This year's Annual National Conference will run online over the week from 14 to 18 June. Sessions will be a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, all available to watch on demand, culminating in a plenary live discussion on the Friday afternoon from 2.00 to 3.30pm.
It draws on the experiences of our members across the UK and asks what positives we can draw from the experiences of the last year, and how that may influence our practice going forward.
|Monday 14 June, 9.30-10.00am then on demand||
The Froebelian principle of engaging with nature
Sally Cave, Headteacher, Guildford Nursery School
My presentation will cover:
|Wednesday 16 June, 12.00-12.30pm then on demand||
Early Learning and Childcare through Covid 19 - How adversity provided the opportunity for the best part of us to shine
Julia Matthew, Quality Improvement Manager Early Years, Aberdeenshire Council
The Covid 19 pandemic completely rocked our foundations, our work life, our home life, our families, our friends, and our ability to make choices. However, some of the most amazing and innovative practice resulted. Early Years staff at all levels demonstrated flexibility, resilience, determination, drive and a real love and commitment to their work and to the children they care for and support. This session will explore the positives from the pandemic, from the perspective of Early Learning and Childcare in Aberdeenshire, consider lessons learned and what from this time we want to hold onto for the future.
Childminding and Covid - how we supported families through a pandemicZoe Sadler, Christine Mathieson (Welly Walkers) and Julieanne Merchant
Three childminders from Aberdeenshire who offer completely different environments will share their experiences of how they supported childcare during these challenging times and how their practices changed to help provide stability and continuity for families.
Once upon a very ordinary time something very extraordinary happened...
Julie Mancini, Education Gateshead
This presentation explores the lived experiences of a group of practitioners in Gateshead schools as they tell their stories of how they come to celebrate teaching in a global pandemic by rediscovering EYFS principled practice. In other words, when one door closes another secret door is discovered!
Practitioner Perspectives: The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Education and Care in Wales
Dr Jacky Tyrie, Swansea University
In Wales children have experienced substantial changes to their lives as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside this, practitioners in education and care have also had to change and adapt to lockdowns, social distancing, face masks and to working in a new and unknown contexts. The research presented here asked practitioners about their experiences and how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted the sector, their setting, the children and themselves. We explore the divide felt between non-maintained and maintained, the viability of the non-maintained sector and changes to pedagogy.
|Thursday 17 June, 11.30am-12pm then on demand||
How Wellbeing Playworkers supported children in primary schools during and post-lockdown
Dr Pete King, Swansea University
This presentation will outline how playwork practice has supported children and primary school teachers, including those working in the early years, during the first lockdown in March 2020, and after restrictions had been lifted. A qualitative study with nine headteachers indicates the benefits of play, and the wellbeing playworkers have supported children in all aspects of the school day. The results of the study will be discussed in relation on the need for children to be able to play, sometimes with learning taking more of a "back seat".
Play in Practice during the Pandemic: a Northern Ireland perspective
Alan Herron and Dr Cira Palli-Aspero (PlayBoardNI) and Dr Glenda Walsh (Stranmillis University College)
Details to follow
Rabbits, snails and puppy dog tails: the role animals can play in early years settings
Dr Helen Lewis, Swansea University
Animal-assisted interventions attract widespread interest in education around the world, with studies suggesting benefits to children's social, emotional, physical, behavioural, and cognitive development (eg Purewal et al, 2017). Our research suggests that such interventions are seen as a useful approach for many educators in supporting young learners during these challenging times.
This presentation explores the role animals, particularly dogs, can play in supporting young children's wellbeing, empathy, curiosity and engagement.
The presentation explores some of the ways that early years educators have found to involve animals effectively, with a focus on supporting communication, social development and kindness. We also think about key considerations around safety and welfare for both children and animals.
|Friday 18 June, 2.00-3.30pm||
Live plenary discussion
Join us to add your views on what we can take forward from the past year's experiences.
£20 members/£30 non-members