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EYFS Conference : Engaging Children Creatively – Motivating Children to Learn

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Following his inspiring talk last year Neil Farmer is returning to East Sussex and will be focussing on boys, risk-taking and prerequisite skills for writing.

Neil Farmer, author of “Getting it Right for Boys” and “Getting it Right in Reception,” has a background in early years education as a nursery and reception class teacher, deputy head, advisory teacher, Foundation Stage consultant, head of early years and Ofsted inspector.

In the afternoon, we are pleased to welcome Dr Sam Wass, consultant psychologist from Channel 4’s “The Secret Life of 4/5/6 Year Olds”. Sam will be presenting on how childhood is changing and exploring the benefits of storytelling for young children.

Training objectives

This conference will provide opportunities to:

  • develop practitioner knowledge and understanding of cognitive development in young children.
  • explore good practice in creating an enabling environment that meets the needs of all children.
  • network with early years practitioners from across the sector.

Learning outcomes

  • To explore the benefits and challenges of storytelling.
  • To understand the importance of creativity and physical development as prerequisites for writing.
  • To recognise the importance of allowing children to manage their own risks.

Additional Information

TARGET AUDIENCE:  This conference is appropriate for childminders, children’s services staff of East Sussex County Council, deputy headteachers, heads of school, Early Help practitioners, family keyworkers, executive headteachers, (EYEE) childminders, (EYFS) leads, EYFS practitioners, headteachers, high level teaching assistants, managers, (NQTs), pre-registered childminders, pre-school (SENCOs), teachers and teaching assistants.

The above audience must be employed by at least one of the following establishments:

East Sussex Schools:

  • Maintained Nurseries
  • Academy Nurseries
  • Maintained Primary
  • Maintained Primary Special
  • Academies Primary
  • Academies Primary Special
  • East Sussex Independent Schools
  • Free Schools

Brighton and Hove Schools:

  • Primary
  • Independent Schools

West Sussex Schools:

  • Primary
  • Independent Schools

(PVI) Private, Voluntary and Independent:

  • Childminders
  • Nannies
  • Independent School Nurseries
  • Nurseries
  • Preschools
  • Crèche
  • Holiday play schemes
  • Out of school/after school clubs

REFRESHMENTS: Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided by the venue at arrival and during breaks. Lunch will be provided in the afternoon.

Booking Course Places

All bookings are completed online so please use the link below to access the East Sussex Learning Portal.


 This is a self-serve training system. For step-by-step ‘how to’ guides to help you with booking training, please use the link below.


If you are a line manager you will be able to book training for yourself and your staff.

If you do not have an account on the East Sussex Learning Portal please request an account by using the guide ‘ Creating a New User’.


For any events where charges are applicable, payment is made on receipt of an invoice (or by journal transfer for East Sussex maintained schools).

The course fees can be found on the ‘Full Details’ tab of an event or when requesting a place on a course.  Please note, the user must be logged in to view fees.

Contact Details

If you have any queries about course administration or enrolment, please see the contact details on the East Sussex Learning Portal.

When Booking Your Training Online

Please ensure that you have read the “Terms and Conditions” for our updated policies and charges.

The Terms and Conditions can be found on the “Request a Place” screen on the East Sussex Learning Portal.



March 18
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The American Express (Amex)
Community Stadium
Falmer,BN1 9BLUnited Kingdom
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