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Call us on: 0141 221 4148


Saturday 14 September 2019
Hilton Glasgow, William Street, G3 8HT

Does a child have to play to learn? Does a child always learn when they play? Consider the many ways in which children experience learning in the early years. Consider the rich examples of learning that can be seen in the youngest child. Play is of course a vital component in the learning process but it is definitely not the only vehicle for learning.

Our speakers will share research, practice and reflections on this highly relevant topic.

If you believe children deserve the best start in life, then book your place now!

Who should attend?

  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners and Managers
  • Members of Early Years Scotland
  • College and University students and staff
  • Teachers
  • Local Authority colleagues
  • Health and Social Work Professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in Early Learning and Childcare

Professional Learning

Following attendance at the conference, you will be able to apply for a SSSC Open Badge, recognising this as a valuable professional learning opportunity, which can be recorded as evidence for your registration body SSSC/GTCS.

Student Poster Presentations – Childhood Practice

Student Poster Presentations are an exciting element of our conference. We are delighted to welcome students from both Colleges and Universities to present evidence of their studies. Students who have been involved in our previous conferences have told us how much they valued the opportunity to discuss and share the thinking behind their posters.


A diverse range of exhibitors will be there on the day to provide an insight into a variety of areas relevant to your setting. You will have the opportunity throughout the day to visit our exhibition area to get ideas, information and inspiration to support your practice.

A radio presenter and events host, Clare’s interests include confidence and communication, education, young people and women’s issues. She has undertaken roles which have encompassed politics, current affairs, mental health, arts, culture, science/technology, and food journalism. She worked at the BBC for 30 years and is now freelance. She is a Non-Executive Board Member of Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

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Aldo Fortunati is President of La Bottega di Geppetto - International Research and Documentation Centre on Childhood Gloria Tognetti and Director of the Childhood and Adolescence Area of the Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence. Lecturer at the University of Florence and expert for Eurosocial in international cooperation programmes, he is a senior member of the National ECEC services Association and National Representative for Italy in the World Forum Foundation.

In the last 20 years he has coordinated research projects and policy monitoring activities on behalf of the Italian government and directed international cooperation programs in Latin America.

Among his most recent publications, The education of children as a community project, San Miniato's approach to children's education and Towards a curriculum open to possibilities have been translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese. Interested in the theme of the relationship between space design and education, he designed furnishings for children that, protected by copyright, are produced by an Italian company.

Barbara Pagni is Scientific Coordinator of La Bottega di Geppetto - International Research and Documentation Centre on Childhood Gloria Tognetti. After a prolonged experience as an educator in the ECEC services in San Miniato, she joined the Institution's staff alongside Gloria Tognetti in the pedagogical coordination of the ECEC services of San Miniato and in the district one of the Valdarno Inferiore. She conducted in various Italian experiences training courses on the issues of the organisation in mixed age groups, planning, observation, documentation and evaluation of experiences, of the governance in the integrated system. She has published numerous contributions on topics of her interest.

Book Now

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.


Jean Carwood-Edwards
Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Jane Brumpton
Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Childcare and Young People

Sue Ellis
Professor of Education, University of Strathclyde

Deirdre Grogan
Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Strathclyde

Michele Doull
Head of Professional Learning and Quality Assurance, Early Years Scotland

Booking information

  • Early Years Scotland Members' Rate £85
  • Non-members' Rate £125

Group Bookings:

Group bookings of 5 or more delegates will receive 10% discount per person.
Please call Early Years Scotland office to book - 0141 221 4148

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

Early Years Scotland Annual Conference 2019 Programme

8.30 AGM Registration and Breakfast
9.00 Early Years Scotland AGM
Please note that there is no cost for EYS members who only wish to attend the AGM.
9.30 Close of Early Years Scotland AGM
9.30 Conference Registration, Exhibition and Refreshments
10.00 Conference Opening and Welcome
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
Clare English, Journalist and former BBC presenter
10.15 Early Years Scotland Campaign:
Every Day's a Story Day - Are you sitting comfortably?...
10.30 Opening Address
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People
10.50 Early Years Scotland – Reflections on the relationship between learning and play
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
11.15 Refreshments, Exhibition and Student Poster Presentations
11.40 Playful literacy pedagogies
Professor Sue Ellis, Professor of Education, University of Strathclyde
12.00 Curious Children: The wonders of learning
Deirdre Grogan, Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Strathclyde
12.20 Early Years Scotland: Looking back, looking forward
Jane Brumpton, Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
12.30 Key Developments with Care Inspectorate
Catherine Agnew, Chief Inspector (Children’s Services), Care Inspectorate
12.45 Reflections on your learning
Michele Doull, Head of Professional Learning and Quality Assurance, Early Years Scotland
13.05 Lunch, Exhibition and Student Poster Presentations
13.50 Keynote Speaker – Children’s protagonism; The San Miniato Approach
Aldo Fortunati, President of La Bottega di Geppetto
Barbara Pagni, Scientific Coordinator of La Bottega di Geppetto
15.20 Close of Conference and invitation to join Early Years Scotland for refreshments