NDNA Conference: Practice stream speakers

The early years event for nursery practitioners

Due to great demand - we are releasing more conference places at our early bird rates, saving you up to 20%, now ending 30 April. 

Practice stream tickets from just £99 (incl. VAT) - £125 after 30 April

Find out more about our Leadership stream here.

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NDNA Conference 2019 brochure 

8.30am: Registration begins and browse our exhibition

9.50am: Chair’s welcome

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: Creating Developmentally Appropriate Communication Friendly Spaces™
Elizabeth Jarman

Elizabeth Jarman gives her top tips on creating communication friendly spaces.  

Elizabeth Jarman is an internationally recognised learning environments expert and award winning author. She developed the Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach as well as many other early years programmes.

11.30am: Morning break and exhibition

12:15pm: Supporting children with speech and language learning difficulties

Jennifer Warwick

Jennifer trained as a speech and language therapist in 2003, since then she has worked both for the NHS for charities and independently. She currently works independently and is studying for a PHD at City University of London. Jennifer is passionate about improving language and communication outcomes for children, particularly those who face barriers to accessing services.

She volunteers as a Research Champion and Advisor for ASD and social communication disorders for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). She is a joint author of the ‘Early Sociocognitive Battery’; an assessment being developed at City University that considers early developing social communication and interaction skills in young children. 

1pm: Lunch break and exhibition

2pm: The Art of Storytelling
Trisha Lee

Trisha Lee from MakeBelieve Arts runs an interactive workshop on encouraging and embedding storytelling skills.

Trisha Lee founded MakeBelieve Arts in 2002. She is passionate about the power of story and has delivered stortelling programmes across the world. She is known for her work with Helicopter Stories.

3pm: Workshop - choose from either:
Catherine Clark


Catherine Clark from TTS on planning for quality language enrichment


Catherine Clark has created resources and learning materials used in settings all over the world. She is passionate about providing young children with quality, rich and varied learning experiences.




Angela Spencer

Angela Spencer  from Babyopathy on developmental delay in babies and supporting children and parents

Angela Spencer founded Babyopathy, which is a sensory based baby-led development programme. It nurtures a baby’s complete well-being and natural development, and her session will include meditation exercises.

3.45pm: Afternoon break and exhibition

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


Elaine Wyllie with support from Ursula Walton, Early Years Manager with Bertram Nursery Group, on 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