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Childcare Expo

Now in its 4th year, Childcare Expo will be back at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 27 and 28 September for another spectacular exhibition for the early years, childcare and nursery sector. Packed full of fantastic features, here are just 6 reasons to take a trip to this year’s show.


10 educational and information seminars will be running throughout the two day event giving all those in this constantly developing sector current updates and ideas to help them keep ahead. Speakers include Anand Shukla, Chief Executive of Family and Childcare Trust who will be focusing on Early Years Policy Updates. Head of Early Years at 4Children, Sue Robb, will present a seminar on ‘Quality Counts’ and there will also be representatives from Ofsted and the NDNA. On Saturday 28 September, PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, will be delivering a seminar - Childcare, Not Just a Job.


Visitors can get stuck in with the free hands on workshops provided at the Expo. These interactive sessions are designed to give practitioners some fresh ideas to take back to their settings and have some fun while learning! The workshops will be presented by early year’s professionals including Ginny Morris & Nicky Simmons from Morris & Simmons Education with their workshop ‘Let’s Get Physical and Learn to Write’.  There will also be the chance to get messy during ‘The Magic of Mud Kitchens’ workshop from Liz Knowles at Muddy Faces.

Services and resources

With 1000s of products to explore from hosts early year’s exhibitors, the perfect resources are just waiting to be discovered! Meet with current suppliers to find out what’s new in their range and connect with new companies to see how they can help you develop and improve your setting. The Expo is the perfect way to get to know the faces behind the brands and see products specifically designed for the childcare sector all in one place. Don't forget to come and meet PACEY at stand C32, so stop and say hi!

Story time bought to life

Discover enchanted lands far, far away. TTS will be bringing traditional and familiar stories to life in their Story Time Feature Area. Visit Goldilocks and the Three Bears, trip-trap over the wooden bridge or huff and puff at the Little Pigs’ houses. Each area is brimming with ideas for learning opportunities for you to try out in your own setting. Pick up some handy hints and tips and enjoy.

Grab a bargain

Exhibitors at the Expo have lots of special offers and discounts lined up for visitors to grab a great deal on the day. During the event there will also be competitions to take part in with fantastic prizes such as an Arts & Craft Hamper from MCW Consulting Associates packed with over £100 worth of goodies to win.

Catch up with a Cuppa

Take advantage of the networking areas and have a cuppa with current contacts and new associates. The relaxed atmosphere of the Expo is the perfect place to catch up on the latest thoughts and news in the industry.

Entry into event is free and seminars cost £9 + VAT per session when booked in advance and £15 inc. VAT when purchased at the show. Find out more about Childcare Expo and register for your free ticket, just visit or call 01425 838393.