Childcare & Education Expo at the Ricoh Arena 24th-25th September

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We’re delighted to announce we’ll be at this year’s Childcare & Education Expo – Midlands.

“Childcare & Education Expo Midlands will host a broad range of inspirational features designed to equip you with an array of fresh and exciting ideas for you to take back to your Primary school or Early Years setting.”


Childcare & Education Expo Midlands will host an impressive lineup of thought leaders from across the sector. These inspiring sessions discuss the issues that will continue to affect your business in the coming year; ranging from an update from Ofsted to school readiness.

Get hands-on and join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. Discover low or no cost activities that bring together education and play. These inspiring workshops are free for visitors to attend.

Register for free here!


Seminar & Workshop Programme

Discover thier free-to-attend workshops in our designated performance areas on the show floor. Seminar sessions cost £15 when booked in advance and £20 when booked at the show. All prices exclude VAT and for every seminar attended, you’ll receive an electronic CPD certificate after the event!

New to Childcare & Education Expo this year is the addition of our exciting speaker panels! Our childcare experts will be speaking on a range of topics from EYFS, Birth to 5 matters, the future of early years, and sustainability! Check them out below along with our popular single-speaking slots.

Friday 24th September

10.45am – 11:30am: Changing Pedagogy, Changing Play

Alice Sharp, Managing Director, Adventures with Alice

This session will share current thinking and theory and how it should be impacting our practice. We will explore a range of contexts to stimulate creative thinking. We will consider how we shape environments to offer rich learning, through engaging with sensitive, knowledgeable and nurturing adults. We will identify ‘provocations’ that could be used to support sustained thinking and child developmental processes.

Location: Exhibition Hall Seminar Theatre

12.45pm – 1.30pm: The Power of Early Intervention in SEND

Emma Pinnock, SEND Consultant, Essential Education Group

We all know the theory that Early intervention is key but how do we ensure that this is possible for all visible and invisible needs. How do we as educators create environments, practices and interventions which ensure that no child’s needs are missed and therefore no child is left behind. Studies show that the earlier we can understand a potential need the more progress a child can make and the more meaningful the learning journey becomes. So join me in this seminar to explore the practices, knowledge and strategies needed to create better life chances, less anxiety and more confidence for staff and children in the early years.

Location: Exhibition Hall Seminar Theatre

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Panel Session – What Does the Future Look Like for Early Years?

  • Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive, NDNA
  • Mike Abbott, Operations Director, LEYF
  • Clare Roberts, CEO, Kids Planet Day Nurseries
  • Arun Kanwar, Partner, Cairneagle Associates
  • Sarah Mackenzie, Chief Education & People Officer, N Famly Club

Location: Vodafone Lounge

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Child Protection and Neglect in Early Years

Ann Marie Christian, International Safeguarding Consultant, Trainer, Author & Speaker

Exploring the reality of how children are neglected at this precious stage of their life. Ann Marie managed a 0-5 child protection team as a social work manager and will share the themes, case studies and good practice in this session.  Children 0-5 are at high risk of viability and this is reflected in serious case reviews and we will discuss the lessons learnt.

Location: Exhibition Hall Seminar Theatre

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Panel Session: Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability in Early Education

June O’Sullivan, CEO, The London Early Years Foundation

Cheryl Hadland, Founder & MD, Tops Day Nurseries and GECCO

Dr John Siraj-Blatchford, Director, Schemaplay

  • As early education providers we are uniquely placed to cultivate respect for sustainable practice – what are the lasting effects we can make?
  • What are the environmental, financial and social impacts on a setting when introducing sustainable practice?
  • How can an ethos of sustainability become embedded in a setting and how do you bring staff along on this journey?
  • Best practise examples from experienced providers to create more sustainable settings.

Location: Vodafone Lounge

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Ofsted and the EYFS Reforms

Phil Minns, HMI and Specialist Adviser for Early Years and Primary Education, Ofsted

During this session Phil Minns HMI, Ofsted’s specialist advisor for early years and primary, will explain how inspections will consider the key aspects of the EYFS reforms. Phil will also provide a general inspection update and provide some time to answer your questions.

Location: Exhibition Hall Seminar Theatre

See Saturday’s lineup here 

In addition to this, we’ll also be giving away tonnes of free prizes through our brand spanking new prize wheel! You could even win a bottle of prosecco or two 🥂🥂🥂.

Come and see us on stand B10 to see what prizes you could win. And don’t forget to ask our friendly team for a demo of foundation’s free, easy-to-use childcare software!