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York and District

About York Branch

The branch was established 16 years ago.  It aims to support the professional development of representatives from all providers of early education and care in the wider York area - including Leeds and North and East Yorkshire.  It provides a local early years forum for these practitioners and teachers to share practice and experiences to enhance young children’s learning. 

The York and District branch organizes three CPD meetings a year, and meetings are open to all those working with children 0-8 years.

The programme aims to raise awareness of national and local initiatives for those working with young children. We respond to suggestions from members, and include outside speakers as well as local experts and innovators.

We aim to make charges affordable and members of Early Education can attend most meetings for free.

The 2016 Programme has included two very popular sessions: Jan White’s Every Child a Mover and Jackie Marsh’s Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers' Use of Apps.

For details of future meetings and Early Education membership contact

Our plans for the year include:

7th April 2019 - Get your magnifying glass, we are STEM Detectives - with Niki Buchan

16th May 2019 - Food glorious food - how to support children's learning and development through food - with Kay Rooks

Further details of our upcoming events to be confirmed in due course.

Our previous events include:

15th September 2015 - Come and create your own fantasy island... where wild things happen! Mud Pie Arts with Nicolette Hobson and Jenna Drury. Limited to 40 places, includes training pack.

11th February 2016 - Every Child a Mover with Jan White

12th May 2016 - Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers' Use of Apps with Jackie Marsh

26th November 2016 - Paint, Clay and Loose Parts: how do these resources support young children's thinking? Half-Day Conference & Branch AGM with Dr. Kathy Ring

23rd March 2017 - Maths Activities from Picture Books - with Alison Bailey

6th July 2017 - Transformational Thinking - with Menna Godfrey and Quackers Playgroup

30th September 2017 - Looking, finding and feeling - young children exploring special places

22nd March 2018 - Yoga in the early years - with Rachel Rose (was previously scheduled for 1st March 2018)

19th May 2018 - Natural Play in Early Childhood: nurturing deep foundations for a lifetime of connections with nature - with Jan White

York Branch Team

Chair:  Menna Godfrey
Secretary:  Jo Armistead
Treasurer:  Sue Maughan-Brown
Programme co-ordinator:  this role is shared between committee members

Branch telephone: 

Upcoming events

Past events

11 Feb 2019

Froebelian principles and practices: why are they still relevant today?

Speaker(s): Dr Stella Louis

19 May 2018

Natural Play in Early Childhood: nurturing deep foundations for a lifetime of connections with nature

Speaker(s): Jan White

22 Mar 2018

Yoga in the early years

Speaker(s): Rachel Rose

30 Sep 2017

Looking, finding and feeling - young children exploring special places

Speaker(s): York Minster Learning Team

06 Jul 2017

Transformational Thinking

Speaker(s): Menna Godfrey and Quackers Playgroup