Parental Engagement in Early Years
30 Jun 2010
Working together to support children’s learning. Held at Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

This conference provided an opportunity to share best practice, network with colleagues and help improve your childcare and early years provision to meet the statutory targets from the Early Years Outcomes duty and also contribute to the PSA Delivery Agreements 10 and 11 and its associated indicators.

Dwynwen Stepien, Head of Early Years and Extended Services, Children, Young People and Learners Department, Croydon Council
Welcome and introduction by Chair

Megan Pacey, Chief Executive, Early Education
The importance of public policy initiatives to support practitioners to support parents

Kate Groucutt, Policy Director, Daycare Trust
Parents’ priorities for early childhood education and care

Kim Roberts, Early Home Learning Specialist, Family and Parenting Institute
Early home learning matters: good practice guidance

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Sally Orr, Head of Early Years and Childcare, Childhood Support Services, Hertfordshire County Council
Developing parents understanding of EYFS

Rose de Paeztron, Head of Strategic Development, Family Action
Increasing communication between early years practitioners and families

Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association
Working in partnership with parents – the role of early years providers

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Buffet lunch and exhibition
Melanie Pilcher, Policy and Standards Manager, Pre-school Learning Alliance
Addressing management and leadership in the early years setting

Jean Humphrys, Director, Early Years Development, Ofsted
Early Years Development: An update from Ofsted

David Bartlett, Deputy Director, The Fatherhood Institute
Successfully engaging father’s involvement in their child’s early years

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Workshop 1: Understanding and supporting the diverse needs of vulnerable children and families
Laraine Spragg, NCMA network coordinator, Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network Hayley Abel, Inclusion Adviser, Buckinghamshire Early Years and Childcare Service

Workshop 2: Building parents confidence as educators
Helen Wheeler, Senior Development Officer PEAL (Parents, Early Years and Learning) Project, National Children’s Bureau Joanna Marshall, Associate Trainer PEAL (Parents, Early Years and Learning) and ECU (Early Childhood Unit), National Children’s Bureau

Workshop 3: Playing with bears: Helping parents to transfer learning from children’s centre to home
Rose de Paeztron, Head of Strategic Development, Family Action Zoe Larman, Centre and Outreach Manager, Family Action Cambridge Road Children’s Centre, Essex