STEEP's 8th Annual Early Childhood Conference

Postponed until June 2021

Due to the ongoing uncertainty in relation to Covid-19, we have made the decision to postpone our 8th annual early childhood conference until 2021. Date to be confirmed soon. The programme and venue will remain the same.

Readiness for school?

Readiness to learn!

Underpinning future learning through a language rich curriculum

Why is language so powerful for all future learning?

This conference will explore how children’s language develops from birth and how practitioners can extend and develop this through the relationships they build, through the environment they construct and through timely, sensitive and respectful interactions.

Why is it essential to focus on language in the EYFS and how will this impact on children’s later learning?

We know that closing the vocabulary gap is more than introducing new words in isolation. We also know that attention and listening skills are important aspects of this and that communication and language along with the other two prime areas of the EYFS are time sensitive, unlike the specific areas of learning.

This conference will support you to reflect on your practice and consider how you co-construct a language rich culture with your children, their families and your community.  The conference will link current research and theory to your practice in an accessible way, and emphasise the co-dependency of language, attunement and self-regulation.

Join us to feel inspired, excited and motivated about the possibilities in your context and your setting.

Our keynote speakers

Who is the conference for?

  • Nursery teachers
  • Head teachers
  • Reception teachers
  • Childminders
  • Nursery managers
  • Nursery nurses
  • Anyone who works in the early years


Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW