Nursery World Show 2017: It’s showtime!

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Following last year’s successful event, we look ahead to what you can expect to find at the Nursery World Show 2017, held over two days on 3 and 4 February at London’s Business Design Centre


More than 100 exhibitors will be on hand at the show on 3 and 4 February to help you keep up to date about the latest products, services and resources, and to discuss your requirements. Many are offering special show discounts and competitions.


show2Baby&More is returning to Nursery World 2017 with an extended range of award-winning products including Mum 2 Mum Sleeved Wonder Bibs, Clever Grip Toddler Cutlery and, new for 2017, Teething Bandana Wonder Bibs and Pre-schooler Art Smocks at special show rates. Plus, open a trade account to receive 10 per cent discount off your first order and enter a free prize draw to win £50 of Baby&More products.

Funky Feet Music is offering a 20 per cent discount to anyone buying its four award-winning resource packs at the show. These are CD and teachers guides Lark in the park, Learning through play, Going on a journey and Chase the rhythm.

show3Hope Education will be launching its new catalogue as well as the Trudy nursery furniture range, with a chance to win the Trudy Sand and Water Unit, worth over £700. All visitors to the stand can have a 20 per cent show discount, valid for four weeks, and the first 100 each day will receive an exclusive goody bag.

Graduation Attire will be offering its new Nursery Photography Service, with complete packages. Also available are a free nursery certificate download, Nursery Graduation Caps and Gowns, a Graduation Teddy Bear and personalised nursery stoles.

show4Visit the YPO stand to collect your free sample pack filled with some of YPO’s favourite art and stationery items. Plus, enter a free prize draw to win outdoor resources.

Also at the show: Community Playthings, Costco, Early Years Direct, Eden Play, Kiddiwash, Little Linguist, Mantra Lingua, Never Never Land, Nexus, Outside Classroom Boards, Reflections on Learning, Smocks for Tots, T4Kids, Tales Toolkit, TTS, Wild Fangs, Yellow Door and Zoomer.


show5Visit the Routledge stand to claim your 20 per cent discount on new and bestselling early years titles, including Julie Cigman’s Getting Boys Up and Running in the Early Years and Understanding Physical Development in the Early Years by Anne O’Connor and Anna Daly.

Also at the show: Bloomsbury, Clickety Books, Firetree Books, Hodder Education and Practical Pre-School Books.


Blossom Educational will be showcasing its early learning journey software, developed with experienced early years owners, managers and consultants – a result of the increasing challenges of using a paper-based system. Blossom aims to significantly reduce paperwork while meeting all of Ofsted’s requirements. Alongside the EYFS framework and Characteristics of Effective show6Learning, you have the option to link observations to a unique, world-class Montessori framework. Blossom helps you create learning journals, record daily diaries, track progress, share moments with parents and much more. Blossom is offering a free 30-day trial with a further 30 per cent off if you sign up on the day. All new members will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win a Samsung tablet and Blossom software for one year.

Kinderly, the award-winning early years app, will be returning with lots of new features to demo. Adding to Kinderly’s existing digital online learning journal and development platform will be a fully integrated accounting and invoicing package, better user interface and a parent portal. Kinderly will be offering an exclusive 15 per cent discount to visitors, hosting a competition to win an iPad and giving away annual subscriptions worth up to £420 to three lucky settings.

Also at the show: The Communication Trust, Spark, Learning Book, Learning Journals, Fieldwork Education, Digital Nursery, eyLog and Capture Education.


show6Omnia Training Solutions has £60 off its Paediatric First Aid qualification for anyone mentioning Nursery World, and £100 off for a course booked at the show. Visitors can enter a prize draw for one Level 3 paediatric first-aid qualification and 10 first-aid kits.

Also at the show: ABC Early Years Training and Consultancy, BNG Training, CACHE, NEyTCO, MCW Consulting, Parenta .University of Bedfordshire, University of Greenwich, and Threads of Success.


London Early Years Foundation(LEYF) will be showcasing its best practice in childcare through a series of talks at the Live Theatre, cooking demonstrations in the Nutrition Zone and exchanging tips and information with visitors to its stand. The group is especially interested in speaking with practitioners about the roles available at its 38 London nurseries.

Staff Match is offering reduced fees of 8 per cent to nursery managers and owners for a first placement.

Also at the show: Daisy Chain Childcare Recruitment, JBD Recruitment, Mark Warner, SeekTeachers, Staff Match and Thomson/First Choice Holidays.


Fish Childcare Insurance will exhibit its new childminder insurance for the first time ever at the Nursery World Show – it has been providing specialist insurance to children and adults since 1975. The dedicated childminder policy from Fish not only incorporates extensive public liability and employer liability insurance, but also a host of legal cover benefits. The policy includes access to free documentation including contracts, record sheets and activity charts. Visit the stand to pick up free goodies and merchandise.

The School Renovation Company provides design and build services, as well as internal and external refurbishments. It has a special ‘price beat’ offer for visitors to the exhibition. It is also running ‘The Fantastic Where’s Alfie Competition’ – locate Alfie on the SRC stand and win an Instant Outdoor Classroom, including artificial grass, Toad Stool Seats and Toad Stool Table for your setting.

Also at the show: Auditel, CBCSERVICES, FirstSteps Software, Famly, Nice Smile, Property Wise Facilities Management, Little Urchins and Super Star Sport.


show7Early Education will be offering complimentary copies of its Nursery World award-winning book to anyone taking out individual membership at its stand. Every Child a Mover: A practical guide to providing young children with the physical opportunities they need by Jan White won the Nursery World Award category for Professional Books in 2016. The book was part of the inspiration for the Outdoors and Active project run jointly by Early Education and Learning Through Landscapes for the London Borough of Newham, about which Julie Mountain will be delivering a seminar at the show. Publications by other seminar presenters including Stella Louis and Kay Mathieson will also be available.

show8The Pre-school Learning Alliance will be flagging up its Fair Future Funding campaign, calling on the Government to ensure that early years funding keeps pace with the rising cost of delivering places. You can find out more and sign up as a supporter, as well as talk to the alliance about membership benefits and buying its books.

The NUT is the largest teacher’s union representing classroom teachers, head teachers and senior school leaders. Membership of the NUT is open to everyone who holds qualified teacher status, including Early Years Teacher Status.

Also at the show: Action for Children, Voice, PACEY, the National Day Nurseries Association, Montessori Centre International and Comic Relief.


show9Oral Health Foundation will show how you can make a positive difference by teaching oral health. The charity will be promoting its dedicated oral health programme, Dental Buddy, and offering guidance on how best to integrate and explore oral health in the classroom, with specific resources for the early years. It will also be talking about nursery initiative Brush Time, a programme to advise staff on how they can help children to brush their teeth properly.

Also at the show: Early Years Nutrition Partnership and Cool Milk.



This year, you can make the most of the show with some great features around the floor.


This new zone is sponsored by NEyTCO, the membership organisation for trainers, consultants and researchers in the early childhood care and education sector. Show attendees can enjoy free, one-to-one access to top trainers and consultants to discuss their training needs. You can book courses with NEyTCO members and buy their books. Engaging face to face is the fastest way to build relationships, so visit the zone for great networking.


show10TTS is sponsoring the Early Years Resources and Learning Zone, so come and say hello to the team and the inspiring Alice Sharp. Settings need to be inspirational environments that are thoughtfully equipped in order to offer enriching learning opportunities and provision. TTS will bring you more resources to discover than ever before, from marvellous miniatures to giant-sized equipment to enhance learning inside and out. TTS educationalists consider the whole child and the whole setting to give every child a reason to love learning. If you are an established setting looking for inspirational resources, or a new business venture looking to take advantage of TTS’s full planning service, come along and discuss what you need – and make time to come and play too!


show11There will be some great entertainment in the Nutrition Zone, with fantastic menu ideas, cookery demos and presentations about healthy food. The Early Years Nutrition Partnership, London Early Years Foundation and the Nursery Catering Company will all be in the kitchen.


show12The Nursery World Show 2017 has a great array of free presentations for visitors in the Live Theatre on the exhibition floor.

These presentations, delivered by leading suppliers and providers, will take place at the centre of the show throughout both days and will demonstrate best practice as well as new developments. The line-up includes Action for Children, BNG Training, the Communication Trust, Mine Conkbayir, the EYN Partnership and LEYF.


This new zone will offer the opportunity to browse the latest innovative equipment for both indoor and outdoor play environments from expert suppliers including Hand Made Places and Feelgood Designs.


There is a fantastic line-up of half-day masterclasses and hour-long seminars, all led by top early years experts.


show13The vital theme of supporting disadvantaged children and ‘closing the gap’ is at the forefront on 3 and 4 February. On Friday, Professors C Cybele Raver and Clancy Blair from New York University will be presenting ‘Closing the gap three to five: self-regulation’, along with Dr Julian Grenier.

They will examine different aspects of children’s brains and the path to self-regulation, and the case for play-based pedagogy. Professor Raver will also look at self-regulation and the home environment, drawing on lessons from the Chicago School Readiness Project. Dr Grenier will then talk about self-regulation and its implications for best practice in the EYFS.

The Masterclass will run from 9.30-12.30 on 3 February.

On Saturday, Dr Danielle Matthews, Penny Tassoni and Alice Sharp will lead ‘Closing the gap birth to three: language development’.

Dr Matthews will present the latest research findings about language development, language delay and links to socio-economic status, plus a session on contingent talk; Ms Tassoni will look at enriching language and experience across the curriculum; and Ms Sharp will talk about early language and the foundations of literacy.

This Masterclass is from 9.30-12.30 on 4 February.


A packed seminar programme features themes from across the EYFS, with speakers including Dr Kay Mathieson, Sue Overton, Judith Twani, Martin Pace, Dr Lala Manners, Stella Louis, Penny Tassoni, Julie Mountain and Alice Sharp.

Subjects include maths, literacy, photography, woodwork, planning, observation and assessment, digital technology, behaviour, self-regulation, outdoors, the characteristics of effective learning, safeguarding, two-year-olds and the baby room. Learning from international approaches is one focus, with sessions on Froebel, Reggio Emilia and Montessori.


The Nursery World Show 2017 is on 3 and 4 February at London’s Business Design Centre,

Visit the Nursery World stand to meet the team and find subscription offers.

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