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STEEP Annual Early Years Conference – ‘Fun, Free & Fabulous’ Pedagogy in a time of austerity

26 April @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Creating fun, free and fabulous learning

Join us for STEEP’s 7th Annual Conference




Delegates can expect an inspiring day focussing on the cost effective provision of


high quality Early Childhood Education in today’s climate of uncertainty and austerity.



Speakers confirmed:

Pete Moorhouse: Encouraging Creativity Outdoors

Pete Moorhouse will offer a deeper understanding of what creativity means and explore ways in which we can best encourage creativity in the outdoor environment. He will explore the many factors that encourage and nurture children’s creativity outdoors, from the impact of the environment and the way it is accessed and arranged, to looking at what resources are provided and the opportunities they present. Pete will give particular focus to open ended resources and loose parts provision and provide examples of successful outdoor provocations that draw in children curiosity and make learning irresistible!

Professor Jan White: Natural Play in Early Childhood: nurturing

Children are born primed and ready to learn, knowing how to learn and what they need to learn about. The natural world provides endless motivational opportunities for children to explore and play, to build theories and make meaning, and to pose themselves the challenges they need for growth and development in all domains. Using images from across the UK and beyond, Jan will show how easy it is to offer rich nature experiences that will enable young children to grow both roots and wings.

Caroline Eaton: Enabling environments on a shoestring

Enabling environments need to allow children to show you what they know and what they can do. This allows for learning opportunities to be offered that; build on children’s prior knowledge, that reflects their lives and are meaningful to them. High quality learning environments require careful consideration rather than big sums of money: it may require looking at existing provision through a new lens and through careful reflection, much can be achieved. Caroline will explore Dr Kathy Ring’s concept of ‘small change, big difference’ to highlight the impact that even minor alterations can have on aspects of practice and pedagogy to benefit the children in your care. 


STEEP is an Early Childhood Specialist organisation , 

providing support, training and professional development

for those working in this vital and specialist phase 

in children’s lifelong learning. 

‘Professional Development for quality Early Years provision’


Who is this conference for?

Heads, Deputies, Teachers, Nursery Nurses, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Local Authority School Improvement Teams, Childminders – anyone working with children and families; all those involved in meeting the individual needs of children in an inclusive learning environment.

For more information about the conference programme and keynote speakers, visit our website at http://www.steep.org.uk 




Terms and Conditions:    


 By purchasing this ticket online I agree to the following terms and conditions:   


Privacy: We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in our Privacy Policy. Please be advised that your name and company/organisation (not contact details) will be shared with the event organisers including the six STEEP founding Maintained Nursery Schools prior to the event.


Payment:  Payments are made on-line in advance of the event taking place. You may attend the event without having booked and paid for the place you may be turned away from the event.  It may be possible to make an online payment on arrival at the event to gain entry where places are available, but this facility cannot be guaranteed.  


Timekeeping:  Prompt time keeping is essential in ensuring a professional learning environment.  Late-comers may be refused admission to the event where entry may be detrimental to the learning of others. 


Cancellation: If you are no longer able to attend the course, please notify us by email STEEPcontact@gmail.com, giving us at least 7 days notice. If you fail to do this your full event fee will be retained.  In the event the organiser has to cancel or reschedule the event, your booking will be transferred to the next available date or a full refund provided. 


Refund policy: Refunds will only be given if the attendee gives 7 days notice of non-attendance. After this time no refunds will be given. 



South Thames Early Education Partnership and Teaching School Alliance. (STEEP)


Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Stewart Hall Building - Lecture Hall LG02 on the ground floor, Lewisham Way
London, Greater London SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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