We invite MSA members to participate in the ENABLE 2015 Conference.  Some of the worlds leading childcare experts will be sharing their knowledge with early years professionals and parents at a visionary new conference the brainchild of Helen Lumgair, an early years childcare expert and founder of The Educationalist, ENABLE 2015 aims to provide an international, holistic view of early years education by showcasing a broad variety of pedagogical approaches plus the latest thinking from industry leaders.

Rafi Feuerstein, president of the Feuerstein Institute, will give the keynote address. He will discuss how, in the Internet era, we can equip young children with the thinking skills to process the unprecedented volume of information available to them.   He will also look at the Modifiability of Intelligence, explaining how the current way of measuring intelligence is flawed.

Other renowned speakers at the event will include:

  • Barbara Isaacs, Chief Education Officer,  Montessori Centre International who will discuss how to foster initiative and independence in children
  • Leslee Udwin, BAFTA award-winning director of East is East and galvanising documentary Indias Daughter who will present her vision for a new  Equality Studies Global Initiative in  partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Council, which will roll out  with a compulsory curriculum for the early years
  • Renowned poet, broadcaster and former children’s Laureate Michael Rosen who will be discussing how to foster curiosity in young learners

Practical break out sessions will be held so that delegates can hone in on topics of particular interest to them. Topics include:

  • How to engage learners on the autistic spectrum led by Gina Davies of the Gina Davies Autism Centre
  • Using play therapy-based interventions to explore prevention and healing led by  Monika Jephcott,  founder of The UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies
  • Forest schools and risk in children’s play, with inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Danish pre-schools led by Martin Pace, director of Reflections Nursery
  • The Power of Integrated Practice in Safeguarding Children led by Dame Donna Kinnair,  CEO at The Royal College of Nursing
  • Music education and engagement in the early years led by Dr Rachel Drury, Creative and Contextual Studies Lecturer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Supporting Young Children with Dyslexia in the Early Years, led by  Dr Gavin Reid, Independent Educational Psychologist

The event is aimed at early years education professionals including head teachers and special educational needs coordinators; local authority leads; social workers; speech and language therapists; psychology and education students, and parents and carers of young children with special educational needs.

“I have spent years working with young children in their homes and in early years educational settings around the world. I wanted to bring together people who have inspired me with their different pedagogical approaches to share their views with local early years educators and professionals”, explains Helen Lumgair ,founder of ENABLE 2015 and of The Educationalist.

“We look forward to a comprehensive, motivating and inspiring event, providing early years professionals with practical strategies to transform their current practice, facilitating the enablement of children in their care.”



About the Educationalist and Helen Lumgair

The Educationalist was set up by Helen Lumgair and is based in Wimbledon, South-West London. It provides early years teaching, special educational needs support, home schooling programs, Montessori activities, learning through play, consultations and home-based observations.

Helen Lumgair has extensive global experience, having worked internationally with high profile clients including heads of state. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Teaching and a Montessori International Diploma. Helen explored the theories of  Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Experience at The  International Centre for the Enhancement of Learning Potential in Jerusalem. She went on to complete the study of Instrumental Enrichment, a Feuerstein cognitive intervention program that can be used with under-achieving, special needs and gifted children. She has recently completed Instrumental Enrichment-Basic (FIE-B), a highly effective mediation program designed to enhance the thinking skills of young children and is a Feuerstein Instrumental Basic Mediator. She is the founder of ENABLE 2015.