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Laura Henry’s Early Years Development Hub

Early Years Development Hub:

Connecting and Sharing

After the success of the joint venture with Croydon Day Nursery Business Forum event in March 2017, I have decided to organise a twice yearly event, where we will share practice nationally and internationally, listen to expert speakers, hear from educators and receive updates on key national guidance and legislation.

The first hub will take place at a hotel in Croydon (excellent transport links and easy parking) on Saturday 9th September, 2017, from 9.30am to 1.00pm.

Each delegate will receive:

  • the hub literature
  • copies of presentations
  • certificate of attendance

The event is being held in a plush training venue and refreshments will also be served.

Speakers and Content

The September hub, will have a focus on children’s and educator’s wellbeing, welfare and neuroscience.

Special Invited Guest – Laura’s World Forum 2017 Colleague

Claire Warden, who will share her World Forum 2017, New Zealand experience.

Linda Baston-Pitt

How playing to our strengths can help staff and children flourish in Early Years Settings

In her presentation, Linda discusses how positive psychology and a Growth Mindset can be used to develop a learning culture in Early Years settings that enables individuals to play to their strengths and bring their best selves to work.

Linda Baston-Pitt, a trained nurse with a BA Hons in Early Years Management and PGDip in Positive Psychology, has over 20 years’ experience working in both the health and education sectors at local and national level. Linda works in a variety of roles in education, including as a lecturer, speaker and researcher with a special interest in positive education, strengths and mindfulness.

Kim Benham

Outstanding and beyond

In this presentation, Kim will discuss how she continuously improves her settings, supporting staff to be the best they can be. She will also share the observation, assessing and planning methods that her team uses, how knowing your safeguarding inside out is crucial, as well as the importance of quality continuous professional development. Kim will also discuss how she works in partnership with parents to support teaching and learning within the home environment.

Kim Benham has a BA in Early Years and runs two successful pre-schools in Croydon. She has twice been awarded an Outstanding grade by Ofsted. Kim is also a qualified nurse, and after having two children of her own, she returned to Early Years. She has also helped others achieve improvements in their own settings through consultancy work, raising standards to benefit children.

Dr Eunice Lumsden

A is for Attachment! Mindfulness in Early Childhood Education and Care

Our understanding about attachment has come a long way since the pivotal work of Bowlby and Ainsworth. For infants and young children whose care and developmental needs are partly met in ECEC, it is imperative that the environments, and those working alongside children and their families, are attuned to the importance of attachment. This session will support understanding of the latest developments in Attachment Theory, the consequences of early trauma and maltreatment and will enable you to reflect on and enhance your practice.

Dr Eunice Lumsden has extensive experience in social work, specialising in safeguarding and adoption. She has advised on professional standards for Early Years both in England and internationally. Eunice is the academic coordinator (Early Years) for the 1001 Critical Days Cross Party Manifesto.

Investment for this event is only: £35.00 + VAT 

To book please email: admin@LauraHenryConsultancy.com

Feedback from last hub session

“I have to say, I found it the most worthwhile training that I have done. I also think the extensive handouts and follow-up information was exceptional. I found you a very inspiring role model.
I honestly think if all childminders did your course they may not be leaving childminding in such large numbers.”
Ann Ross
Your Child Matters Childminding Service
Nursery World Childminder of the Year ~ 2012


“A for awesome” training with Laura Henry this morning. Feeling totally empowered. Thank you so much!!”
Gill Medhurst
Quality and Training Manager
Fennies Nurseries

Save the date: The next hub will be – Saturday 10th March 2018

More details to follow!