Count Down to my Celebration Event   Leave a comment

It is now only a few days until my celebration event – which now has the title ‘Networking, Sharing, Making Connections’ because that is what I hope the event will achieve – lots of networking, sharing and making connections.

The event is taking place in central Birmingham on Saturday 30th April and promises to be an event to talk about.

75 people are now confirmed to be attending (subject to last minute emergencies such as illness or travel difficulties) – there is representation from all sectors across the early years field – nurseries, pre schools, childminders, after school, researchers, authors, trainers, membership organisations, universities.

All the speakers have volunteered to speak for free, as not only is this event to mark my retirement from registered childminding, it is a celebration of my involvement as a volunteer within the whole early years sector. So friends and colleagues have said they want to contribute, to say thank you – and in fact have all paid to attend to cover the cost of their lunch and refreshments. Their generosity means that I have been able to keep the cost of attending to a minimum – just £35 per her to include all refreshments, a two course hot lunch and a goody bag. Of course the fact that I have personally put in a lot of time and effort for free has also  helped achieve this fantastic price for what promises to be a superb event.

So who is speaking?

Most of these people wear more than one ‘hat’ so I am just listing their names because to me the thing that is important is that they share my passion for early years and improving outcomes for children

Wendy Ellyatt                                                                                                                                                 Sue Palmer                                                                                                                                                       Richard House                                                                                                                                              Neil Leitch                                                                                                                                                         Liz Bayram                                                                                                                                                  Laura Henry                                                                                                                                                 . Sue Allingham                                                                                                                                                 Kathryn Solly                                                                                                                                                        Jennifer McQuillan                                                                                                                                            Anne Gladstone                                                                                                                                                   Sally McGeown                                                                                                                                          Tricia Wellings                                                                                                                                                     Beth Thomas                                                                                                                                                     Rebecca Martland

One of the key features of the event is going to be the ‘Thoughts from the room’ where anyone can give a viewpoint, or pass on  information – so together we will be doing a lot of sharing.

Another key feature will be the ‘Making Connections’ with lots of opportunity for chatting and exchanging contact details.

PLUS – thanks to my friend and colleague Carol – we will be sharing a wonderful celebration cake.

However, there is MORE!!!!!

Many people are staying overnight – and some for the weekend – so there is going to be a ‘Pre Event’ gathering on Friday evening AND a ‘Post Event’ gathering on Saturday evening.

I have set up a Facebook event page Link to Facebook event page and there is a Twitter hashtag, #EYconections so those attending can communicate with each other – and those not attending can follow what happens at the Pre event, the post event and the event itself

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