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Call us on: 0141 221 4148


Saturday 15 September 2018
Hilton Glasgow, William Street, G3 8HT

As the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare approaches, this conference will provide an opportunity to stop and consider how we can best ensure that all young children experience the highest quality provision regardless of the type of setting they attend, including nursery, playgroup, primary school or within a home setting.

Who should attend?

  • Members of EYS
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners and Managers
  • 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

Attendance at this conference will count towards your Career Long Professional Learning. Attendance at the conference will provide evidence to achieve a SSSC Open Badge.

Student Poster Presentations

Following on from the success of last year, we are delighted that a group of Childhood Practice students from a range of Colleges and Universities have agreed to deliver Poster Presentations linked to our theme of High Quality Provision in Early Learning and Childcare. The students will welcome you and be very keen to explain and discuss their posters with you.


To register for this conference, please complete the online booking form to reserve your place, or, alternatively, call 0141 221 4148. 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. Exhibits will include play and learning materials, resources to enhance the environment, books and information displays.


A radio presenter and events host, Clare’s interests include 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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Dear Applicant
I am so sorry to disappoint you, but due to the huge demand for delegate places, we have now had to close both the conference applications and the waiting list.
If you have not managed to secure a place for this year’s event, we hope that you will be able to attend another of our professional learning sessions or conference events in the near future. 

Kind Regards

Jean Carwood-Edwards
Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Keynote Speaker

Iram worked as an early years teacher for most of the 1980s and has been an academic and researcher for 30 years. As Professor of Education at University College London, Institute of Education and Research Professor at the University of Wollongong New South Wales, Iram’s recent research projects have included the major Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) 17-year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) and of the influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project (REPEY 2002). She is leading longitudinal studies/randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as a principal investigator in teams of trans-disciplinary researchers across a number of countries including the UK, Australia and Ireland.

She is particularly interested in undertaking research which investigates disadvantage and to give children and families a fairer start. She is currently leading several large studies in England, New South Wales and Victoria on the role of evidence-based professional development in supporting workforce and child outcomes.

Iram is a specialist, early years advisor to governments and ministers in the UK and overseas. She has published widely and been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education. She has undertaken reviews of the Implementation of the Foundation Phase for the Welsh Government (2014) and the early years workforce for the Scottish Government (2015).

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.


Barbara Dale
Chair of Board, Early Years Scotland

Jean Carwood-Edwards
Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Jane Brumpton
Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

Maree Todd MSP
Minister for Childcare and Early Years

Janie McManus
Interim Strategic Director of Inspection, Education Scotland

Catherine Agnew
Chief Inspector for Children’s Services, Care Inspectorate

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

Booking information

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

Group Bookings:

Please call Early Years Scotland office to book - 0141 221 4148
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.

Early Years Scotland Annual Conference 2018 Programme

Early Years Inspections: Challenge or Opportunity?

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
Barbara Dale, Chair of Board, Early Years Scotland
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
Clare English, Journalist and former BBC presenter
10.15 Musical Performance from Chris Stout, Catriona McKay and the children from Camstradden Primary School and Chesters Nursery
10.25 Opening Address
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years
10.45 Early Years Scotland - EYS Reflections on what the Expansion to 1140 means for Quality
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
Jane Brumpton, Depute Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland
11.10 Refreshments, Exhibition and Student Poster Presentations
11.40 Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland - Introducing the New Shared Inspection Framework
Catherine Agnew, Chief Inspector for Children’s Services, Care Inspectorate
Janie McManus, Interim Strategic Director of Inspection, Education Scotland
12.20 Early Years Scotland Professional Learning Academy - Identifying your Professional Learning needs to support Quality
Michele Doull, Head of Professional Learning and Quality Assurance, Early Years Scotland
12.50 Lunch, Exhibition and Student Poster Presentations
13.50 Keynote Speaker - What is ‘quality’ early education and how does it impact on long-term child outcomes?
Professor Iram Siraj PhD OBE, Professor of Child Development and Education, University of Oxford
15.20 Close of Conference and invitation to join Early Years Scotland for refreshments