Festival of Learning

Face to face, 7 June, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Adastral Park (BT Headquarters)

The event will take place at Adastral Park, Martlesham, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

All delegates will need to download, print and add name and contact number to a security waiver pass (sent by email to individual delegates)

New delegates will receive the pass in their welcome email

(This will avoid full security registration at reception and will speed up entry and avoid congestion)

Click here for ‘Travelling to Adastral Park’ BT webpage

Click here for a Google Map link

  • Special thanks to Adastral Park for providing a wonderful venue! 
  • ONE Sixth Form College students and Suffolk New College staff will join us at Adastral Park

What is the

Early Education Network?

Brought to you by the Ipswich Opportunity Area, we are a local network of practitioners collaborating to prepare children for the best possible start to school. We’re expanding the network, so please come along to find out what’s been happening, what’s new, and where the future is headed…

The impact of the network has evolved with the support of Ipswich Opportunity Area funding, harnessing and developing the skills of early years practitioners and the families they work with.

With Guests

Our main focus is on how the network has brought about positive change and impact through the Ipswich Opportunity Funded programme to support families, schools and transition.

In celebration of our network practitioners, and to support the cause, we are delighted to welcome our special guests, each with their own unique specialist experience and expertise to punctuate the importance of Early Years Education.


Join us for an informal afternoon of celebration and sharing

We reach into the network to look at some tried and tested ways that settings can develop effective communications to enhance offers, improve impact and become more efficient.

With Ben Gough and Anne Denny

What are the successes of the network, and how can we rise to the challenge of taking an effective networking culture forwards in a world of uncertainty

With Jackie Bircham and Anne Denny

We take a reflective look at the area of interventions in speech and language development, and how the network has found ways to focus on this key area.

With Lisa Brown, Liz Elks and Emma Miles

Transition information between early years and primary settings can be hugely challenging for all involved. The development of a new Transitions Document is a step towards a more consistent approach – but, where are we now and where do we need to go with it?

With Vici Morris and Amanda Goldsmith

A reflective sharing session from the Ipswich & Unity Research School – looking at some evidence based ideas for improving behaviour and parental engagement.

With Eileen Allpress and Ruth Coleman 

A look at what it’s been like to establish and develop a network of practitioners to mutually support. And, importantly, what can be drawn from the work of the Family Support Assistants and Early Years Transition Leads?

With Jodie Young, Amanda Goldsmith and Marcelo Staricoff

How the new online Sharing Learning Hub can support the work of early education practitioners region-wide.

With David Ladbrook

Marcelo will deliver a keynote focused on tangible, evidence based methods that really work in the practical education settings, with plenty of takeaways to try out and embed into practice.

Annie Clements takes us on a whistle-stop tour through a simple assessment framework to help embed lasting impact and a consistent approach to Autism & ADHD.

The “4 foundation Blocks” approach has achieved global recognition, and the response is always the same…. “Oh now I understand ! I know I can do this” 

The Blocks are: 

  • Understanding Overwhelm
  • Understanding Imagination Fracture
  • Understanding Language of Assumption
  • Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism & ADHD delivers high quality training and support for education and business.

Liz qualified as a speech and language therapist (SaLT) in 1981 and worked within the NHS and education services with a range of children and settings. As a co-founder of Elklan training, she now helps thousands of practitioners to become more skilled and confident in developing speech and language in a range of contexts. 

The Eastern Opportunity Areas are gradually adding impactful case studies to the LinkBig Sharing Learning Hub, and we’ll be exploring a selection of these more closely at our face-to-face event on 7 June. Until then….why not click through and explore the hub!

"The Network has been transformational!"

hear from the people involved...

FAQs & Key Information


Cake, biscuits, coffee, tea, sandwiches… all that good stuff is one of the highest priorities! 🙂

Yes, there is plenty of parking.

Adastral Park

Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich IP5 3RE

Google Map link:

Travelling to Adastral Park

Adastral Park is located just outside Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, set in 100 acres of beautiful scenery.

Whether you are visiting the park for a meeting or looking to join our tech cluster, our office accommodation comes fully serviced with high-speed broadband and meeting rooms. Plus there’s first-rate on-site facilities and plenty of car parking.

Adastral Park is located near Ipswich, Suffolk on the east coast of England, approximately 90 miles from London and 65 miles from Cambridge.

Watch this space!

We’re already securing some fabulous support service providers who can help on your journey to success…you can take a sneak peak by clicking on the ‘EXHIBITION’ link in the menu.


But you can if you wish, and we’d love you to join in conversations and add our views… play it by ear, but rest assured that no one is going to push anyone into speaking in front of a room full of strangers, or catch anyone out with any surprise ice-breakers!  This is an informal gathering and an opportunity to enjoy being among fellow colleagues.

The whole early years community is welcome!

From support staff, family liason, support service representatives to part time helpers and governors…anyone linked with an early years setting is encouraged attend!

We want this to be a celebration and open forum for sharing rather than a formal conference. That’s the feel we’re aiming for, so ‘festival’ just feels like a better word to describe what we’re going for 🙂

We fully understand people have commitments, although please be mindful that there are limited places, so we would like as many people to benefit as possible and to keep the atmosphere of sharing going until the end of the festival….just keep in touch at [email protected] – subject line ‘EYFS 7 June’ if things change for you.

We fully expect so!

The network has become really strong in a relatively short space of time and one of the aims of this festival is to explore ways to ensure the development of this style of collaborative working continues long into the future.

But, we know there will be challenges ahead – and one of the key focuses of this festival is to embed a sustainable mindset and to broaden and deepen the reach of the network to impact positively on as many children as possible, in as many areas as possible.

Parts of the event will either be live streamed or recorded, but as with any online stuff, it’s not going to be able to replace the event because much of the input relies on a face-to-face format. The decision as to whether we stream or record will be made a little nearer the time of the event.

Feel free to contact Rob on [email protected] with any questions or issues 🙂

We're looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

£50 paid to PVI settings to  support cover arrangements (supported by IOA funding)