Early Years Network Meeting (Autumn 2023)

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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.


This term Ruth will share the latest updates from the DfE and Ofsted and examine some of the questions Early Years Leaders will want to explore with their teams based on the latest, Best Start in Life” reports.

We will also look at the challenges EY teachers are currently facing – the growing number of children starting school with additional needs and requiring additional support and how teachers can build learning environments to further develop school readiness. There will also be time for colleagues to reflect on key priorities for the coming year based on the current needs of their cohort and schools.

Ruth will explore how we develop children’s school readiness by developing executive function and will share some practical examples schools have used to support children’s executive function and retrieval practice including the use of floor books as a teaching tool.

Attendees are invited to bring along any resources which help children to talk about their learning in their classrooms in order to share best practice and magpie great ideas.

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, 20 October 2023

TIME: 09:00-11:30

LOCATION: ONLINE – ZOOM meeting (a link will be sent out a week before)


DATE: Wednesday, 25 October 2023

TIME: 08:30-11:30

LOCATION: Nettle Hill Conference Centre, Nettle Hill, Brinklow Road, Ansty, Coventry, CV7 9JL



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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