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!"
Read more about Neil .....


Michael Pettavel
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 ...


Choice of morning and afternoon workshops:

Elaine Cowley

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.

Kathryn Solly
Kathryn is a specialist early years speaker, consultant, trainer and author. Read more Kathryn ...

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
9.50 Dr Patricia Mucavele - Head of nutrition at the Children's Food Trust
10.00 Keynote speaker – Michael Pettavel
11.00 Refreshments; meet other delegates and browse the stalls
11.30 Workshop
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Workshop
3.30 Refreshments
3.45 Raffle and prize draw
4.30 Close


A great selection of information stands and stalls with some amazing bargains.

Baby's Days Childcare software

ChildmindingUK Training, resources and membership

Commotion Group Educational supplies and resources

Creative Thinking Partnership Educational supplies and resources

Eduzone Innovative resources for early years

Fish Childcare Insurance Childcare insurance

FS Training Ltd First Aid courses

Gifts for Little Hands Educational and learning toys

Morton Michel Childcare Insurance

Neil Griffiths, Author and Patron of NCA/ChildmindingUK Books

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Children's Weight Management

NYR Organic/Neal's Yard Remedies Natural and Organic Health & Beauty Products

Partylite Candles and accessories

Pen Green Research, Development and Training Base Training

Pen Green SEND Project SEND support


A chance to win wonderful prizes!
First prize £150
Second prize £100
Third prize £50
Plus many other prizes, including prizes donated by
Beckworth Emporium
Bosworth’s Garden Centre
Northampton and Lamport Railway
West Lodge Rural Centre

ONLY £40 for Premium and CUK members and £50 for all other delegates.
(includes attendance at a morning and afternoon workshop, refreshments and a hot lunch)