About Carlisle and Eden Branch
A long-established branch which covers northern Cumbria/Penrith areas. We run a full annual programme of meetings and sessions on a wide variety of early years themes. Our conference in March is always well-attended and provides an opportunity to meet other practitioners from the North-West. Our Branch committee is long-serving and is representative of different early years sectors.
We hold a twilight session each school term, usually at 7.30pm. The sessions are held in schools, private nurseries and childrens’ centres and occasionally in forests or puppet theatres! We try to vary the venues each year so that meetings are accessible to all. These twilight sessions have a variety of themes and are often practical in their nature with ideas for you to take back to your settings. Sometimes we have a forum for discussion or updates about national/local initiatives which impact on Early Years settings. Pre-Booking is not usually required for twilight sessions.
In November each year we hold a Saturday morning seminar at Tullie House in Carlisle. We have a guest speaker, often from out-of-county and in the past we have covered themes such as schemas, planning through child-initiated interests and using recycled materials to enhance creativity. Booking forms would normally go out about a month before.
In March we hold our annual conference in the Penrith area. Again, delegates have the opportunity to hear at least two high-quality speakers, often of national acclaim, as well as viewing exhibitors’ stands and buying books and resources. For catering purposes, all places on the March conference need to be booked, and forms usually go out several weeks before the event to those settings on our emailing list or through the school portal system.
Carlisle and Eden Branch Team
Chair: Helen Mitchell
Secretary: Amanda Wakefield
Treasurer: Natalie Sealey