Early Years Foundation Stage Conference

Time for Prime - Foundations for Life-Long Learning

Early Years Foundation Stage Conference

Monday 14th October 2019 | Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter | 09:00 - 16:00

"The Prime Areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive." (EYFS 2017). This conference will explore the Prime Areas as the bedrock to learning and will recognise the importance of being secure in these three areas, in order to become successful learners for life.

The areas of Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development are inextricably linked. Children who do not make good progress in these areas throughout the EYFS, are likely to continue to struggle during their school years and beyond. We are constantly being reminded of the worrying increase in the numbers of children starting school lacking in the communication skills, emotional resilience and self-care skills necessary to thrive in a reception class. This conference will explore these issues, provoke thinking and consider solutions.

Through a range of keynote presentations and complementing workshops practitioners will be inspired, motivated and equipped with ideas to take back to their settings to support children to thrive and make progress in these areas.

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for this year's event will be Helen Moylett and Sally Blythe Goddard MSc.

Who Should Attend?

  • Early Years Practioners
  • EYFS Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Teachers
  • Early Years Leaders and Managers 
  • Childminders
  • Primary and Nursery Headteachers and Senior Leaders
  • Early Years Governors

About Helen Moylett

Helen Moylett is an independent Early Years Consultant and Writer.

She has been Headteacher of an Early Years Centre as well as working in schools and as a University Lecturer. She was a Birth to Three Matters national trainer and from 2004-2011 she worked for the National Strategies and was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage and other national guidance.

Helen was national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. She is a Vice President of Early Education and tutors on the M.A. and PGCE courses at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in Birmingham.

About Sally Goddard Blythe MSc

Sally Goddard trained at the INPP (Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology) in 1987/88 and joined the permanent staff in 1988. Since that time she has written numerous articles and papers on neuro-developmental factors in educational difficulties.

In 1996, her first book “A teacher’s window into the child’s mind“ was published by Fern Ridge Press in the U.S.A. This book, which was subsequently extended and updated under the new title of “Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour“ has been translated into 6 languages and has provided the basic information on the significance, assessment and remediation of abnormal reflexes for many other professionals.

She is the author of 7 other books published in more than 6 languages on aspects of child development, including professional manuals for teachers, clinicians and health practitioners and books for parents.

Conference Price

Conference price: £155+VAT
Bring a colleague to this conference for only £99+VAT


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