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8.15-9.30

Registration

9.30-9.35

Chair’s welcome
Liz Roberts
, Editor of Nursery World

9.35-10.10

Opening Keynote
The new EIF: delivering ‘Quality of education’

To set the scene, Ofsted’s Wendy Ratcliff provides an overview of:

  • the revised framework
  • the new judgement ‘Quality of education’, and
  • what happens on inspection day

Wendy Ratcliff, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Senior Manager, Education Policy Team - Early Years

10.10-11.10

INTENT AND IMPLEMENTATION: Curriculum and pedagogy

Central to Intent and Implementation are curriculum and pedagogy. Keynote speaker Prof Chris Pascal reflects on:

  • the EYFS as a starting point for curriculum planning
  • the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to consider when planning a curriculum for the children in your setting
  • different approaches to structuring an early years curriculum, and
  • the key elements of pedagogy underpinning best practice

Professor Chris Pascal, co-founder of The Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), Birmingham

11.10-11.25

Refreshments and exhibitor viewing

11.25-12.10

IMPLEMENTATION: Planning for progression and challenge

Hear practical guidance on how to implement an early years curriculum that offers challenge and sequences children’s learning appropriate to their development, with a focus on:

  • the emotional and learning needs of the individual child
  • the planning cycle, and
  • organisation of the learning environment

Penny Tassoni, early years consultant and author

12.10-13.00

WORKSHOPS - please choose between 1A, 1B, 1C or 1D

1A) Mathematics: making it meaningful for children

Under the new framework, children are expected to ‘understand securely the early mathematical concepts appropriate to their age and stage that will enable them to move on to the next stage of learning’. Judith Twani considers how to sequence children’s mathematical learning, provide challenge and develop a curriculum that is based on meaningful experiences.

Judith Twani, early years consultant and assistant head teacher

1B) Building a curriculum for the under-threes

Why ‘core experiences’ can provide a valuable basis for a rich and appropriate curriculum for the under-threes and key points for implementation.

Penny Tassoni, early years consultant and author

1C) New judgement: ‘Behaviour and attitudes’

Under this new judgement, ‘inspectors will consider the ways in which children demonstrate their attitudes and behaviour through the Characteristics of Effective Learning [CoEL]’. Head teacher Ben Hasan explores the essential attitudes needed to becoming a motivated learner and best practice in promoting the CoEL.

Ben Hasan, head teacher, Wentworth Nursery School and Children's Centre, east London

1D) Communication and Language, and Literacy

With the new EIF focusing on communication, language and literacy, this workshop reflects on:

  • curriculum content for these two areas of learning, and 
  • an appropriate approach to developing children’s vocabulary, communication skills and early literacy

Cath Larkin, associate trainer, Quality 4 Early Years

13.00-14.00

Lunch and exhibitor viewing

14.00-14.45

Delivering success for all

The new EIF requires settings to ‘construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life’. London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a social enterprise of 38 nurseries serving mainly disadvantaged families, has long focused on cultural capital. Here, LEYF members give an insight into:

This session will cover: 

  • the LEYF approach to curriculum planning
  • what cultural capital means for LEYF settings, and
  • how it is expressed in their practice and provision.

June O’Sullivan, LEYF chief executive, Ben Clay, LEYF pedagogy manager and Jean Hudson, manager, LEYF Queensborough Community Nursery, west London

14.45-15.25

IMPACT: Assessing and evaluating

Head teacher Ben Hasan, whose nursery school piloted the EIF, reflects on his experiences and passes on key messages for PVI and maintained settings, with a focus on Ofsted expectations of assessment, evidence gathering and evaluation.

Ben Hasan, head teacher, Wentworth Nursery School and Children's Centre, east London

15.25-15.40

Refreshments and exhibitor viewing

15.40-16.40

WORKSHOPS: Please choose between 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D

2A Understanding the World: cross-curricular learning

Learn how Understanding the World can provide the basis for an early years curriculum that is rich, challenging and meaningful.

Jude Twani, Early Years Consultant and assistant head teacher

2B Communication and Language, and Literacy

With the new EIF focusing on communication, language and literacy, this workshop reflects on:With the new EIF focusing on communication, language and literacy, this workshop reflects on:

  • curriculum content for these two areas of learning, and 
  • an appropriate approach to developing children’s vocabulary, communication skills and early literacy.

Cath Larkin, associate trainer, Quality 4 Early Years

2C ‘Quality of education’: a case study

The new framework emphasises coherently planned and sequenced learning, appropriate practice and school readiness. Here, Helen Prud’homme explains how she plans and delivers a curriculum that meets the needs of children as they progress through nursery and into Reception.

Helen Prud’homme, nursery and Reception teacher, currently heading up the Foundation Unit at St Mary’s CE Primary School, Banbury, Oxfordshire

2D First experiences

PVI settings that have piloted or undergone an inspection under the new framework talk about their experiences and pass on key messages about ‘Quality of education’ and inspection day.

TBC

16.40

End of conference