PLEASE BE AWARE THIS EVENT IS A FACE-TO-FACE EVENT HOWEVER THE PHYSICAL SPACES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED AND IT IS NOW BOOKING AS A LIVE-STREAM / WEBINAR
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 session will examine the knowledge, timing and sensitivity necessary to interact effectively. It will address how effective back and forth interactions rely on practitioners being sensitive listeners as well as skilled talkers and how practitioners build and extend children’s language through natural everyday conversations that enhance children’s self-esteem as well as their skills as confident communicators. Through the use of DVD footage Julie will 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.
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.
Julie has been the national Chair of a number of early years organisations including the National Association of Early Years Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants and the national Early Childhood Forum. In her work, she 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 edn 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002); ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ (2016) and ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2nd edn 2020).
Julie has achieved a doctorate for her research into the changing role of early childhood educators. She is also a recipient of the Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to early childhood education.