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5 January Jewish early years conference

5 January

Jewish early years conference

This day conference will look at various issues of early years education and childcare from the perspectives of both Jewish tradition and the Foundation Stage guidance. It is open to staff in Jewish early years settings.

London. 9am to 4pm. Cost 5, but advance booking is essential.

Contact the Agency for Jewish Education on 020 8457 9726.

7 to 10 January

BETT 2004

Organised by BETT, the educational technology show's seminars cover ICT issues and advise on how to use the very latest learning technologies.

Heather Du Quesnay of the National College for School Leadership will talk about leadership learning, and how to enable collaboration and consultation between school leaders, policymakers and opinion formers. Professor Stephen Heppell, the online education guru for Ultralab, will share his views on educational technology and the learning environments of the future.

Olympia, London. Contact BETT on 0870 429 4574 or reserve seats online at

13 January

First time with autistic spectrum disorders

This seminar by the National Autistic Society, presented by Carol Povey, NAS regional co-ordinator for Greater London and the south-east, and Jacqui Ashton Smith, principal of Helen Allison School in Kent, will cover the range of autistic spectrum disorders and their impact on behaviour, teaching and learning. It is aimed at mainstream teachers, learning support assistants and ancillary staff who are coming into contact with autistic spectrum disorders for the first time.

The Queen Hotel, Chester. Cost 116.33. Contact the NAS on 0115 911 3367 or e-mail

15 January

Health and safety in schools and nurseries

This generic health and safety course includes risk assessment, fire safety, first aid regulations, display screen equipment, COSHH and manual handling. It is led by Mark Demeuth, who will cover the Level 1 nationally-recognised qualification in health and safety. There will be an exam and certificates will be presented.

Tithe Barn, Berkshire. Cost 90. Contact the Manor Tree Group on 01753 592200 or e-mail

16 January

Speech and language therapy in education

Led by Gillian Rumble, a speech and language therapist, this course will help early years practitioners to identify and work collectively with a therapist and the child's support team.

Tithe Barn, Berkshire. Cost 80. Contact the Manor Tree Group on 01753 592200 or e-mail

24 January

Quality of care - the importance of early relationships

Speakers at this conference organised by WATCh? (What About the Children?), include Robin Balbernie, consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist for Gloucestershire Partnership Trust, and Judith Trowell, director of the West Midlands Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, speaking on early relationships and quality of care.

London Voluntary Services Resource Centre, Holloway Road, London. Cost Pounds 25 to members, 30 to non-members. 10am to 4pm. Contact Cath on 01789 450952 or e-mail

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