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Playtime National Conference – 2020

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This autumn, we’re thrilled to be running our first ever online conference for church toddler group leaders! We’ll have a programme packed with brand new talks and workshops, and you’ll even be able to interact with us via live chat. This year, we’re looking at how to be salt and light to our communities. All you have to do is sign up – free of charge – and join us 25 – 26 September.

Main Session Topics

Let There Be Light

In this inspirational session, Rob will share how each of our contributions – however small – can make an incredible difference.

Treasures in the darkness

This year has disrupted our lives and our toddler groups. Can we find some ‘treasures in the darkness’ that will make a difference to the way we lead our groups?

A Pinch of Salt

Rachel will share three ways our natural ‘saltiness’ can bless,
encourage and transform the families we serve.

Featured Workshops (30 minutes each)

Jennie will share about mental health in new parents and families and keeping mentally well in uncertain times.

This will be a practical session, sharing personal experiences, as well as tips on how to get the most out of virtual groups.

How do you talk about The King over paint pots and playdough? How do we extend the Bible story slot to cover the entire session in a natural and personal way?

Meet the Main Speakers


Rob Parsons, OBE, is the founder and chairman of Care for the Family. He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, including The Sixty Minute Family, and has spoken to over a million individuals around the world. Rob is an excellent communicator and has a wealth of wisdom to share.

Katharine Hill

Katharine Hill is the UK Director of Care for the Family. She is a well-known speaker, broadcaster and the author of a number of books, including Left To Their Own Devices? – Confident Parenting in a World of Screens. She is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children.

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Rachel Turner is the Parenting for Faith pioneer at the Bible Reading Fellowship and is the author of books including Parenting Children for a Life of Faith.

Having previously worked as a family life pastor, children’s pastor and youth pastor, she now consults, speaks and runs training days for parents and church leaders across the UK and Europe.

Sue Rinaldi

Worship by Sue Rinaldi

Sue travels internationally as a worship leader, concert artist, speaker and creative consultant, and has also been instrumental in developing the Playtime: Action Songs for Toddlers, Playtime: Bible Songs for Toddlers and Playtime: Praise Songs for Toddlers CDs.

You will come away with

  • Creative and fresh ideas to use in your toddler groups
  • Insight on how to share faith with families in your group
  • Renewed vision to empower you
  • Be inspired and resourced for the future

Is it for you?

Whether you currently lead or help run a toddler group, or are looking to do so, the Playtime National Conference is for you!

Reviews from 2019

“I loved the common sense of purpose with so many amazing toddler group leaders gathered together.”

“It has given me ideas and direction that I didn’t have before.”


Friday 25 September, from 7 pm

Saturday 26 September, 9 am – 3 pm


This online event will be free.

NB: If you have trouble booking online, please call 02920 810 800.

Do you need some extra support in these challenging times?

We believe that every family should have somewhere to turn in both the good times and when family life is challenging. Please contact us at or 029 2081 0800 if you need our support.

Help Us Support Families Today

If you are able to make a donation to help us continue supporting family life – we thank you so much. We know times are uncertain and this may not be possible for everyone. Whatever your circumstances are, we are so glad you will be joining us for this online event. If you can consider partnering with us, follow the link here:

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