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PACEY conference to address wellbeing in the early years

PACEY’s autumn conference will be held at the Park Inn by Radison, in York, on Saturday 7 November.

The conference, entitled: Be happy, be healthy: supporting wellbeing in the early years will address some key issues around health and emotional wellbeing for both childcare practitioners, and the children in their care.

PACEY President, Penny Tassoni, will deliver the key note speech: Attachment matters: an exploration of the importance of positive relationships in early childhood; while guest speakers include Melita Walker, Professional Development Officer for the Institute of Health Visiting, and Keith Chambers, from the Royal College of Paediatric Child Health.

A session with Lee Owston, Senior HMI Inspector with Ofsted, will allow delegates to really understand, and ask questions about, the new Common Inspection Framework.

Delegates will also get the chance to take part in a range of workshops themed on mindfulness, language, and music.

The conference will close with a presentation by Andy Cope, best-selling author, happiness expert, and founder of the renowned training organisation, the Art of Brilliance.

Andy will turn the tables, and talk about the often overlooked issue of childcare practitioners looking after their own health and wellbeing. As he says in an interview about his conference appearance:

“I would like to remind childcare professionals that the most important person to look after is actually yourself. If you are not high energy and enthusiastic, the kids don’t stand a chance.”

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said:

“Emotional wellbeing and good health are so important in the early years. There is a lot of credible research that shows that it is at this crucial stage in a child’s development that issues can arise that can be carried through into later life.

“Childcare practitioners have an essential role to play in ensuring the children they look after are both ‘happy and healthy’, which is why we felt this was an appropriate topic for our autumn conference. I look forward to meeting many of you there.”

Full conference programme