Over 150 delegates from the Early Years sector gathered at a conference that took place on Tuesday (26 March) to hear from leading experts and to participate in a series of practical workshops.
With over 23,000 day nurseries plus pre-schools and childminders in the UK, early education is thriving.
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old and all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
Together for Children, which delivers Sunderland’s children’s services incorporates educational and school improvement services and hosts regular training and conferences for educational providers.
Speakers at the early years conference included Dr. Sam Wass and Michael Rosen.
Dr. Wass who is currently based at the University of East London and at Cambridge University, works on projects around the world. He has contributed to the multi-award-winning Channel 4 series: The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6-Year-Olds and his current research project examines how noisy early home environments affect concentration and mental health in children.
Mr Rosen is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.
Delegates shared views and opinions through engaging workshops, were presented with a host of imaginative approaches to sensory play, enjoyed a performance of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ from children of Hudson Road Primary, had the opportunity to have books signed by Michael Rosen and even participated in the creation of a rhyme.
Dr. Wass, said: “I addressed delegates on how a child’s brain handles emotions differently to an adult’s brain. By sharing my knowledge and research studies I hope that I can support Early Years Practitioners in their day to day work to educate and care for our children.”
Mr Rosen, said: “Caregivers can encourage the love of reading in children and as children begin to develop written language skills, instil in them a love and passion for reading that opens further opportunity to expand their imagination and to learn new information.”
Simon Marshall, Director of Education at Together for Children, said: “Here at Together for Children we can take pride in our provision of first-rate training, conferences and practical workshops to support our educators.”
To find out more about the conferences, training and events organised by Together for Children please visit https://togetherforchildren.org.uk/events
Photo caption: Dr. Sam Wass (left) with Michael Rosen (right) at the Together for Children Early Years Conference.