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Events

Open Meeting – Identifying our Current Priorities for Action
16th February 2022 at 19.00 – 20.00

All OMEP UK members are encouraged to join us for an open debate and discussion about the current state of early childhood care and education. At this meeting we are seeking to develop concrete proposals for OMEP UK to be addressing some of these priorities (others issues/concerns may be presented for discussion before or during the meeting).  We will be using break-out rooms to ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute.

Open Meeting – Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omep-uk-identifying-our-current-priorities-for-action-tickets-264123690067

Seminar – “Diversity & Inclusion and Equity in Early Education and Parenting Support
23rd February 2022 at 0900 – 10.30 GMT

The QUT Centre for Child and Family Studies and the University of Portsmouth, School of Education and Sociology bring together online a multi-disciplinary panel of researchers, advocates, policy makers, and service providers to respond to the panel
UK/AU Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/diversity-inclusion-and-equity-in-early-education-and-parenting-support-registration-167829499551?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

uesday 13th July at 18:00″Thank you to all for your hard work during the ongoing pandemic… Seminar:The OMEP UK Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award: Special Report on Montessori Collaborations”
16th March 2022  at 19.00 – 20.00

uesday 13th July at 18:00″Thank you to all for your hard work during the ongoing pandemic… The seminar will include reports from Montessori settings that have successfully completed the OMEP Bronze level Award, and who are now engaged in developing their practice at the Silver level.  The session will identify the particular challenges and opportunities afforded by the Silver and Gold level developments.

OMEP/Montessori Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/omep-uk-esc-award-montessori-collaborations-tickets-264142436137

OMEP World Conference has now been scheduled for 11th – 15th July 2022 in Greece. More information about the event can be found here on the website.

Past events

Seminar – “Working with Teenage Refugees: applying the principles and practice from the early years.

On 19th January 2022 Eleni Alifieraki shared her experience of teaching teenage refugees. Eleni has been an Early Years Teacher for more than 25 years. She has also a long experience in bilingual education working in international and diverse settings in both UK and Greece.

Seminar – “Applying the three E’s”

On 22nd Sept. 2021 John Siraj-Blatchford presented an holistic and embodied, ecological and extended cognitive perspective on early childhood education, and argued that we shouldn’t be waiting for permission to adopt the more effective and respectful early childhood educational practices that they suggest right now.

Seminar – “Forest Schools in a Pandemic”

Amanda Twigley shared her experience of running a Forest School and seeing it grow from strength to strength during the Pandemic on 13th October 2021.

Seminar –‘Love Never Faileth’ and ‘Fortis In Arduis’

Theodora Papatheodorou on 10th November 2021 told us about the legacy of Emily Ward, an unsung early years pioneer.

Seminar –The Theory and Practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Ioanna Palaiologou recently published her 4th Edition, and on 13th July 2021 she was able to tell us about the journey of its production and the remaining key questions, challenges and issues that might yet be addressed in a 5th edition. You can download the slides at: http://www.omep.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/EYFSp13Jul21.pdf

Seminar – The OMEP-UK Early Childhood Education for Sustainable CVitizenship Award

In June 2021 Vicky Moyle and Dianne Yewman shared their experience of achieving their OMEP-UK ESC Bronze Award.  Lynnette Brock and John Siraj-Blatchford provided an Introduction to those considering an entry to the OMEP-UK Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award scheme.

Seminar – The value of woodwork in early childhood education

Led by Pete Moorhouse in May 2021, this was a popular seminar! Encouraging the use of creative woodwork in early childhood education especially for developing creative and critical thinking, and reporting on interim findings from the Big Bang research project.

Seminar – A Postcolonial Approach to Contextual and Sustainable EC Teacher Education

This seminar provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the relevance of ‘Cultural Capital’ in the UK and in the Global context. This seminar was delivered by the wonderful Amita Gupta in April 2021, and was well attended by guests with interests and backgrounds in a range of early childhood settings.

Seminar – Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings 2021

The launch of Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings was a great success! This book was the outcome of a project involving five European OMEP countries, and this launch seminar was a wonderful introduction to the book. The event was held in January 2021 and was a sell out, with guests from across the globe!

Seminar – Ingrid Engdahl – Sustainability and children’s rights: even during a pandemic 2020

Ingrid, the VP for Europe, joined us in December 2020 to present a seminar exploring sustainability and children’s rights. The presentation certainly offered food for thought and much for us to consider! Thank you Ingrid.

Seminar – The ESC Award Seminar 2020

This event was held on Wednesday 11th November 2020, and was a sell out event! Attendees heard from settings who are implementing the Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award across the UK. Do you want to know more about this award? You can find out more here!

The OMEP UK AGM 2020

We were hoping to hold our 2020 AGM and Seminar in Liverpool in October 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event was hosted online on Wednesday 21st October 2020.

OMEP UK and ECSDN seminar 2019

OMEP UK was pleased to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the UNCRC with a seminar, jointly with the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network. It was held in Cambridge on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th November 2019. The main speakers were Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Dr Jane Murray, and the event was a sell out! It was a wonderful celebration and networking opportunity.

OMEP UK AGM and Annual Seminar 2019

The OMEP UK Annual Seminar and AGM was held at the University of Portsmouth on Saturday 12th October 2019. The seminar guest speaker was Mallika Kanyal, author of ‘Children’s Rights 0-8: Promoting Participation in Education and Care’ and she talked about the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC and some of her work. We also heard about the OMEP World Conference in Panama this year, as Megan McGee joined us to share her experience! Megan was one of our sponsored students.

OMEP World Assembly and Conference, in Panama 2019

The event was attended by several members of the OMEP UK team including two students who were sponsored by OMEP UK to attend the conference!

OMEP European Conference, in Lisbon, 2019

The European OMEP Conference in 2019 was held in Lisbon in May. The theme was Education for Sustainable Development – you can find out more here

OMEP UK 2018 Annual Seminar and AGM

Our seminar, ‘OMEP UK Past, Present and Future’ and AGM were held on Saturday 17th November.

A talk by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood about OMEP Founder Lady Allen of Hurtwood was presented. This was followed by members of OMEP UK coming together to discuss challenges, priorities and ideas for 2019 within OMEP UK.

70th Anniversary Celebration 2018

In June 2018 World OMEP returned to Prague, the site of its first World Assembly and conference, to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary.

The World Assembly was held on June 25 and 26, 2018 and the World Conference took place on June 27 – 29. IT was a remarkable celebration, looking backwards at our history and accomplishments and forward to our future as one of the world’s oldest and largest international early childhood organizations.

More information can be found about the conference here on the official 70th World Conference website.

OMEP World Conference has now been scheduled for 11th – 15th July 2022 in Greece. More information about the event can be found here on the website.

Past events

Seminar – “Working with Teenage Refugees: applying the principles and practice from the early years.

On 19th January 2022 Eleni Alifieraki shared her experience of teaching teenage refugees. Eleni has been an Early Years Teacher for more than 25 years. She has also a long experience in bilingual education working in international and diverse settings in both UK and Greece.

Seminar – “Applying the three E’s”

On 22nd Sept. 2021 John Siraj-Blatchford presented an holistic and embodied, ecological and extended cognitive perspective on early childhood education, and argued that we shouldn’t be waiting for permission to adopt the more effective and respectful early childhood educational practices that they suggest right now.

Seminar – “Forest Schools in a Pandemic”

Amanda Twigley shared her experience of running a Forest School and seeing it grow from strength to strength during the Pandemic on 13th October 2021.

Seminar –‘Love Never Faileth’ and ‘Fortis In Arduis’

Theodora Papatheodorou on 10th November 2021 told us about the legacy of Emily Ward, an unsung early years pioneer.

Seminar –The Theory and Practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Ioanna Palaiologou recently published her 4th Edition, and on 13th July 2021 she was able to tell us about the journey of its production and the remaining key questions, challenges and issues that might yet be addressed in a 5th edition. You can download the slides at: http://www.omep.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/EYFSp13Jul21.pdf

Seminar – The OMEP-UK Early Childhood Education for Sustainable CVitizenship Award

In June 2021 Vicky Moyle and Dianne Yewman shared their experience of achieving their OMEP-UK ESC Bronze Award.  Lynnette Brock and John Siraj-Blatchford provided an Introduction to those considering an entry to the OMEP-UK Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award scheme.

Seminar – The value of woodwork in early childhood education

Led by Pete Moorhouse in May 2021, this was a popular seminar! Encouraging the use of creative woodwork in early childhood education especially for developing creative and critical thinking, and reporting on interim findings from the Big Bang research project.

Seminar – A Postcolonial Approach to Contextual and Sustainable EC Teacher Education

This seminar provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the relevance of ‘Cultural Capital’ in the UK and in the Global context. This seminar was delivered by the wonderful Amita Gupta in April 2021, and was well attended by guests with interests and backgrounds in a range of early childhood settings.

Seminar – Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings 2021

The launch of Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings was a great success! This book was the outcome of a project involving five European OMEP countries, and this launch seminar was a wonderful introduction to the book. The event was held in January 2021 and was a sell out, with guests from across the globe!

Seminar – Ingrid Engdahl – Sustainability and children’s rights: even during a pandemic 2020

Ingrid, the VP for Europe, joined us in December 2020 to present a seminar exploring sustainability and children’s rights. The presentation certainly offered food for thought and much for us to consider! Thank you Ingrid.

Seminar – The ESC Award Seminar 2020

This event was held on Wednesday 11th November 2020, and was a sell out event! Attendees heard from settings who are implementing the Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Citizenship Award across the UK. Do you want to know more about this award? You can find out more here!

The OMEP UK AGM 2020

We were hoping to hold our 2020 AGM and Seminar in Liverpool in October 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event was hosted online on Wednesday 21st October 2020.

OMEP UK and ECSDN seminar 2019

OMEP UK was pleased to be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the UNCRC with a seminar, jointly with the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network. It was held in Cambridge on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th November 2019. The main speakers were Professor Cathy Nutbrown and Dr Jane Murray, and the event was a sell out! It was a wonderful celebration and networking opportunity.

OMEP UK AGM and Annual Seminar 2019

The OMEP UK Annual Seminar and AGM was held at the University of Portsmouth on Saturday 12th October 2019. The seminar guest speaker was Mallika Kanyal, author of ‘Children’s Rights 0-8: Promoting Participation in Education and Care’ and she talked about the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC and some of her work. We also heard about the OMEP World Conference in Panama this year, as Megan McGee joined us to share her experience! Megan was one of our sponsored students.

OMEP World Assembly and Conference, in Panama 2019

The event was attended by several members of the OMEP UK team including two students who were sponsored by OMEP UK to attend the conference!

OMEP European Conference, in Lisbon, 2019

The European OMEP Conference in 2019 was held in Lisbon in May. The theme was Education for Sustainable Development – you can find out more here

OMEP UK 2018 Annual Seminar and AGM

Our seminar, ‘OMEP UK Past, Present and Future’ and AGM were held on Saturday 17th November.

A talk by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood about OMEP Founder Lady Allen of Hurtwood was presented. This was followed by members of OMEP UK coming together to discuss challenges, priorities and ideas for 2019 within OMEP UK.

70th Anniversary Celebration 2018

In June 2018 World OMEP returned to Prague, the site of its first World Assembly and conference, to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary.

The World Assembly was held on June 25 and 26, 2018 and the World Conference took place on June 27 – 29. IT was a remarkable celebration, looking backwards at our history and accomplishments and forward to our future as one of the world’s oldest and largest international early childhood organizations.

More information can be found about the conference here on the official 70th World Conference website.

The 74th OMEP World Assembly and Conference 2022