Our Early Years Network provides an opportunity for both new and experienced Early Years leaders and practitioners to stay up to date with the latest national developments in EYFS and access high-quality professional development to support them in their own role and to take back to share with colleagues working within Early Years teams back in school.
Our Early Years Network Development Meetings take place during the Autumn and Summer terms and are offered in a range of locations as well as an online option. During these sessions we look at the latest national news and updates for EY practitioners; provide an opportunity for colleagues to get up to speed with any recent research or guidance reports and discuss these together as a group. We will then take one or two areas of focus for the rest of the meeting which centre around specific areas of Early Years practice.
There are always lots of ‘take-aways’ to take back and share with staff in school and also time to network and share common areas of challenge and good practice. The focus of our termly meetings is driven by the current needs of the group which are informed by our Early Years Network steering group and evaluations from previous sessions.
In the Spring Term we have our Early Years Conference which brings together our whole network for an inspiring day exploring new and innovative practice. The focus for our conference is driven by the needs of the network and provides an opportunity to hear from a number of exciting guest speakers. For details of previous speakers see below.
Keeping in touch between meetings is also supported through our private Early Years Network online forum (managed through Facebook). Network members receive access to this group and can use it to post questions and share information throughout the year.
All network meeting resources, recordings and useful links are made available to network members and their schools, via our online resource hub housed on our website. All network members receive personal access to this area to ensure that they can access resources quickly and easily throughout the year.
Our Early Years Conferences provide an opportunity for our network to hear directly from a range of national and/or international guest speakers and are a real highlight within the year. Previous conference speakers have included: