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CBBC presenter Dave Benson Phillips, best known for the TV show Get Your Own Back is opening this year’s Childcare Expo, where early years policy will be discussed by the leaders of two high-profile childcare organisations.
Mr Phillips, who was the victim of a prank back in 2009, when the media fell for fake news and reported he had died in a car accident, will also be performing his Makaton nursery rhymes.
Emma Barrett, organizer of the event at the Olympia London on 2-3 March, said: “Dave Benson Phillips will be opening the event at 10am on Friday 2 March. Following on from his appearance at Manchester back in 2016 and his strong connections to the early years sector, Dave was the keen favourite to open our fifth Childcare Expo London. We can guarantee laughter and plenty of selfies when Dave takes to the stage to perform not one, but two Makaton nursery rhymes workshops.”
In addition to an appearance from Dave Benson Phillips, attendees will be able to keep up to date on the latest early years policies as this year’s Childcare Expo will be hosting Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association as well as Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-School Learning Alliance.
Ms Tanuku will be revealing the latest data from NDNA’s New Year workforce survey, revealing how nurseries are coping with the 30 hours ‘free’ childcare policy and whether the recruitment crisis has eased with the dropping of the GCSE requirement.
While Mr Leitch will explore recent and current early years policy, and discuss what needs to be done to ensure that the rights of children are at the core of Government policy making going forward.
Host of childcare experts
As well as these two heavyweights, there is also a host of childcare experts speaking on a range of thought provoking topics such as gender, school readiness, emotional literacy and forest schools.
Another popular speaker, who will be taking to the stage to inspire practitioners is June O’Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), which runs 37 nurseries in London. She will be talking about early education and what goes in nurseries and why so many parents think education only happens in a school.
Event organiser, Ms Barrett, is encouraging anyone interested in the early years sector to attend this free event, with seminars costing £12.50+VAT when booked in advance. The interactive workshops are free and visitors can wander around and see the resources on offer, with brands such as Hope Education, Community Playthings, Early Years Nutrition Partnership and Octopus Journals showcasing their latest products and ideas.
Ms Barrett said: “We are delighted to be returning to Olympia London for the fifth time. The event encourages early years practitioners from far and wide to take time out of their busy schedules to network and to learn new skills. The importance of this face to face interaction is crucial to identifying new trends and building working relations that benefit early years settings across the country.”
To get your hands on free tickets, visit the website www.childcareexpo.co.uk or call 01425 838393. You can also find out the full seminar programme on the website.