Early Years Conference 2019

Let's Talk... Narrowing the word gap in the early years

Let's Talk...

Narrowing the word gap in the early years

Date and venue

Thursday 7 March 2019 OR Friday 8 March 2019

Marriott Hotel, Kingfisher Way, Huntingdon PE29 6FL

Why is this so important?

Our 2019 conference will focus on enriching children’s communication language and literacy to enhance approaches for teachers and practitioners to underpin their future success across the Early Learning Goals.

The development of communication, language and literacy in the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins the future success for all children in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough together represent a large and diverse area, and within our region, many children’s communication, language and literacy levels are significantly lower than the expected level for their age when they reach the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 

A key priority for us all is to ‘Accelerate the progress of disadvantaged children and young people in the acquisition and development of communication, language and reading….. For those children who are behind during the early years, many remain behind during their primary and secondary education’ (DfE Social Mobility Report, 2017-2020).

Keynote speakers

Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for over 40 years as a Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Senior Lecturer, Adviser and National Strategies Regional Adviser. For more information about Di please see her website at www. watchmegrow.uk

Di Chilvers' keynote: Serve and Return Conversations - Making the link between talking and thinking: Di's keynote will unpick the crucial process of serve and return conversations with babies, toddlers and young children and how they underpin the development of communication, language and understanding. Di uses Learning Stories and examples from practice to show how this all leads to Sustained Shared Thinking.  

Professor Kathy Sylva, University of Oxford, Professor of Educational Psychology. Professor Sylva’s research interests include early childhood curriculum and  assessment; the 'effectiveness' of education in the pre-school and primary phases; the contribution of parents to children’s learning; the primary curriculum; supporting parents in child management and learning; Reading Recovery and other literacy interventions


Private, voluntary/community sector and childminders

  • Members £75
  • Non-member £110

Children's Centres £110

Maintained schools

  • Member £155
  • Non-member £175

Academy and independent schools

  • Member £165
  • Non-member £190

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Members who have purchased the Training and Support bundle can book two conference places of their choice (subject to availability).


Early Years Training Centre

Email: eyctraining@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01223 706349