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Nurturing Natures

Posted: 22nd April 2016

​The 9th Early Years Conference welcomed over 90 delegates to University Centre Doncaster, High Melton over last weekend with a focus on building children’s wellbeing and health.

Graham Music, author of Nurturing Natures and The Good Life, and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portland Clinics in London joined with conference opening with a Keynote speech on empathy.  Delegates listened to Graham centralise on the important role of early years practitioners in their attunement and responsiveness to young children.

A range of workshops on the day included:

  1. The neglected child- Graham Music, Author of Nurturing Natures and The Good Life
  2. Prevention and Intervention – supporting children and families emotional well-being and resilience, delivered by the Health Visiting Team
  3. Action for Children – Roots of Empathy – raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy
  4. Supporting the emotional needs of a looked after child- Donna Purkis
  5. Child Bereavement Service – Examining children’s understanding of and response to loss and grief.

Conference organiser Janine Ryan was pleased to welcome delegates from a range of settings across Doncaster and others who had travelled from Birmingham, Staffordshire and further afield, explaining, “There remains a clear demand for quality training events and welcome any suggestions for our next event, in November.  Our delegates really are a credit to the sector, committed and eager to learn about ways they can support children and develop their practice. The feedback from the day has been very positive”.

Traders such as Commotion, Jolfi Bear, Creative Designs, Eduzone, Newby Leisure Ltd, Muddy Faces and David Sweet   provided delegates with an opportunity to pick up a bargain on Early Years tools with special thanks given for the raffle donations on the day won by Nicola Geddes from a local children’s centre.

The delegate bag prize, donated by Jolfi bear winner was Jane Whaley from Little Oaks Nursery.

‘The Early Years Magazine, 3rd edition, will be published in the summer and it will contain articles on all of the workshops. Delegates will be emailed a copy, although it is free and will be readily available on the Early Years Dept webpage. We hope by providing this we are able to enhance our community of practice.’


Delegate Comments:

This conference was fantastic; both workshops [1 and 3] were truly inspiring and thought provoking. This type of training is beneficial to all levels of practitioners who work with children – Dympna Hallan

Fantastic workshops [1 and 5] and very eye opening, everyone should be made aware– Charlene Houghton