Early Years Summit

The 2019 Spring Summit:
Challenge and Risk in the Early Years

The Summit is now over...but you can buy the recordings to keep and watch at any time - or download to your computer. 

Or you can buy the transcripts here, a professional development certificate here, or any of the previous Summit recordings to keep and watch forever here.

Details of the Spring 2019 Summit of Challenge and Risk in the Early Years..

  • What is meant by Risky Play?
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    What are the benefits of Risky Play?
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    How can we create suitable environments?
  • Stretching and challenging children 
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    Benefits of raising expectations for children
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    Physical, cognitive and intellectual challenges
  • Effective policies and procedures 
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    Supporting staff with understanding 'risks' including allergies
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    Teaching staff about suitable challenges


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, which you can find here.


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Alistair Bryce-Clegg

Dr Mariana Brussoni

Sandi Phoenix

Dr Tim Gill

Chris Phoenix

Dr Diane Kashin

Pete Moorhouse

Julie Mountain

Julie Mountain

Prof Ellen Sandseter

Niki Buchan 

Helen Tovey

Rachel Buckler

Chanie Wilschanscki

Sid Mohandas

Kathryn Solly

Helen Little

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 5th May

Mon 29th April 2019
Risky Play - Benefits and challenges

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

  • Challenging children through their own interests and environment
  • Encouraging risk taking in cognitive development

Dr Mariana Brussoni

  • The links between risky play and injury
  • The role of the environment in 'risk'      
  • Supporting parents on the benefits of risky play

Professor Ellen Sandseter

  • The 6 types of risky play
  • The benefits of the 'scaryfunny' feeling of risky play      
  • Top tips for practitioners starting out with risky play and those who are more experienced
Tues 30th April 2019
Risky Play in practice

Sid Mohandas

  • Seeing risk from the child's perspective
  • Challenging gender stereotypes with children successfully
  • Men in childcare

Pete Moorhouse

  • Introducing woodworking into an Early Years setting
  • Guidance for tools to use and how to use them safely
  • Extending woodworking activities to support all areas of learning and development

Helen Tovey

  • Froebel and outdoor play
  • Froebel's view on adventurous play
  • The practitioner's role in the Froebelian Approach
Weds 1st May 2019
Identifying 'Risks' and 'Hazards'

Rachel Buckler

  • From a leadership perspective, how your systems, policies and procedures can keep children out of harms way
  • How to help staff implement good risky play activities safely
  • The difference between 'good risk' and 'bad risk'  

Chanie Wilschanski

  • How leaders affect risk taking with their staff in the setting
  • Risk and the Ripple Effect
  • Practical ideas to  challenge yourself to take more risks as a leader or educator

Chris Phoenix

  • Overcoming challenges that educators may have
  • Unhelpful thinking practices and ways to approach them
  • Strategies for managers and administrators to support educator's risk taking
Thurs 2nd May 2019
Being Outdoors
Julie Mountain

Julie Mountain

  • Japanese Early Years settings and their attitudes to risk taking based on first hand research on a recent study visit
  • How children's resilience and confidence is built in this environment
  • Practical strategies and ideas that UK settings can learn from the Japanese settings

Dr Diane Kashin

  • Encouraging the educator's role in children's outdoor risky play
  • Working with parents to reframe and encourage risky play
  • Risky play in the Reggio Emilia environment and pedagogy

Kathryn Solly

  • The role of the outdoors in adventurous and risky play
  • Strategies for involving parents and family in adventurous play
  • Creating an emotional environment where risky play can flourish

Niki Buchan

  • The benefits of being outdoors 
  • Benefit/risk analysis
  • Perception of 'risk' around the world
Fri 3rd May 2019
Challenges and Risks in the Early Years

Sandi Phoenix 

  • Examining the challenges children encounter - from starting nursery to transitioning 
  • Explaining how the Phoenix Cups framework can be used to support children
  • Discussing how challenges can be viewed from a child's perspective

Dr Helen Little

  • Outdoor environments for exploration and discovery
  • Affordances for risk taking
  • The effects of regulation on educator's attitude to adventurous play

Dr Tim Gill

  • Evolution of adventurous play and attitudes to 'risk' 
  • Benefit/risk assessment and play policies in Early Years settings
  • Community spaces and areas for children to play 'beyond the gate'

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019 - All videos are available for free

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Leading Early Years Experts 

Discover the latest strategies, tips and techniques to improve and inspire your practice and better support the children in your care - for free. 

Hosted by Kathy Brodie, Early Years TV features interviews, discussions and presentations from leading theorists and practitioners all designed to help your professional development as an Early Years Practitioner and Educator. 

A new video is released every week, which you can watch for free for the whole week. Recent videos have featured Elizabeth Jarman, Alice Lewes, Professor John Siraj-Blatchford, Penny Tassoni MBE and Alistair Bryce-Clegg.

Find out more and see the back catalogue here: https://www.earlyyears.tv/

If you'd like to rewatch the videos, you can become a Premium member and get access to the whole back catalogue AND personalised, dated certificates to print or store electronically.

For more information on the different levels of Premium memberships: https://www.earlyyears.tv/go-premium/

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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?