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Our key challenge: how do we ensure that we are giving children the best start?

Our diverse range of contributors will be leading a variety of sessions celebrating and sharing the diverse ways in which this challenge is being met in our region and beyond.

We’ve listed just some of our great contributors below with more to come, we’re also delighted that Firm Foundations are working with us by curating sessions for this theme.

Our Contributors

Friday Sessions
David Gregory Head of Innovation JTRS / Econocom Making an impact with a playful and creative pedagogy
Nathan Archer Doctoral Researcher University of Sheffield Early childhood advocacy: building consensus?
Dr Pam Jarvis Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education Leeds Trinity University Neurons and Narratives: human development birth-18
Sue Cowley Author, teacher educator and chair of preschool committee SCTC Ltd Making my Mark: strategies for developing mark making and early writing in EYFS
Saturday Sessions
Jan Dubiel Consultant Understanding the ‘Otherness’ of the EYFS
Nicky Clements Head of EYFS Victoria Academies Trust Developing cultural capital in early childhood education.
Jan Dubiel Consultant Developing effective approaches to assessment and accountability in the EYFS
Kath Bransby Associate Lecturer Sheffield Hallam University Seasonal songs and stories
Sue Cowley Author, teacher educator and chair of preschool committee SCTC Ltd Marshmallows and Traffic Cops: Beyond behaviourism
David Cahn Early Years Teacher A Leeds Children’s Centre & Primary School Umar’s Lively Mind: A case study
Di Chilvers and Helen Moylett


Early Years Consultant, Trainer and Writer

Early Education Influencing policy: what can we do?