February 2012 - Looking Ahead to the New EYFS
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LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW EYFS
Full-day conference at M Shed, Bristol - 20 February 2012
Strengthening the Foundation Years: The Tickell Review of the EYFS and its Challenges and Opportunities
The Tickell Review has set out a vision for a strengthened EYFS, attempting to highlight its successes and identify how it might be streamlined and clarified for practitioners and parents. This presentation will present some of the key considerations that were explored in the review process, the evidence the review team was faced with and the key recommendations which have emerged from its deliberations. An analysis of both the challenges and opportunities offered by the Review, given the wider context of austerity and retrenchment will be offered to stimulate debate and dialogue!
Professor Christine Pascal OBE is Director of Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), an independent charitable research centre, based at the St Thomas Children's Centre in Birmingham. She has done extensive work at government level to support the development of early years policy and since 2000 she has been the Early Years Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education. She has been Director of; The Centre for research in Early Childhood at the University of Worcester, 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 Programme.
She has written extensively on early childhood development and the quality of early education services and is currently President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA).
Connections and Conversations: Language and Thinking in the Early Years
Helen Moylett is an independent early years consultant, trainer and writer. She has been a primary, nursery and home school liaison teacher, a local authority senior advisory teacher on early literacy and a senior lecturer in primary and early years education at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has been head of an early years centre and part of the National Strategies team.
She was on the national steering group for Birth to Three Matters and was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as many of the National Strategies materials associated with the EYFS. She was also the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. Recently she was an adviser to the Tickell EYFS review team. Helen is currently President of the British Association of Early Childhood Education (Early Education)
SANDRA BAREFOOT, MIKE AKERS AND SARAH MOODY
Visible Thinking - ‘for a child to be and the adult to see’
This presentation will share the work of the Bristol-based organisation Visible Thinking. Visible Thinking have been working alongside staff in a wide variety of Early Years settings over the past five years, aiming to provide experiences that will allow children’s unique ways of thinking and learning to be exposed, developed and better understood. Groundbreaking projects looking at non-verbal storytelling, children as documenters and new approaches to exploring children’s inherent musicality have been recognised for their excellence at a national level. This presentation will examine some of these areas of work, raise questions and share significant moments of learning.
Visible Thinking consists of Mike Akers, Sandra Barefoot and Sarah Moody. They have extensive experience in education, theatre, music, documentation and BSL translation. www.visiblethinking.ltd.uk
PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY
9.00 Registration and refreshments
9.45 Welcome and Introduction – Annie Hudson, Strategic Director, Children Young People and Skills
10.00 Strengthening the Foundation Years: The Tickell Review of the EYFS and its Challenges and Opportunities - Professor Chris Pascal
11.45 Visible Thinking - Sandra Barefoot, Mike Akers and Sarah Moody
1.30 Connections and Conversations: Language and Thinking in the Early Years - Helen Moylett
2.30 Story and Rhyme - Effective practice in the Foundation Years
3.30 Close of conference
There will also be area and locality briefings on the revised EYFS
Lead practitioners or EYFS coordinators - £20 per place
Enhanced and accredited Network childminders - £10 per place
Non Bristol based practitioner - £110 per place
To book, please contact:
Celebrating the Foundation Years
9 Church Avenue
Bristol BS9 1LD
Tel: 07969 383 809
Closing date for applications: 27 January 2012
Confirmation of booking will be sent by email
Speakers' notes will be sent by email
Cheques should be made payable to TAMECLEAT
Bookings MUST be accompanied by full payment
This conference is being organised by Bristol City Council, Early Years Service and ECHO (The Voice of Early Childhood)