South West Early Years Foundation Stage Conference: Interacting or Interfering 

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 | Exeter Racecourse | 09:15- 15:45
High quality interactions are recognised as fundamental to outstanding teaching and learning in the early years. This year’s annual Early Years Conference will be led by renowned Early Years Professor, Advisor and Author Julie Fisher. Julie will draw on the research and findings gathered for her best-selling book ‘Interacting or Interfering’.
Through a range of keynote presentations and complementing workshops, delegates will be encouraged to reflect deeply on the quality and impact of interactions in their setting, identify the essential components of effective interactions with practical guidance on how to improve the quality of interactions on a day-to-day basis.

Key reasons to attend the EYFS Conference:

- Hear from the renowned Early Years Professor, Advisor and Author Julie Fisher
- Identify the key components of effective interactions
- Take away practical ideas that can be implemented in your setting
- Learn how to improve the quality of staff’s teaching and children's learning through interactions
- Share best practice and meet other Early Years practitioners

Who should attend the EYFS Conference?

This conference is very suitable for all Early Years Practioners, Teachers, Leaders and Childminders as well as Primary and Pre-School Headteachers.


Keynote presentations at the 'Interacting or Interfering' Conference
Presented by Julie Fisher, Early Years Professor, Advisor and Author Julie Fisher
Speaking Less and Listening More
This first keynote will consider how adults need to talk less in order for children to talk more. It will examine how this enables practitioners to be more effective in tuning in to children and supporting them in ways that enhance and not inhibit their learning.
Who is Leading the Learning?
This second keynote will consider some of the strategies that are effective when engaging with children in ‘interthinking’, and will explore the difference in interactions where adults lead the learning as opposed to where learning is led by the child. 
Workshops at the 'Interacting or Interfering' Conference 
Facilitated by Early Years Consultants from Babcock LDP
Less is More?
Does the physical environment interfere with interaction?

The facilitator will support delegates to consider the impact of the physical environment on children's learning and development.
Text or Talk?
Are we in danger of losing interactions altogether?

Delegates will explore how to positively use technology in their setting and at home to enhance interactions.
More than Words.
How do you support interactions with children who have delayed communication?

This workshop will enable delegates to discover and develop opportunities to extend children’s learning using communication tools.


About Julie Fisher 

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, before which she was lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.
In her work, Julie draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners in both schools and settings. She is author of a number of articles on early childhood education as well as her books ‘Starting from the Child’ (4th edition 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002) and ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2010). Her new book, ‘Interacting or Interfering?’, was published in January 2016 and draws on research into effective interactions between practitioners and children aged six months and six years.
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