BA in Education, B Phil, MA in Education. Doctorate in Education Sarah is an expert in early years, an educationalist with a passion for lifelong learning who believes in giving others the opportunities to learn and to develop their knowledge and skills to deliver high quality learning environments for young children. Originally from the UK, having qualified and taught there, then living and working in the UAE for 26 years, Sarah is the founder, owner and CEO of an educational training company based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Early Years Educational Services (EYES) established in 2008, and Quest Direct established in 2014, merged in 2019 to provide high quality training and support for early years and primary school professionals respectively. EYES was the first CACHE Centre in the Middle East and Quest remains the largest centre and the market leader in the UAE. Sarah leads a team of dedicated educational trainers and consultants to deliver a range of UK educational qualifications and short continuing professional development courses for nursery and primary school teachers and support staff. Both companies work with educational partners across the UAE and deliver training in other GCC countries and the Far East. Sarah and her team work with school partners on school improvement programmes. She was pleased to be named as one of the most influential educators in the UAE region by Which School Advisor in 2017. Sarah is currently dividing her time between the UK and the UAE, having recently obtained her Educational Doctorate with the University of Reading in the UK. She is focusing on spreading good early years practice to professionals in the Middle East, Far East and Asia to support the best educational outcomes for all children. Being aware of different contexts and cultures, her vision is to enable all education early years professionals to obtain high quality training that meets their needs in an accessible and affordable way.
15 November 2021 | 15:30 - 16:15 | English | Defining your unique early years curriculum
The revised EYFS that came into practice in September 2021 emphasizes using professional judgment to devise a curriculum that meets the needs of the children in each unique setting. This current version of the EYFS focuses on being the skeleton that supports each setting to make decisions about the knowledge and skills that they feel their children need to learn, taking into consideration their unique context.
For many settings, though, the previous EYFS had been used as a complete template that informed their teaching and learning and dominated day to day practices. Defining your own curriculum can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. However, now good settings are expected to define what makes them special and show how they met their children’s needs.
Even if you don’t follow the EYFS, now is a good time to consider using your professional knowledge and judgment to define a curriculum that really meets the needs of your children. This talk discusses where to start and how to ensure that your curriculum reflects your ethos and core values.
16 November 2021 | 10:30 - 10:50 | English | The challenges and opportunities for early years leaders, reflection on pedagogy and best practice
The past 18 months was a very challenging time for all educators. Those in the early years had to adapt their practice in a way that had far reaching negative effects on our youngest children. This led to a conflict when the environment that providers were able to offer contradicted their beliefs and values about best practice in early childhood education. However the pandemic also highlighted the importance of good early years education for young children to ensure a good start to life. Societies and parents have come to appreciate the early years more. Now is the time to move forward in a positive way while holding what we know is right for young children at the heart of our practice. Sarah discusses the pedagogical issues that we must consider and the changes to our practice that should be reflected on to support the best outcomes for every child.