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Chartered College of Teaching/Early Education Early Years Network - launch event


Cost: Members of Early Education and Chartered College of Teaching: £50.00 (obtainable with member login or discount code),  Non-members of either organisation: £75.00

Saturday 24 March 2018, London

The Chartered College of Teaching is the new professional body for the teaching profession. Membership is voluntary and provides access to research, events, a wide community of educators, and high-quality professional learning.

Early Education is working with the College to deliver an Early Years Network open to all teachers in the early years (including EYTs and EYPs).  Join us for our launch event on Saturday 24 March in London.  Come along and get involved in discussions about the professionalisation of the teaching workforce in early years, and tell us what you want from future network events.  

Programme summary

9.30am  Registration

10.00-11.00am Early Education/Chartered College of Teaching Early Years Network: Future Direction Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive, Early Education and Cat Scutt, Director of Research, Chartered College of Teaching (tbc) - Hear about how Early Education and the Chartered College can support teachers in the early years, and tell us how the Early Years Network can best support you in your work.

11.00am- 1.00pm  Seminar: Observation - a core skill for teachers in the early years

  • Observation - learning from the past in the present, Kathryn Solly, Early Education Associate
  • Maintaining the Momentum – Observing and assessing children’s learning in the EYFS, Di Chilvers, Early Education Associate

(For full details see below)

1.00pm  Lunch and networking

1.30pm  Optional tour of nearby outstanding nursery school provision (tbc)   

Seminar details

Teaching in the early years requires a thorough grasp of how to observe young children's development, as recognised from the time of the earliest pioneers of early education.  Experts agree that current pressures to generate data to evidence children's learning, especially through online tools, put teachers at risk of focusing on the data instead of the observation, and of de-skilling early years professionals as a result.  This seminar will address how teachers can put observation back at the heart of their practice, and challenge the pressures for excessive data and recording.

Observation - learning from the past in the present
Kathryn Solly, Early Education Associate

This presentation aims to provide a background to understanding why observation matters in the Early Years, and to allow delegates to consider why the pioneers of Early Years focused upon children rather than data.  It will also present examples of high quality practice in Reception.

It will focus on the theorists whose work underpins high quality early years provision, practice and pedagogy with links to Froebel, Dewey, Montessori, McMillan, Vygotsky, and Isaacs in particular, as well as more recent observers such as Malaguzzi, Carr, Bruce, Athey. 

Maintaining the Momentum – Observing and assessing children’s learning in the EYFS
Di Chilvers, Early Education Associate

Di’s keynote will look at the  way in in which the observation, assessment and planning cycle underpins exemplary teaching and learning including;

  • how observation scaffolds the EYFS Curriculum 
  • why observation is a fundamental professional skill for understanding children’s development, learning and progress
  • observing in the moment to support and extend children’s learning 
  • building a professional observation tool kit to make informed judgements about children’s  progress

Speaker biographies

Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early years sector for over 39 years as a Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Senior Lecturer, Adviser and National Strategies Regional Adviser.  Di works collaboratively with partners, settings, schools and LAs across the country to support the development of good practice in the early years.  Her work includes children’s creative and critical thinking and following children’s interests, ideas and fascinations through observing children, understanding their development and HOW they learn, listening to their conversational talk and trying to understand their thinking.  Visits to Reggio Emilia, Denmark, New Zealand, Oman, Ghana and India have all influenced Di’s thinking and philosophy.
She has written several books, many articles and has created an assessment tool called the Development Map – an holistic, child centred way of mapping children’s development and progress.

Kathryn Solly is now a specialist Early Years trainer and consultant working around Britain and internationally. Previously she was headteacher of the historic and diverse Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years. However, Kathryn started her pedagogic life as a secondary school teacher on Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea. Since then she has taught across all the phases of education in a variety of places including a short time in an Albanian kindergarten. She retrained to teach in the early years and has since achieved a special needs qualification and an MA in Early Education and Care.She has travelled widely and studied education and care in Italy, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.  Kathryn was awarded the Unilever Fellowship researching aspects of Early Years Leadership and Management in 2006. She has contributed articles to several journals and books on a variety of aspects of young children’s play, teaching and learning. Her first book ‘Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years’ was published in December 2014.She is a Froebel Travelling Tutor, and is Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum.

Di Chilvers
Kathryn Solly
Event type: 
Half day conference
UCL, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Saturday, 24 March, 2018

Members of Early Education and Chartered College of Teaching: £50.00 (obtainable with member login or discount code)
Non-members of either organisation: £75.00

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