The first conference built around the needs of nursery managers – and you’re invited!

At Hopscotch we work with nursery managers and leaders day-in, day-out. We understand why you are passionate about your setting and why you strive to balance the needs of owners, customers and your staff team – a tightrope that we know can sometimes seem impossible to walk without falling off!


Helping managers and leadership teams meet and conquer their challenges is in our DNA.

We know that time and time again it’s the same issues that threaten to trip you up. And we know that our help solving those problems not only lifts a weight off your shoulders but also frees you up to achieve your goals both in your setting and in your own career.


Our Nursery Managers Conference for 2019 is all about you.

It’s about preparing you to perform at the highest level across the full breadth of your responsibilities. It’s about giving you the toolkit you need to tackle some of the trickiest problems you’ll face as the manager of a setting. And it’s about building a network of fellow managers and leaders so that you can continue to share best practice and find support long after the conference is over!


Two days. Six fun and inspiring sessions. And countless great memories.

Held across two days at the four-star Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa in Leeds, our conference is packed with masterclasses from experienced Early Years professionals and consultant practitioners who currently run Outstanding settings and who understand where your pain points are as managers and how to overcome them and take your leadership and your setting to the next level.

Our six sessions zero in on six of the most important ways that a nursery manager can make a difference to his or her setting and are built round fun, interactive and energising masterclasses from our speakers. We’ll empower you to go back into your setting and deliver your role at the highest level across the full scope of your responsibilities.

With the opportunity to network and share best practice across buffet lunch on both days, and the chance to unwind and even get a bit of well-deserved pampering in the luxurious spa before a delicious three-course dinner and further chance to pick our consultants’ brains, this is the perfect one-stop shop for nursery managers and leaders!



The all-in price of £399 per delegate includes:

  • Six masterclass seminars hosted by Hopscotch’s industry-leading experts
  • One night’s accommodation in the 4* Thorpe Park Hotel with full English breakfast
  • Three-course dinner and networking evening
  • Buffet lunch on both days
  • Unlimited use of the luxurious spa facilities, with pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room all included
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks in between seminar sessions
  • Complimentary car parking
  • Free wi-fi throughout your stay
  • Certificate of completion of all masterclasses
  • Membership to private Facebook group for participants to continue to share best practice
Early Bird Special Offer - Buy One Get One Half Price! Until October 31st 2018, book your place for the Nursery Managers Conference 2019 and get a second place for just £199! It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your deputy along so you both get the benefit of this incredible conference!

Our masterclass sessions zero in on some of the key challenges that you face as a manager and leader in your setting – and give you the knowledge and the tools to meet them head on:

Time To Shine: Owning Your Inspection Day

Time To Shine: Owning Your Inspection Day

Does the word ‘inspection’ bring shivers down your spine? We will talk and guide you through how to own your inspection, enjoy the day and shine like a star. We will bust myths and help you understand how an inspection works and how you can combat those nerves. We have lots of experience to share and the odd funny story too!

Unlocking The Quality In Every Staff Member

Unlocking The Quality In Every Staff Member

Do you feel like you’re on a conveyor belt of supervisions, appraisals, one-to-ones and peer observations? We will help you to understand what is necessary and how to raise quality through these meetings. Get rid of those meetings that are meaningless and really work to improve staffs’ continuous professional development. You can only raise quality if you have a quality workforce - we'll show you how to maximise yours!

Leading Your Team & Sharing Your Goals

Leading Your Team & Sharing Your Goals

Do you really know your team? Do you have rooms where personalities clash or staff that work in cliques? Getting your staff onboard and all pulling in the same direction is the key to success. We will help you to evaluate your team and bring harmony to the workplace.

Finding Your ‘WOW’ Factor: Raising Occupancy

Finding Your ‘WOW’ Factor: Raising Occupancy

Ever wondered what it’s like to see your setting through a parent’s eyes? Do you know what your unique selling points are? Do you convert your enquiries into sold places? We have many a tale regarding mystery shopping and we have lots of ideas to make parents feel special. From the first phone call to settling in your new child, we can help you to increase your occupancy and own your sales process.

Building The Strong Management Team You Can Trust

Building The Strong Management Team You Can Trust

Do you find it hard to leave someone else in charge? Would you like a stronger deputy or senior team? We will support you to plan for the future and give you ideas to help you to build a strong management team. Excellent succession planning will help you to delegate effectively and have more time to enjoy the things you love outside childcare!

Cohort Tracking & EYPP Spend Masterclass

Cohort Tracking & EYPP Spend Masterclass

This may sound like a boring session, but we promise to make it fun-filled and exciting! Lots of people do not fully understand how to cohort track, the reasons behind it and what to do with the data. We’ve got it sussed and supported many settings to close the gap. In addition, we’ll help you to identify those children who are eligible for EYPP funding and ensure you are evidencing the spend effectively.

Enquire about your place at Nursery Managers Conference 2019

January 10th-11th 2019, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds

About Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy

Founded by our MD Laura in 2011, we have grown over the last seven years to become the largest Early Years consultancy in the UK.

At Hopscotch we know you’re unique – so we work to your specific needs and requirements.
We are a tight-knit team of sixteen consultants, based across the UK but who share the same vision and passion to help nurseries and practitioners to be the best that they can be and ready to face an ever-changing industry and meet the challenges that it brings.

Our team are all either current Early Years inspectors or qualified Early Years teachers.
As a result we not only understand the most current structures and guidelines in place in the Early Years sector, but see both the very best examples of best practice and the most difficult issues facing providers on a daily basis. We can see your setting through the eyes of the regulator whilst at the same time working with one goal in mind – to be by your side to drive quality and excellence in your provision.

It has never been a harder time to survive in the childcare industry.
At Hopscotch we understand the financial constraints that are putting the sector under pressure. We work to ensure early years providers are sustainable whilst also creating a rich and stimulating environment for children. Our team have extensive management and executive experience and can ensure that your business runs as efficiently as possible without sacrificing quality.

No matter what you and your settings need, Hopscotch can help. Our consultants have inspected thousands of Early Years provisions and Hopscotch have helped hundreds of settings to achieve their goals. As inspectors, we’ve seen the very best and worst of the sector – so we know exceptional practice when we see it. And as consultants, we’ve worked on every kind of project – from settings in danger of closure by the authorities, to settings who wish to offer something that has never been done before in Early Years, to settings that are just a twinkle in the eye of a person with a vision and a dream!

Of course, our core services are around pre- and post-Ofsted support. We know that these periods can be the busiest, most stressful but ultimately the most rewarding of our time as operators and practitioners. We know that you need us to be quick to respond to your immediate needs, flexible enough to adapt when we see opportunities and challenges in your provision, and dedicated to your success in the same way that you and your staff teams are.

Our reputation in the sector comes from the excellence of our consultants and the bonds we build with our customers. We walk the road arm-in-arm with you and share your goals and dreams and we are always available to help when a challenge rears its head. For more information and to learn about the Hopscotch experience, please feel free to browse around this website – or better still, contact us to find out more about how we can help you achieve your goals!

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