Nursery World North 2019 - Let’s go

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From exhibitor stands to the seminar and masterclass programme, Meredith Jones Russell looks ahead to Nursery World North


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After two years in Liverpool, and due to continued demand from across the sector, Nursery World North will be moving to Manchester in 2019. Based at the iconic Manchester Central, Nursery World North will continue to provide a much-needed show in the North dedicated to offering expert support, professional guidance and access to leading suppliers in the market.

Nursery World North 2019 will have a fresh appeal and a new look in Manchester. It will provide two days of dedicated early years focus, including CPD-certified professional seminars, expert-led masterclasses, a free live theatre, nutrition zone and a wide-ranging exhibition of early years suppliers, organisations and charities packing out the show floor.


Eduzone is offering the chance to win an arts and crafts cake worth over £50. And you can be in with a chance of winning a goody bag worth £100 courtesy of science resources company Insect Lore, which is also offering 20 per cent off all its bestselling kits.

Also at the show: apetito, Cambridge House SEN Resources, Clickety Lingo, Community Playthings, Crossbow Education, Dyslexia Gold, Early Years Resources, EdPlace, ELT well, Funky eduzoneFeet Music, Hope Education, JellyJames Publishing, Kiddiwash, Nessy, Nexus, Outside Classroom Boards, Scanning Pens, SenseToys, Special Direct, Speech Link Multimedia, trugs, TTS Group and Widgit.


Calibre Audio Library, Hinton House Publishers, Lawler Education, Learning Materials, Phonic Books, SEN Booksand SEN Magazine are among those exhibiting at the show.


B Squared, Claro Software, Crick Software, Edukey Education, E-Glas, Oribi and Aventido will all have stands at Nursery World North.


Organisations including ADHD Wise, nasen, Nisai Group, Outdoor Places, Priory Education and Children’s Services, Ruskin Mill Trust, Safer Handling, Safespaces, Seashell Trust, Calvert Trust and Voice, the Union will be exhibiting at Nursery World North.


Consider new childcare career opportunities with organisations including TUI and Vision for Education.



With a compelling mix of CPD-certified seminars and half-day masterclasses, the seminar and masterclass programme at Nursery World North 2019 is designed to provide attendees with a wealth of opportunities to hear from renowned early years experts.

For the first time, Nursery WorldNorth will be co-located with Tes SEN North, allowing practitioners to expand their knowledge on how to support children with SEND. By registering for Nursery WorldNorth, you will also receive complete access to the seminar programme and exhibition for Tes SEN North.


Friday 10 May 9.15am-12.15pm

SEND in the early years: a child’s route to support

With early years settings caring for rising numbers of children with emerging special needs, this masterclass aims to help practitioners understand and support the learning and developmental needs of the ‘unique child’.

Some of the key speakers from our highly successful full-day conference on ‘SEND in the early years’ will return to present the masterclass, helping early years practitioners to understand the essentials of inclusive practice, navigate the route from ‘first observation’ to ‘personalised plan’, make the most of current funding and training and develop their understanding of sensory processing problems experienced by many children with SEND.

Julie Revels, an early years consultant specialising in SEND and inclusive practice, will revisit the principles of high-quality universal inclusive practice and discuss why practitioners must embed child-centred practices in their provision and challenge the efficacy of the ‘traditional’ one-to-one model of support in improving young children’s outcomes.

Michele Barrett, head teacher at Randolph Beresford and Vanessa Nursery School in London, will provide advice on noticing and acting on the early signs of developmental delay in a young child, working with parents and engaging with other professionals and securing additional funding.

A session on sensory processing and how difficulties can be managed by nurseries will be led by Anne O’Connor, early years consultant and author specialising in the prime areas of physical and emotional development, and Dr Kath Dickinson, owner of SEND to Learn in Morpeth, Northumberland.

Saturday 11 May 9.15am-12.15pm

Helping children achieve: challenge and progression in children’s learning

Through the EYFS, the Government aims to enable every child to ‘make good progress’ and ‘fulfil their potential’, therefore improving outcomes for all and closing the attainment gap. Success rests on providing progression and challenge in children’s learning.

This masterclass brings together leading early years experts to show how practitioners can tune into a child’s developmental and learning needs, plan and help children achieve appropriate ‘next steps’, and create a variety of rich and imaginative environments that will enhance children’s motivation to learn.

Kym Scott, early years consultant and trainer, will help delegates develop an understanding of how best to provide for progression and challenge in a child’s learning, with a focus on the optimal conditions for creating self-regulating learners, the keys to excellent outcomes in areas such as maths and literacy, and how to evidence progression and challenge for Ofsted.

Kathryn Solly, early years consultant and trainer, will lead a session on risk, challenge and adventure outdoors, and award-winning Little Barn Owls nursery group in West Sussex will provide a case study.


Our fantastic programme of seminars will cover topics spanning all areas of the early years, including block play, school readiness, music, small-world play, maths, under-threes and self-regulation. Expert speakers include Penny Tassoni, Alice Sharp, Daniel Spry, Barbara Isaacs and Julie Mountain.


Make the most of your day with some great free attractions


TTS returns to host the interactive Early Years Resources & Learning Zone for the third year in a row. Immerse yourself in inspiring and enchanting environments and reminisce about the magic of childhood. Be the first to discover a unique collection of carefully crafted resources new for 2019, which are catalysts for engagement, sparking imaginations and stimulating learning for all children. Visit this interactive stand for free exclusive content and educational expertise, and a chance to get truly creative.


A great array of free presentations will be available for all visitors in the Live Theatre on the exhibition floor. These presentations, covering a mixture of policy and practice and delivered by leading early years advocates, including nasen, TTS and WMC Training, will take place across both days and provide great advice and guidance on topics vital to practice.



The Nutrition Zone will offer a lively mix of free presentations for visitors on both days of the show, all delivered by leading nursery food and nutrition experts. Presentations will include ‘Quick meals for busy lives’, delivered on Friday 10 May at 11.30am by Michael Geggie, food and nutrition manager at Honey Pot Day Nursery. Food consultant Raj Varma, and Naina Dadrah and Kavita Varma-Hyde, directors at Kiddies Playhouse in Sandwell, will also provide a range of balanced, exciting and tasty lunch, snack and dessert ideas at 12.45pm on both days of the show. Make sure you drop in to pick up some great advice and guidance from all the presenters.

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