Men in Early Years Conference – Bristol – 10th July

3rd National Men in Early Years Conference, on Tuesday 10th July 2018, City Hall, Bristol.

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This is going to be an amazing conference!

Bristol Men in Early Years Network write:

– More info on Bristol Men in Early Years BMIEY

This has been the result of months of hard work behind the scenes with the scope of not only raising awareness of gender issues in the Early Years, but actively seeking to put these ideas into action in our everyday practice with children.

We are pleased to put together a day featuring some of most prominent speakers on gender in the Early Years, and invite you to join us in addressing the key questions:

  • How can we effectively tackle the gender imbalance in the workforce, at just 2% male?
  • What do we need to do remove these restrictive stereotypes we place upon children?
  • Why does society not give the profession the status it deserves?
  • What difference can we make about this in the profession and in wider society?


With this, we are proud to announce Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, Lord Robert Winston as one of our keynote speakers.

He will be joined by author of Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers, Lucy Crehan, and star of the BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’’ Graham Andre.

There will be a wealth of knowledge and experience to be shared by our Workshop and Stall Leads and we have invited local Bristol organizations to celebrate the work being carried out across the city to tackle gender inequality.

We are fortunate enough to offer these tickets heavily subsidised. As a Community Interest Company, anything we make will go straight back into the network. Tickets are just £40 and £20 for Standard and Students respectively (plus booking fees). Spaces are limited!

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Pete awarded Winston Churchill Fellowship

Pete Moorhouse, an artist educator from Bristol, will be travelling to Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA to research best practice in  woodwork in early childhood education. Pete’s Churchill Fellowship is supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

“Most children in the UK never touch tools in their entire education. A whole generation is missing out on the rich development opportunities that practical work with tools provides.” “I am passionate about the opportunities that woodwork provides for young children. It is a truly cross-curricular activity, encompassing all areas of learning and development, and can really play a central role in education. Woodwork is exceptional for developing children’s creative and critical thinking skills, as they tinker and experiment with the possibilities of wood and tools, and then go on to express ideas and resolve their work” –Pete Moorhouse

Early years teaching


“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions.”

Over the next 12 months, they will travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.

These 150 Fellows include people from all walks of life, researching topics across a broad range of sectors, from housing to nursing, science to education.

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The Project Approach lecture – Dr Sylvia Chard

Dr Sylvia Chard

Project Approach

Extended in-depth learning

19 April 2018


St Werburgh’s Park nursery school, Bristol

We are delighted to have Sylvia Chard talk at St Werburgh’s. The project approach revolves around an extended and in-depth investigation of an area of interest. Children have a strong disposition to explore and discover. The Project Approach builds on natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. It essentially makes learning the stuff of real life and children active participants in and shapers of their worlds.


Dr. Sylvia Chard is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Alberta, Canada, She is a prolific author and has presented all over the world.

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Book Launch – Bristol March 15th 4-5pm

Dear EYFS teachers, practitioners, heads, colleagues

Join us to celebrate the publishing of the new book “Learning Through Woodwork: Creative Woodwork in the Early Years” by Pete Moorhouse.

Join us at St Werburghs Nursery, Bristol (BS2 9UX) for tea and cake! There will be opportunity to see the new book and we’ll be sharing examples of woodwork practice at the nursery and providing information about woodwork in EYs education, including demonstrating the most suitable tools to use. This is a free event Thursday 15th March 4 – 5pm. Copies of the book will be available to buy.

We are also running a CPD training day – Introducing creative woodwork in Early Years education on May 22 – contact the school directly to book your place.

What other say about the book:

“Every so often a book is written that helps practitioners to develop their work in deep and far reaching ways. This is that sort of book.”
Tina Bruce CBE

“The benefits that working with wood offers young children shine through in this timely and informative book that will become a mainstay of your setting.”
Neil Henty, Early Years Educator Magazine, UK.

‘The Definitive EY Book for Woodwork. Destined to be a classic’
Juliette Robertson Early Years Consultant