Early Childhood Matters

Sector Led Quality Improvement - Innovative Next Steps

Date: 10 March 2015 Location: Central London

National Conference
Tuesday 10 March 2015, Central London - CHANGE OF DATE


The latest innovative research, thinking and tools for the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Introducing the New Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW) as used in the SEED research. 

Join 4Children and chair Professor Edward Melhuish in London for a unique opportunity to hear and experience the soon to be published SSTEW Scales and be one of the first to receive your very own copy of the scale and recieve 5% off the SSTEW training course.

The Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being (SSTEW) is an exciting new scale which considers practice that supports children in developing skills in sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being, as well as developing strong relationships, effective communication and aspects of self regulation. It is designed to be used for research, self- evaluation and improvement, audit and regulation by the sector – for the sector.

Using the SSTEW Scale alongside other environmental scales (including the ECERS-E, ECERS-R or ITERS-R) gives a more complete picture of what high quality early childhood education and care can look like. It is aspirational in that it considers high quality pedagogy and practice.

This conference deals with ways to improve early years services to foster children’s development.

Professor Edward Melhuish

The day will focus on:

  • The aspects of the scales - including sustained shared thinking and emotional well being
  • The SEED Project: Applying the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being scale in practice
  • Supporting parents with their children's learning and development
  • Research into value for money in delivering early education

Speakers include:

  • Chair - Professor Edward Melhuish, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London, and University of Oxford
  • Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education and Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)
  • Professor Iram Siraj, University College London, Institute of Education
  • Denise Kingston University College London, Institute of Education
  • Senior Representative from the Department of Education
  • Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation
  • Sue Robb, National Head of Early Years, 4Children
  • Dr Gillian Paull, Senior Associate, Frontiers Economics
  • Dr Jacqui Hardie, Early Years Consultant
  • Nancy Stewart, Early Years Consultant

Plus many more soon to be confirmed

Who should attend:

  • Leaders and managers with a responsibility for delivering the EYFS
  • All staff working in the early years
  • Early Years Providers
  • Local Authority Officers
  • Independent Consultants working in the early years
  • Advisory Staff

Don't miss your opportunity to discuss the scale with expert practitioners and academics involved in the SEED Project  which is currently updating evidence from EPPE and is a major new longitudinal study following over 5000 two – year-olds to the end of Key Stage 1.


Please note cost of conference includes a published copy of the new Scale plus a 5% discount on SSTEW training.

For more information please contact events@4children.org.uk or call the 4Children events team on 020 7522 6970.