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The Nature Nurtures National Conference takes place every year and is a diverse gathering of more than 150 attendees from around the country. Listen to educators and speakers from around the world, meet new friends and like-minded folk, re-connect with colleagues, reflect on your own practice and/or parenting, and grow your understanding of what it means to be an important person in a child's life.

Our theme this year is Defending the Early Years: Respect, Collaboration and Communication. This is a one-day conference, on the 19th May 2018, taking place at the award-winning Hive in the historic town of Worcester, UK. We have an exciting line up of speakers, including RIE®'s very own Deborah Carlisle Solomon as Keynote Speaker.


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Deborah Carlisle Solomon
RIE® Expert & Trainer, International Speaker, Author

Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers, and the author of “Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.” She was Executive Director of Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) from 2006-2014 and now has a private teaching, speaking and consulting practice where she works with parents, childcare providers, therapists and other Early Years professionals. Deborah speaks at national and international infancy and early childhood conferences and workshops.

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Helen Randall
Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Helen Randall is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist working for Forward Thinking Birmingham, the multidisciplinary NHS mental health service provided by Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital Trust. She is the Organising Tutor for the Post-Graduate Diploma/ MA Infant Observation Course delivered in Birmingham at BTPP in partnership with the Tavistock Clinic and University of Essex and a Senior Tutor for the BTPP clinical training for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. Helen has over 35 years’ experience of working with children and families and has been teaching infant observation from a psychoanalytic perspective for more than 13 years.

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Robin Einzig
Infant, Toddler & Child Development Specialist

Robin Einzig is an expert in child development and early education. She has worked with children and families in a child-centered fashion for more than 40 years, having had the privilege of working with many of the great leaders in the field of infant toddler care and child development. Robin brings a unique perspective to her work, one which emphasizes a strengths-based lens, a commitment to ecological and systems-based models, grounding in academic research, and a deep passion for respectful caregiving. She writes a blog, speaks nationally and internationally, runs several large online parenting groups, and has a book in the works on the Visible Child approach.

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Saturday 19th May - AM
  • 9.00am - Registration & Resource Fair Opens
  • 10.15am - Welcome
  • 10.30am - Keynote Speaker - Deborah Carlisle Solomon
    RIE® Associate & expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers
  • 11.40am - Helen Randall
    Consultant Child Psychotherapist
  • 12.40pm - Lunch & Resource Fair
Saturday 19th May - PM
  • 1.50pm - Robin Einzig
    Infant, Toddler & Child Development Specialist
  • 2.50pm - Refreshments
  • 3.00pm - Break-out Workshops
    Robin Einzig
  • 5.00pm - Resource Fair
    Independent ethical companies, community organisations, and more
  • 5.00pm - Exclusive Movie Screening
    ProjectWild Thing
  • 6.30pm - Conference Closes

Travel Info70

  • Venue

    Covered in shimmering gold squares you won't miss this iconic building across from the river in Worcester. The Hive is Europe's first joint university and public library and also houses one of the largest children's libraries in the country.

  • Rail

    Foregate Street Train Station is 0.2 miles, 4 minutes, from The Hive. Turn left out of the station and take the first right onto Shaw Street which then becomes The Butts, where you will find The Hive located on your right. Use the stairs next to The Hive's bridge or the external access lift to bring you up to Sawmill Walk which leads you to the main entrance.

  • Parking

    The Hive is well-served by a number of adjacent car parks. Cattlemarket pay and display car park is directly in front of The Hive. 21 designated blue badge disabled bays are available along the near side of The Hive facing the building. There is a ramped access way signposted all around the side of The Hive leading directly to the main entrance.



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