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Early years education conference in Dubai

Play-based learning to be the highlight at the event

Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai will play host to the first Early Years Education Conference next week, highlighting the importance of play-based learning in early years.

Nursery chain British Orchard Nursery is hosting the conference in partnership with CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, UK, under the patronage of the Queen), the UK’s leading early years awarding organisation. Supported by the nursery’s new Training and Development Centre, the conference will be held at Ramada Chelsea Hotel in Al Barsha on October 26.

The conference will explore a range of topics from the importance of play in early years to the significance of quality systems, alongside stressing the need of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds. The programme includes seminars and interactive sessions, which can count towards continuing professional development hours for early years practitioners.

Speakers at the conference will include representatives from the Ministry of Education, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, early years experts from the UK, CACHE specialists and educationists.

Vandana Gandhi, founder and CEO of British Orchard Nursery, said in a press release: “At British Orchard Nursery, we believe that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. Play is also closely tied to the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical behaviours. This conference is a small step in that direction and will help create awareness about the importance and need of play and how trained teachers can make learning fun for the little ones.”