Early Years Summit

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  • Autumn 2017 
  • Autumn 2017 SPEAKERS
  • Autumn 2017 Transcripts & certificate

Autumn 2017 Summit on Young Children's Physical Development

Get insights from 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 and Barbara Isaacs.

You get lifetime access to the recordings to watch at any time, the ability to download them to your computer plus free membership of the Early Years Advocates community on Facebook.

NEW! You can now get a certificate for 10 hours of CPD for participation in the summit. 

You'll need to answer a short quiz with questions on each of the summit sessions to prove your attendance and qualify for the certificate.

  • spring 2017
  • spring 2017 SPEAKERS & Talk Details
  • Spring 2017 summit transcripts and book

Marion Dowling

Jane Evans

Prof. Chris Pascal 

Prof. Tony Bertram

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Julia Manning-Morton

Rob Fox

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Sandi Phoenix

"Mrs M"

Debi Keyte-Hartland

Wendy Baker

Suzanne Axelsson

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Mine Conkbayir

Dr Sue Allingham

Speaker Talk Details

  • An overview of the importance of personal, social and emotional development
  • What is children’s self-regulation and why is it becoming so vital
  • How children’s independence can affect their ability to learn

Marion Dowling


  • How anxiety in children manifests itself and the damage this can do
  • Strategies for reducing stress – for both children and staff

Jane Evans


  • What is the High Achieving White Working Class boys research
  • The importance of a ‘significant other’ and how they can drastically improve outcomes for this class of children
  • The implications for our practice

Prof. Chris Pascal & Professor Tony Bertram


  • Why drop-off & pick-up times are so important in a child’s day
  • Supporting your staff and parents during drop offs and pick ups
  • Resources to help communicate the importance of drop offs and pick ups

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk


  • How can we support the PSED of children aged birth to three
  • What are the implications if children’s PSED is neglected during this critical age range
  • Strategies to use with the birth to three age range

Julia Manning-Morton


  • What is attachment and what does this mean for the children in our care?
  • Is there a ‘male perspective’ on attachment?

Rob Fox


  • Strategies for supporting children who are transitioning into Year 1 from Reception

Alistair Bryce-Clegg


  • How does behaviour manifest itself in our settings
  • What strategies can we use to help children?

Sandi Phoenix


  • How can autism affect children’s PSED?
  • What strategies can we use to help support children?

"Mrs M"


  • What is pedagogical documentation
  • How can we use this to support PSED
  • Strategies for improving your documentation

Debi Keyte-Hartland


  • Typical behaviours we may see in children with anxiety
  • Things we can do in the classroom to reduce this

Wendy Baker


  • What is the Reggio Emilia approach?
  • How does this vary to other pedagogies?
  • Strategies for using the Reggio Emilia approach for supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development

Suzanne Axelsson


  • Why it is vital for practitioners to ensure their own well-being is being nurtured
  • How mindfulness can help practitioners

Sonia Mainstone-Cotton


  • What do we mean by the term neuroscience
  • How can we use this to support children’s PSED
  • What developments are likely in the future in the field of neuroscience

Mine Conkbayir


  • What are the Leuven Scales and where did they come from
  • How can we use the Scales to improve our practice

Dr Sue Allingham

  • Autumn 2016 
  • Autumn 2016 SPEAKERS & Talk Details

Laura Henry

Penny Tassoni

Marion Dowling

Kathy Brodie

Prof. Julie Fisher

Dr. Ann Clare

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Michael Jones

Chris Reid

June O'Sullivan MBE

Dr. Jane Bulkeley

Niki Buchan

Speaker Talk Details

  • Laura discusses how attachment and the key person approach underpins Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED) and interactions with children.

Laura Henry


  • Penny analyses strategic approaches to interactions with children to improve outcomes.
  • She includes plenty of practical ideas you can implement immediately.

Penny Tassoni


  • Talking with children: specifically effective questions & an environment to help this.

Marion Dowling


  • Kathy discusses the two key aspects of Sustained Shared Thinking - Active Listening and Positive Questioning. She also talks about what a quality interaction looks like in an Early Years setting.
  • You can buy her book on Sustained Shared Thinking on Amazon.

Kathy Brodie


  • In her book, Julie provocatively asks: Are we interacting? Who leads the learning?
  • Julie delivers training courses for Early Education and Early Excellence.

Prof. Julie Fisher


  • Dr Ann Clare discusses communication and interactions with babies - right from birth. She also discusses how communication can look different in different circumstances, including bilingualism.
  • She lectures at the University of Sheffield on the MA. She references the Dr Tronick video.
  • Her book is entitled 'Communication and Interaction'.

Dr. Ann Clare


  • Alistair Bryce-Clegg discusses the use of language and how we can be sensitive to the language needs of preschool and Reception aged children, with plenty of his unique sense of humour throughout.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg


  • Social environment: the importance of having fun with language and children.

Michael Jones


  • As CEO of iConnect, Chris has the interesting perspective of being a parent who uses his own company's software. Here he discusses how this supports interactions with his son and what practitioners can do to support parents - as well as a peek into the technological future!

Chris Reid


  • June discusses collaboration in Early Years practice, action research and how "reading and writing floats on a sea of talk".
  • Some of the collaborations she mentions are: @EYTalking; International Early Years, LEYF Men in Childcare Network London ; Ofsted Big Conversation; @leyfonline

June O'Sullivan MBE


  • Dr Jane discusses another form of collaboration - peer observations and how these can support practitioners to improve quality from within, for both observed and observee.
  • She lectures at the University of Chester.

Dr. Jane Bulkeley


  • Niki Tells us how nature can make life changing differences to children's talking and interactions.
  • She also explains how it is vital for children to experience nature outdoors and what this looks like in Australia and elsewhere around the world.
  • She runs the Nature based Pedagogy group on Facebook.

Niki Buchan

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