Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Jan Bennett, Stella Carefull, Julie Fisher
Masterclass Room A | 9.30-12.30

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Jan Bennett, Stella Carefull, Julie Fisher

The role of the early years educator is a rewarding but challenging one: to understand and support the emotional and learning needs of ‘the Unique Child’, regardless of the child’s skills, abilities and background. Vital too is that practitioners inspire, challenge and introduce young children to new experiences and possibilities.

In this masterclass, our fantastic line-up of speakers will:

  • reflect on the principles of early childhood education
  • inspire best practice, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and
  • offer advice on how you can fulfil your role as a truly effective early years educator.

See individual masterclass session details below

Masterclass timetable:

9.30-9.45: Coffee and welcome, your chance to network

9.45-10.45: Inspiring and challenging the Unique Child: a personal journey

The life and career of Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock provide important reminders about the principles that underpin the EYFS and raise important questions about the quality of the early years curriculum. Discover:

  • what motivated and inspired her to learn
  • how she overcame barriers to academic success, and
  • what she wants the early years sector to strive for through the EYFS curriculum and the adult role in supporting early learning

Speaker: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and science educator. She is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London and co-presents the BBC’s The Sky at Night.

10.45-11.15: Space, steel and minibeasts: adventures in STEAM

Increasingly, ‘the Arts’ are being added to STEM in recognition of the importance of creativity in exploring these subjects. Effra Nursery School has made STEM – and STEAM – a central part of its EYFS curriculum. Find out how and hear all about the exciting projects that have developed.

Speakers: Jan Bennett, head teacher, and Stella Carefull, nursery teacher, Effra Nursery School, Brixton, London. The school is taking the lead on introducing STEM subjects in early years settings across its local authority of Lambeth.

11.15-11.30: Questions from the floor

11.30-11.45: Coffee break, your chance to network

11.45-12.30: How to be an effective educator

High-quality interactions are recognised as fundamental to the achievement of outstanding teaching and learning in the early years. Learn about:

Speaker: Julie Fisher is an independent early years adviser and visiting professor of early childhood education at Oxford Brookes University. She is author of the authoritative ‘Interacting or Interfering? Improving Interactions in the Early Years’.

Full rate for attending 9.30-12.30 masterclass: £150 (+VAT) / Early bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 8th December.

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