Tuesday 16 May 2017
A one-day conference in Guernsey in September will celebrate what makes a 'Joyous Childhood'.
Professionals working with or with an interest in young children and child development are invited to attend to take part and share in a range of discussions and workshops. There are two prestigious key note speakers - Jan Dubiel, National Director at Early Excellence, a leading provider of early years' resources, furniture and training in the UK and Kym Scott, consultant and former School Improvement Advisor for Early Years.
The conference is on Saturday 2nd September at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.
'We have a privileged opportunity and responsibility in the Early Years to ensure we build the strongest foundations for our children to thrive and fulfil their potential,' said conference organiser and Education Services' Project Officer, Early Years, Anne Brouard.
'We want to share the very best in innovative practice and inspire our Early Years workforce to deliver high quality early years education for the benefit of our youngest islanders.
'This conference is an opportunity for all early years' practitioners to learn together and update our knowledge of current early years practice.'
The conference has been organised in partnership with the Guernsey College of Further Education and has space for up to 150 delegates. There are seven different workshops to choose from including an introduction to the ethos and theory behind the Forest School outdoor learning approach, how to enhance musical experiences for young children, story scribing - a way to motivate children to want to write and an introduction to the Leuven Scales (indicators of wellbeing and involvement).
'The College's Early Years department is constantly reviewing its training provision to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of current practitioners and those seeking to develop a career in this exciting sector,' said Paula Grady, Programme Leader, Early Years department College of Further Education.
'This event and the high calibre of speakers we have secured give current and future students a unique learning opportunity and is part of the College's commitment to the on-going skills development of the local workforce in this field.'
Sponsorship from Sigma CI means that those who register before the 4th June will receive a special early bird discount of £62 for the full day.
'Sigma is delighted to support this event as we recognise the importance of laying a strong foundation that early learning brings to all our young children,' said Sigma CI Managing Director, Robert Sillars.
Full details about the conference, including how to book, is available on a dedicated website www.ajoyouschildhood.com