The annual conference designed to help nursery managers excel in every aspect of their roles – 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. We know that in a constantly-changing industry being able to understand and meet the most pressing challenges head-on is the hallmark of excellent leadership and management.

Our Nursery Managers Conference for 2023 is all about you.

It’s about preparing you to lead your team through the demands of offering provision at the highest level. It’s about giving you the toolkit you need to meet the challenges of inspection. 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 five-star Rockcliffe Hall Hotel in County Durham, our conference is packed with masterclasses from outstanding Early Years professionals, experienced inspectors and inspirational consultants who understand where your pain points are as managers and how to overcome them and take your leadership and your settings to the next level.

Our six sessions zero in on key focus areas that managers and leaders have told us make a real difference to their provision and are built round fun, interactive and energising masterclasses from our speakers. We’ll empower you to go back into your setting with a complete understanding of these key skills and with real strategies to embed them with your team.

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 £695 per delegate* includes:

  • Six masterclass seminars hosted by Hopscotch’s industry-leading experts
  • One night’s accommodation in the 5* Rockcliffe Hall Hotel with full English breakfast
  • Drinks reception on the Thursday night
  • 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

*Based on two sharing a twin room – single occupancy available at extra cost

Conference Special Offer - Buy One Get £100 Off A Second Book your place for the Nursery Managers Conference 2023 and get a second place for just £595! It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your deputy or a fellow manager along so you both get the benefit of this incredible conference!

Our masterclass sessions zero in on the most impactful challenges facing managers today – and give you the knowledge and the tools to meet them head on:

Building a Bespoke Curriculum

Building a Bespoke Curriculum

No two nurseries should have the same curriculum, as every child and demographic is perfectly unique. We look at the importance of knowing our children before designing a unique curriculum that challenges, inspires and stimulates children to ensure they achieve their full potential.

Quality Interactions With Our Children

Quality Interactions With Our Children

Providing outstanding care and education relies on the quality of adult interactions in the setting. Explore the EYFS and Inspection Framework expectations and definitions of quality interactions, to identify what we can do to enhance this essential aspect of provision in our nurseries.

Managing an Outstanding Nursery in 2023 and Beyond

Managing an Outstanding Nursery in 2023 and Beyond

Discussing the practicalities, challenges and rewards of leading 'Outstanding' settings in the current climate... and how to continue this into the future!

Quality of Education (What are they looking for?)

Quality of Education (What are they looking for?)

Learning how we can support our staff team to consistently and effectively implement your unique curriculum to have an impact on children’s learning and development.

Supportive Supervisions

Supportive Supervisions

Exploring coaching and mentoring strategies for maximising the effectiveness and impact of your supervision sessions. Ensuring supportive conversations, that promote professionalism; and continuous provision, for enhancing your early years provision.

Effective Learning Walks and Leadership & Management

Effective Learning Walks and Leadership & Management

Digging deeper into how we manage the learning walk to set the scene for inspection, showcase our provision effectively, and driving the leadership and management interviews confidently.

Enquire about your place at Nursery Managers Conference 2023

October 5th-6th 2023, Rockcliffe Hall Hotel, Darlington

    About Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy

    Founded by our MD Laura in 2011, we have grown over the last twelve 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 twelve 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 – ready to face an ever-changing industry and meet the challenges that it brings.

    Our team have incredible experience as leading Early Years inspectors, operators of outstanding settings and inspirational 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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