Annual EYFS Conference - 'Making the most of every minute'

We know that children develop rapidly during the Early Years, physically intellectually and emotionally. Providing inspiration and practical ideas, this year’s conference will help ensure children in your setting are ‘making the most of every minute’. 

Keynote Speakers 

Kym Scott, previously Head of Lewisham Early Years Advisory Team, will be exploring how adults can create a rich learning environment that will support children in gaining a greater depth of knowledge and understanding across the seven areas of learning through effective interactions. Kym recognises the power of play and the importance of the skillful practitioner in identifying how to enhance learning. By providing a supportive structure around self-evaluation participants will have opportunities to explore and discuss high quality practice.

Kym’s keynote will offer guidance regarding effective interactions and ways in which to scaffold children’s learning. Participants will leave Kym’s workshop with practical ideas and the inspiration to 'reach for the sky' in encouraging development in writing with some reference to reading.

Kathryn Solly, former Nursery School headteacher will be discussing ways in which to foster fascination through risk, challenge and adventure with a focus on outdoor play.

Kathryn recognises that outdoors provides rich opportunities for learning if the adults understand, use and value its vast potential for young children. Children learn best in meaningful contexts where they can explore, discover as well as use and enhance their developing skills.

Kathryn’s keynote will present why children need opportunities to experience risky play, rise to challenges and go on adventures in nature. Her workshop will focus on exploring nature using science to provide essential exploration and associated learning.



8.30 – 9.15       Registration
9.15 – 9.30       Welcome
9.30 – 10.30     Keynote Presentation Kym Scott
10.30 –11.00    Break and Exhibitors
11.00 – 12.00   Workshop 1
12.00 – 13.15   Lunch
13.15 – 14.15   Workshop 2
14.15 – 14.30   Break
14.30 – 15.30   Keynote 2 Kathryn Solly
15.30 – 15.45   Raffle and close


Delegates choose 2 from the 6 workshops available - all workshops are linked to the key areas of learning: communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

1. Reach for the sky! (PM Only)

A workshop incorporating reading and writing across early years – Kym Scott. 

2. Exploring Mathematics

A workshop to help ensure maths is included in everything we do, both inside the classroom and outside and that practitioners understand the importance of this - Menna Godfrey.

3. Bringing children’s artwork to life

Using children’s artwork to express their stories and building on communication & language and expressive arts and design - Denise Wright.

4. Sharing good practice: effective outdoor learning environment

A workshop to help overcome barriers to outdoor learning, including working with staff and parents. How to ensure all areas of learning are provided for within the outdoor provision and practical ideas that can be transferred to your setting - Julie White, Nature to Nature.  

5. Improving children’s self awareness through yoga

Demonstrating how yoga can be linked to physical development, storytelling, phonics, maths and important PSED (& behaviour) - Debbie Magee.

6. Science and exploration in the Early Years (AM Only)

Using the natural/easily accessible resources and linking knowledge & understanding of the world and scientific exploration - Kathryn Solly.


There are currently, no active sesssions for this course.

Please Select A Date

Please choose the preferred date for your conference from below. Workshop choices for each delegate can be made at the next step. (if applicable)