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Call us on: 0141 221 4148


Saturday 30 September 2017
Hilton Glasgow, William Street, G3 8HT

We know from research that by the time children start school, there is a huge disadvantage gap that has developed. Come along to this informative and exciting conference and don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from key experts. We are also delighted to welcome Kirsty Wark, who has again, kindly agreed to chair our conference with no fee.

Who should attend?

Members of EYS, Early Learning and Childcare practitioners and managers, college and university students and staff, early education teachers, local authority and Scottish Government colleagues, health and social work professionals, and everyone interested and involved in Early Learning and Childcare.

Continuing Professional Development

Attendance at this conference will count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


To register for this conference, please complete the online booking form to reserve your place. It is advisable to book your place as soon as possible, as our numbers are restricted and places fill up quickly!


A wide range of early years related stalls will be available for you to browse and purchase from. Exhibits will include play and learning materials, resources to enhance the environment, books and information displays.

Our chosen charity

This year as part of our anniversary celebrations, we are in partnership with Maggie’s Centres in Scotland. EYS will donate £1 from every delegate fee to Maggie’s.

Kirsty Wark

Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain’s most experienced television journalists. For twenty seven years she has presented a wide range of programmes from the ground breaking Late Show to Election specials, live stadium events and since 1993, the BBC’s flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight. She has also hosted the weekly Newsnight Review show.

Mark McDonald MSP

Minister for Childcare and Early Years

Mark holds an MA in Politics from the University of Dundee and MLitt in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen. In 2013 he was selected as the SNP candidate for Aberdeen Donside and was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament as MSP in 2016, and subsequently appointed to his current position.

Tam Baillie

Former Children and Young People’s Commissioner in Scotland

Tam worked with children and young people for 30 years before becoming the Commissioner in 2009. He has worked in Scotland and England in both government and voluntary organisations. He worked as the Director of Policy for Barnardo’s Scotland from 2003 and worked extensively on children’s policy and rights issues.

Jim Taylor

Autism Consultant

Jim was one of the first teachers in Scotland to work exclusively with pupils with Autism before being recruited by The Scottish Society for Children with Autism, now known as Scottish Autism. He has been influential in the development of adapting the curriculum and teaching styles to the unique learning, communication and thinking styles of children with Autism.

Dr Bruce D. Perry M.D., PH.D.

Personalised Video for EYS

Dr Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences for 30 years. He is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, Houston, Texas and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Barbara Dale

Chair of EYS Board

Barbara has worked as a primary and specialist infant teacher, as an SPPA Fieldworker, as a Senior Lecturer at Falkirk College, and as an SQA Senior External Verifier. She lectured at Bell College, and before retiring was Head of a Stirling Council nursery. She currently delivers training and works with SQA, contributing to qualification development.

Jean Carwood-Edwards DCE, AEE, M.ED

Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Jean started her career as a primary and nursery teacher, specialising in early years. She moved into Further Education as a Lecturer before becoming the Head of School of Education at James Watt College, Greenock. She has worked at the University of Glasgow and was Early Years Team Leader and Programme Director at Education Scotland.

Jane Brumpton B.Ed Hons, PGCE

Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Jane was Head Teacher of Woodacre Nursery School for 9 years in Glasgow City Council. During this time, she had a 3 year secondment to Learning and Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland) as an Early Years Development Officer, working nationally within the Early Years team.

Thank you for your interest in our Early Years Scotland conference. We are sorry to say that the conference is now full. If you wish to add your name to a waiting list, could you please include your name, designation and workplace setting along with your email address. We will contact you should a place become available. Please follow the email link below.

Delegates’ Fees:

EYS Members’ rate: £80
Non-members’ rate: £120

For settings sending five delegates or more, the following discounts will apply:

0-4 delegates – standard rate
5-9 delegates 10% discount
10+ delegates 20% discount

A limited number of EYS Student Member places are available at a cost of £50.
Please contact EYS office on 0141 221 4148 to book a place.

Early Years Scotland Annual Conference 2017 Programme

Early Years Inspections: Challenge or Opportunity?

8.30 AGM Registration and Breakfast Refreshments
9.00 Early Years Scotland AGM
9.15 Conference Registration, Exhibition and Refreshments
10.00 Conference Opening and Welcome
Barbara Dale, Chair of Board, Early Years Scotland
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
10.10 Maggie’s and Early Years Scotland: Our 50th Anniversary Charity
Kirsty Wark, Conference Chair, Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer
10.25 Opening Address
Mark McDonald, MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Scottish Government
10.45 Early Years Scotland – Fabulous at 50!
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
11.00 Refreshments and Exhibition
11.30 Reflections of a Children’s Commissioner
Tam Baillie, Former Commissioner for Children and Young People
11.50 Additional Support Needs and Eliminating Inequality
Jim Taylor, Autism Consultant
12.10 Early Brain Development: Reducing the Effects of Trauma
Personalised Video for Early Years Scotland
Dr Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, Houston, Texas
12.30 Lunch, Exhibition, Student Poster Presentations
13.30 World Café
Theme 1  -  Literacy and Language
Theme 2  -  Creating a Rich Play Environment
Theme 3  -  Effective Parental Engagement
Theme 4  -  Working with Families Experiencing Difficulties
Theme 5  -  Transitions
Theme 6  -  Expanding the Workforce by 2020
Theme 7  -  Expanding ELC Entitlement from 600 - 1140 hours
Theme 8  -  Provision for 2 year olds
Theme 9  -  Outdoor Learning
Theme 10  -  Scottish Government EYS ELC Expansion Trial
14.30 Reducing Educational Disadvantage: A Strategic Approach in the Early Years
Penny Tassoni, Author, Independent Education Consultant and Trainer
15.30 Close of Conference - Kirsty Wark
15.45 You are cordially invited to join Early Years Scotland for a glass of Prosecco and a slice of cake to celebrate our 50 years

Conference Keynote: Penny Tassoni

Penny Tassoni is a leading author, education consultant and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play.

Penny has written over forty books many of which are best sellers in the sector. Her latest professional book is the award winning ‘Reducing Educational Disadvantage; A Strategic Approach in the Early Years’.
Penny is a much sought after speaker and specialist both in the U.K and internationally. She has also worked in Istanbul, China and Japan. In addition to training, Penny is also President of Professional Association of Childcare and Education (PACEY)..

Early Years Scotland is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No. 86932. Scottish Charity No. SC003725.
Registered office at 21 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7EE.