Nursery World North 2020 - All points north

Ahead of Nursery World NORTH in Manchester next month, Meredith Jones Russell looks at the exhibitor stands and seminar and masterclass programme on offer

For the second year running, Nursery World NORTH will be based at the iconic Manchester Central in 2020, once again providing an educational, inspiring and informative show that harnesses the power and enthusiasm of the early years workforce.

Over two days, Nursery World NORTH 2020 will offer expert support and guidance through seminars and masterclasses, access to the sector’s suppliers, products and services, opportunities to meet colleagues old and new, establish connections and grow networks, and the potential to find inspiration and ideas that will enhance practice.

After a successful launch in 2019, Nursery World NORTH will again be co-located with Tes SEN North to deliver the latest in special educational needs provision. By registering for Nursery World NORTH, you will also have access to the Tes SEN North exhibition and seminar programme to help you support the children in your care.


Equipment & resources

Community Playthings, ELT well, Jelly James Publishing (Dynamo Maths), Nessy, On Line Training, Special Direct, Speech Link Multimedia, Trugs (Read Successfully Ltd) and TTS Group are among those exhibiting at the Show.

Books & publications

Lawler Education, SENMagazine, Bloomsbury Educationand Usborne Books at Home will all have stands.


Claro Software, IDLS Group, Kinteract and OnwardsandUpwards will be among those with stands.

Services & organisations

The British Council, Calvert Trust, NAHT, nasen, Paul Kelly Psychology, Priory Education & Children’s Services, NSPCC, Oak North Bank and Safer Handling will be exhibiting.

Recruitment & training

Consider new opportunities with TUI Destination Experiences, University Centre Doncaster College and Vision for Education. SA Forest School Training Manchester, Just Grow Forest School, and the Froebel Trust will offer training, with Froebel giving 50 per cent off its short courses.


Nursery World NORTH provides a wealth of opportunities to hear from early years experts. Co-location with Tes SEN North also gives the opportunity to enhance provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Masterclass: How to be Outstanding in Ofsted’s ‘Quality of education’ judgement

Friday, 24 April 9.15am-12.15pm

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) requires early years settings to re-balance their priorities in their practice and provision.

In the masterclass, early years consultant Jan Dubiel will provide an overview of the three parts of the ‘Quality of education’ judgement: ‘Intent’, ‘Implementation’ and ‘Impact’, what they mean and how they interconnect. He will also discuss curriculum content, how the revised Development Matterswill help settings with curriculum planning, and key approaches and elements of pedagogy that underpin a broad, balanced and aspirational curriculum and ensure deep and effective learning.

Dr Jo Basford, senior lecturer in childhood, youth and education at Manchester Metropolitan University, will then introduce the idea of ‘cultural capital’, what it means in the lives of young children, and the implications for early years practice.

Finally, Penny Tassoni MBE, early years consultant and author, will provide practical guidance on implementing an early years curriculum that offers challenge and sequences children’s learning appropriate to their development, with a focus on the emotional and learning needs of individuals, the planning cycle, organisation of the learning environment, and scaffolding communication and language learning.


On Friday, Judith Twani will lead a seminar on supporting and challenging mathematical learning; Di Chilvers will discuss the place of the Characteristics of Effective Learning in the new Ofsted framework and the revisions to the EYFS and Development Matters guidance; and Elaine White will provide an overview of key messages and lessons learned from early years inspections that have taken place under the EIF so far.

Alice Sharp’s seminar will focus on helping children develop their understanding of early STEM; ways of supporting multilingual children will be introduced by Julie Cigman; Anne O’Connor will discuss self-regulation; and Cath Larkin will lead a talk on Forest School.

On Saturday, 25 April, Penny Tassoni will examine why ‘core experiences’ can provide a basis for a rich and appropriate curriculum for the under-threes; and Jan Dubiel will provide an overview of teaching and learning in a time of big changes for the sector, with a new Ofsted framework and planned changes to the Early Learning Goals, Development Matters and assessment.

Anne O’Connor will discuss physical development in the context of continuous provision; Cath Larkin will lead a session on the EIF’s expectations of language skills; a seminar on working with families will be led by Sarah Mackenzie; and Mary Lestrange will look at supporting social and emotional development.

A seminar on promoting critical skills through malleable materials and a session on loose parts will be led by Alice Sharp and Julie Mountain respectively.


Make the most of your day with some great free attractions


Sponsored by TTS, the Early Years Resources & Learning Zone offers you the opportunity to immerse yourselves in interactive learning areas to inspire your own practice and ignite a sense of awe and wonder in children’s play. With plenty of free exclusive content and educational expertise, TTS will provide everything you need to create environments where every child can flourish with its unique collection of resources new for 2020.


You won’t want to miss the informative array of free presentations in the Live Theatre on the exhibition floor. Covering a mixture of policy and practice and delivered by leading early years advocates, these short presentations will take place at the centre of the show on both days.


The all-new Innovation Zone offers fun, dynamic and revitalising workshops to provide invaluable inspiration on introducing activity to your setting. Get your heart pumping and breath flowing in yoga, dance and play sessions by Alice Sharp, Yoginis and Popcats. You will leave with new ways to engage young minds and bodies.


OakNorth Bank invites nurseries at the next phase of their growth journey to an exclusive business briefing on Friday 24 April. Attendees will gain advice and support on securing a loan to assist with their growth ambitions.

Nursery World NORTH will take place on 24-25 April at Manchester Central. Register free today and book seminars and masterclasses at

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