Early Years Foundation Stage Conference 2021

Understanding our World - The Footprints we Make

Early Years Foundation Stage Conference 2021

Wednesday 6 October 2021 | A Blended Approach - Choose to attend virtually or in person | 09:30 - 15:30


‘You are never too small to make a difference’  Gretha Thunberg

With the implementation of the revised EYFS in September, our conference this year will focus on the new educational programme for Understanding the World. We will consider how practitioners can ‘foster children’s understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world’ (EYFS Statutory Framework 2021) as they are the future protectors of our planet, growing up as responsible global citizens.

After the upheaval to the lives of children and their families caused by the pandemic, it is even more vital that schools and settings provide the wealth of exciting and stimulating opportunities and activities that children need every day…the ‘cultural capital’, to reduce inequality and give them the very best life chances.

Through a range of face-to-face and virtual keynote presentations and complementing workshops, practitioners will be inspired, motivated and equipped with ideas to take back to their settings to support children to flourish and make progress.


Training objectives:

  • Hear from nationally renowned speakers in the field of early years education
  • Gain new ideas and practical strategies to implement in your setting linked to the new educational programme for Understanding the World
  • Explore and consider ways in which your school or setting can develop opportunities which give children the understanding of their world they require to become socially responsible adults
  • Take time away from your setting to reflect, evaluate practice and network with early years colleagues

Who Should Attend

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


Programme information

Keynote Sessions


Celebrating Children’s Curiosity: Learning through Experience of the Real World

Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre

In this session, Julian Grenier will be considering how to support young children’s development as scientists. As children learn more about their world, how can we keep them at the heart of our understanding of ‘cultural capital’?


Growing a Sense of Past: Introducing History in the EYFS

David Weatherly, School Improvement Adviser

David will explore how the EYFS learning environment can provide a rich seedbed for establishing the core historical concepts, language and ways of working essential for getting children excited about History, together with ensuring the effective sequencing and progression of the subject.

About Julian Grenier

Julian Grenier is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, east London. Sheringham is a Research School.

He was appointed by the Department for Education to lead on the 2020 revision of Development Matters, the non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage in England.

Julian has worked in the early years for over 20 years and has a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education (University of London).

Julian tweets @juliangrenier

About David Weatherly

David Weatherly is a freelance School Improvement Adviser working to enhance provision and subject outcomes with colleagues in individual primary schools, MATs and TSAs across the country. He also runs an annual programme of regional primary History and Geography training events EYFS-Year 6 attended by many hundreds of teachers each year. He is author of the award winning Collins Primary Connected History and Geography programmes and an accomplished practitioner who teachers at all stages of learning regularly.

Conference Prices

This year you may choose to attend the EYFS conference either in person or virtually, as we will be live broadcasting the event.


Virtual Attendance Price - £130+VAT

In Person Attendance Price - £160+VAT


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