9.15 Welcome by the Chairperson  – Jackie Harland – Specialist Speech and Language Therapist – Executive Director, Riverston Group
9.20 WELCOME ADDRESS:  Promoting Wellbeing, Resilience and Self Esteem For All Children And The Adults Working With Them – Jenny Mosley, Jenny Mosley Consultancies
9.55 KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Leadership in the Early Years – June O’Sullivan, LEYF
10.25 Refreshment Break
11.00 KEYNOTE ADRRESS:  Inclusion in the Early Years – Jackie Harland –  Specialist Speech and Language Therapist – Executive Director, Riverston Group
11.35 Understanding and Supporting the Impact of Developmental Trauma in Vulnerable Children in the Early Years Jane Evans, Trauma Consultant Circle Time: Engagement, Encouragement and Edification – Jenny Mosley, Jenny Mosley Consultancies The Power of Play Ruth Churchill Dower – Director, Earlyarts
12.20 Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience for Young Children Billy O’Neill, Feuerstein Training The Tales Toolkit – Kate Shelley – Founder, Tales Toolkit The Environment: The Third Teacher Barbara Isaacs – Chief Education Officer, Montessori St Nicholas Charity / Montessori Centre International
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Taking Play Seriously: Examining How Play Works and How Best to Support It – Lynnette Brock & John Siraj-Blatchford – University of Plymouth Creative Skills – Heather Armstrong – Starcatchers An Introduction to Sensory Stories Joanna Grace – Founder, The Sensory Project
14.45 Vygotsky in Action in the Early Years – Playful Learning, Learningful Play – Galina Dolya – Curriculum Director, Key to Learning Literacy in the Early Years – Sue Palmer – Founder, Upstart The Importance of Self-Regulation for Learning – David Whitebread, University of Cambridge
15.30 Refreshment Break
16.00 PANEL – The Rights of Children

  • Wendy Ellyatt – Founder & Chief Executive, Save Childhood Movement – Children: Citizens with Developmental Rights
  • Jackie Harland – Specialist Speech and Language Therapist – Executive Director, Riverston Group – True Inclusion: The Universal Rights of All Children
  • Sue Palmer – Founder, Upstart – Activism: Changing the Status Quo in the Early Years Sector
  • Leslee Udwin – Founder & CEO, Think Equal – Thinking Equally: Fostering a Knowledge of Human Rights in the Lives of Children
  • David Whitebread – Director of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning, University of Cambridge – Diminishing Rights: The Loss of Play in Childhood
  • Lisbeth Hattens, LEGO Education – Playful Learning: Building Foundations of Play and Learning in the Lives of Children

Q & A

Moderator – Barbara Isaacs, Montessori Centre International

16.50 Closing Remarks Jackie Harland, Chairperson & Helen Lumgair, Founder
17.00 Conference Ends