NEyTCO Conference 2017 – With Early Years in Mind

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The essential conference for early years leaders, managers and practitioners

Holiday Inn Regent’s Park, London | 9th June 2017
9.30am till 5.00pm

with Ruby Wax, Neil Leitch, June O’Sullivan, Laura Henry, Clair Rees, Laura Jana, Alice Lewes, Mine Conkbayir, Ali McClure, John Warren and more…

This unique conference will provide you with comprehensive, evidence-based answers
to some of the contemporary challenges we face in the EYs sector.

Our expert speakers will share best practice concerning effective settling-in procedures and how to get it right for boys. You will explore ways to achieve a brain-based approach to early education and care, and utilising neuroscience to better inform leadership in the 21st century.

What will we address?

  • Frontline perspective of settling in – getting it right the first time
  • Understanding how boys and girls learn
  • Connected brains – adopting a brain-based perspective of EYs
  • Take heart – using neuroleadership to transform your teams



Guest of Honor:

Neil Leitch


CEO, Pre-school Learning Alliance

Neil Leitch is Chief Executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, the largest Early Years Membership Organisation and Voluntary Sector Provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. Established in 1961, The Alliance is an educational charity that delivers care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.



Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax is known for her extensive comedy and television interview career.

Ruby has studied Psychotherapy and gained her Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University. These days she promotes understanding of the brain and campaigns for greater mental health awareness and destigmatization.


Laura Henry

Director, Laura Henry Consultancy

Laura is a leading, award winning expert in Early Years education, both in the UK and internationally. For three decades she has used her skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and companies; Laura also works with organisations that provide services and expertise to children and families. Laura is a highly regarded and popular trainer and author. She is passionate about quality in the Early Years sector, making sure that children receive the best possible care to help them reach their full potential. She is a regular contributor to Nursery World and other trade publications. She has sat on the judging panel for the Nursery World and Nursery Management Awards on numerous occasions. Laura has shared her expert knowledge with Government departments, as well as national and international organisations.

Laura Henry is included in the NMT and Barclays Top 20 inspirational people in the UK for the second year running.

Clair Rees

Senior Parliamentary Researcher and Executive Director for the charity PIP UK with a specialism in children’s mental health

Clair Rees is a Social Scientist and Senior Parliamentary Researcher who, since February 2015 has held the position of Executive Director of the not-for-profit organisation, Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK. PIP’s mission is to provide specialist therapeutic services that focus on the relationship between baby and parents where this might be at risk, in order to enhance the wellbeing and future development of the child. Its vision is a society of emotionally secure children who grow up to become socially responsible adults.

Clair has a diverse background in consultancy, policy, practice based research, training development, public speaking and leadership in the early years. She is a passionate advocate for public health, in particular around the area of mental health. Her specialism as a clinician and researcher in perinatal and infant mental health has been developed through an eclectic range of clinical experience within education, health and social care settings, both statutory and third sector.

Since 2010, Clair she has been involved in shaping the early year’s agenda in the UK parliament with the 1001 Clinical Days Manifesto, which is a cross-party collaboration to highlight the importance of the conception to age 2 period.


June O’Sullivan

Chief Executive, London Early Years Foundation

MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), which runs 33 nurseries across eight London boroughs.

An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years.

As CEO of the UK’s leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF’s scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families.

June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational projects and a great believer in the potential of greater social and cultural capital as a means of delivering long-term social impact. She continues to advise the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years.


Mine Conbayir

Speaker, Lecturer and Educator
NEyTCO Training and Development Director

Mine was preiously acting head of the Centre for Research, Learning and Development at London Early Years Foundation, (LEYF) UK, where she lectured on the Early Childhood Studies programme.Mine has written extensively on subjects concerning the childcare sector, including teacher education, Early Years, continuing professional development, trainee and recently qualified practitioners, psychology and education, childhood and youth studies and the philosophy of education.Mine is also the co-author of Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues and a second book, Early Childhood and Neuroscience – Theory, Research & Implications for Practice, is due for publication in early 2017. Mine is currently studying for a PhD in early childhood education and neuroscience in order to further her extensive work in the complex and challenging arena of neuroscience and its potential use in early childhood policy and practice.


Ali McClure

Director, Ali McClure Education & Parenting
NEyTCO Training & Development Director

Ali is an experienced education and parenting consultant as well as university tutor and has been running unique and widely acclaimed courses for teachers, Early Years practitioners and parents for almost 20 years.Ali has a strong professional pedigree from her time as a deputy head teacher, specialist support teacher, consultant and most recently a SENCO. She continues to train teachers for Kingston University and is one of their most experienced tutors working with trainees and mentors in schools.She believes that teachers should be empowered to understand how children learn and develop and in the importance of helping professionals and parents to understand the neuroscience and psychology behind why children behave as they do. Her work has been proven to inspire and equip teachers and Early Years settings to shrink the gap in learning between boys and girls and improve outcomes for all.Best known for her book Making it Better for Boys,  Ali’s courses cover a wide range of topics on learning and development, particularly boys.


Alice Lewes

Director, Alice Lewes Consultancy

Alice is a passionate advocate of early years. Through her management programmes and executive coaching she works with those who manage early years settings, and enable them to improve their practice.

She has had the pleasure of working in and around early years for the last 40 years. She has been involved in writing and delivering extensive training, started and ran a successful training business, worked with many local authorities and coached many managers.

She is also a member of National Early Years Trainers and Consultants Organisation (NEYTCO), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and the Association for Coaching.


John Warren

Director, John Warren Consultancy
NEyTCO Director

John Warren, voted one of Nursery Management Today’s “top ten most influential people in childcare 2016”, is managing director of John Warren Consultancy and has recently taken up position as a director with NEyTCO.John has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of Early Years education including six spent as an Ofsted inspector and ten as inspector for Southwark. Previous roles also include director of childcare at Fennies Day Nurseries, and regional manager at both Kidsunlimited and Asquith Nurseries.Through his consultancy work, John offers a wide variety of support to childcare settings including mock inspections, mentoring, audits, action plans and start-up assistance.John also offers a number of training courses to childcare providers, covering topics such as the impact of bereavement and loss, superhero play, using schemas, scaffolding learning, and encouraging children to experiment with different materials.

Don’t miss out! Early Bird tickets only £170! Ends 31st March 2017


£170 Early Bird – Ends 31st March 2017!

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£247 Full Price

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