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Conference of Early Years

Monday, 18 June 2018 at Surrey Sports Park

Welcome to the National Conference for teachers of Early Years PE

There is a growing awareness that the youngest school years are disproportionately important in establishing a foundation of skills in, and attitudes towards, physical activity.  Positive experiences at this vital stage determines whether pupils continue to engage with activity and games as they go through school.  There is no doubt that confidence in movement capability significantly influences both success and self esteem in the later prep years and beyond.It is now widely accepted that games skills emerge from a sound foundation of physical literacy.  This places a considerable responsibility on those who teach Early Years PE to provide the right environment in which fundamental movement skills can flourish. This Conference will assemble some of the country’s most experienced practitioners to provide an update on current thinking for this age group.  It will also provide a wide range of practical ideas that teachers can apply immediately with their classes, confident in the knowledge that they are applying best practice to their classes.

This event is suitable for specialist and non-specialist teachers of Early Years PE, including secondary specialists who are involved in teaching this age group.

9.30 – 10.00 am   Conference assembles

10.00 am              Physical Literacy: From Concept to Action

                             Nigel Green

10.45 am              Making PE Count in Reception

                             Phillipa Youlden

11.30 am              Break

11.45 am              Start to Move: Fundamental Movement Skills for the 4-7 age range

                             Lesley Minervi

12.45-1.30pm       Lunch

1.30-2.30             Showing Progression from Foundation to start of Key Stage Two

                            Karen Breen

2.30-3.30            Creative Games Teaching in Key Stage One

                           Caroline Park


1 place £179 2 places £299 4 places £499

Conference runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Caroline Park

Caroline Park works with nurseries in Gloucestershire developing Child Movement Programmes.  She was previously a lecturer at Manchester Met University working in Child Movement and coaching.  As Head of PE at Millfield Prep, she was in charge of developing the pre-prep PE programme. Subsequently she was Director of Sport at Cheltenham College and now she is Head of PE at Cumnor House School.

Lesley Minervini

Lesley Minervini is a consultant in PE and Sport. She spent 16 years teaching PE at both secondary and primary before becoming a Partnership Development Manager. Since 2009 she has been part of the Youth Sport Trust’s International team. She is a member of the YST’s National Faculty of tutors, designing and delivering courses across the UK in a variety of areas. She is also a trained Ofsted Inspector.

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