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There was once again an explosion of Early Years products, services and ideas at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on the 27 & 28 September at this year’s Childcare Expo. With more exhibitors and visitors year on year, the 4th edition of the event where Early Years means business was a success for everyone involved.
As well as seeing many familiar faces on the stands, the exhibition this year was a launch pad for several new companies including Parent PA, Butterfly Print, fledglings.com and Ur-Tubes who were able to showcase their new products and services and gain lots of useful feedback from visitors at this bustling show.
There were also some new names on the seminar and workshop line up. Laura Hoyland from Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy filled the seminar room to the brim with her informative presentation on the characteristics of effective learning and came away from the show with international leads for her consultancy company while visitors came away with a clearer understanding of this important topic. Nicky Simmons and Ginny Morris from Morris & Simmons Education also had a fantastic response to both their seminar and workshop that took place on the Saturday where they were able to share their knowledge, experience and expertise through their seminar ‘Nurture Your Own Potential’ and their workshop ‘Let’s Get Physical and Learn to Write’.
The feature areas were buzzing throughout both days with the interactive workshops attracting more visitors than ever before. Practitioners got involved in sessions including Messy Play, Crafts in the Curriculum and The Magic of Mud Kitchens where they were able to get hands on seeing for themselves how to implement ideas and pick up some new skills.
If you missed out on this year’s Childcare Expo, then you will be pleased to know you only have six months to wait until the exhibition launches for the first time at the London venue of Olympia on 28 & 29 March 2014. This event is set to be another key date for Early Years professionals and will be more accessible for those in the South. Childcare Expo Midlands will also be back again in 2014 at the Ricoh Arena on the 26 & 27 September for the 5th year running.