Early Years Conference

Join us for our Early Years Conference where leading experts from the education sector will be sharing their views on topics from Risk Taking & Resilience Outdoors, Thriving Language for Brighter Futures and Emotional Health and Wellbeing!


Date, Time & Venue

Date:   Monday 1st July 2019

Time:  9.00am – 3.45pm

Venue:  Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL


The Cost

Early Bird Rates before 24th May – £50.

£60 after that date.

The Itinerary

Julie Mountain – Risk Taking and Resilience Outdoors

Evidence of the link between movement and cognition is irrefutable; increasingly we understand that young children also need opportunities for physical and intellectual risk-taking in order to develop fully. Drawing upon research and projects from the UK, Europe and Japan, this talk will address the benefits of risk-taking in early childhood and in particular, how we can provide opportunities for risk-taking outdoors at UK settings. 

  • Explore benefits of physical, emotional and intellectual risk-taking in early childhood
  • Share research and project methodologies and outcomes
  • Provide practical ideas and inspiration for settings to introduce new approaches to risk-taking


Rebecca Skinner and Becky JewsonThriving Language for Brighter Futures

  • Early experiences of brain development and impact on language
  • Thriving Language Communication Chain: an in-depth understanding of what happens when we listen and speak
  • ‘Mind the work gap’: gaining a new understanding of our role in teaching vocabulary
  • Dynamic interactions


Tony Staunton – Wellbeing and Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is the starting point for building the skills needed for influencing our wellbeing, as well as helping young children develop their own strategies.  Young children need to develop their ability to self-regulate to manage their own behaviours and learning; regulating their emotions is an important part of self-regularisation.  This can support development in emotional intelligence, social development and wellbeing.

But recognising, managing and changing emotions is difficult to learn on your own; it requires time, support and positive relationships. We can start the process by understanding how the development of the brain affects self-regulation and look at some simple strategies to start this process.


PLUS: Nicola Blakely-Lewis – National Updates

  • Reception baseline assessment
  • Proposals for new Early Learning Goals (EYFSP)
  • Ofsted framework (EIF) response to consultation



How to book onto the conference:

To book a place, please email:

Alternatively, please phone 0161 912 5912 (ext 7216).