Early Years Conference

The Conference is the perfect opportunity for Early Years practitioners to come together to network and to learn from experienced professionals.

Early Years Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Conference 2022

This conference is now fully booked.

Keynote Speakers

Helen Battelley (Music + Movement)

Helen Battelley is a renowned dance and movement specialist in Early and Primary Education. Helen is a well-trained consultant, author, speaker and trainer in the discipline of physical activity and movement in early years as well decreasing sedentary behaviours. In her 19 years of success, Helen has had various achievements including creating a Physical Phonic programme (The National Literacy Trust), being the lead physical development advisor (Change4life's 10 Minute Shake Up Cards), completing the Skinner Release Technique dance/movement/somatic practice and publishing several pieces of research. In addition to this, Helen has a MA in early Childhood Physical Activity.

Ben Kingston-Hughes (Inspired Children)

Ben Kingston-Hughes is an international keynote speaker, author and multi award-winning trainer. He is also the Managing Director of Inspired Children and has worked with vulnerable children across the UK for over 30 years. He has appeared on television several times working on a variety of children's projects and his distinctive blend of humour, neuroscience and real-life practical experiences have made his training invaluable for anyone working with children. His new book, "A Very Unusual Journey into Play." is published in April 2022.

Workshops A-C (10.15 - 10.55 am)

** Please note each workshop will be capped and places will be given on a first come first served basis. When filling in your booking form we will ask what your order of preference is and you will be notified which workshops you have been given**

Workshop A: Ben Kingston-Hughes (Inspired Children)

Imaginative Play - a journey into make-believe

This practical workshop looks at how imagination directly encourages brain development, communication and language and emotional well-being. We also look at how stimulating, imaginative environments can help create profound experiences and life-long benefits for children. The workshop gives delegates a wealth of ideas to take back to their settings to stimulate children's imaginations. It also touches upon the neuroscience of imaginative play demonstrating that imagination is potentially one of the most important developmental processes in any child's life and one of the greatest gifts they will ever receive.

Warning may contain Dragons.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." Albert Einstein

Workshop B: Louise Coleman (Messy Senses) - WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Messy Play Matters

This workshop will include the benefits of sensory play in early years as well as the science behind it. The workshop will involve a practical element of using various unique and edible resources so that practitioners can understand how sensory play promotes an inclusive environment for all children.

Workshop C: Kim Pott (Kimble's Music & Movement & Funky Feet Music) - WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Fine Motor Development using Music, Lycra and Dough Dancing

This fun and informative workshop looks at ways to explore ideas and how using music compliments and contributes to other areas of learning and development in early years. The workshop will be interactive, and delegates will have an opportunity to learn songs to share and enjoy with young children, discover musical parachute games and activities, experience a dough dancing activity and develop an understanding of how parachute play can support early literacy skills. Also, delegates will understand how a child physically develops fine motor skills, build up a repertoire of songs to support fine motor development and discuss and share ideas for musical activities and opportunities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage; supporting all areas of learning through music and movement.

Workshops D-F (11.10 - 11.50 am)

Workshop D: Helen Battelley (Music + Movement)

Boosting Learning Through Movement

This workshop will provide delegates with an understanding in how movement is our first language, how to best support children's language and comprehension through movement, practical ideas to raise engagement levels in communication and to look at relevant data around young children's levels of PD and CLL.

Workshop E: Shelley Smith (Sunrise Wellbeing) - WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Mindful Movement

This workshop will cover the importance of supporting mental health in early years and offers useful fun tips for emotional development through regulation HITT activities and mindful movement (including breathing techniques).

Workshop F: Katy Harris (Katy Lou's) - WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Risky Play

This workshop provides information for practitioners on the importance of Risky Play for children in the early years. Exploring the endless benefits of Risky Play for physical development and emotional wellbeing, mental health, therapeutic and cognitive development. During the session there will be opportunities to engage in play, get into the mind of a child and really have fun whilst understanding why Risky Play is essential for every child.