International Festival of Childhood

What does modern childhood look like? What kind of world do we want young children to grow up in? And what kind of people do we want them to grow up to be?

29th June - 2nd July, Bath, UK

Early bird tickets now available for this outstanding event featuring more than sixty expert speakers.


The Big Toddle

A little sponsored walk for little people – the Barnardo’s Big Toddle is the UK’s biggest fundraising event for under 5’s’.

Join the fun – 19 – 25 June 2017


Plan a Muddy Puddle Walk

Plan a Muddy Puddle Walk at your nursery, group or Childminders to raise money for Save the Children, 8-14 May 2017


Red Nose Day

Friday 24th March : Order your free nursery activity pack.


The Giant Wiggle

Follow The Very Hungry Caterpillar – with a Giant Wiggle walk for Action for Children 20th – 26th March 2017


Early Years Pupil Premium: Innovation & Impact

2nd National Early Years Pupil Premium conference at Maple House in Birmingham on Friday 16th September 2016.

‘Early Years Pupil Premium: Innovation & Impact’ brings together well-renowned early years leaders, senior practitioners, those with current senior leadership roles in primary schools and respected educationalists to offer a range of deliverable, evidence-based, practical approaches, support and guidance.

By hosting this event in September, the speakers will be well placed to draw upon the first full year of work undertaken with the EYPP as well as provide advice and guidance on effective interventions, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This conference is designed to provide delegates with key details around the policy itself, Ofsted expectations and practical guidance, all delivered through a mix of seminars and workshops.


52 Days of Dad | Monday 13 June 2016

In the run up to Father’s Day (Sunday 19 June), The Young Dads Collective (YDC) is launching the campaign #52DaysofDad to raise awareness of young dads, aged 25 and under, who are among the most isolated and economically deprived parenting groups in the UK.

YDC will be publishing 52 exciting free and fun activities to do with children, one for every week of the year. There will be prizes for those families who take part in a number of activities.

The campaign will bring together high profile bloggers, personalities and supporter organisations to celebrate dads who love spending quality time with their children. During the week leading up to Father’s Day, bloggers and organisations will share their favourite activities online to encourage more families to participate.

Get involved! Follow us from Monday 13 June and share your activities with YDC.

Keep an eye out for our Twitter hashtag game on Sunday 19 June and join in!


6th Annual SEND Conference: Improving Outcomes for All Children and Young People

Thursday 9th June 2016, RIBA Venues, London, 08:30 - 16:55

This forum provides attendees with a timely opportunity to discuss best practice for improving support for children and young people with SEND. Participants will be briefed on the latest changes to government policy and accountability, enjoy the insights of a range of case studies exhibiting excellence in the field, and also be provided with numerous opportunities to discuss and analyse key changes in the SEND landscape.

Key Speakers Confirmed

  • Nigel Thompson, Head of Inspections – Children’s Health and Justice, Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Matthew Dodd, Principal Special Education Consortium Policy Officer, Council for Disabled Children
  • Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive, NASEN
  • Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and Chief Executive, Achievement for All
  • Kay Bedford OBE, Principal, Swiss Cottage School


Infant Mental Health Awareness Week | 6-10 June 2016

The charity Parent Infant Partnership UK and the 1001 Critical Days is launching with its partners the first national Infant Mental Health Awareness Week in conjunction with its official primary partners Public Health England (PHE), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) and the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIHM) , 6th to 10th June 2016.



Music and Drama in creative education

Orff UK | Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th of June 2016

Holy Trinity Primary School, Carrington Road, Richmond TW10 5AA

Led by Manuela Widmer

An inclusive workshop suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, community musicians, parents and anyone engaging with children in music.

In these workshops we will explore basic activities with music, movement and speech within playful scenarios. We will use poems and short stories as starting points for different forms and creative processes for the 4-11 age range. 


Healthy Children, Bright Futures - Addressing Key Health Issues for Under 5s

4Children | Grand Connaught Rooms, Holborn, London | 16 June 2016

Never before has children’s health been deemed a ‘national emergency’, with increasing concern that unhealthy lifestyles will lead to lower life expectancy for this generation of young people compared to previous ones. The health of young children must now be of top importance to every early years practitioner.

Sessions Include:
  • Delivering Health Priorities within the EYFS
  • Oral Health for Under 5s
  • Does Physical Activity Really Matter?
  • Introducing Toothbrushing into Nurseries
  • Eating Healthily in the Early Years
Speakers Include:

Dr. Patricia Mucavele
Head of Nutrition, Childrens Food Trust

Sue Robb OBE
Head of Early Years, 4Children 

Dr. Lala Manners
Director, activematters


Self-regulation: the key to effective early learning

Regent's Park, London | 30th June 2016

The development of self-regulation and executive function is consistently linked with successful learning, including pre-reading skills, early mathematics and problem solving. 

This conference brings together a great mix of academic experts and innovative practitioners on self-regulation in young children. 

The combination of speakers and interactive workshops will provide insight into ways in which you can apply the principles of self-regulation in your setting and everyday practice.

The conference will cover:

  • the importance of self-regulation to early learning, academic achievement and ‘bridging the gap’
  • how research is developing our understanding of self-regulation
  • how to promote self-regulation in an early years setting and home
  • the emotional and cognitive aspects of self-regulation and the path to reaching an optimal state for effective learning
  • self-regulation and the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • the links between self-regulation, mathematical thinking and problem solving
  • behaviour, attachment theory and the infant brain
  • the power of the outdoors in promoting children’s dispositions and attitudes
  • the links between self-regulation, children’s make-believe and musical play
  • communicating self-regulation messages to parents 

Keynote speaker | Clancy Blair, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at New York University, specialises in the study of self-regulation in young children. 

His primary interest concerns the development of cognitive abilities referred to as executive functions and the ways in which these aspects of cognition are important for early learning and ‘school readiness’. 

This conference is designed for:

Nursery owners and proprietors, Nursery and children's centre managers, Nursery practitioners, Headteachers and EYFS co-ordinators, Local authority early years managers, Early years advisers, Childminders and Healthcare professionals