Our conference this year looks at how we can effectively support the needs of all children in our settings. With keynote presentations from national experts, Alistair Bryce-Clegg and Kay Mathieson, delegates will explore current thinking around creating an inclusive learning environment, that supports all groups of children. Delegates will also hear about recent work within Royal Greenwich.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg: Alistair enjoyed a successful 10 year career as Head of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire. Alongside his headship he established a consultancy career specialising in the education of children in the Early Years. Demand for his consultancy became so great that Alistair left headship and established ABC Does (abcdoes.com). Most of his time is spent supporting practitioners in their settings or delivering key notes and training, specialising all aspects of Early Years practice and management for both the maintained and non-maintained sectors nationally and internationally. Alistair is also an award-winning author and product designer, whose work has been published in a number of books and magazines.
Dr. Kay Mathieson: Kay has worked in Early Years and primary settings since 1981. This has included supporting children with additional needs, especially behaviour, and their families. She led the Early Years Inclusion Team in a London Borough for 6 years, which involved supporting PVI sector settings to develop more inclusive practice. She completed her PhD research into the development of social competence in young children at Sussex University. She worked part time with the National Strategies as an Early Years Regional Adviser until 2011 when she became a Director of Linden Learning, an ethical educational training and consultancy business. She has a particular interest in exploring what life is like in our early years settings for two year olds and the way in which children with additional needs and their families are included effectively. This led to her recent book using case studies to explore the SEND Code of Practice (2014). Kay works nationally with local authorities, academies and pvi/maintained settings to improve the quality of provision and understanding of each child’s experience.