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The new Curriculum for Wales in early years education - opportunities and issues for implementation, the Areas of Learning and Experience, building responsive environments, staff support and leadership, and raising standards

Morning, Thursday, 16th June 2022


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the new early years curriculum as part of the new Curriculum for Wales.


Due to be rolled out this September, the new framework is set to give educators more freedom to design their own curricula - with broad guidance that emphasises thematic learning with the introduction of six Areas of Learning and Experience, as well as learner-centred education, and children’s health and wellbeing.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Hannah Chivers, Senior Policy Lead, Foundation Phase, Welsh Government; and Dr Gisselle Tur Porres, Programme Director, BA Early Childhood Studies, and Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies, Swansea University.


Areas for discussion include key challenges for:

  • assessment - squaring the curriculum’s focus on child-centred learning with assessment and evaluation of learner progress
  • quality - raising the standards of provision
  • implementation - change management and the role of leadership in early years education
  • nurturing understanding - creating more space and time for teachers to understand and develop the new curriculum during the implementation phase
  • training - staff professional development and support
  • transitioning to primary - improving coordination between early years and primary education, and smoothing the transition for learners under the new curriculum

The conference will also be a chance to examine the anticipated non-maintained nursery curriculum and assessment framework, with discussion on:

  • priorities - for both the design and implementation phase
  • support - what more might be required by early years settings to successfully teach the new curriculum
  • challenges - the key challenges that early years practitioners expect to face with the new Areas of Learning and Experience

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Welsh Government; Senedd Cymru; Senedd Research; Esytn; the DfE; Ofsted; Education Scotland; and the IPO.



Keynote Speakers

Hannah Chivers

Senior Policy Lead, Foundation Phase, Welsh Government

Dr Gisselle Tur Porres

Programme Director, BA Early Childhood Studies, and Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies, Swansea University

Keynote Speakers

Hannah Chivers

Senior Policy Lead, Foundation Phase, Welsh Government

Dr Gisselle Tur Porres

Programme Director, BA Early Childhood Studies, and Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies, Swansea University

Chair

Laura Anne Jones MS

Shadow Minister for Education, and Member, Children, Young People, and Education Committee

Speakers

Ben Webb

Founder, Create Play’s Outdoor Nursery

Michele Gregson

General Secretary, The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

Jonathan Broadbery

Director of Policy and Communications, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

Rachel Morgan

Site Manager, Penywaun branch and Education coordinator, Little Inspirations Day Nursery

Dr Amanda Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education, University of South Wales

Pavla Boulton

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales

Bethan Moore

Head Teacher, Crownbridge Special Day School, Cwmbran

Natalie Macdonald

Senior Lecturer; and Programme Lead for Early Years, University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD)

Julie Addis

Education Consultant, Think Learn Challenge

Kerina Hanson

President, NAHT Cymru

Gill Vaisey

Religion and Worldviews Education Consultant, Books at Press

Dafydd Hughes

Head Teacher, Ysgol Caer Elen