Child development: a fresh look at the curriculum

    A child whose fifth birthday falls in the summer of 2021 will have experienced more than a quarter of their life in the shadow of coronavirus. A generation of children are entering school believing the protocols and limitations that characterise our daily lives are not a new normal, but the only normal they have known. What is more, we know the impact of the pandemic has fallen disproportionately on marginalised and disadvantaged families. At a critical time in a child’s development, a generation of children may have their future life chances significantly affected.

    In this context the debate about changes to the statutory requirements in the EYFS, in particular the Educational programmes, becomes even more crucial. Now is the time to re-think what constitutes an effective curriculum. One that keeps child development at the core of supporting the learning and development needs of all children, regardless of background or circumstance.

    This conference will bring together some of the country’s leading Early Years specialists to share their first-hand experience, knowledge and expertise to explore these crucially important aspects of Early Years provision. The programme of keynote addresses and workshops will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the important interconnections between child development and a responsive curriculum matched carefully to children’s needs.

    Keynote speakers include:

    • June O’Sullivan, MBE, CEO, London Early Years Foundation   
    • Penny Tassoni, MBE, Author and education consultant
    • Greg Bottrill, Author and childhood advocate
    • Wendy Ratcliff, Ofsted HMI focussed on early years inspection policy and Phil Minns, Ofsted HMI and specialist adviser for early years and primary education

    Workshop leads include:

    • Shaddai Tembo, Lecturer, Doctoral student, writer for Critical Early Years.
    • Penny Tassoni, MBE, Author and education consultant
    • Ben Kingston Hughes, Managing Director of Inspired Children
    • Dr Sally Neaum, Lecturer and Author
    • Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher at Sheringham Nursery School, Director of East London Research School
    • Tamsin Grimmer, Early Years Consultant
    • Julia Manning-Morton, Early Years Lecturer, Trainer and Author
    • Dr Sinead Rocha, Researcher at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge

    The conference is open to all but would be especially suitable for anyone working in EYFS: including teachers, practitioners, leaders, managers and support staff.

    Why attend? 

    • determine the link between child development and creating a bespoke curriculum 
    • develop greater understanding of common inhibitors to children’s development 
    • deepen awareness of the cognitive and social aspects of play 
    • recordings of all sessions will be available for 28 days after the event for every delegate.