Early Years Network Conference (Spring 2025)

(Early Years Network 2024-25)
Delegate price £230.00
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Heart of England
Date & Details
Facilitator Profile

Early Years Leaders’ Network Meeting

Led by Ruth Swailes 


Our Early Years Network Development Meetings provide an opportunity for Early Years Leaders to come together to:

  • Find out about the latest national news and updates
  • Develop their skills & knowledge
  • Learn from new & innovative practice
  • Network with colleagues to share and develop their practice.

In the first part of this session Ruth will share the latest updates from Ofsted and the DFE including information about the Government roll out of wider access to free “childcare” and how this might affect your school.

Ruth will then lead a session on “Intervention, outervention and independence”.

In this session, Ruth will tackle the pressing issue of the increasing number of children needing additional support in schools whilst facing ever decreasing budgets. Ruth will provide opportunities to discuss ways in which schools can support all children to make progress in a developmentally appropriate way, sharing practical tried and tested ideas, research and information to support leaders to ensure that they are able to make the case for best practice in EY to meet the needs of all children in a developmentally appropriate way.

We will be running our local network meetings in a range of locations across the year and there will also be an online option.

DATE: Friday, 31 January 2025

TIME: 09:30-15:30

LOCATION: Heart of England, Meriden Rd, Fillongley, Coventry CV7 8DX

COST: £230 for non-subscribing schools



Schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance Early Years Network have 1 FREE place per subscription.

Costs will be incurred for additional places and for schools that do not subscribe. Please see our terms for details.


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

Ruth Swailes has almost 3 decades experience in primary education including primary headship. Ruth has worked as a School Improvement Advisor, Early Years consultant and moderator in several Local Authorities and currently works part time as a School Improvement Advisor to several Local Authority schools.  

Ruth is the lead developer and writer of the Oxford University Press International Early Years Curriculum and recently advised on one of the Government Accredited Phonics schemes. She has co -authored a book “Early Childhood Theorists Today” with Aaron Bradbury.  Ruth was awarded Nursery World Trainer of the Year 2021. 

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