Panama 2019… meet our second sponsored student!

My name is Matt Smith, I’m a Masters student at Canterbury Christ Church University, studying Global and International Education. I have worked with OMEP ever since I got involved with the European Conference in Canterbury in 2016. I am blessed to have to the opportunity to travel to Panama to attend the World Conference. I have wanted to attend one ever since I got involved, as I love networking internationally and learning about sustainable educational practices around the globe. The conference will be invaluable to my studies and should support me in my international work for years to come!

Panama 2019… meet our first sponsored student!

We received a number of high quality applications for this year’s sponsorship opportunity. The committee had a very hard decision indeed and we thank everybody who applied. All of your applications were interesting and showed passion – and it was hard to choose just two!

Meet our first student here…

My name is Megan McGee. I’m a Master’s student at Liverpool Hope University studying Education and Early Childhood studies. I first heard about the Student Sponsorship for the 71st OMEP World Conference from a tutor at my institution and decided to apply as I desired to have experience of attending a World Conference and wanted to broaden my experiences as a student and future academic. I’m delighted to have been offered such an amazing opportunity to attend the 71st World Conference and I look forward to meeting new people and hearing about their research!

Are you planning on attending the 71st OMEP World Conference? You can find our more information on the website.

Student sponsorship opportunity to attend the 71st World Assembly and Conference in Panama 2019!

All students with a keen interest in children and the future of childhood are invited to apply for sponsorship (up to £1400) to attend the 71st World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP) World Conference in Panama! If you are successful, this will also allow you to observe the World Congress and World Assembly proceedings as one of the UK’s official observers before the conference begins. The World Congress is 22nd-23rd July, with the International Conference being held from the 24th-26th July 2019.

Students who are interested in applying for sponsorship must submit to a written application of no more than 1000 words, detailing the following:

– why they would like the opportunity to attend the World Conference, 
– how the conference will support their own personal and professional development, with focus on key themes of the conference, 
– their understanding around the World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP)’s work and responsibilities, 
– what they can offer OMEP UK following the conference.

The closing date to receive written applications is Saturday 23rd February 2019. These should be emailed to with the subject heading ‘Panama sponsorship application’.

Students should be able to provide confirmation of their student status if requested. Students must also be a member of OMEP UK at the point of applying for sponsorship. This currently costs £15, and you can find details on our website  

Once the closing date for receiving written applications has passed, the OMEP UK committee will shortlist. Following this, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview with two members of the Committee. Final decisions will then be made shortly afterwards.

Successful candidates will be required to arrange their own vaccinations, transport, accommodation and conference fees, which OMEP UK will reimburse to the sum of up to £1,400. UK members are also attending the conference so there may be opportunity to travel together or stay in close proximity to other members or students attending.

For more information about the conference, please visit For questions related to your application, please email us using the email address provided above.

We look forward to receiving your application!

OMEP UK students work with OMEP Nigeria to improve outcomes

By Matt Smith, membership secretary:

OMEP UK and OMEP Nigeria have been working collaboratively with a group of Third Year Primary Education students at Canterbury Christ Church University to produce a booklet to support unqualified practitioners in Nigeria. Nigeria is currently facing a recruitment crises, with many early years professionals being asked to enter the profession, and deliver a prescribed curriculum, without formal qualification. The booklet aims at offering lesson ideas, activities and pedagogical advice aimed specifically at Nigerian provisions. All activities and lessons are aimed at ‘low cost or no cost’, so that they can be widely distributed. The hope is to publish and distribute this to hundreds of early years settings across Nigeria. 

Students have been fundraising too, in order to pay for materials to be printed. Does this sound like something you could do? Get in touch! A fantastic experience to support children’s development as well as practitioners!

71st World Assembly and Conference in Panama 2019!

The 71st OMEP World Assembly and Conference will be in Panama in 2019 – with the World Assembly on 22nd and 23rd July and the conference following on 24th-26th July. More details including how to submit papers, and how you can attend can be found on the website

Once again, OMEP UK hopes to sponsor at least one student to attend the event – more details will follow soon!

Children’s Fund donation to Full Hearts Full Tummies in London

A collection at our AGM and Seminar in November 2018 was held, with the monies raised going into our Children’s Fund. The money raised at the event was donated to Full Hearts Full Tummies and this meant that with gift aid, £146 was donated to the project!

The project is a wonderful initiative to support families in Newham to enjoy a Christmas production and hot lunch, particularly those facing extreme challenges. You can read more about the project here

OMEP UK AGM Saturday 17th November 2018

Do join us!


Dear OMEP members,

We would like to extend our invitation to our seminar ‘OMEP UK Past, Present and Future’ on the morning of the AGM, Saturday 17th November.
It begins at 9.30 with welcome refreshments and opens at 9.55 with a welcome followed by a talk by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood about OMEP Founder Lady Allen of Hurtwood. This will be followed by some contributions from members and opportunities for questions and discussion. We will take a break at midday before the AGM. There is no charge but there will be a collection for the OMEP Children’s Fund.
The schedule of the full day is as follows; 
09:00am – the room will be open
09:30am – tea/ coffee and pastries will be available
09:55am – welcome by Paulette Luff (President of OMEP UK)
10:00am – address by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood
11:00am – address by Paulette Luff 
11:20am – address by Adeola Olajide and Leanne Johnson
12:00pm – refreshment break
12:30pm – AGM
14:00pm – Close of AGM
We would love you to come along, and don’t hesitate to bring along others who may be interested!
We look forward to seeing you all there.


Statement on migrant children which was produced at the World Assembly in Prague, 2018

Migrant Children’s Needs NOW

An Urgent Call to Action in Support of Children

as an Unambiguous Priority in All Global Policy Statements

Regarding Migration and Refugees


  • Representing members in more than 70 countries around the world, OMEP, the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, calls upon local, national, and global leaders to take immediate and responsible action.
  • The current situation in the world creates the urgent need for all nations to ensure the human rights of all children, especially the youngest and the most vulnerable, regardless of their migration status. All children must have access to all services and they must not be detained or separated from their families.