Early Learning and Childcare Conference

Narrowing the Vocabulary Gap

Saturday 21st April 2018

9.00am – 4pm

Our wondrous world of words..

It is time to weave a new narrative.

… startling statistics

     …reality, theory and practice

                …a child’s curiosity

       …exquisite environments

  …children’s whispers, wishes and wonder

What a Wonderous World of Words.

We have two fantastic keynote speakers;

 Mine-261x300 (002) Mine Conkbayir

What neuroscience tells us about early language development.

Neuroscience affords us cutting-edge insights into the brain and how language is acquired from birth. The evidence also demonstrates that children’s learning trajectories concerning language are influenced by their experiences well before the start of school. What does this mean for you? In this keynote, Mine will explore some of the key ingredients necessary for healthy language and communication development – and why these need to be in place sooner rather than later.

 Michelle 1 (002)  Michelle Larbey

Reading With Your Ears

Join Michelle Larbey, AKA The Phonic Fairy, as she concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills laying the foundation for phonic skills. The emphasis of the workshop is to get 0-5 year olds attuned to the sounds around them, joining in with key aspects (which will be exemplified) ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills using inspiration storybook hooks with practical ideas.

We also have three lively and energetic workshops running on the day;

River of Rhyme with Marie Richardson; An exploration of Rhyme, Poetry and Stories using the dialogic approach.  New songs, stories and rhymes blended with traditional well known versions.  Exploration of PEER sequence and CROWD prompts.

Tree of Talk with Moyra Boland; The art of storytelling and Role Play.  Using helicopter stories, the mosaic approach and hot seating to create tantalising talk.

Volcano of Vocabulary with Alice Sharp; Provocations and Invitations to Play. A varied selection of resources and artefacts to support contingent talk. Exploration of dynamic strategies to consider interaction, interruption or interpretation of learning. Discussion around the thinking of Dr Bruce Perry.

Our friends from TTS and Community Playthings will be providing playscapes for you to explore on the day and each delegate will receive a goody bag.

Cost – £150 + VAT

To book your place please call the office on 0141 557 3304


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