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Annual National Conference 2019


Giving every child a good start in life: helping children build confidence and resilience in challenging times

10-11 May 2019, Bristol

This year's Annual National Conference focuses on the impact of poverty on young children and how early childhood education can mitigate against its effects.  Professor Tess Ridge will share her research which focuses on the voices of children themselves and what poverty means for them.  Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will discuss the importance of relationships in building resilience, and the barriers which often prevent those relationships being formed in practice.  Dr Sara Baker will share research evidence about the importance of playfulness in cognitive development.  Andrea Layzell and Sharon Hogan will help delegates reflect on the implications of all this for practice and workforce development.

Provisional programme

Friday 10 May

2-3pm Visits to Bristol Nursery Schools - view details of settings and sign up
Evening Conference dinner, hosted by Knowle West Nursery School and Children’s Centre, catered by Jo Ingleby, winner of the BBC4 Food and Farming Chef of the Year Award in 2015 for her role as Chef in Residence at Redcliffe Nursery School.

Saturday 11 May

9.00am Registration, exhibition and refreshments
9.45am Welcome
10.00am Growing up in the age of austerity: understanding the impact of poverty and policy on low-income families and children, Professor Tess Ridge
11.00am Warm relationships build resilience – which is why we need to demand relationship-led practice in the early years, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk


Lunch break and exhibition
1.30pm Playful learning can support cognitive skills in the early years, Dr Sara Baker
2.30pm Supporting Early Years Practice Through Significant ChallengesAndrea Layzell and Sharon Hogan
3.30pm Closing remarks
4.00pm Close of conference

 Read full session descriptions and speaker biographies.

Professor Tess Ridge
Dr Suzanne Zeedyk
Dr Sara Baker
Andrea Layzell
Event type: 
Annual National Conference
The Woodhouse Lecture Theatre, Helen Woodhouse Building, The Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1JA
Saturday, 11 May, 2019
9.30am registration, Event runs 10am - 3.30pm

Members' early bird rate extended to 19 April 2019: £125.00 (Saturday only) or £160 (Friday and Saturday)
Members' standard rate: £150.00 (Saturday only) or £185 (Friday and Saturday)

Non-members' early bird rate extended to 19 April 2019: £175.00 (Saturday only) or £210 (Friday and Saturday)
Non-members standard rate: £200 (Saturday only) or £235 (Friday and Saturday)


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