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
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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.
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.
Founder & Author of The Joy of Not Knowing
Acting Deputy Headteacher, Dale Hall Community Primary School
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
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:
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.
For us, primarily working on speech and language, it’s been amazing to be out of ratio to be able to use the WellComm assessment and work individually with children and their families, getting the iPad to communicate and share clear photos and videos with the parents and also getting feedback from the parents.
Using technology to assess & communicate
“This network has provided opportunities to work with schools and other settings so we all are doing the same things regarding school transitions. These relationships that have been built are a crucial part in ensuring smooth transitions.”
Enhanced School Transitions
“The project has been so beneficial to our families and the children at the setting that we will continue as much as we can to support the children as the network has been a great support.”
Developing relations with families
“I am keen that the network continues as it has really supported the children to transition and be school ready”
Sustaining the network
“It has been amazing to be part of, I really hope it continues so we can support children and their families through this crucial transition in the best way possible and also working closely alongside other schools and settings.”
Supporting through the crucial transition stage
“The biggest plus about the network has been visiting other settings and speaking to other EY staff. There is little time to do this on a regular basis, but getting the chance to get tips and advice from other professionals has been great.”
The power of visiting other settings
“I believe all nurseries and schools should work together to create a network that allows the children to thrive from one setting to another.”
Creating a culture
Cake, biscuits, coffee, tea, sandwiches… all that good stuff is one of the highest priorities! 🙂
Yes, there is plenty of parking.
Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich IP5 3RE
Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/5KeCi3WdTEnqmQTZA
Travelling to Adastral Park
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.
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.
£50 paid to PVI settings to support cover arrangements (supported by IOA funding)