About Oxfordshire Branch
Oxfordshire branch was relaunched in 2000. It is an active, lively branch offering the opportunity for all who work with young children to meet, network and engage in professional development opportunities.
We run a programme comprising two meetings each term. These take place from 6pm to 8pm and are often held in local nurseries. The first session is led by a speaker of national standing. The second is a follow-up discussion. Each meeting provides a networking opportunity before the session with light refreshments.
We work closely with the local authority and the 6 nursery schools when planning our programme.
Our programme is centred around the principles and practice which support and enhance children’s learning. We have recently focused on outdoor learning and are planning sessions around creativity.
The committee comprises a small, dedicated group of early years enthusiasts who work well together to ensure that branch events run smoothly. They also work closely with the national office.
Our plans for the year include:
1st March 2018 - Inspiration Forum - Expressive Arts and Design: developing a studio space so that children can think and make – with Kathy Ring
16th May 2018 – Inspiration Forum - High Achieving White Working Class Boys (HAWWCB) – project findings and what it means for our practise – with Prof. Chris Pascal and Prof. Tony Bertram (Followed by AGM of Oxon EE Branch)
Further events to be announced.
Our previous events include:
20th May 2015 - Bringing Ghana into your Early Years Setting with Miso'shi Procter
21st October 2015 - Inspiration Forum on Physical Development - Sally Goddard Blythe
12th November 2015 - Discussion Meeting - A Moving Tale - how physical development underpins all learning
3rd March 2016 - Inspiration Forum on Supporting Boys' Writing in the Early Years - Julie Cigman
6 & 7th May 2016 - Early Education's Annual National Conference in conjunction with Oxfordshire Branch
25th May 2016 - Inspiration Forum and Branch AGM- Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years - with Kathryn Solly
16th June 2016 - Discussion Meeting - Visit to Treehouse Freeschool - an alternative, non fee-paying primary school.
29th September 2016 - Inspiration Forum - Inspiring Young Mathematicians through Play - with Elaine Bennett
10th November 2016 - Discussion Meeting - Mathematics ‘Naturally’ – providing and observing mathematics outside
2nd March 2017 - Early Years Inspiration Forum - ‘Less is More’ Putting the Child at the Heart of Early Years - with Kym Scott
17th May 2017 - Inspiration Forum - A Sense of Place – the vital importance of our connection to the natural world for our well-being, development, and learning - with Annie Davy (Followed by AGM of Oxon EE Branch)
11th October 2017 – Inspiration Forum on Mood Music: tuning into children’s feelings with voice, instruments, puppets and flexibility – with Bill Roberts
9th November 2017 – Discussion Meeting - Improving Life Chances for all our Early Years Children - with Sandra Mathers and Kathy Sylva
Further details will be confirmed in due course.
Oxfordshire Branch Team
Chair: Sue Hale
Secretary: Rachel Bosley
Treasurer: Anne Nelson