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Inspiring Voices: A Celebration of Early Childhood Education

Inspiring Voices: A Celebration of Early Childhood Education


After a year like no other, we are delighted to be able to bring together a range of passionate advocates of Early Childhood Education to share their experiences and celebrate the joy of working with young children.

The first Early Excellence Summer Festival has been designed to be inspiring, impactful and accessible for colleagues in both EYFS and KS1 and will take place from Monday 21st to Friday 25th June.

Across the week you will be invited to explore key aspects of practice and innovation via a series of over 15 bitesize online seminars. There will be incredible opportunities to hear from colleagues across the UK and overseas who have transformed their way of working; from those who will encourage us to reflect on all aspects of our current practice and to those who will provoke our thinking to consider next steps.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for Early Years and Primary Colleagues to share a rich learning experience, with a ‘passport’ for the week enabling delegates to access all that is on offer! We hope you will be able to join us ‘live’ for many of the sessions, and you will receive links to all seminars after the event.

Find out more about our inspirational speakers below.

Dates & Times:

Seminars will run throughout the week from Monday 21st to Friday 25th June, with sessions starting at both 3.45pm and 4.30pm. We hope you will be able to join us ‘live’ for many of the sessions, and you will receive links to all seminars after the event until Autumn 2021.



  • Individual ‘Passport’ – giving one person access to every seminar and recordings until Autumn 2021
    £35 (exc. VAT)
  • School ‘Passport’ – allows all staff in a school access to every seminar and recordings until Autumn 2021
    £95 (exc. VAT)

For more information and to book your place at this event, please follow the links below.

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Programme Overview

Monday 21stJune – 3.45pmEarly Years Festival - Nicky Turner

Start with Art
Nicky Turner
Swannington Primary School

Explore the role of the adult in fostering creativity and artistic skills with young children and be inspired by Nicky’s approach to artwork in EYFS and KS1.

Monday 21stJune – 3.45pmEarly Excellence Festival - Amy Parsons

Oracy and Parental Engagement in the Early Years

Amy Parsons
Mayflower Community Academy

Highlighting the importance of oracy in Early Years, Amy will share how her team has successfully engaged parents as partners to develop children’s language skills.

Monday 21stJune – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Helen Tate

Explore Maths: Unleashing the Potential
Helen Tate
Early Years Consultant

Find out from Helen about how to plan an  ‘Explore Maths’ session and use the power of talking maths to develop your children’s language and understanding of key concepts.

Monday 21stJune – 4.30pm

Placing the Magic of Music and Creative Curiosity at the Heart of the Early Years Curriculum

Sally Hickman & Sue Nichols
Independent Consultants

Sally and Sue will explore how children’s interests can inspire starting points for learning, and share ideas to excite and engage children through music and creativity.


Tuesday 22ndJune – 3.45pmEarly Years Festival

Looking Beyond the Welcome Poster: A Time for Change
Shamim Ashraf
Independent Consultant

With personal insight, Shamim will reflect on issues such as race and identity; exploring how we can create a culture within our settings based on honesty and integrity.

Tuesday 22ndJune – 3.45pmEarly Years Festival - Esther O'Connor

Let them Wonder!
Esther O’Connor
The British School of Brussels

Blending research with practical examples, Esther will focus on how her school have inspired curiosity and developed innovative thinking in the Early Years and beyond

Tuesday 22ndJune – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Emma Doran

Supporting & Developing Children’s Self-Regulation in the Early Years
Emma Doran
Whitefield Primary

Drawing on ideas of ‘Social Thinking’ & ‘The Zones of Regulation’, Emma will share how  their approach to learning has supported the unique challenges faced this year.

Tuesday 22ndJune – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Alison Heale

Developing Inspirational Continuous Provision from 3 -7 years
Alison Heale, Rachel Roberts & Anne Marie Jones

Hear Alison and her team share their exciting journey of transforming practice and provision to ensure the child is truly at the centre of learning.

Wednesday 23rd June – 3.45pmEarly Years Conference - Julie Fisher

Moving on to Key Stage One: A Celebration of The Possible
Julie Fisher
Independent Consultant

Hear from Professor Julie Fisher as she shares her knowledge and experience on how to ensure that transition into Year One is successful, sensitive and seamless.

Wednesday 23rd June – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Sarah Dixon Jones

‘Bee-lieving’ in the power of pedagogical documentation
Sarah Dixon Jones
Houghton Nursery School

Hear all about how documentation can become a crucial part of pedagogy and used as a valuable teaching, research & assessment tool to capture the ‘buzz’ of children’s hearts and minds.

Thursday 24thJune – 3.45pmEarly Years Festival - Joanna Redfern

Developing a Child-Centred Pedagogy in Key Stage 1
Joanna Redfern & Lynette Hardwick
All Saints CE Infant CE Pre-School & Selston CE Infant and Nursery

Explore how to build on the ethos of the EYFS and place child-initiated learning, specifically play, at the heart of your KS1 curriculum, with Joanna and Lynette who speak passionately about their approach.

Thursday 24thJune – 4.30pmEarly Years Conference - Jude Twani

Building on Strong Foundations
Jude Twani
Lakenham Primary & Nursery School

Gain insight with Jude, as she shares the journey of how Lakenham are developing their  vision for the whole school to build on the principles and pedagogy of the Early Years.

Thursday 24thJune – 4.30pmEarly years Festival - Amanda Belbin

A Year in the Life of Domestic Role Play: The Power of Small Changes
Amanda Belbin
Bincombe Valley Primary School

From learning the story of ‘Baby Arthur’ to exploring how the provision is truly authentic to the children, join Amanda to hear how her Domestic Role Play provision has flourished.

Friday 25thJune – 3.45pm

Valuing the Importance of the Whole Child
Sue Searson
Maltby Lilly Hall Academy

Join Sue as she explains how she uses assessment as an integral part of her practice and hear why she is such an advocate of the Early Excellence Assessment Tool, EExAT, which truly supports her teaching and learning.

Friday 25thJune – 3.45pm

A Year Outdoors: Our Journey of Discovery
Becky Grant
High Hopes

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to see powerful images of outdoor provision and hear how Becky transformed teaching and learning through involvement in an outdoor development project.

Friday 25th June – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Aaron Bradbury

The Early Years Child: Nurturing Children through an Inclusive and Diverse Lens
Aaron Bradbury-Coffey
Nottingham Trent University

Focusing primarily on children and families who are from the LGBTQ community, join Aaron as he challenges us to flip the narrative and position of our own practices.

Friday 25th June – 4.30pmEarly Years Festival - Helen Bingham

Getting Off to a Flying Start
Helen Bingham
Aspire Academy Trust

Hear how Helen’s focus on developing children’s independence both in the classroom and outside has led to lasting impact, and reflect upon how she supported her teams through this period of change.