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Carlisle and Eden

About Carlisle and Eden Branch

A long-established branch which covers northern Cumbria/Penrith areas. We run a full annual programme of meetings and sessions on a wide variety of early years themes. Our conference in March is always well-attended and provides an opportunity to meet other practitioners from the North-West. Our Branch committee is long-serving and is representative of different early years sectors.

We hold a twilight session each school term, usually at 7.30pm. The sessions are held in schools, private nurseries and childrens’ centres and occasionally in forests or puppet theatres! We try to vary the venues each year so that meetings are accessible to all. These twilight sessions have a variety of themes and are often practical in their nature with ideas for you to take back to your settings. Sometimes we have a forum for discussion or updates about national/local initiatives which impact on Early Years settings. Pre-Booking is not usually required for twilight sessions.

In November each year we hold a Saturday morning seminar at Tullie House in Carlisle. We have a guest speaker, often from out-of-county and in the past we have covered themes such as schemas, planning through child-initiated interests and using recycled materials to enhance creativity. Booking forms would normally go out about a month before.

In March we hold our annual conference in the Penrith area. Again, delegates have the opportunity to hear at least two high-quality speakers, often of national acclaim, as well as viewing exhibitors’ stands and buying books and resources. For catering purposes, all places on the March conference need to be booked, and forms usually go out several weeks before the event to those settings on our emailing list or through the school portal system.

Our plans for the year include: 

5.10.16 - "Childhood Obesity – from the Inside, Out!" - with Alex Pearson

3.12.16 - POSTPONED: “Making my own mark...naturally!” with Paddy Beels

8.2.17 - “Building Brains through Sensory Play” with Anne O'Connor

4.3.17 - Annual Cumbria Branch Conference, with keynotes from Kym Scott on the "Power of Play - How to ensure challenge and progression through play and practical experience, and Lee Owston HMI: ‘Teaching and Play in the Early Years—a balancing act’

10.5.17 - An Introduction to consulting with children using the Floorbook approach - with Kay Rooks

20.5.17 - “Making my own mark...naturally!” - with Paddy Beels

29.6.17 - Visit to James Rennie Specialist Communication and Interaction College, with Headteacher Kris Williams

Our past events include:

7.10.15 - Supporting Children’s Creativity through music, exploring media and fostering imagination - with Veronica Broyd, Catherine Reding and Allyson Jenyon

28.11.15 - Is Education in the Foundation Stage better in Scandinavia? - with Barbara Kenny

02.02.16 - "The Essence of Childhood" - Exploring child development

05.03.16 - "Igniting the Spark!" - Maths, Risk and Challenge - with Elaine Bennett and Kathryn Solly

04.05.16 - Mud Kitchens!

02.07.16 - Annual Day Trip! 

With full details to be confirmed in due course.

Carlisle and Eden Branch Team

Chair: Helen Mitchell 
Secretary: Amanda Wakefield
Treasurer: Natalie Sealey


Upcoming events

29 Jun

Tour of James Rennie School, Carlisle

Speaker(s): Kris Williams

Past events

20 May

Making my own mark…naturally!

Speaker(s): Paddy Beels

10 May

An Introduction to consulting with children using the Floorbook approach

Speaker(s): Kay Rooks

04 Mar

Play is the Work of the Child - Annual Branch Conference

Speaker(s): Lee Owston HMI, Kym Scott

08 Feb

Building Brains through Sensory Play

Speaker(s): Anne O'Connor

03 Dec

POSTPONED: Making my own mark…naturally!

Speaker(s): Paddy Beels