Leading Pedagogy in Early Years

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Residential Conference over 4 days, A New and Unique Training Opportunity

This four-day conference will take the shape of an extended professional conversation, with all presenters’ and delegates’ full participation. Be one of 50 delegates who will explore a wide range of aspects around pedagogy for those working with children aged up to seven. As with all our training the child is at the heart of everything we consider and share. Our pedagogy is wrapped around the child like a warm and cosy blanket. This conference is all about the importance of a fully considered Pedagogical approach.

Monday 7th August to Thursday 10th August 2023

We will find ourselves sharing ideas around values and principles, our theoretical framework and the way learning and teaching takes place in our settings. We look at the individual child, the environment, the content and context and how our pedagogy makes an impact on the emotional, physical and mental wellbeing of our children.

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Our New Idea

Are you passionate about leading a child to learning? In charge of leading and shaping the play? Do you want to be a Pedagogy Provocateur? Our main aim is to involve you in an exciting and transformational learning opportunity that gives you a quality training experience. The content will be up to date, informative and engaging. You will be actively engaged in a fun, informative and memorable way. You will leave with more confidence, a vast array of ideas to engage your ‘audience’, to develop and lead, scaffold and inspire your staff. You will have more energy and enthusiasm for sharing learning in a wide variety of ways.

What you leave with...

You will leave this course with a ‘tool box’ fit for any learning situation. You will be a much more informed Early Years Professional, as well as having a broad range of new skills and engagement techniques that will allow you to support and inspire others. Each delegate will leave with a range of power points, learning stories, workshop prompt cards, research papers, articles, environment and resource photo cards, learning and teaching postcards and a reading list. These can then be used to cascade to whole staff teams or to deliver training. Previous courses with similar content have been used to deliver up to 20 hours of training by past delegates.

Meet the Pedagogs

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Suzanne is a research  scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to  communicate. As a developmental psychologist and research scientist, she is fascinated by the many topics that make up the Science of Connection. She believes that everyone deserves to share in the discoveries that scientists are making about the importance of relationships.


Pete Moorhouse

Pete is an artist educator and an early years creative consultant. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in schools and is currently
the artist educator at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery
School in Bristol. Pete is dedicated to sharing his passion for creativity. His work in education is focused on encouraging creativity within early childhood education through his consultancy work and delivering teacher training. Visit his dedicated website for more information:


Alice Sharp

Early Years Imagineer, Creator of Adventures with Alice and Managing Director of Alice Sharp Ltd.

Alice employs her love of people and what makes them tick to approach the world of the child and the journey they take in a truly unique way. She is all about encouraging and inspiring the best possible outcome for each individual both professionally and personally.

Nationally and internationally recognised as using a dynamic and innovative approach to children. Alice uses an experiential approach in her role as early childhood influencer, keynote speaker, mum and writer. She is waiting to uplift and inspire in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.


Adventures With Alice

June O'Sullivan MBE

As CEO and creator of the UK’s leading childcare social enterprise, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF’s scalable social business model. An inspiring speaker, author and regular media commentator on all things Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, for the past 10 years June has been instrumental in driving a major strategic, pedagogical and cultural shift for Early Years education.


Anne Paterson OBE

Anne has recently retired as Chief Education Officer in Argyll and Bute. She is now a freelance consultant. She has  developed a specialty in outdoor practise and play. Passionate about reconnecting nature back into the early years sector.


Professor Moyra Boland

Professor of Creative Pedagogy and Dean for
Global Engagement, University of Glasgow. Responsible for the development of renowned international teacher education programmes, community education programmes, leadership and management programmes for teacher and early years practitioners.