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Prestigious speakers flying in for Early Years Conference

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Thursday 17 August 2017

Parents and professionals working with young children will have the chance to hear from leaders in the field of Early Years education at a special one day conference being hosted in Guernsey on 2nd September.

'We have had a really good uptake for our 'A Joyous Childhood' conference and those attending are really excited about the calibre of speakers we have managed to secure,' said Anne Brouard, conference organiser and Project Officer for Early Years.

'We have had lots of pre-school practitioners and teachers apply to attend but parents with an interest in child development and how best to support their young children are also welcome to sign up for what looks to be a really interesting and inspiring day.'

The conference takes place at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts and Jan Dubiel, National Director at Early Excellence, will open the day with the first keynote speech.

Mr Dubiel is a highly regarded national speaker, former early years teacher and more recently Programme Leader for the Early Years Foundation Stage profile at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA). He has a particular interest in assessment and ways to document and demonstrate children's achievement and progress.

'It is such an honour to be invited to speak alongside highly celebrated colleagues in Guernsey as part of this wonderful conference.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to share the joy of working with children under five years old and the privileged roles we have in positively impacting on their earliest years, giving them the best possible start in life,' said Mr Dubiel.

Kym Scott, former head of the Early Years Advisory team in the London Borough of Lewisham, will close the conference with her key note speech. Lewisham has recently been named as one of the top places in the country for children's development.

'I am so excited to speak at Guernsey's 'Joyous Childhood' conference in September and to share the passion of those attending this wonderful event - what a superb line up of co-presenters too - having heard many of them speak I know the early years community of Guernsey are in for a treat that will hopefully inspire them for the coming year,' said Kym.

Delegates will then have the opportunity to attend three out of seven different workshops throughout the day.

Jan Dubiel will be delivering a workshop on an introduction to the Leuven Scales - a way of measuring children's emotional wellbeing and involvement. Kym Scott will cover the role of the adult in extending children's language and communication.

Other sessions include:

Sue Beckett - CEO of multi-award winning Portsmouth Music Hub will deliver a session titled Puppets, Props and Musical Play.

Fiona Carter - Regional Development Manager, Early Excellence. Key Principles of an Enabling Environment - how to plan and improve your learning environment.

Sue Lambett - Out and About in the Forest - and introduction to the ethos and theory behind 'Forest Schools'.

Anna Ephgrave - author and consultant. Story Scribing, an effective way to engage children in the writing process.

Yvonne Le Page - Manager, Health Promotion Unit. Five Ways to Wellbeing, a practical workshop on how to improve your happiness and ability to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Anyone interested in attending the conference can find out more at www.ajoyouschildhood.com where you can also sign up for a ticket to attend. All are welcome.

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