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Interacting or Interfering: Improving Interactions in the Early Years led by Julie Fisher


Every day, early years practitioners engage in interactions with young children that have the potential to enhance their learning. However, such is the temptation to squeeze every teaching moment out of each interaction that practitioners often interrupt children’s thinking and consequently interfere with their learning. This course will examine the knowledge, timing and sensitivity necessary to interact effectively. Through the extensive use of DVD footage delegates will have the opportunity to explore the role of the practitioner in both adult-led and child-led situations, providing opportunities to reflect on how to “tune in” to children’s current thinking and how to respond in ways that are of benefit to learning and development.

Issues that Julie will address during the day:

  • Differing views of the child as a learner – affecting the way we view the adult’s role
  • Creating environments that stimulate thinking, talking and learning
  • Knowing the child well, their family and their communities – and how this enhances relationships and conversations
  • Tuning in to the child – in order to have the right starting place for supporting learning
  • Maintaining the learning momentum – how to follow children’s interests and use these as vehicles for learning
  • Questioning –  how it can inhibit thinking – and what to do instead
  • The personal attributes of practitioners that bring about effective interactions
  • Extending children’s thinking – different strategies to provoke children into seeing the world in different ways
  • Personal qualities and attributes – knowing ourselves, and what we need to know,  in order to understand the relationships we make.


Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, before which she was lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.
In her work, Julie draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is author of a number of articles on early childhood education as well as her books ‘Starting from the Child’ (4th edition 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002) and ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2010). Her new book, ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ was published in January 2016 and draws on research into effective interactions between practitioners and children aged six months and six years.



This event is free to those schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance – core offer for EARLY YEARS.

There is one place available per subscribing school. Additional places may be booked at a cost of £100 per person. Non-subscribing schools may attend, subject to availability, at a cost of £175 per person. Invoices to be paid prior to the event.


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email: info@gatewayalliance.co.uk

Stoneleigh Park Stoneleigh Road (B4113)
Kenilworth, CV8 2LG United Kingdom

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68 people are attending Early Years Conference – Julie Fisher (Summer 2018)

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