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Early Years Conference: Interacting or Interfering? Improving the quality of adult-child interactions event
Start date Saturday 7 September 2019 Add to Outlook Calendar
Times 09:00 - 15:30 
Arrival Time 09:00 
Closing date Wednesday 21 August 2019
The Village Hotel, Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth, BH7 7DZ
Event Leader Claire Harvey 
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Claire Harvey 
Admin Contact Lucy Crescent (
Event Description Every day, early years practitioners engage in interactions with young children that have the potential to enhance their learning. However, such is the temptation to squeeze every teaching moment out of each interaction that practitioners often interrupt children's thinking and consequently interfere with their learning.

This conference will examine the knowledge, timing and sensitivity necessary to interact effectively. Through the extensive use of DVD footage delegates will have the opportunity to explore the role of the practitioner in both adult-led and child-led situations, providing opportunities to reflect on how to tune in to children's current thinking and how to respond in ways that are of benefit to learning and development.

Professor Julie Fisher
Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, before which she was lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.
In her work, Julie draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is a well-known and respected author whose books include ‘Starting from the Child' (4th edition 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning' (2002); ‘Moving On to Key Stage One' (2010) and ‘Interacting or Interfering?' (2016). Julie is a recipient of the prestigious Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to early childhood education. 
Event Outcomes Issues addressed:

- Differing views of the child as a learner – affecting the way we view the role of the adult
- Creating environments that stimulate thinking, talking and learning
- Knowing the child well , their family and their communities – and how this enhances relationships and conversations
- Tuning in to the child – in order to have the right starting place for supporting learning
- Maintaining the learning momentum – how to sustain children's conversations and use these as vehicles for learning
- Questioning - how it can inhibit thinking – and what to do instead
- Personal qualities and attributes – knowing ourselves, and what we need to know, in order to understand the relationships we make
Course Cost £ 80 
Event Charges Notes Any bookings cancelled after 1st August will incur the full cost but substitutions can be made. Please notify the event admin if you wish to make a substitution. 
Maximum places 100 
Minimum places 40 
Programme Area Early Years and Childcare / Schools and Governors 
Event Notes This conference is a repeat of Friday 6th September 2019. Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided and are included in the cost. 
No of sessions 1