Exploring the Power of Play


Check Out Our Amazing Guest Speakers!

Tom Shea

Alistair Bryce-Clegg

The fantastic Tom Shea and Alistair Bryce-Clegg will give a surprise bespoke talk at EPOP this year. Seeing these two together on stage will be absolutely outstanding and we are thankful that they can both attend our festival. So make sure you get your tickets, as this is set to be the best EPOP yet!

Has EPOP 2022 left you feeling motivated and inspired?

Are you looking for some learning & training to reignite the ‘Fire In Your Belly?’

Are you an Early Years Practitioner, Manager or Owner with a passion that fuels purpose?

Back by popular demand…

Exploring the Power of Play

The Festival in the Field

Jigsaw Early Years Consultancy has a special something just for you…
…We are proud to present the Early Years festival of the year!

Exploring the Power of Play 2023

Enjoy a day full of inspiring workshops, indulge in delicious food and explore our Market place of Early Years goodies.

Check out our Workshops below:

Marlis Juerging-Coles

Engaging EAL – Bridging language barriers through connection and play:

Together, we will discover the magic of language acquisition through genuine connection and secure attachment, starting from the settling-in process at your setting.
Building further on the social factor, we will focus on creating a language-rich environment that stimulates the WANT to talk rather than the NEED.
Finally, we will immerse ourselves in resources, provocations, play opportunities and bedtime stories, creating an inclusive practice that invites fun for all!’

Shaddai Tembo

Promoting Gender and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Practice

Inclusivity and diversity are key aspects of a child’s learning journey and it is up to us as the educators to support them with this. It is important that we educate ourselves so that we can pass this knowledge onto others.

This workshop will be focused on helping children to be aware of the difference aspects of LGBTQ+ alongside helping them to encourage inclusivity within their play. Together we will look into the world of inclusivity and find ways that we can educate the children on these topics, whilst also helping them to develop their own inclusive views.

Stella Ram-Louis

Schematic Play – A Dive into the child’s mind and how they learn.

Schemas are a huge part of a child’s life; they reflect how they want to experience the world and how they like to learn. Within this workshop, you will learn about Schemas, where they come from, how they develop, and what you can do to help support the children with this.

We will also look at how the environment can be used to stimulate the minds of the children and accommodate their schemas whilst linking this to the EYFS and the children’s learning.

Jo McMeechan

The SENStory Approach – Putting inclusive play at the centre of navigating the SEND journey

We all know navigating the SEN System is one rife with challenges and roadblocks. But what if you had a simple blueprint from which to plan, deliver and evidence your day to day practice that supported inclusion, play based learning and SEND evidence gathering?

The SENStory Approach teaches you how to harness the power of play for the learning brain. You’ll walk away understanding how to tweak and adapt your planning using the 4 core areas of need that the EHCP and funding systems need you to evidence.

We’ll get hands on with some sensory motor play, building on your observation skills so you can adapt, evaluate and evidence play for children with SEND in your settings keeping inclusion at the forefront.

Catherine Collingwood

Provocations in Nature – Provoking Children’s Learning Through Play

Provocations can be a practitioner’s best friend when encouraging children to explore the world with open-ended activities!

In this workshop, we will explore provocations that will be set up through stations, relating to stories and books suitable for the differing ages of children.

The people attending will be able to explore and interact with the provocations that are set up.

We will carry these activities out with our children within the nurseries and bring our floor books to show the documentation and how we moved forward with ideas and the next steps.

Ben Kingston-Hughes

Imaginative Play – A Journey into Make-Believe

Prepare for a journey into a strange world where nothing is as it seems and absolutely anything is possible. This practical workshop examines how imagination directly encourages brain development, communication, language, and emotional well-being.

We also look at how stimulating, imaginative environments can help create profound experiences and life-long benefits for children. The workshop gives delegates a wealth of ideas to take back to their settings to stimulate children’s imaginations. It also touches upon the neuroscience of imaginative play demonstrating that imagination is potentially one of the most important developmental processes in any child’s life and one of the greatest gifts they will ever receive.

You will get the chance to choose from 2 x 90-minute workshops

Exclusive Entertainment – I Am The Queen Bee!

Drawing on over 20 years of experience in business, from presenting & eventing to leadership & management training, Dani uses her knowledge of both traditional employment in the corporate sector and self-employment in the entertainment industry to deliver memorable, inspirational and thought-provoking talks in her own unique and distinctive style bringing truth, humour and a ton of practical advice.

Venue: Tollgate Estate, Stanbridge Lane, Awbridge, Hampshire, UK
Date: Saturday, September 9th 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 7 pm


Keynote Speech
Workshop 1


Workshop 2



Garden Games
Live Music
Street Food


Check out some of our amazing reviews from the last EPOP!