Unveiling the Highlights of Childcare & Education Expo North

24th July 2023

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From 30th June to 1st July, Bolton Stadium witnessed an extraordinary event that brought together educators, business owners and industry professionals in the childcare and education sector. The Childcare & Education Expo North showcased captivating presentations, interactive workshops, and cutting-edge exhibitions, providing attendees with an immersive experience in the latest trends and innovations. The event left a lasting impact on participants, sparking their curiosity and passion for early childhood development.

Educational Benefits

Visitors eagerly engaged in the seminar and panel discussion programme, demonstrating a strong thirst for knowledge. Led by exceptional panel speakers, enlightening discussions covered topics such as understanding children’s behaviour, communication, and language needs. Llewella Ivins, Sarah Blackwell, and Alice Sharp delivered inspiring presentations that left a profound impression on the audience. The update from Ofsted on the latest inspection publications added valuable insights to the discussions.

The interactive and wellbeing workshop areas provided an excellent platform for visitors to actively participate in various engaging activities. From singing and dancing along with special guest Mr. Bloom, to exploring the benefits of outdoor learning with Alfresco Learning, the workshops catered to diverse interests and learning styles. Olivia Corbin-Phillips enchanted the audience with passionate storytelling, while Play Makes Sense emphasised the significance of rhyming in phonics success. In sessions dedicated to well-being, visitors learned practical strategies for maintaining positive mindfulness in themselves and the children they care for.

Director of Early Childhood at Bright Horizons and speaker at the expo commented;

 “It has been a fascinating couple of days at the Childcare & Education Expo North. We’re delighted and honoured to have shared our stories on panel discussions and through a wellbeing workshop focusing on our recently launched Nurture Approach professional development programme. Early years educators are very special people. They provide learning, inspiration, and care for children who are starting their journey in life. To deliver these services our educators need to always be in an environment of camaraderie, trust, and respect. A thriving early years setting is one where both adults and children feel good and can do well. It’s a virtuous circle: flourishing teams are linked to better outcomes for children, and a happier environment for everyone”.

Learning and Connecting

Innovative feature areas enriched the expo experience, offering visitors a chance to unwind and engage in creative activities. Early Years Alliance promoted the joy of open-ended resources, while Creative Steps and YPO allowed participants to indulge in crafting and designing jellyfish. The mindfulness colouring wall and rock painting areas provided a moment of reflection and unleashed boundless creativity among attendees.

The exhibitor shopping village showcased a wide array of resources tailored for childcare settings, delighting visitors with valuable products and services. Exhibitors were enthusiastic about connecting with delegates and making a meaningful impact in the sector.

The event was not only an educational platform but also a networking opportunity for participants. Attendees had valuable connections to develop through interactions in the speaker’s corner, engaging in activities with special guests, and networking with fellow professionals.

The organisers expressed their gratitude to all attendees of Childcare & Education Expo North and hoped that the event left them with valuable knowledge, fresh ideas, and lasting relationships to enhance their childcare settings. They encouraged participants to share their experiences and feedback on social media platforms which you can view here.

For those who couldn’t attend, the organisers have just announced that the next show, Childcare & Education Expo Midlands, is taking place at CBS Arena on 22nd & 23rd September 2023. Registration for the upcoming event is open, offering another opportunity for professionals in the sector to engage and enrich their knowledge and practices. Registration can be found here.

About Childcare & Education Expo:

Childcare & Education Expo is a leading event series dedicated to bringing together early years professionals, business owners, and industry experts to share knowledge, inspire best practices, and explore the latest innovations in the childcare and education sector. With a mission to empower and elevate the field, Childcare & Education Expo aims to foster collaboration and create positive impacts on early childhood development.

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Why attend Childcare & Education Expo?

Join over 2,500 like-minded individuals from the early years & primary sector who are dedicated to improving their practice and their education settings.

Attend educational seminars and panel discussions to credit your CPD

Meet the experts to have your questions answered

Receive fantastic onsite offers and discounts

Experience expert-led informative hands-on workshops

Network with peers and industry players

Pick up hundreds of new products, resources, ideas and services

And most of all, enjoy a great day out with your colleagues

100+ exhibitors | 1000s of industry players | 100s of experts