Early Years and Mental Health and Well-being Conference 2022 - Speaker Conference

Suitable for: Heads of Departments, Subject Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, LTA

Course code Keystages Presented by
EAY304 Foundation
  • Catharine Cummins (Teaching and Learning Consultant-Primary)
  • Guest Keynote Speakers ()

This conference looks at the importance of mental health and well-being through positive touch, circle time, music, art, dance, physical exercise, outdoor play, oral health and healthy eating.

The conference will commence at 9.15am, where Professor Francis McGlone and Jean Barlow will be our keynote speakers.

Francis is the head of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University
'Touch for Life - as important as the 5-a-day message!' New research shows how vital touch is to the developing child. Francis with throw light on the profound reasons for early years education to include a wide range of multi-sensory experiences for continued physical, intellectual, social and physiological growth.

Jean Barlow is a teacher, trainer and consultant and developer of achild-2child kind and caring hands programme. Jean's training and workshops promote the understanding of child development; its impact on emotional & social skills and the importance of providing a nurturing environment. She introduced Peer Massage to help children within new school settings and has taken these across the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

She will also be able to share some of her circle time publications, planning and ideas.

WORKSHOPS OF THE DAY - Delegates will attend all three workshops
Workshop 1: Touching Circle Time: respectful touch, rules, routines. Peer sharing, everyone chooses, recognising emotions through fun and games and sharing planning ideas. Jean Barlow

Workshop 2: Through dance, physical exercise, outdoor play and healthy eating , the Teaching and Learning Consultant for EYFS and Physical Education will deliver a variety of practical activities and ideas to support physical development and wellbeing. Jess Squires

Workshop 3: A practical workshop exploring how drawing, painting, sculpture and music can support wellbeing and encourage children to communicate their feelings. Alison Kirk, Primary Art Consultant

The itinerary for the day will be:
9.15am - 10.45am - Keynote Speakers
10.45am - 11.15am - Coffee Break and also a opportunity to have a look at the stalls from different services
11.15am - 12.15pm - Workshop One
12.15pm - 1.15pm - Lunch (this will be provided at the venue)
1.15pm - 2.15pm - Workshop Two
2.15pm - 2.30pm - Coffee Break
2.30pm - 3.30pm - Workshop Three
3.30pm - Conference will close

Conference for practitioners working with 3-5 year olds

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