My Celebration Event   2 comments


Saturday 30th April 2016


Central Birmingham, close to all three Birmingham train stations

Venue Details

The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EB


9:00 – 17:30 (However, very informal so can arrive late or leave early, if need to)

Who should attend?

Anyone who has a professional interest in the well being of young children

Anyone who has met me, read about me or read my blogs

Anyone who has signed a petition started by me

Anyone who thinks the Government are through their policies taking young children on the wrong educational journey

Childminders; people who work in Pre schools, nurseries, children’s centres or schools; foster carers; people who work for children’s charities or organisations: people who provide training or advice to those who work directly with young children


£35 – to include all refreshments and a two course hot lunch

Need to stay overnight?

There are plenty of hotels near the venue, however quite a few (including me) are staying on Friday night at the Premier Inn near New Street Station – and we are planning a bit of a get together!

Don’t need to rush home after the event?

A few of us are planning an after event get together to continue our discussions and networking, not sure where yet but it will be close by.


Programme for the day?

Please Note – Subject to change as all speakers are providing their contribution for free and may have to withdraw or change time and / or subject of their contribution


9.00 – 9.40                   Arrival and refreshments

9.45 – 11.15                Session one – Let’s start at the very beginning

Setting the scene – Penny

Secure attachments – Anne Gladstone

Starting school (well Kindergarten) – Penny

Links to Frobel, Steiner, Montessori – Richard House

First ‘school’ report – Penny

Firm foundations through play not academia – Sue Palmer

Moving to Worcestershire – Penny

Transitions – Beth Thomas

Thoughts from the room?


11.15 – 12.00              Refreshments / Making connections


12.00 – 13.00              Session Two – In an English Country Garden

A different sort of school and home life – Penny

Outside play – Kathryn Solly

Testing bad enough at 11 – Penny

Why we should not test at 4 or 5 or 6 but support transitions into school and to being more independent – Liz Bayram

My early childminding carer  – Penny

Thoughts from the room?


13.00 – 14.00              Lunch


14.00 – 15:30              Session Three –  Finding my voice and an unexpected chapter from an unlikely source

My ethos – Penny

Developing and sharing that ethos – Sally McGowen and Jennifer McQuillan

Quality in Early years – Penny

Overcoming barriers  – Laura Henry

More Great Childcare / Ratio’s  – Truss bringing us together to speak with One Voice – Neil Leitch

Working Together across the sector and organisations – Wendy Ellyatt

Thoughts from the room?


15:30 – 16.00             Refreshments / finishing all the tasks


16.00 – 17.00             Session Four  – Thinking Outside the box

The achievements of one woman who had an opinion, who enlisted the help of others – and found many others on similar journeys – Penny

Why? and How? are so important –  Sue Allingham

Sharing through writing and training –  Rebecca Martland

Joining together to achieve more – Tricia Wellings

Thoughts from the room?


17.00 – 17.30            Session Five – The End?

As one door closes, other doors open for me, and many others – Penny

Thoughts from the room? – Open Mike!


 How to Book?

Please copy and paste, and fill in the reply slip below

Please send to Penny Webb 105, Chaffinch Drive, Kidderminster, DY10 4SY OR email to


I would like to attend the celebratory event on 30th April 2016




I enclose a cheque for / have transferred the full cost of £35

I enclose a cheque for / have transferred £10 as a deposit and will pay the remaining £25 by 1st March 2016

Please make cheques payable to Penny Webb

Transfer to my account       14269181                     Sort Code 09-01-31


Receipts will be issued via email, so if posting reply slip please provide an email address for receipt to be sent to or if prefer a stamped addressed envelope.

Any Questions?

Email me


I really hope that you will be able to attend, to network, to share information and of course to celebrate my retirement from hands on childminding



Posted February 10, 2016 by psw260259 in My thoughts on current childcare issues

2 responses to “My Celebration Event

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  1. You’ve pulled together a great programme Penny and I’m looking forward to it.

    • Thank you Liz – and thank you for attending and speaking.

      I hope everyone will find it informative as well as a great networking event.

      Although nervous about organising and coordinating such an event (never done this before), I am really looking forward to seeing so many like minded friends and colleagues

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