BookTrust Cymru Early Years Practitioner Conferences 2019

BookTrust Cymru’s annual conferences have become a staple of the early years calendar in Wales. The conferences focus on giving practitioners the chance to hear great speakers, attend inspiring workshops and share practical ideas for using books, stories and rhymes with children and families.

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BookTrust Cymru Early Years practitioner conferences

This year’s conference will focus on BookTrust’s vision of every child reading for pleasure. Throughout the day, we’ll address the following key questions:

  • What are the benefits of reading for pleasure?
  • How do we support every child in Wales (0-5) to experience these benefits?
  • How do we reach every child – and who might be missing out?
  • What practice can we apply to really help children and families to experience these benefits?

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Deborah Robinson, Assistant Professor from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Deborah is an expert in SEND and a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure for children with additional learning needs. She’ll be exploring the benefits of reading for pleasure and practice that can engage children with a range of needs in her keynote address and workshop.

The conference will include a combination of speakers, longer workshops and shorter information and practice-sharing sessions. Throughout the day, we’ll be connecting the ideas in the sessions to the four current Bookstart titles available to families in Wales. All delegates will take away ten copies of each of these titles to use with children and families as part of their Bookstart Superboxes – forty books in total!


North Wales, Thursday 7 November, Springfield Hotel, Holywell CH8 8BA

South Wales, Thursday 14 November, Court Coleman Hotel, Bridgend CF31 4NG


The conferences are open to all practitioners working in the early years field in Wales. The conference will focus on children aged 0-4 years.

Delegates will:

  • Receive inspiration and ideas from workshops, speakers and participatory sessions
  • Take away forty Bookstart books (Baby titles: Bouncing Babies by Helen Oxenbury and Anifeiliaid/ Animals by Debbie Powell; Early Years titles: So Cosy by Lerryn Korda and Sanau Cadno/ Fox’s Socks by Julia Donaldson)
  • Have the opportunity to attend a free follow-up workshop in February 2020


Tickets £40 plus VAT (£48 in total)

All tickets include the provision of refreshments and lunch.

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If you have any questions about the conference, please email or call 02922 676775.

What 2018 delegates said about the conference

Really enjoyed the enthusiasm of staff, keynote speakers and those running the carousel sessions!

Delegate 2018

As usual the conference did not disappoint. Excellent day.

Delegate 2018

Thank you for a fun and packed day, a great opportunity to network and gain new ideas.

Delegate 2018

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