ChildmindingUK Conference 2017
Healthy Lifestyles – Supporting the Obesity Strategy
Northamptonshire Childminding Association (now known as ChildmindingUK (CUK)) has been serving the county’s childminders for more than two decades and this year’s conference is set to be an invaluable event for childminders as well as colleagues from all types of childcare settings, and those interested in healthy lifestyles for children. It will focus in particular on supporting children’s physical and emotional health to ensure that all children develop to their full potential and help families make positive changes.
The event takes place at the HILTON NORTHAMPTON, 100 Watering Lane, Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0XW from 9.00-4.30 on SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017
Our patron, Neil Griffiths will be joining us for the morning.
"Time with Neil is an experience you will never forget!"
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We are delighted to welcome the return of the inspirational Michael Pettavel as our keynote speaker, who will have 'Physical Risk – Mental Challenge' as his theme.
Michael has many years experience in various aspects of early years care and education and is currently headteacher at Brougham Street Nursery School and Childcare, Skipton. Read more Michael ...
FANTASTIC TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Choice of morning and afternoon workshops:
Dr Patricia Mucavele (PhD, RNutr, FRSPH, OBE) is the Head of Nutrition at the Children’s Food Trust. Leading on the national standards for school food in England, ensuring all stakeholders involved in school food provision are able to interpret and implement the legislation in an accurate, appropriate and timely manner. Read more about Patricia ...
‘Eat Better, Start Better’ - Promoting and supporting healthy eating in early years settings
This workshop will focus on the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England. Highlighting the importance of investing in nutrition in early childhood and equipping the early years workforce with the knowledge, skills and confidence to meet the EYFS welfare requirement to provide healthy, balanced and nutritious meals and snacks. The interactive workshop will include opportunities to use the practical support tools that are freely available, including menu checklist, portion size guidance and reading food labels. The session will also explore ways how settings can promote and support healthy eating, encouraging all children to eat well, by developing a food policy, producing and sharing allergen information, catering for special dietary requirements, managing fussy eating and creating opportunities to learn about and through food.
Elaine is an Advanced Practitioner in Sherborne Developmental Movement: an approach to working with children that is grounded in normal patterns of human movement. Read more Elaine ...
Babies, Brains and Balance – Physical Development in Babies
This workshop will focus on a babies’ crucial journey from horizontal to vertical; why it is so important, and the many, many ways that adults can help – or hinder – the normal progression of sensory motor skills in infancy. Topics include:
- Early brain development, babies’ senses and emerging motor skills.
- The many benefits of tummy time – and why this vital stage cannot be skipped.
- Why babies should not be restrained by ‘furniture’, chairs, or inappropriate clothing.
- The importance of movement patterns such as rolling, belly crawling and creeping – and why babies spend so long on the floor.
- The UK Health Guidelines for physical activity for non-walkers.
Elaine's workshop contains practical elements and participants should come suitably dressed for playing and revisiting their infancy!
Includes a free DVD & set of cards to support parents with babies.
Ellie Collar and Julia Simmons-Collar
Ellie is an independent consultant focused on providing high quality interventions for young children experiencing delay or difficulty to identify gaps and immaturities in their development. Read more Ellie..
Little Meerkat's Big Panic, a sensory theatre experience for children about managing anxiety and big feelings
Little Meerkat's Big Panic helps very young children to explore, understand and learn strategies for managing anxiety. This seminar will include a 20 minute demonstration performance followed by a workshop on the brain development of anxiety and stress, and a chance to explore range of practical low cost-no cost tools to use with young children to help them learn to understand and manage strong feelings and anxiety in a positive way from the start. Delivered by Ellie Collar, Early Years Specialist Teacher and Julia Simmons-Collar, Consultant Youth Worker for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and Theatre Director.
Making the Most of Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years
The workshop will consider the background and research behind risky play and why it is essential. It will give delegates lots of practical ideas via photographs and video of challenging opportunities and environments to extend young children’s learning experiences outdoors and in. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss and reflect upon their next steps.
A range of books and resources will also be available for consideration too.
9.00 Registration and tea/coffee
9.30 Welcome and Annual General Meeting
10.00 Keynote speaker – Michael Pettavel
11.00 Refreshments; meet other delegates and browse the stalls
3.45 Raffle and prize draw
EXHIBITION AND MARKET PLACE
A great selection of information stands and stalls with some amazing bargains
A chance to win wonderful prizes!