09:00 - 09:10

Chair's Opening Remarks

Helen Donohoe

Chief Executive, PACEY

09:10 - 09:40

Reviewing Changes to the Early Years Inspection Framework to Understand Ofsted's Current Areas of Focus

  • Understanding changes to the EYFS statutory framework and the Early Learning Goals
  • An overview of Ofsted’s ‘Best Start in Life’ research review
  • The seven key features of effective Early Years practice
  • Embedding a high-quality curriculum and pedagogy
Live Q&A
09:30 - 09:40

Jacqui Lewis

Early Education Associate, Early Education

09:40 - 10:20

Panel Discussion: Developing a Curriculum to Ensure All Children Thrive

  • Building curriculums focused on language and communication
  • Celebrating and reinforcing children’s knowledge and skills
  • The characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Supporting children’s personal, emotional, and social development
  • Embedding cultural capital into your provision
Live Q&A
10:10 - 10:20
Shanti Flynn

Shanti Flynn

Head of Education, Storal & Trustee, Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years

Helen Lyndon

Dr Helen Lyndon

Postgraduate Programme Lead, Centre for Research in Early Childhood

Caroline Wright

Caroline Wright MBE

Director of Early Education, Bright Horizons

10:20 - 10:50

Meeting Safeguarding Expectations and Promoting Wellbeing in Your Provision

  • Exploring safeguarding legislation, guidance and expectations: meeting different needs and responding to concerns
  • Addressing the impact of EY recruitment and retention on safeguarding practices
  • Understanding new staff requirements and adult to child ratios set out in the EYFS framework
  • Ensuring proficient safeguarding in home settings including adequate eating supervision
  • Using the role of the key person to help, support and protect children
Live Q&A
10:40 - 10:50
Rachel Buckler

Rachel Buckler

Co-Founder, Early Years Hub & Co-Chair, Northwest Ofsted Big Conversation

10:50 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Panel Discussion: Creating Inclusive SEND Practices and Giving all Children the Best Possible Start in Life

  • Understanding what is expected in local area SEND inspection
  • Early identification and response to additional educational needs
  • Tailoring effective provisions for children with SEND in your setting
  • Building inclusive environments to engage all children in learning and development
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers
Live Q&A
11:20 - 11:30
Louisa Reeves

Louisa Reeves

Director of Policy and Evidence, Speech and Language UK

Karen Horn

Karen Horn

SENCO, Naturally Learning

Carol Savedra

Carol Savedra

Assistant Director for Commissioning Early Years, Education, Additional Needs & Disabilities, Surrey County Council

11:30 - 12:00

Taking Practical Steps to Prepare for your Next Inspection

  • Understanding what to expect from your next inspection
  • Evidencing quality education and personal development
  • Embedding reflective and robust systems of self-evaluation
  • Making the most out of available resources
  • Learning lessons from Ofsted inspections
Live Q&A
11:50 - 12:00
Gill Jones

Gill Jones MBE

Chief Quality Officer, Busy Bees Nurseries & Former Deputy Director for Schools and Early Education, Ofsted

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break


13:00 - 13:30

Best Practice Case Study: Managing Setting Improvement for your Provision

  • Reflections on poor Ofsted inspection outcomes and advice on how to avoid them
  • Evidencing your improvement framework
  • Recognising potential points of failure
  • Embedding professional confidence
Live Q&A
13:20 - 13:30

Michael Freeston

Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance

13:30 - 14:00

A Local Authority Perspective on Improving Early Years Settings

  • Understanding how local authorities can collaborate with early years settings
  • Improving outcomes for children and families
  • Implementation of excellence in policy and practice
Live Q&A
13:50 - 14:00
Jon Abbey

Jon Abbey

Corporate Director of Children and Young People, Islington Borough Council

14:00 - 14:20

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via our virtual platform.

14:20 - 14:50

Addressing the Impact to Early Developmental Goals as a Result of the Cost-of-Living Crisis and Pandemic

  • Highlighting the effects of current challenges on your setting
  • Addressing the impact of early childhood poverty and lockdowns on children
  • Supporting children through the cost-of-living crisis
  • Providing interventions for speech and language to address development gaps
  • Empowering children for school readiness
Live Q&A
14:40 - 14:50
Louise Tracey

Prof Louise Tracey

Professor of Early Years Education, University of Leeds

14:50 - 15:20

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Practice in Early Years Settings

  • Understanding the meaning of anti-discrimination
  • Embedding inclusive practices set out in the revised EYFS framework
  • Utilising self-reflection to promote diversity and inclusivity in your setting
Live Q&A
15:10 - 15:20
Dr Shaddai Tembo

Dr Shaddai Tembo

Early Years Lecturer, Bath Spa University

15:20 - 15:30

Chair's Closing Remarks

Helen Donohoe

Chief Executive, PACEY

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