Interacting or Interfering?: improving children's language and communication in the early years

11th & Repeated on 12th June - 9am to 12pm


Professor Julie Fisher author of Interacting or Interfering? Improving interactions in the early years

Friday AM or Saturday AM*

Early Years Virtual Conference 2021 - 11th & Repeated on 12th June - 9am to 12pm

This virtual conference will explore the critical role early years practitioners play in improving children’s language and communication.

Through the use of DVD footage it will examine how effective practitioners interact with children in both adult-led and child-led situations. It will address the critical issue of supporting disadvantaged children and those more reluctant to talk.

Through discussion of the DVD clips, delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice when interacting with young learners and consider different ways of extending and enhancing children’s language skills.

Professor Julie Fisher

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University.

She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, before which she was lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.

Julie has been the national Chair of a number of early years organisations including the National Association of Early Years Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants and the national Early Childhood Forum. In her work, she draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is a well-known and respected author whose books include ‘Starting from the Child’ (4th edn 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002); ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ (2016) and ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2nd edn 2020).

Julie has achieved a doctorate for her research into the changing role of early childhood educators. She is also a recipient of the Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to early childhood education.



Diane Buckle Assistant Director for Education

Session 1

When to talk and when to listen

Session 2

Extending and enriching children's language

Closing and prize draw

Maddy Kennedy School Improvement Officer for Early Years


North Tyneside Delegates

Level 2 - Service Level Agreement

£60 /Per Delegate

Level 1 - Service Level Agreement

£70 /Per Delegate

Non Service Level Agreement

£80 /Per Delegate


Level 2 - Service Level Agreement

£40 /Per Delegate

Level 1 - Service Level Agreement

£50 /Per Delegate

Non Service Level Agreement

£80 /Per Delegate

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