Update 19/02: We are sorry that the Learn – Explore – Debate events are now fully booked. We recognise there is a huge demand for support and a desire to connect with your colleagues in the sector. There may be cancellations closer to the event so keep an eye on the Eventbrite pages.

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Join us in March to Learn – Explore – Debate!

We are delighted to announce five free Learn – Explore – Debate events in March 2021. These events are likely to fill up quickly so make sure to book your place now!

Why attend?

Join the Department for Education and the National Children’s Bureau to Learn – Explore – Debate the key early years policy and practice developments that matter to you.

The agenda has been developed based on feedback from the Foundation Years community and will include a focus on supporting early years settings to implement the revised Early Years Foundation Stage.

Who should attend?

These events are aimed at all early years practitioners in England, including childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, pre-schools, and nursery and reception classes in school.

When are the events?

  Date  Time
  Wednesday 17 March  1 – 4pm  Book here     
  Thursday 18 March  9.30am – 12.30pm     Book here
  Monday 22 March  1 – 4pm  Book here
  Tuesday 23 March  6 – 9pm  Book here
  Wednesday 24 March  9.30am – 12.30pm  Book here

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. In order to offer the opportunity to attend to as many organisations as possible, we are initially restricting bookings to one per organisation.


  • The events will be held virtually and will last 3 hours with a short break.
  • Joining instructions and the agenda will be circulated to delegates nearer the event.
  • The agenda will be the same at each event and will include a mix of presentations, case studies and opportunities for discussion.

If you have any queries, please contact Alison, awhitmore@ncb.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there!