Nursery World Show 2019 - A grand day out

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From exhibition stands to a packed programme of masterclasses and seminars, Meredith Jones Russell reveals what to expect at the Nursery World Show 2019


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The leading show for everyone in the early years community returns to the Business Design Centre in London and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The Nursery World Show 2019 will be held on 1 and 2 February and will combine professional seminars, expert-led masterclasses, a free live theatre, nutrition zone and a huge exhibition of companies, organisations and charities.


Yellow Door will be launching new resources for outdoor learning and investigative play, including Pre-Coding Penguins, which are not only cute but will encourage logical thinking and language development and give children confidence to apply these skills to early coding.

Innovative child tracking device ClassHug from the Hug Group takes a headcount of your group every second and can be worn on outdoor adventures or inside settings. It is paired with an Apple device and has the option to add photos and medical notes for each child. Find out more and get a free trial and 25 per cent off at the show.

greenspanGreenspan Projects has extensive design and build experience of early years gardens, broad knowledge of the EYFS and high-quality workmanship which it uses to create bespoke outdoor spaces that enhance children’s outdoor learning and development experiences.

Funky Feet Music has developed a number of fun, interactive activities that support both body and brain development for the playful child who loves to move. Visit the stand to listen to ‘Pop like Popcorn’, an album linked to the EYFS framework.

sanondafSanondaf has created a medical-grade dry disinfectant fog to kill surface contaminations and airborne infections and eradicate 99.99 per cent of bacteria, viruses, moulds and fungi. Visit Sanondaf’s stand to discuss the benefits and convenience of this specialist service and to enter a free prize draw to win a treatment for your setting.

Wild Fangs will be returning with more exotic friends. Delivering interactive, educational and entertaining visits, Wild Fangs believes children learn better through first-hand experiences.

Talking Turtle will be showcasing a unique range of early years resources, launching sensory products and offering an exclusive show discount.

Eduzone, supplier of early years educational resources, furniture and equipment, will be hosting a variety of products at the show. Visitors to the Eduzone stand will also be able to register interest for the 2019 catalogue full of new launches and arts and crafts, stationery and cleaning products, as well as enter a competition to win a fantastic prize.

Also at the show: Alpha Consumables, Community Playthings, Early Years Direct, EduFilm, Genee World, Graduation Attire, Hope Education, Kidslingo, Never Never Land, NiceSmile, Outside Classroom Boards, Route 2 Education, Sense Toys, The School Renovation Company.


Clickety Books and Hodder Education will be among the educational publishers exhibiting.


Tapestry will be debuting a new register feature which will allow settings to create their own sessions, groups of children and absence codes, and then use them to record exactly who is in the setting and when. This feature is currently in its beta testing phase but will be available for viewing at the show.

jabadaoCome and meet the team behind JABADAO, the creators of Developmental Movement Play and The Tig. Discover more about developmental issues, find movement play resources such as scarves, body balls, ribbon sticks and stretchy fabrics in the JABADAO shop, and stick your name in the hat for a chance to win a versatile tunnel/rocker/den.

famlyFamly will be introducing Famly Free, a new easy-to-use, award-nominated app with learning journals, cohort tracking, daily logs, and parent communication. The package comes with 500MB of picture uploads for observations and posts to parents too. You can meet the team and find out more about this free package and Famly’s paid packages at the show.

FirstSteps Software will be previewing a brand new version of the FirstSteps Management System. While retaining the flexibility and functionality of the current system, the new version will have extra features including live registers, streamlined reporting and a simpler booking process. Other apps on show will include FirstSteps Monitor for paper-free registers and daily diaries, FirstSteps Tracker for EYFS observations, custom frameworks and progress tracking, and FirstSteps Parent Link to encourage two-way parental engagement. FirstSteps will be offering visitors a 20 per cent discount on new installations and a 50 per cent discount on upgrades.

Also at the show: Blossom Educational, eyLog, Genee World, Opal Education.


Threads of Success, now part of The Education People, is a framework of training, resources and visits dedicated to ensuring excellence across the early years and childcare sector. At the show, it will be unveiling its early years and childcare recruitment toolkit, a new resource to help attract and engage staff, and a manager’s handbook to support the development of pathways to excellence with a focus on teaching and learning, and monitoring practice.

Training and bespoke consultancy company Jigsaw provides a quality improvement inspection service enabling you to be ready for your inspection and helping you shine throughout the process. Jigsaw consultant Vanessa Dooley, who is an ex-inspector, will also be sharing her new book.

Win £25 worth of Amazon vouchersat the University of Greenwich’s free prize draw, get advice on undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, speak to academics for personal guidance and gather as much information as you need about the university.

Also at the show: CACHE, Canterbury Christ Church University, Omnia Training Solutions, Parenta, People and Business Development.


leyfLondon Early Years Foundation (LEYF)is growing and needs passionate staff to join its inspiring team. LEYF’s stand will showcase some of the provocations that its nursery teams create every day in nurseries, including making potions, a sensory activity that children love, and a woodworking activity which is part of risky play.

Yellow Duck Childcare specialises in early years recruitment and consultancy, introducing permanent and temporary childcare professionals to early years settings and families, and providing a support network for nursery owners and managers including services such as training, advice, and support before Ofsted inspections.

TUI’s Destination Experiences operates in 115 destinations worldwide and is offering the chance to use childcare qualifications abroad, creating play opportunities and learning environments for children all over the globe. TUI’s stand will help explore the many life-changing career opportunities and exciting roles on offer.

Also at the show: Daisy Chain Childcare Recruitment, Link Education, Riverside Cares.


I CAN supports children of all ages through its speech and language programmes, interventions and specialist schools, and through resources, training and information for parents, families and people who work with children and young people. It has a network of licensed tutors all over the country, qualified to go into schools and settings and deliver training to practitioners.

Also at the show: Department for International Trade, Montessori Centre International, Voice.


tealTEAL, the leading manufacturer of portable, hot water handwashing units, will be showcasing its KiddiWash range at the show with live demonstrations, making handwashing fun, educational and hygienic for children.

Apetito’s team of qualified chefs and in-house nutritionists work to create delicious meals that can be delivered frozen and ready to serve within 45 minutes. The range covers all tastes and preferences from home classics to modern trends. Menu planning and ordering is simple through an online system and the company also offers free UK delivery, full training and ongoing support.

This January sees the launch of a new holistic programme aimed at combating obesity in early years children from Action for Children in partnership with Active Movement. The 12-month programme combines education and early intervention on movement and nutrition to achieve long-term benefits for children’s health and well-being through Action for Children’s Eat Better, Start Better training alongside Active Movement’s behavioural modification programme, which aims to integrate activity into every child’s routine. Action for Children staff will be highlighting its work and showing you how it can support your setting at the show.

Also at the show: Oral Health Foundation, Nursery Catering Company.


With an inspirational mix of 20 seminars and two half-day masterclasses, the CPD certified programme is designed to provide attendees with an unrivalled opportunity to hear from a number of acclaimed early years experts.



On Friday, as part of the masterclass ‘The Brain, Learning and the Early Years’, our panel will reflect on how learning occurs in the brain and what this means for pedagogy.

Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education at the University of Bristol and a regular contributor to Channel 4’s Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, will provide an overview of current understanding of the learning processes in the brain and how a scientific understanding of the brain can help implement the early years curriculum.

Later in the day, Dr Sara Baker and Dr Jenny Gibson, principal investigators at the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning at the University of Cambridge, will discuss the importance of executive functioning and cognitive flexibility, children’s play with their peers and the links between role play and social development.

  • The Masterclass will run from 9.30am-12.30pm, 1 February

On Saturday, Professor Elizabeth Wood and Dr Liz Chesworth of the University of Sheffield will lead a session on ‘Playing and Creating in a Digital World’. They will look at how children can combine digital and traditional materials in ‘converged play’ and the role of practitioners in enabling them to become creative users rather than passive consumers of new technologies.

Balham Nursery School in London will present on how they have used technology in creative and complex ways to support children’s investigations and learning.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear about the MakEY project, which aims to advance children’s digital learning while remaining true to the child-led principles of early years practice.

  • The Masterclass will run from 9.30am-12.30pm, 2 February.


The programme will feature themes from across the EYFS, with speakers including Penny Tassoni, Jan Dubiel, Sue Gifford, Lorraine George, June O’Sullivan, Helen Moylett, Carol Archer and Jude Twani.

Subjects include outdoors-only provision, music development, autistic spectrum disorders, self-regulation and inclusion.


Early Years Resources and Learning Zone


Immerse yourself in TTS’s inspiring and enchanting environments, and reminisce about the magic of childhood. Be the first to discover the unique collection of carefully crafted resources new for 2019, join TTS for free exclusive content and educational expertise, the chance to be creative and the opportunity to win resources worth over £300.

Live Theatre

Free presentations in the Live Theatre will be delivered by leading suppliers and advocates throughout both days. Make sure you drop in to pick up some great advice and guidance. The Live Theatre is sponsored by Christie & Co.

Nursery Nutrition Zone


This zone will feature a lively mix of free presentations. These will include live cookery demonstrations delivered by leading nursery food and nutrition experts. Sponsor Spring by Action for Children will be providing healthy eating resources.

Early Years Careers Zone


The Early Years Careers Zone is sponsored for the second year in a row by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF). LEYF is passionate about its approach to childcare and wants to share it with all early years practitioners. As the show’s Early Years Careers Partner, LEYF will be turning an area into its own dedicated nursery, allowing practitioners to experience the closest thing to a real LEYF setting. If you are looking for a new career opportunity in 2019, make sure you speak to the LEYF nursery team as they would love to hear all about your career ambitions. Once you have successfully completed an interview at the show, LEYF will arrange a visit to a nursery so you can meet the manager, staff team and children.

Insurance Partner

Jelf are award-winning experts in business insurance while PACEY has over 40 years’ experience supporting practitioners. They offer insurance policies for all early years settings, along with a digital copy of PACEY’s magazine and special discounts.


The Nursery World Show 2019 is on 1-2 February at London’s Business Design Centre, Visit the Nursery World stand to meet the team and find subscription offers.

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