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Past Conferences

The 2015 OMEP European Conference will be held in Moscow during the last week of September.

More details are available by downloading our flyer >

Watch this video of the Moscow Conference centre from Nektarios Stellakis on Vimeo.

A very successful and enjoyable World Conference was held in Washington DC in July 2015. To see the highlights please go to



OMEP World Congress and Conference 2014

The conference took place in Cork, Ireland and was a huge success. An overview of events can be found on the World OMEP website >

View our world presentation at The State of The World's Children from OMEP World Conference in Cork, 2014 from OMEPUK

OMEP European Regional Meeting and Conference 2013

"Play and playing in early childhood" May 8 - 11, 2013. Zagreb, Croatia

65th OMEP World Conference in Shanghai, China

Enhancing the Development of Early Childhood Education: "Opportunities and Quality" 11-13 April 2013

The Joint OMEP and Canterbury Christ Church University Conference - 10th November 2012

Showcasing quality practice in the early years sector


World Assembly and Conference 2012, Campo Grande -- MS, Brazil, 17th - 21st July, "Early Childhood in the 21st Century" Children's Right to Explore, Play, Live and Learn about the World Around Them"

For more information please watch this video >

OMEP European Conference 2012, "Respect for a child"

Warsaw, Poland from 18th-20th April 2012

For more details please go to the conference website >

Seminar & OMEP(UK) AGM

Saturday November 5th at the Institute of Education.

Tricia Maynard from Canterbury Christchurch University and Jane Waters from Swansea University will be introduced by Julia Manning-Morton from London Metropolitan University to speak on this project they have been involved with

The OMEP European Conference 22-24th April 2010 - 'Enjoying and Achieving'

The Conference went ahead largely as planned but it was badly affected by the complete ban on flying caused by the volcanic ash from Iceland.  As a result none of the expected delegates or speakers from the mainland of Europe were able to attend.

On Thursday April 22nd the conference was opened by Anna Sutton, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services  at Chester University, who hosted the day.  The following papers were presented and can be down-loaded as far as they have been provided.

Enjoying & Achieving – the EYFS through the DVD, Janet & Hugh Morris

Provision for young children in Wales (UK), Dorothy Selleck

Motivation and Learning through Stories, Delyth Owen

Not allowed to kiss the babies: Complexities and Contradictions in Baby Room Policies and Practice, Sacha Powell

Early Years Professional Status: Impact and Issues from Employers’ Perspectives, Sarah Sharpe

Balancing Risk and Challenge, Angela Nurse

A Study of Children’s Experiences of Freedom of Time, Space and Choice in a Montessori Nursery School, a Steiner Kindergarten and an Early Years Children’s Centre following a Free Flow Curriculum, Edwina Mitchell

The Forest School Approach: Its impact on Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings in part of Staffordshire, Ann Whitehouse

The following papers had been expected from delegates who could not join us.

Educational project work in kindergarten, Anna Wróbel, Poland

Discovering multiple intelligences in the early childhood, Jolanta Karbowniczek & Lidia Pawelec

Cultural formation through narrative practice in kindergarten,  Elin Erikson Ødegaard (Only her Power Point Handout is available)

Pre-School in Latvia as a Multicultural Society, Ruta Kanepeja

In the evening there was a reception hosted by Visit Chester, held at the Guildhall where we were greeted by Elanor Roberts, Head of Early Years for West Cheshire and Chester and entertained by a choir of 40 children from St Werburgh's and St. Columba's Primary School, Chester

On Friday April 23rd delegates spent the morning visiting one of three children’s settings.  (More had been lined up but the lack of delegates meant that several had to be disappointed.)  The afternoon European meeting was the one element that had to be cancelled.  It was replaced by an open discussions session on promoting OMEP and recruiting more members.  We are grateful to West Cheshire and Chester Early Years for providing the accommodation for this and for the lunch which preceded it.  In the evening there was a gala dinner in the imposing setting of the Chester Refectory.  Entertainment was provided by a choir from Ysgol Min-y-ddol in Wrexham and Sioned on the harp.

On Saturday April 24th delegates travelled to Manchester to join 200 others in the 37th Annual North West Regional Conference.  As Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson had not been able to get over from Sweden and John Siraj-Blatchford has been unable to get home from Hong Kong one of the scheduled sessions was missing.  Janet and Hugh Morris repeated the paper they had presented on Thursday, providing an opportunity for everyone assembled to watch children enjoying their achievements.  Then Linda Pound spoke on “Children’s contributions to their learning” and Ros Bayley spoke about “Excellent early years practitioners.” The day and the conference ended with Spud and Yam presenting “Music and song to energise and inspire.”

For those who were able to attend it had been an enjoyable and inspiring event.  We felt so sorry that our European delegates had not been able to join us and who, we are sure, would have appreciated what we offered.

Pictures from the OMEP European Conference and Regional Meeting - Syros, Greece April 2009