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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 a keynote session with a senior speaker confirmed from the Welsh Government.

Areas for discussion include key challenges for:

  • squaring the curriculum’s focus on child-centred learning with assessment and evaluation of learner progress
  • raising the standards of provision
  • creating more space and time for teachers to understand and develop the new curriculum during the implementation phase
  • staff professional development and support
  • change management and the role of leadership in early years education
  • 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
  • what further support might be required by early years settings to successfully teach the new curriculum
  • the key challenges that early years practitioners expect to face with the new Areas of Learning and Experience

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from the Welsh Government


Ben Webb

Founder, Create Play’s Outdoor Nursery

Jonathan Broadbery

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

Jenine Gill

Founder and Company Director, Little Inspirations Day Nursey

Rachel Morgan

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

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)

Kerina Hanson

President, NAHT Cymru

Dafydd Hughes

Head Teacher, Ysgol Caer Elen