Achieving for Children Early Years Conference 2022

Annual Early Years Conference 2022

A World of Opportunities : Reimagining Early Years through the EYFS Reforms

2nd September 2022

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Welcome and Opening Address

Charis Penfold - Director for Education Services, Achieving for Children.

Keynote 1: Is equality at the heart of policy and practice in your educational setting?

Laura Henry-Allain MBE - International writer, motivational and keynote speaker and consultant

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Attachment Anxiety

Nelly Curtis and Deborah Cottrell Emotional Health Service, AfC

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Supporting children with EAL in the Early Years

Natasha Wood Early Years Advisory Team Manager, AfC

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Engaging with parents/carers that may present as ‘challenging’

Ted Daszkiewicz Centre for Training, Education & Development

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Creating high quality environments to support social and emotional behaviours

Gary Pickett Early Years Inclusion and Improvement Advisor, AfC

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Supporting inclusive practice through social justice in the early years

Shaddai Tembo Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Bath Spa University and associate lecture at the Open University

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Digital Technologies in the Early Years

Dr. Kate Cowan Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at IOE

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Working with Fathers in the Early Years

Jeszemma Garratt Fatherhood Institute

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International perspectives and how to implement them into your Early years curriculum

Esther White and Tessa Dean Surbiton Children's Centre Nursery

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Keynote 2: How to adventure with children and why it matters

Greg Bottrill


Elanor Hughes - Head of Early Years Service

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Laura Henry-Allain MBE

Laura is an award-winning international writer, motivational and keynote speaker and consultant. She is the creator of the well-loved characters JoJo and Gran Gran, which is based on the relationship that she had with her grandmother. The series was developed by CBeebies and Laura is the associate producer. Laura is also executive producer on a few shows that are currently in development. Laura is the vice-president of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and an educational consultant for several well-known brands as well as children's media, television and publishing. Laura’s new bestselling children's book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race and racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves.

Greg Bottrill

Greg Bottrill is an education author and childhood advocate. A former Early Years leader and assistant Headteacher, Greg is the author of two books ‘Can I Go and Play Now?’ and ‘School and the Magic of Children’ both of which explore the richness of play and how education can embrace it so that education is done with children not to them. He is also the creator of the Message Centre and Adventure Island, two wonderful ways of sprinkling magic over early learning, as well as the Play School TV Youtube channel that shows how learning and play belong together and always will do.

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Photography & Recordings

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Unless otherwise stated, all recordings of today’s presentations will be available here from 6th September 2021 until 20th September 2021.

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