Upcoming Events in March for Early Years - Ofsted Big Conversation, The Children's Early Kitchen, and Professional Identity & the EY Curriculum

Dear Colleagues,

Please find information about three upcoming events:-

  • Network CPD-An Introduction to The Children’s Kitchen Early Years Food Exploration with Jo Ingleby on Wed 29th March 0930-1330

  • Professional Identity & the Early Years Curriculum “Once Upon a Time & Just Imagine” with Helen Moylett Bristol & Bath ECHO and Early Education present, in partnership with Bristol University: Language, Literacies & Education Network (LLEN) on Saturday 25th March 2023 from 1000-1200

  • Ofsted Big Conversation – Southwest Open Regional meeting on Tuesday 14th March from 1530-1730. The Ofsted Big Conversation brings together representatives of Early Years childcare providers and Ofsted across the UK. Its aims are: 
    • To provide a communication forum where providers*, who deliver Early Years care and education, can collectively bring shared areas of concern or common themes they seek further clarification on, to a representative from Ofsted, and receive a timely response
    • To provide Ofsted an opportunity to give updates on changes and direction of travel and to help dispel Ofsted ‘myths’. In the online meeting on 14th March Cheryl Hadland will be screen-sharing a presentation throughout the meeting and there will be a messaging forum running for questions, as well as an opportunity for discussion during the open Q&A session. Jane Burchall, Senior Ofsted Inspector, will be attending as a guest speaker. During this meeting, we will be using break off rooms for individual LAs to share updates and answer location-specific questions. To join the #OBC on Tuesday 14th March 2023, please register using the link below


Best wishes,

Early Years Service

Education and Skills Directorate


Nicola Theobald – (General and Nursery School Enquiries)

Deborah Brown – (General Enquiries)

Dawn Butler – (General Enquiries)

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