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Busy Bees hosted a best practice conference at Birmingham’s impressive National Motorcycle Museum, featuring guest speaker, Professor Robert Winston.
Professor Winston is well-known for presenting many BBC television series, including Superhuman, The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, and the BAFTA award-winner, The Human Body. The infamous scientist gave an inspiring talk to Busy Bees Nursery Managers and Practitioners about the importance of observing and adapting a child’s learning experience to suit their individual characteristics and how a child’s personality is formed within the first four months, through a mixture of genetics and learning.
After lunch, the childcare professionals enjoyed workshops hosted by some of childcares leading professionals. This included an entertaining session from published author and creator of the award-winning Storysack® phenomenon, Neil Griffiths, who shared his passion and enthusiasm for the art of storytelling with a comical performance, demonstrating it’s importance and how to encourage children to become life-long readers.
Dr Peter Elfer, published author and Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University, and Dr Page, director and teacher of Early Childhood Education programme at the University of Sheffield, also held an informative workshop on ‘The Role of the Key Person,’ exploring the responsibility of a child’s key person at nursery, as well as developing relationships with parents and children.
Busy Bees Childcare Managers attended the event, as well as Early Years Professionals, including the National Day Nursery Association, and Busy Bees Childcare professionals. On the day, Busy Bees offered guests a sneak preview of the new child development initiatives for 2011, including 'Block Play','Wake and Shake' and 'Steps to Independence'.
Professor Winston was pleased to attend the event, commenting "I was very much looking forward to coming to Busy Bees' Conference and talking about how children learn and discussing the different ways that this happens. I am delighted to have had the opportunity of addressing a group of professionals from the largest private daycare provider for children in the UK - your work can make the most enormous difference to child development."
Childcare and Curriculum Manager at Busy Bees, Lisa Snell, hosted the event and explains her aim for the day, "The theme of the day was 'Hear me, See me, Inspire me', which represented the voice of the child. We want to encourage our nursery practitioners to observe the children while listing to them and capture that narrative.
We want to continue to challenge and inspire the child’s learning using their individual interests and needs. Children’s various learning styles need acknowledging, as each child is an individual."