Following on from the success of numerous EYE conferences held annually since 2002, this event is designed to provide a specific focus on the physical development area of early learning. This event is designed to support you in developing your understanding of why this prime area of learning is of such fundamental importance to a child’s current development and future outcomes, and how you can both improve your provision in this area, and evidence your practice to Ofsted.


Through an engaging mix of speakers presenting seminars and workshops, Putting physical development back into early years provision will ask key questions, challenge current thinking, and foster debate.


The sessions will:

  • Explore aspects of physical literacy in the early years environment and how we can ensure that it underpins all areas of learning
  • Unpick the concept of school readiness, what it means for children, and what is missing from current policy and provision
  • Highlight why physical development is so important for children and what it means for getting ready for school
  • Consider how you can increase physical development opportunities throughout your provision
  • Discuss child development in relation to opportunities for physical risk and challenge in all early learning environments, but especially in outdoor areas
  • Introduce Tai Chi as a means of encouraging physical strength, stamina, mobility, and health awareness, as well as improving cognitive thinking and brain stimulation
  • Provide guidance on how to evidence physical development to inspectors, parents and colleagues, including how and why it underpins all other areas of early learning
  • Consider ways of overcoming limitations in the setting environment in order to fully and regularly promote physical development, movement and exercise, including both fine and gross motor control development


For details about the event’s programme, please click here.



This event is designed for those working within the early years and childcare sectors and is relevant to:

  • Nursery owners
  • Nursery managers
  • Nursery nurses, early years practitioners
  • Early years teachers
  • Early years professionals 
  • Special educational needs coordinators
  • Key Stage 1 and reception teachers
  • Primary headteachers, deputy headteachers
  • Primary school senior leadership teams
  • Early years advisors and consultants
  • Quality improvement officers
  • Early years students