Early Years Conference

26th Jun 2008, 9:15am - 3:15pm

Edge Hill University

Stories About Learning

This free conference is an opportunity to stop, assess and evaluate where we are in our Early Years story. There will be two keynote speakers and the chance to participate in workshops. 

We will think about:

  • How can we continue to develop professionally whilst juggling a complex and ever changing role?
  • Do you give yourself the opportunity to look at where you are in your own learning story and consider how this affects your work with and influence upon young children’s lives? How can we learn from other people’s experiences?
  • Where is the place in your professional life to keep you motivated and inspired about how children learn?

Who Should Attend?

  • Early Years Teachers and Head Teachers
  • Early Years Practitioners from Children’s Centres, Private and Voluntary Sector and Childminder Networks
  • Lecturers and Tutors from Further and Higher Education
  • Local Authority Early Years Advisory Staff and Children’s Services
  • People considering a change of career to the Early Years field

Key Note Speakers

Key note speakers are Angela Anning, Edge Hill University Visiting Professor of Early Years Education and Peter Dixon, a well-known poet.

  • Professor Angela Anning – A Story of Early Childhood Services: Past, Present and Future.

What can we learn from the story of our past and present to help us think about the future of early childhood education and care? The presentation will tell a story of a personal and public journey, focussing on where we are coming from and speculating on where we might go next. Angela Anning’s professional life involves 40 years of working as a teacher in nursery, primary, secondary, further and higher education, and as an Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Leeds. She has just completed a five year contract with Birkbeck College as a principal investigator for the National Evaluation of Sure Start. She has written extensively on early childhoodeducation and services. Her particular research interests are professional knowledge, multi-agency teamwork, art and design education and versions of the early years curriculum.

  • Peter Dixon – ‘The Colour of my Dreams’

Peter is a well-known poet who has published extensively including such titles as ‘The Penguin in the Fridge and Other Cool Poems‘. He wasn’t any good at school and failed to master spelling, grammar, comprehension and the other (supposed) roots of writing. More or less by accident he became a senior lecturer in education. (He is still mystified as to how this happened.) His likes are liver, going to Swanage and fairy-tale princesses. His dislikes are Arsenal and… Arsenal.

Workshops Led by Early Years Education and Health and Social Care Lecturers from Edge Hill University

Two of the following workshops can be attended:

  • A Story of Early Years Leadership by Greg Parker, Programme Leader for Initial Teacher Training Early Years
  • A Story of English as an Additional Language by Nichola Callander, Senior Lecturer
  • A Story of Adult Learning by Denise Corfield, Early Years Programme Leader (Foundation Degree)
  • Stories About Children Thinking Together by Babs Anderson, Associate Tutor
  • Stories About Developing Healthy Environments by Brenda Roberts, Curriculum Advisor, Children’s Health
  • A Story of Learning Stories by Linda Griffiths, Head of Assessment EYPS and Colette Bentley, Head of Training EYPS
  • Stories of Cutting Edge Creativity by Jo Albin-Clark, Senior Lecturer

The conference is free of charge. To reserve a place, contact Jan Jackson on 01695 650806 or email jacksonj@edgehill.ac.uk.