Spring Festival: Playing today to prepare for tomorrow

The Birth to 5 Matters Spring Festival took place from 21-31 March 2022. Most of the sessions are available to watch as videos on our YouTube playlist.

You can see the full list of sessions below:

SpeakerStrand
Michael Rosen
Keynote: Playing with words
Funds of knowledge
Helen Moylett
Principled pedagogy: being one’s best professional self
Professional judgement
Nancy Stewart
Keynote: Professional judgement: trusting your knowledge, your insights, your questions and conclusions
Professional judgement
Dr Josephine Gabi, Lolita Hall and Parise Carmichael-Murphy
Black Lives Matter in early years education (not recorded)
Equity
Dr Mine Conkbayir
Being planet positive: how building self-regulation in early years supports understanding of sustainability issues
Sustainability
Sonia Mainstone- Cotton
Article 12 of the UNCRC: listening to children with social, emotional and mental health needs
Children’s rights
Professor Chris Pascal
Keynote: The challenges of realising participatory practice in EC research, practice and policy
Children’s rights
Matt Arnerich
The end of EYFS tracking: thinking beyond the tickbox
Professional judgement
Dr Rose Drury
Supporting children’s home languages and their learning of English: drawing on their “Funds of Knowledge
Funds of knowledge
Dr Alison Moore
Family portraits: how to create a more open-listening climate in early years settings
Professional judgement
Chair: Michael Freeston
Sowing the Seeds of sustainability
A podcast panel discussion with The Early Years Alliance
Sustainability
Dominic Gunn
Birth to 5 Matters… for inclusion
Equity
Tamsin Grimmer
Listening to empower children
Children’s rights
Marie McCloughlin
Education for sustainability: do we really have a choice? – CANCELLED
Sustainability
Dr Shannon Ludgate
The technological child: using technology in ECE everyday practice
C21st skills
Dr Liz Rouse
Listening to babies through infant massage
Children’s rights
Dr Nathan Archer
Agency and values in strengthening professional identities
Professional judgement
Lemn Sissay
Keynote: Lemn talked and read from his new book, Don’t ask the dragon
Funds of Knowledge
Dr Louise Kay
Young children as makers, tinkerers and creators
C21st skills
Dr Kathryn Peckham
Nurturing early childhoods for all our tomorrows; thinking beyond learning goals to nurture happy and secure children, equipped with the skills of lifelong learning
C21st skills
Shaddai Tembo & Fifi Benham
Supporting LGBTQ+ inclusive practice
Equity
Dr Catherine Gripton & Professor Emily Farran
Supporting spatial play in maths
C21st skills
Tansy Watts & Dr Jo Josephidou
Developing an ECEC response to the global environmental crisis
Sustainability
Kym Scott
But these children…’”Rethinking the teaching of writing to YR children at risk of educational disadvantage
Funds of knowledge
Di Chilvers
Understanding children’s holistic development to make professionally informed decisions about their progress
Professional judgement
Pete Moorhouse
Creativity matters – the value and importance of creative development
C21st skills
Professor Cathy Nutbrown
Keynote: Spiders, sunshine and bicycle wheels: Looking closely at young children’s learning
Funds of knowledge
Preeti Patel and Professor Catherine McTamaney
The reflective educator: using professional development to support professional decision-making in the classroom
Professional judgement
Liz Pemberton
Why talking about race is the first step in countering racism in the early years (not recorded)
Equity