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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.

Second Hub:

Date: Saturday 10th March 2018

Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Venue: Croydon (excellent transport links and easy parking)

Following on from the morning Hub, we also have a unique and inspiring session with the internationally acclaimed Jane Evans – please see below for details 

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

David Wright

Owner – Paint Pot Nurseries, Laura’s World Forum Foundation Colleague

David joined his wife, Anna, to run their family business which currently comprises of eight day nurseries, two preschools and one after-school club in 2002.

In his Early Years career to date, David has worked as a practitioner, manager and an owner. He is a passionate advocate for Men in Early Years and advises the UK Government on Early Years workforce diverse strategy as well as being a regular contributor to the print and broadcast media and social media, and international conference presenter.

He is the founder of Southampton Area Men in Early Years (SAMEY), organiser of the first ever UK national conference for Men in Early Years and a UK representative on the leadership team of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education working group. He is currently writing a book on Men in Early Years with Dr Simon Brownhill, due for publication in 2018.

In 2015, David founded the charity Families First Southampton to support families in need in the area. The charity supports fathers, mothers, kinship carers and children with issues ranging from contact arrangements, improved relationships, benefits, debt, housing, health, family court. David is chair of trustees of New Life Home Trust UK CIO which raises funds and awareness of its partner organisation in Kenya whose purpose is the rescue, care and placement of abandoned babies. In their spare time, David and Anna run parenting courses as well as providing respite care for children for the charity Safe Families for Children.

Presentation: Gender Balance and Diversity in the Early Years Workforce
David will provide a local and global as well as a personal and professional perspective of gender balance and diversity in the Early Years Workforce including his experience at the World Forum in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017. Whilst we might consider that a more equal gender balance in the Early Years workforce would be a good thing, it is valid to ask – ‘So What?’ David will consider whether having more men would be beneficial and discuss some of the issues around culture and the recruitment and retention of men into the early years sector using examples and evidence from his own research and practice.

Angela J Spencer

Baby Wellness and Childcare Expert, Author and Creator of Babyopathy

Angela J Spencer has owned and operated children’s nurseries for over 24 years, opening her first in 1993 at the age of 21 years old.

After neither of her children slept through the night for their first three years, Angela decided to research deeper in to child development and everything that can nurture or have an adverse effect on it. This research quickly took the route of sensory stimulation and the first programme called Natural Care was introduced in 2000.

The research did not stop there however, and from using her own natural imagery within the nurseries Angela began researching the impact of the natural world on development and came across the Biophilia Hypothesis.

Further extensive research on how both this hypothesis and sensory stimulation naturally combined could have a direct positive affect on not just baby’s development after birth but whilst in the womb also, led to the creation of Angela’s new programmes – Babyopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year and Nascuropathy – 1 year and beyond!

Angela is now an award-winning author, blogger and baby wellbeing expert and was featured in Mother & Baby magazine as ‘The New Routine for 2017’. She is a Reiki Master, Crystal Practitioner and qualified Aromatherapist as well as being recognised in 2017 as one of the Top Ten Most Influential people in childcare.

She also regularly writes for national publications and is called upon for television and radio for her expertise. 2017 saw the launch of her campaign ‘Routine in the Womb’ raising awareness of both the new and recommended way to know your pregnancy is progressing and highlighting the effects that a mother’s stress when pregnant can have on the unborn baby and ability to carry a baby to full term.

Presentation: The Effects of Maternal Stress During Pregnancy
Angela will speak about the effects of maternal stress during pregnancy on the unborn baby, their brain development and mental health wellbeing in life. How sensory techniques can be used to nurture both mum and baby’s journey including stress both in the womb and throughout their crucial early years to alleviate the effects of issues such as separation anxiety and modern technology.

Kim Esnard

Early Years Practitioner, Founder and CEO of The Childcare Coach

Kim Esnard founded The Child Care Coach in 2012 after identifying the dwindling support and training for child minders.

She works alongside Local Authorities to provide child minder training workshops, with over 20 years’ experience in childcare and rated “Outstanding’ twice by Ofsted.

She is a member of NEYTCO and is a Pacey local training provider. She specialises in one to one coaching for existing and newly registered child minders. She provides individualised packages covering registration, documentation, inspections, SEF and implementation of all areas of the EYFS.

Her vision is to see an army of child minders across the country standing tall as professionals.

Presentation: A Day in the Life of a Childminder – Partnership Working
Kim will speak about the different ways Childminders support children’s well-being in their settings and the impact of working in partnership with a Childminder

Dr Stella Louis

Early Years Consultant and Author

Dr Stella Louis is a freelance Early Years consultant working with individual nursery settings, parents, nursery schools, local authorities, government departments and charities. She provides training and consultancy and is particularly interested in observation and its part in supporting learning, development and teaching.

Stella currently leads a small team of Froebelian travelling tutors promoting, developing and delivering the short Froebel Trust courses in England. She is co-author of two books, Understanding Schemas in Young Children (2012) and Observing Young Children (2014) and has had articles published in Nursery World, Early Years Educators and Early Education.

She has worked both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, where she helped teachers to develop a Froebelian approach to teaching and learning. For the last eight years Stella has been the lead trainer in a project headed by Professor Tina Bruce in Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa.

Presentation: Schemas and Children’s Development
Stella will speak about schemas and children’s personal, social and emotional development

Spring Cleanser with Jane Evans

Time: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Following on from the morning Hub, Jane Evans will be joining us for a special afternoon session on greater wellness and resilience at home, work and for life.

“Working with children is a privilege but it’s also full-on physically and emotionally so it’s time to set you up for the year ahead! Clearing old energy and habits out with this cleansing, balancing workshop.

Your Spring Cleanser will give you ways to understand the rich resources lying within your body so you will feel able to use them in a more mindful and intentional way.

Enjoy a gentle, fun and informative session, providing easy to use tools to reduce stress and boost mental and physical wellness and resilience for Spring, and the rest of 2018.

Using current neurophysiology and neurobiology in partnership with ancient understandings of the power of the body-brain connection. Your Spring Cleanser will give you a real understanding of what you are doing to rebalance your system, and why!

Come ready to relax, to do some gentle movements and try out some beautiful balancing essential oils”

Here is a short clip of Jane speaking about this special event: Spring Cleanser 


Early Years Development Hub (Morning Session)

£45.00 + VAT per delegate

Laura’s Early Years Club Members: £38.25 + VAT

Spring Cleanser with Jane Evans (Afternoon Session)

£35.00 + VAT

Laura’s Early Years Club Members: £29.75 + VAT

Book both sessions together

£65.00 + VAT per delegates

Laura’s Early Years Club Members: £55.25 + VAT

Status: Places available

To book please email: admin@LauraHenryConsultancy.com

Feedback from previous sessions

“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