Anne O’Connor is an independent consultant for Early Years. She is an experienced trainer, key note speaker and author on areas such as attachment, physical development, wellbeing and transitions. In partnership with Anna Daly she is also the co-founder of Primed for Life which advocates for a wider understanding of the body as a child’s first place of learning.
Drawing on over 20 years of leadership and teaching in early years, nursery and primary, Anne has a diverse freelance portfolio which includes:
– Being a founder member of Early Education Associates
– Contributing film notes and training materials for Siren Films
– Local authority conferences in Hackney, Bradford, Barking and Dagenham, Harrogate, Herts, West Lothian,
Edinburgh and Durham, York and Liverpool.
– Frequent Speaker at Nursery World Show, Nursery World North and Nursery World Conferences.
– Training sessions for Local Authority Early Years teams such as City of London, Barnsley Early Years, and
– Regular contributor to Nursery World.
– Guest blog writer for The Fawcett Society.
– Contributor and Guest editor for Early Education Journal.
– Author of Adoption UK Fact sheet ‘What Every Teacher Needs To Know’.
Anne has also been an Associate Tutor for London University Institute of Education and the University of Cumbria.
Masterclass (Group A)
Bodies and Brains – movement, nurture and learning.
Exploring the importance of the PRIME area of physical development and the importance of:
- Spontaneous movement play
- Sensory development – proprioception/vestibular development on early brain development
- Supporting the development of the 2 other prime areas of language and emotional development.
- The links between physical and emotional resilience
Relationship, Regulation and Resilience – the 3 Rs
How relationship and attachment support children’s self –regulatory development and resilience
- The link between attachment and co-regulation
- Why co– regulation is crucial to later self –regulation and executive functions
- Why relationship is important for resilience
Having a Go and Sticking With It – Supporting Children’s Motivation and Perseverance
The training aims to provide an overview and understanding of:
- The importance of children’s early experiences, attachment and relationships in their motivation for learning
- The role of executive functions and self –regulation in supporting children’s learning and emotional development and their resilience in school