'The Experts in Early Years'
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COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY YEARS
Friday 14th September 2018
CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE HIGH QUALITY LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION OPPORTUNITIES ACHIEVE BETTER OUTCOMES IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE
An exciting, thought provoking and interactive one day conference for early years practitioners, with opportunities to experience inspirational key speakers, take part in exciting workshops, network with colleagues and share ideas for achieving the highest quality environments for developing language and communication in children, from birth to 5 years
We are proud to be sponsored by UCB to host our second annual conference on Communication and Language Development in Early Years.
McIntyre House is the University's purpose built centre for undergraduate and post-graduate study. Opened in September 2014, the building's stunning design is underpinned by the latest technology, high-specification fit out, impressive functionality and cutting-edge environmental features.
Situated on Holland Street, central Birmingham, it is a fantastic location with good transport links and local accommodation facilities.
Please be aware that there are a number of road closures around the venue, due to major road works at Paradise Circus.
Please refer to www.birmingham.gov.uk/roadworks for up to date information and advice.
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Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Alliance bases it's practice on established research into child development and learning.
We are lucky to work together with, and be supported by, leaders in this field. We are very excited to hear the dynamic and inspirational talks they will deliver to our conference audience.
Professor Christine Pascal, PhD, MSocSc
Professor Christine Pascal OBE is Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), an independent charitable research centre, based at the St Thomas Children's Centre in Birmingham and, along with Professor Tony Bertram, is also Director of Amber Publications and Training. She was a teacher in primary schools in Birmingham from 1976 to 1985, before moving into the university sector and specialising in early childhood research and evaluation projects. She has been Director of the Effective Early Learning (EEL) Project, the Accounting Early for Life Long Learning (AcE) Project, and was the National Evaluator of the DfES Early Excellence Centre in Birmingham.
Currently she is President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA). She was President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education from 1994-1997, and is now Vice President. She has also done extensive work at government level to support the development of early years policy, sitting on a number of national committees, has served as a ministerial adviser, and since 2000 has been an Early Years Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education. She has written extensively on early childhood development and the quality of early education services and served as an Expert Adviser to Dame Tickell's review of the EYFS in England. She developed a cross-national Early Years policy comparison tool as part of a project conducted with the IEA (Netherlands) and was awarded a Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Musical Development Matters in communication and beyond
Nicola Burke has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Music Studies from the Centre fro Research in Early Childhood (CREC). She has worked extensively as a music specialist in various Early Childhood settings and on a range of action research projects. She has written and delivered courses for a number of authorities and organisations working with both Early Childhood educators and parents. She is an Associate of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and a member of MERYC, England (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children).
Nicola is currently leading Tri-Music Together, a large two year workforce development project taking place across West London involving a range of arts and music organisations and early years services. The project has been identified as a beacon for how Music Education Hubs offer Early Childhood Music across England. Nicola has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal College of Music and is currently working with the Royal Opera House. Nicola was a co-author on The Guide to Music for 0-3 Years, created the award-winning Tune in to Listening free online resource and has also been published in Early Childhood sector magazines Teach Early Years and Nursery World. Nicola is the author of Musical Development Matters, a guidance that has been written to complement Development Matters; this will be freely available from Early Education from September 2018.
We will be delivering a variety of fun, informative and interactive workshops.
Here is a taste of what will be on offer on the day...
WORDLESS CHATTER - MOVEMENT AND DANCE AS COMMUNICATION
Peppy has worked internationally for major dance and theatre companies and as a creative practitioner, trainer, evaluator and lecturer within education, health and community settings. Her art form specialism is dance and movement, and her approach is primarily play-based, using choreographic devices in a spontaneous way to support movement experiences and interactions.
Peppy has led training, mentoring and community arts initiatives in Romania, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the United Kingdom. The training has explored ways of maximising interactive physical and creative opportunities for children, young people, babies, their carers, educators and families to experience.
Peppy is particularly interested in how movement and dance can integrate into everyday learning opportunities and support the healthy development of babies and children.
This workshop is a practical one which will consider movement and dance as a communication mode in its own right. Participants will:
SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION NEEDS IN EARLY YEARS, WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND HOW TO HELP
SOUNDSWELL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SOLUTIONS
Participants will learn about;
Normal development of Speech, Language and Communication Needs
What can go wrong and how to spot it
Practical strategies to support Speech, Language and Communication Needs in early years
BUILDING A COMPASSIONATE AND RESILIENT COMMUNITY IN YOUR SCHOOL
LILLIAN DE LISSA NURSERY SCHOOL
This workshop will look at building high levels of self esteem and confidence in practitioners and young children. It will highlight the influence of the Rights Respecting Schools Award and will look at Compassionate Education within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
These three strands impact directly on building resilience and compassion within our local and global community.
LEARNING LANGUAGE: IT'S MORE THAN WORDS!
Our early vocabulary is a good indicator of future achievement but being a good language learner is a complicated process and involves more than learning words. This workshop will look at effective ways for adults to help young children learn and enjoy their developing language and communication skills.
FROM TRADITIONAL TALES TO MAKE BELIEVE WORLDS: STIMULATING CHILDREN'S EXCITEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT IN STORIES AND STORYTELLING
KINGS NORTON NURSERY SCHOOL
In this workshop we shall explore ways to enrich children's early literacy learning in fun, interactive, child-centred ways by building upon their own fascinations and imaginations.
We shall share out approaches to storytelling and how we nurture the children's own story creations in order to support children's skills development, extend their thinking and deepen their sustained involvement in early reading learning experiences.
Helen Moylett is an independent early years trainer, consultant and writer. She has been Head Teacher of an early years centre as well as working in schools and as a primary and early years lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
While working for the National Strategies she was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage and was the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. She co-authored 'Development Matters' with Nancy Stewart and has written and edited several early years books - most recently Characteristics of effective Early Learning: helping young children become learners for life (OU Press 2014). Helen is currently a Vice-President of Early Education and a tutor on the PGCE and MA courses at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in Birmingham (CREC).
for more information about Helen's MA module 'Leading Learning with Two Year Olds' visit:
Before becoming a national and international conference speaker, trainer and consultant, Kym was Early Years Lead in the London Borough of Lewisham. During her fifteen years working there she supported many schools and settings in a variety of circumstances and informality researched the key elements that make for excellent outcomes for children. Lewisham has been named as one of the top places in the country for children's development due to how well children in the borough consistently achieve at the end of EYFS.
In her keynote, Kym will explore the vital role of adult interactions in supporting children's developing communication and language. She will:
MUSICAL CONNECTIONS AND COMMUNICATION
In this workshop, Nicola will discuss the innate musicality of children and how music is threaded through communication and language as well as other areas of learning and development. She will share elements of Tune in to Listening, her award-winning research and will demonstrate how Early Years educators can support children to 'tune in to listening' through active listening activities. Participants will explore 'enabling musical environments' and how to create them to foster communicative musical play. The session will be practical and will include time for discussion and reflection
SUSTAINING CHILDREN'S INTERESTS, A PROJECT APPROACH
ALLENS CROFT NURSERY SCHOOL
This workshop will support practitioners to sustain thinking by following children's interests. We will work through a 'real life' project to explore open questioning and how to encourage young children to reflect on their ideas and interests, while scaffolding learning.
ENVIRONMENTS TO INSPIRE TALK
NIKKI WALTERS, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, EARLY EXCELLENCE
As part of the Early Excellence Regional Development Team, Nikki brings with her over twenty years experience of supporting quality Early Years practice. After ten years teaching in both the EYFS and KS1, she moved to Leicestershire County Council in an advisory role and soon became a Senior Improvement Adviser. In this role Nikki provided advice, support and challenge to childminders, settings and schools - she developed and delivered a wide range of CPD and was the EYFS Moderation Manager. Following this she became Service Manager for the Early Learning and Childcare Service and worked strategically to support leaders and managers in Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts.
Research has repeatedly shown that children who experience high quality communication and language opportunities achieve better outcomes in school and in life. Understanding how to use continuous provision is at the heart of a quality planning framework for all children in the early years. This session will outline how an enabling environment can be used to support communication and language development in a meaningful and inspiring way. A unique opportunity to experience the Early Excellence interactive environment to revisit the principles behind effective continuous provision, consider a fresh perspective and reflect on how to further develop your own provision to support communication and language.
DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE THROUGH MUSIC AND THE ARTS - MUSICAL CHATTER... - MATTERS - LET'S TALK!
BREARLEY NURSERY SCHOOL
This session will explore how using music and the arts can support the development of communication and language. The session will give you ideas on how to engage children in meaningful conversations as they learn in interactive ways. We will also explain the adult's role in wrapping the language around experiences so that the left and right hand sides of the brain work together more effectively, consequently language is context embedded within our children's learning experiences.
HOW TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN WHICH ENHANCE, RATHER THAN INHIBIT, THEIR COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
This workshop will:
TOUCHSCREEN TECHNOLOGIES AS A TOOL FOR COMMUNICATION - BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
DR SHANNON LUDGATE
Shannon Ludgate is a Lecturer in Early Years at Solihull College and University Centre, and Birmingham City University. Shannon has recently completed her PhD in Early Years at Birmingham City University, focussed on exploring the affordances of touchscreen technologies in early years settings.
In this workshop, practitioners will have the opportunity to explore the ways in which touchscreen devices can be used to promote communication and language development rather than hinder it. This workshop contradicts the prevalent concerns on children's development being stunted by touchscreen devices, drawing upon current research and the Early Years Foundation Stage to support practitioners in devising innovative ways to transform the touchscreen into a communication device.
Practitioners are encouraged to bring along their own devices so that they can participate in exploring apps and devising communicative strategies with children.