Early Years Conference 2016 Embracing Change

Early Years Conference 2016 – Embracing Change

Date:      Saturday 25th June 2016
Time:      9am to 4pm
Venue:   Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln LN1 3DY
Price:     £50 +VAT per delegate
This exciting and inspirational conference has been devised to meet the needs of Early Years practitioners working as childminders, in pvi settings, nurseries and schools.


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Key Note

“Change – Is it a threat or an opportunity?”

The early years’ landscape is ever evolving with key changes, at national and local levels, in both infrastructure and delivery mechanisms. It can be hard to see the possibilities generated by flux in the system, with change often being perceived as a threat rather than an opportunity.

In this keynote Kate will explore changes in the landscape including the role of Teaching Schools and System Leadership and the importance of embracing change to secure improvements in children’s outcomes. Kate will also consider key messages for delivery from research including the importance of attachment and transition.


Kate McKenna


Kate McKenna

Kate has extensive experience of working across a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Kate manages her own Limited Company, working as:

  • A Teaching and Leadership Advisor for The National College for Teaching and Leadership,
  • A consultant working with Local Authorities across the East Midlands supporting the Sector Led Improvement agenda. (Peer challenge, review and support).
  • A consultant facilitator with Fusion Leadership (working with school leaders in the Midlands and the Middle East)
  • An experienced Executive Coach and Mentor working with leaders in the education sector and Local Authorities.
  • As a consultant facilitator with Interface, working with vulnerable families.

Kate has a particular ‘phase specialism’ in the Early Years, including having worked for three years as an Early Years Associate with NCTL. Kate has facilitated the Local Authority Early Years Strategic Leads Network for the last four years and also works with the East Midlands Teaching School Alliances, Early Years Subgroup.


Delegates will have the opportunity to access a choice of three workshops during the day to ensure they can tailor the conference to their individual needs.

An Introduction to Every Child a Mover (ECaM)  Derbyshire Early Years

This workshop provides an introduction to the Every Child a Mover programme provided by Derbyshire County Council

  • A brief introduction to Every Child a Mover programme.
  • A short discussion on the importance of physical development.
  • A developmental movement journey for children with some practical ideas to use with individuals, small groups and larger groups of children.

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Janine Wicks-Grantham and Caroline Newton

Janine and Caroline are Early Years Improvement Officers working in Derbyshire with the PVI and maintained sector for the last 14 years. Caroline has a role with the Authority as a Lead Practitioner for PE. Janine also teaches part time in an Early Years foundation unit. We are part of the team who have written the ECaM programme and are currently rolling out the training inside and outside the authority.

The Every Child a Mover is an early intervention programme that will:

  • Enable children to be physically, ready, eager and able to learn.
  • Increase practitioner competence and confidence in physical development.
  • Support the development of quality provision for physical development with settings.
  • Enable the early identification for children at ‘risk of delay’ in physical development.

Language of Maths

Marc is a Foundation 2 teacher at Burton Joyce Primary School and leader of Interactive Technologies and Computing across The Acorn Federation schools. Marc models excellence in using Apple technology and is a part of the Apple Distinguished Educator program. Find out more about Marc on his early years and technology website: www.enabling-environments.co.uk

Sue is a Foundation 1 practitioner and owner of Tiny Tots Day Nursery in Derbyshire which has an Outstanding Ofsted grade. Sue makes the most of technology to provide for an enabling environment, ensuring that children have access to stimulating resources, exciting opportunities and new learning experiences using a range of devices.

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Meet Marc and Sue in the ‘Language of Maths’ workshop where they will demonstrate how 3 – 5 year olds are authoring maths journals independently using Book Creator for iPad. Find out how maths journal provide a unique insight in to children’s mathematical thinking through this multi-modal strategy. See examples of children’s work from their settings and explore resources to help you bring maths journals to your settings. You will leave this practical workshop knowing how to use Book Creator in your class to create maths journals.

Marc Faulder

Interactive Technologies Leader

Apple Distinguished Educator

Apple Regional Training Centre Manager (Nottingham)

Early Years Teacher

Marvellous Markmaking

My name is Emily Burford and I am Assistant head teacher at Mount Street Academy and Lincoln Carlton Academy. During my 9 years of teaching, I have taught in Reception, have led our Nursery team as well as being Foundation stage Leader.  I feel very privileged to work in the Early Years. Everyday is so different and I love how the children are so eager to learn through play.

Throughout the session on marvellous mark making, we will:

  • Investigate what we mean by mark making and its importance
  • Look at cross curricular links
  • Share ideas of mark making activities
  • Create our own activities

Music in the Early Years

The findings of soundBEGINNINGS, a research paper documenting the  impact of our Early Years music making in Lincolnshire. written in partnership with Bishop Grossesteste University. Also a demonstration of soundLINCS’ new Early Years music app.

Allison Jackson, soundLINCS

Supporting Change in the Environment Throughout the Year with Continuous Enhanced Provision

Kirsty Dawson and Claire Logan of Priory Witham Academy, Lincoln