Workshop Programme

Get hands-on and join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. These low or no cost activities will bring together education and play and are free for visitors to attend. 

An exciting workshop programme is being put together for Childcare & Education Manchester 2020. In this mean time, why not look at last years seminar programme as a guide to whats in store – watch this space!

Friday 6th June

Jude Brown

10.30am – 11.30am: Mindfulness in the Early Years                                     

Jude Brown, Director, Nurture in Mind

An introduction to simple, fun and practical mindfulness activities for young children, parents and childcare professionals. This will include simple body awareness activities, breathing techniques and engaging children in using mindfulness informally each day.


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12.30pm – 1.30pm: An Introduction to Makaton

Rebecca Walker, Regional Makaton Tutor, BB Training

This workshop is an introduction to Makaton, looking at the many benefits of using it in a fun and enjoyable way. You will look at a few concepts of signs and symbols from the Makaton Core Vocabulary and how they can be used to help develop language and communication skills. You will leave inspired wanting to learn more to support individuals that you care for.

Amanda and Donchez

2.30pm – 3.30pm: The Importance of Physical Activity in Early Years

Amanda Frolich, Founder, Amanda’s Action Club & Donchez Dacres (Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist)

Action Amanda is planning on bringing the sunshine to Manchester with this Jamaican infused fitness workshop, featuring physical development fun, & music! Amanda is bringing along showbiz friend and Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist (2018), Donchez Dacres to teach us all how to “Wiggle and Wine”. With lots of culture rich songs and movements, be prepared to get on your feet and move to the Jamaican beat!

Saturday 7th June

Tracy Brabin

10.15am – 10.30am: Shadow Minister for Early Years – Opening Keynote Speech                                     

Tracy Brabin, Shadow Early Years Minister

This year, we are delighted to announce that Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Early Years Minister will be opening the show on Saturday 15th June at 10am before taking to the Workshop Area at 10.15am for a free keynote speech. Tracy will contribute her understanding of the Childcare sector and lay out how she believes government policy should work for settings.


10.30am – 11.30am: Sensory Play and the EYFS                                                                                     

Anna Gagg, Owner, Kinder Kalm

Learning should be rooted in the child’s interest and they are more likely to learn if the method is relevant and most importantly fun! Join our fascinating workshop and gain ideas on how to implement and maximise sensory-rich activities in a childcare setting. Expect ‘real life’ demonstrations using specialist equipment & props in conjunction with original music, singing, yoga inspired moves for children & messy stations.

Kate Fletcher

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Using Sand and Water to Educate and Entertain

Kate Fletcher, Independent Senior Consultant & Team Leader with Kids Bee Happy, SandArtNW

Easy, low cost, and fun. Join Kate Fletcher for a practical hands-on workshop as she shows us how to use sand to colour in pictures and learn phonics. Explore colour blending with water play, learning primary and secondary colours in a fun way and creating marvellous mixtures. Hands-on, (almost) mess free products, that help develop fine motor skills, creativity and imagination, in a calm and mindful way. Colourful, fun and educational arts and crafts activities ideal for home childminders, nurseries, after school clubs, and parents. Inclusive products and activities for children, including those with special needs and disabilities.

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2.30pm – 3.30pm: Dancing Digits – 5 key areas to Fine Motor Development

Kim Pott, Director, Funky Feet Music

This workshop will arm you with practical ideas using musical activities to support Fine Motor Development to take away and implement in your setting.

We will share with you the building blocks to develop good fine motor development and control using;

  • Lovely Lycra
  • Sensory Sensations
  • Dancing Dinosaurs
  • Lottie Ladybird

And much much more. This session will require audience participation

***WARNING*** Be prepared to have fun!