NDNA Conference: Leadership stream speakers

The early years event for nursery managers and owners

Leadership stream tickets from £185 

Book two leadership places and get one practice place FREE.

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NDNA Conference 2019 brochure 

8.30am: Registration begins and browse our exhibition

9.50am: Chair’s welcome 

Jonathan Elliott

Jonathan Elliott is an award winning investigative journalist, documentary film maker and former BBC broadcaster. He has produced and directed over 40 TV documentaries and launched 4 TV news channels in a 30 year career at the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Al Jazeera.

Filming in a war zone is, he admits, a walk in the park compared to the first three years of fatherhood, which he has just celebrated.

Jonathan will chair the leadership stream talks throughout the day.

10am: The Art of Being Brilliant - main stage welcome address to all delegates 
Andy Cope

The Art of Being Brilliant focuses on how staff can find motivation and happiness in the workplace based on research into positive psychology. Dr Andy Cope will explore the secret to how you can be you, brilliantly.

Dr Andy Cope is a qualified teacher, bestselling author and the UK’s first “Doctor of Happiness”, with a PhD in Positive Psychology. He has been on TV and radio, and his keynote speech has rave reviews. Get a taste of Andy's session by watching his video here.

10.45am: The childcare workforce - our greatest asset under threat and Ofsted Update

Purnima Tanuku OBE
The childcare workforce - our greatest asset under threat

A national update from National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE.

Purnima Tanuku OBE is NDNA’s Chief Executive. Purnima has a wealth of experience at senior level working with public, private and charitable organisations and has developed NDNA into the voice of the sector.

Amanda Spielman

Ofsted Update 
Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector at Ofsted, will talk about the new inspection framework as well as sharing sector updates

Amanda Spielman has been Ofsted Chief Inspector since January 2017. She was chair of Ofqual from 2011 to 2016 and previously spent 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment.

11.30am: Morning break and exhibition

12.15pm: Staff Mental Health and Well-being
Caroline Hounsell

Caroline Hounsell from the Mental Health First Aid organisation (MHFA) will discuss how mental health training can help you, your staff and your children to thrive. 

Her talk will include a practical session on recognising stress levels and employing self-help techniques. 


1pm: Lunch break and exhibition

2pm: Technology in early years - Artificial intelligence

Dave Cockerill

Dave Cockerill, of Enterprise RPA Ltd, will discuss some of the areas on how Digital Transformation is affecting not only our business lives but also our personal ones. He will use some examples of how Automation and Artificial Intelligence can be used in real life business situations

Dave has been in the technology sector for over 30 years and has a real passion for using technology to deliver genuine value to organisations

2.45pm: Using the Characteristics of Effective Learning to retain staff and build high performing teams 

Pennie Akehurst

Pennie Akehurst, of Early Years Fundamentals, will explore leadership and the challenges of managing people.

Pennie Akehurst has worked in early years for 30 years, delivering support and training to leaders, managers and practitioners to continue to meet challenges in changes to legislation and practice.

3.30pm: Afternoon break and exhibition

4:15pm: Getting children active with The Daily Mile™ - plenary session to all delegates
Elaine Wyllie

Creator of The Daily Mile™, Elaine Wyllie with support from Ursula Walton, Early Years Manager with the Bertram Nursery Group, will discuss the value of The Daily Mile™ to nurseries and how it is changing lives.

Elaine Wyllie founded The Daily MileTM in 2012, and it now features in over 7,000 schools in 56 countries worldwide. Since retiring Elaine has dedicated her time and passion to promoting the initiative.

4:45pm: Close

7.30pm: NDNA Nursery Awards ceremony and dinner