on to specialize in supporting children with autism in primary schools.

As well as providing training and support for teachers and learning support staff, she started writing a blog last year as a way of sharing her story and raising awareness, which then led to her running a Facebook support page for other parents and professionals: A Slice of Autism

She has recently published a 5 star review book also called A slice of Autism, what’s normal anyway? which is available now on Amazon.

Twitter: @asliceofautism

Blog: asliceofautism.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sliceofautism

Debi Keyte-Hartland

Debi is an international freelance consultant and blogger, exploring approaches of education that create fertile conditions for deep thinking of both children and educators. Debi is an advocate for the use of the visual arts as a tool for creative and critical thinking, and in how the expressive languages can embrace values of active listening and documentation and the co-construction of knowledge as part of a group. She is Co-Director of Sightlines-Initiative.

Website: www.debikeytehartland.me

Twitter: @debikeytehart

Facebook: Debi Keyte-Hartland (Early Years Ed)


Wendy Baker

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Wendy Baker has worked in the Early Years sector for over 25 years as a Nursery practitioner, Nursery Manager and Area manager, working in both the Private and State sector in nurseries and schools. She has three back to back outstanding Ofsted inspections to her name .Wendy has done troubleshooting and crisis management. Wendy works as a freelance Early Year’s Consultant, offering a number of different training courses and Consultancy services. Some of her courses she runs are around Children’s well being and Mental Health, she has a real interest in anxiety. She runs a number of popular Face book groups, which are close to her heart.

Website: www.wendybaker.guru

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendyBakerEarlyYearsConsultancy

Children Personal ,Social , Emotional and Well being group: www.facebook.com/groups/1706524082939191/

Twitter: @EarlyYearsWendy

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Suzanne Axelsson

Suzanne Axelsson lives and works as an early years director/teacher in Stockholm, Sweden. She was awarded Masters in ECE from Sheffield University, UK, her home country, where she specialized in Reggio Emilia, language and communication, documentation as a tool to aid memory and deepen children's learning, and investigating what “quality” is in an early years setting.

More than 20 years experience in a variety of early years has given Suzanne a broad knowledge and many perspectives that supports her work with children, and for her blog ”Interaction Imagination” that she started writing in 2012.

Until recently Suzanne worked at Filosofiska, Sweden's first preschool with a philosophical profile, where she developed how philosophy can act as a pedagogic tool for young children. Suzanne is presently collating information for a book with the aim of getting teachers and children to think more critically and creatively.

Suzanne is also involved with The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine in an effort to inspire a greater play focus on early childhood education in Jenin, as an advisor from Sweden as well as on site support, teacher training, as well as researching the effectiveness of the course.

Website: interactionimagination.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/InteractionImagination

Twitter: @SuzanneAxelsson

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton is an early years trainer and nurture consultant. Specialising in listening to children and promoting children’s and staff’s wellbeing. As a nurture consultant Sonia supports 4 yr olds who are struggling with the transition into school, with a focus on the child’s and staff wellbeing. Sonia has published a book ‘Promoting young children’s emotional health and wellbeing- a practical guide for professionals and parents’ and is currently writing a follow on-Emotional Wellbeing of early years staff.

Website: www.soniamainstone-cotton.com

Blog details: www.soniamain.wordpress.com

Twitter: @sonia_main


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Mine Conkbayir

Mine is a Training and Development Director and associate at NEyTCO, the membership organisation for trainers, consultants, and researchers in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector (ECCE). She was the acting head of the Centre for Research, Learning and Development at London Early Years Foundation, (LEYF) UK, where she lectured on the Early Childhood Studies Degree programme.She writes extensively on subjects concerning the childcare sector and is also the author of Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues. Her second book, Early Childhood and Neuroscience – Theory, Research & Implications for Practice, has just been published by Bloomsbury.Mine is currently studying for a PhD in early childhood education and neuroscience in order to further her extensive work in the complex and challenging arena of neuroscience and its potential use in early childhood policy and practice.

Website: www.mineconkbayir.blogspot.co.uk

LinkedIn: Mine Conkbayir

Instagram: Neuroinsta85


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Dr Sue Allingham

Sue is a consultant, author and trainer. She is well known through her writing for Early Years Educator – EYE – where she is now Consultant Editor. Sue has also written book - Transitions in the Early Years: A practical guide to supporting children between early years settings and into Key Stage 1 (Early Childhood Essentials) which is published by Practical Preschool. Supporting developmentally appropriate practice – in transitions as well as in all areas of teaching - is a particular interest and Sue runs projects working with Year One teachers to create effective teaching and learning environments.

Twitter: @DrSue22

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Early-Years-Out-of-the-Box-Consultancy-741273769324794/

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