Anna will remind us that deep engagement indicates progress and that this happens when we give children autonomy in their play. With this in mind, practitioners need to observe closely and interact carefully in order to capture this engagement, rather than disrupt it. This means that practitioners have to plan 'in the moment', drawing on all their knowledge of that child. Anna will go on to show how this engagement can lead to the development of meaningful writing opportunities, without the need for formal structured writing sessions
Anna has been fascinated by babies and young children her whole life. She has volunteered in various capacities and also has ten years’ experience as a foster parent. She has over 27 years teaching experience, working for many years as an Advance Skills Teacher and most recently as an Assistant Head Teacher. She has led her Early Years teams to four consecutive outstanding grades from Ofsted. She promotes child-led learning in which children are given autonomy and respect. She now works as an independent author and consultant, supporting practitioners both in the UK and abroad. She has three very successful books published by Routledge – ‘The Nursery Year in Action’, ‘The Reception Year in Action’ and most recently ‘Year One in Action’.