Joyful Beginnings
Early Years Conference

Exploring the power of joy, fun and connection
in the Early Years.

Join Alex (Marmalade EY Consultancy) and Mr Mc (On Track with Mr Mc) for a really fun day of quality training and networking

Saturday 22nd June

Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester

10.30 – 4.30pm


10% discount on bookings of 5 or more

Childminders Price £45 (evidence must be provided)

Join Alex (Marmalade EY Consultancy) and Mr Mc (On Track with Mr Mc) for a really fun day of quality training and networking.

Saturday 22nd June Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester 10.30 – 4.30pm


10% discount on bookings of 5 or more

Childminders Price £45 (evidence must be provided)

young child blowing bubbles

Session 1 Understanding Children’s Behaviour

Supporting big feelings, self-regulation and confidence through the power of connection and play.

two children enjoying a story

Session 2 Communication and Language

Exploring powerful ways of developing these vital skills through play, quality interactions, continuous provision and the magic of story-telling. Communication is the most significant indicator of future health, well-being, and educational outcomes (McQueen and Williams, 2022). We will look at ways of ensuring continuous progress for all Early Years children through fun activities and play. Join us for some games and active story telling in this dynamic session.
Young child smiling and looking down at doll as she pretends to feed the baby milk

Session 3 Continuous Provision and Your Curriculum

Unpacking your provision and diving into exciting invitations to play and learn.

Effective provision in the Early Years should be carefully planned and continuous. Join us as we walk you through a curriculum and provision that enables children to learn skills, challenges their thinking and helps them to embed concepts. We will consider environment set ups, intentions and implementing purposeful adult interactions in this engaging session.

conference room manchester
the front of the Friends Meeting House Manchester

What’s Included?

  • 3 dynamic training sessions.
  • Interactive games, karaoke(!) and challenges (prizes to be won!)
  • Coffee/Tea and biscuits
  • Full buffet lunch Cakes and other sweet treats
  • Option to join Alexandra and Dan for cocktails, dancing and networking in the evening.

Early Bird Price: £65 until 29th February

Main Price: £75 10% discount on bookings of 5 or more

Plus…join us for an evening of cocktails and dancing in Manchester!

A chance to visit a few bars in Manchester, have fun and celebrate with fellow Early Years advocates.

How do I get there?

The Friends’ Meeting House Manchester is located right in the centre of the city.
Friends’ Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

The nearest stop is St. Peter’s Square, which is a 30 second walk away from the venue’s front door. Once off the tram at St Peter’s tram stop look for the Central Library building and head towards it When facing the library there is a entrance area to the right of the building. Go through the door and head towards the alley at the other side You will find the Meeting House at the end of the alley across the road
The venue is within walking distance of all the city centre rail stations, approx times on foot: Manchester Piccadilly – 20 min Manchester Victoria – 15 min Manchester Oxford Rd – 10 min Salford Central – 15min

Several bus routes stop near the Meeting House, including the Metroshuttle, free buses linking the main rail stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city centre. Find out more at

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we encourage those visiting our venue to use public transport and alternative means to cars. However where this cannot be avoided please see below for information on parking once here.
Receive 10% off your parking when you book in advance and park at Q-Park’s First Street Car Park – located 10 minute walk: Q-Park – Anne Horniman Street, M15 4FN Manchester. Simply pre-book your stay here ( using promo code PT0417FMH to make your saving.

We want to join in the evening for drinks and dancing, is there an additional charge?
No, this is a free event for anyone attending the conference day.
Who is the course aimed at?
It is aimed at anyone working in Early Years. Teaching Assistants, Teachers, EYFS Leaders, Nursery Managers, Childminders, Nursery Practitioners
I have dietary requirements, can I still enjoy a buffet lunch?
Yes of course, just let us know at the time of booking and we will ensure that you are catered for. Please note that we cannot accept requests for dietary requirements after the booking has been completed, so please ensure you enter the correct information at the time of booking.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, you can spread the cost of your ticket
I’d like to bring my team and make a weekend of it. Where can we stay?
The Friends’ Meeting House is in the heart of the city centre, making it very easy to get to any city centre hotels. Please message us if you’d like some hotel recommendations. You could combine the day with a visit to The Crystal Maze, Go-Karting or a group meal. We can suggest venues, please just ask.
Do you offer a discount?
Yes, you can save £10 per person by booking before the end of February 2024. You can also save 10% on full price tickets when booking for groups of 5 or more.
Do I have to sing and dance?
Absolutely not. We both have very inclusive approaches and we want you to be comfortable. If you want to join in with our silly games, you can do but your also welcome to sit back and watch if you prefer.
Can you invoice my setting?
Yes, if you would prefer to be invoiced, please let us know on the booking form. Full payment of the invoice is needed to secure your place.

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