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EYFS Courses at London & Northern Centres

From essential workshops looking at the key aspects of best practice, to our ever-popular twilight sessions packed full of inspirational idea, to in-depth courses looking at aspects of the curriculum – our EYFS programme offers a comprehensive range of specialist CPD for you and your team

Also, to support colleagues moving into the early years in September, we are leading a package of three day courses specifically designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice. Be sure to secure places as courses start at the end of this term.

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Spring & Summer 2018

New to Headship: Understanding the Early Years One Day Sum term £175.00

New to Headship: Understanding the Early Years

Course description

Getting it right from the start is critical for every child. This course has been specifically designed to give newly appointed headteachers with limited early years’ experience a thorough introduction to everything they need to know.
The day will begin by providing delegates with a detailed overview of the statutory requirements for the EYFS; including the safeguarding and welfare requirements. Participants will then explore what is best practice and how to confidently observe learning in the early years. We will then go on to consider how to give effective and constructive feedback to your early years practitioners. Time will also be spent supporting you with how to understand and interpret EYFS data to enable you to use it effectively use it for school improvement purposes.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the statutory requirements for the EYFS.
  • Knowledge of the key features of continuous provision and planning in the Early Years.
  • Resources to support you with monitoring and evaluating practice.

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads & Prospective Heads
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 19th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 13th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Removing Barriers to Learning: Improving Provision for Language and Communication One Day Spr term £175.00

Removing Barriers to Learning: Improving Provision for Language and Communication

Course description

The acquisition of spoken language and communication skills in early childhood builds strong foundations for reading, writing and mathematics in later life. Using our latest audio and film exemplification, this course will equip practitioners with detailed knowledge of the key milestones in early listening and attention, understanding, speaking and social communication.
Delegates will observe and practice new ways to communicate and model language alongside children’s play; and explore the idea of learning pathways to address specific language needs and challenge you to think differently about early intervention programmes – discovering how to ensure that all children are exposed to quality talk within high quality continuous provision.

Benefits

  • Gain a deeper knowledge of the developmental stages of early talk.
  • Strategies to help you create a language rich environment.
  • Tools to help you lead and support others with improving provision for communication and language.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, Senior Leaders, SENCO's, Teachers
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 2nd February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Thursday 8th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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A Year Outdoors: All About Effective Outdoor Play One Day Spr term £175.00

A Year Outdoors: All About Effective Outdoor Play

Course description

From making dens and flying kites, to constructing enormous waterways; we know that children thrive in the outdoors across the whole year! A well-planned outdoor area is a powerful learning environment for young children, and should provide opportunities where they can develop and apply their existing skills and knowledge across all areas of the curriculum. Drawing on examples of outstanding practice, this inspiring and practical course will enable you to optimise the quality of learning in the early years within your outside environment; gaining a clearer understanding of how the characteristics of effective learning and critical skills such as language for thinking, literacy and maths can be effectively embedded and extended.

Benefits

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the potential of outdoor learning across the year
  • Clarity of how interpret pedagogical practice outdoors
  • Practical solutions for developing your outdoors
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, EYFS Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 16th April, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Monday 23rd April, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Working Together: How to Successfully Engage with Parents Half Day Spr term £75.00

Working Together: How to Successfully Engage with Parents

Course description

If we are to truly celebrate the uniqueness of each child, it is critical that we acknowledge parents and carers as a child’s first and most enduring educators. Children arrive in schools and settings with a broad range of experiences and living in diverse home environments. If we are to effectively support them in their learning journeys we need to do this in partnership with those who know them best.

Working with parents as partners in children’s early learning and development is central to the EYFS. It sets out clear principles and commitments to practice within the theme of Positive Relationships. These include the requirement for each child to have a key person who should work to form a warm, trusting and respectful relationship with that child and their family. During this workshop we will consider some of the evidence that shows the difference working in partnership with parents makes and explore practical ways to successfully achieve this.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the impact working with parents can have on outcomes for children.
  • Strategies to evaluate current practice.
  • Practical ideas to improve engagement with families.

 

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £75.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, SENCO's
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Essential Workshop: Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning Workshop Spr term £55.00

Essential Workshop: Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning

Course description

How to Use Continuous Provision Effectively

Understanding how to use Continuous Provision is at the heart of a quality planning framework for all children in their early years. This introductory, highly practical, workshop explores how an effective environment, carefully planned and organised, promotes a broad range of learning opportunities for children. It will cover the key principles of how to establish continuous provision, indoors and outdoors, which meets the needs of the whole curriculum and embeds learning.

Benefits

  • A clearer understanding of what continuous provision is.
  • Clarity of how it supports children’s learning.
  • Practical ideas to develop continuous provision.
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EY Practitioners., Nursery Nurses, TA's
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 24th January, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 25th January, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 18th April, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 19th April, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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Essential Workshop: Building on Children’s Interests Workshop Spr term £55.00

Essential Workshop: Building on Children’s Interests

Course description

How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning

From dinosaurs to the latest films; knowing how to skilfully and meaningfully shape continuous provision, and provide enhancements which connect with children’s interests is critical to helping children embed and extend learning. This inspirational and practical workshop explores a broad variety of activities and planning that successfully respond to children’s diverse interests and preoccupations. It will also include case studies from schools and settings which have enriched learning and include time for delegates to reflect on their current practice.

Benefits

  • An understanding of the relationship between continuous provision and enhancements.
  • Strategies to help extend children’s learning.
  • Practical ideas for developing provision.
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EY Practitioners., Nursery Nurses, TA's
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 21st February, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 22nd February, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Thursday 24th May, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 24th May, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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Essential Workshop: Securing Effective Interactions Workshop Spr term £55.00

Essential Workshop: Securing Effective Interactions

Course description

How to Support & Extend Children’s Learning

How good are your interactions with children? High quality interactions are central to effective early years practice and ensuring all children make progress. For these to be successful requires skilled adults. This workshop will demonstrate how engaging in effective conversations during child initiated activities helps children absorb new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and extend their thinking. Delegates will come away with ways to successfully improve the quality of their adult: child interactions; improving outcomes across the curriculum for all children.

Benefits

  • An understanding of the importance of adult child interactions.
  • A clear grasp of ways to develop your practice.
  • Inspiring ways to develop an environment that promotes high quality interactions.
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EY Practitioners., Nursery Nurses, TA's
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 14th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 15th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 20th June, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 21st June, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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Spotlight on Early Years – Essential Workshop Bundle x 3 Workshop Spr term £150.00

Spotlight on Early Years – Essential Workshop Bundle x 3

Course description

The bundles are available at each centre of our centre and run each term, please select your venue and start date.

Northern Centre – Spring 2018

  • Wednesday 24th January: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Wednesday 21st February: Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Wednesday 14th March: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions

London Centre – Spring 2018

  • Thursday 25th January: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Thursday 22nd February: Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Thursday 15th March: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions

Northern Centre – Summer 2018

  • Wednesday 18th April: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Thursday 24th May: Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Wednesday 20th June: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions

London Centre – Summer 2018

  • Thursday 19th April: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Thursday 24th May: Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Thursday 21st June: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EY Practitioners., Nursery Nurses, TA's
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Wellies and Waterproofs – Quality Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather Twilight Spr term £35.00

Wellies and Waterproofs – Quality Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather

Course description

An inspirational twilight providing many examples of how the outdoors can be used throughout the winter helping you to make the most of outdoor learning at this challenging time of year.

Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders & Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 30th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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From Mark Making to Writing Twilight Spr term £35.00

From Mark Making to Writing

Course description

During this twilight we will explore how, as children are immersed in opportunities to explore and experiment, their desire to express, represent and record in a variety of ways emerges. The link between play and mark making will be explored with practical examples of how to harness children’s active interest in the world around them to support, motivate and inspire their desire to draw and write.

By attending this twilight you and your team will be able to reflect on the role of the adult in supporting children’s early writing skills, gaining inspirational ideas to help you develop mark making opportunities indoors and out in ways that ensure that, as children develop the skills of writing, they apply these within their play with greater complexity.

Benefits

  • Inspiring and practical solutions to supporting mark making provision.
  • An understanding of harnessing children’s interests as a starting point for mark making.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders & Practitioners
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 7th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 7th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Loose Parts, Bits & Pieces: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Twilight Spr term £35.00

Loose Parts, Bits & Pieces: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Course description

Children are not only fascinated by the things adults do but the ‘real’ materials adults use. Providing children with a varied range of simple, real resources can open up countless opportunities and possibilities, stimulating authentic reasons to solve problems, talk, think, cooperate, collaborate, calculate, record, story, imagine. We need to allow for children to invent, to re-invent, to deconstruct; to be creative. During this new and innovative twilight, you will find out how open-ended, often free and found resources can bring an entirely different dimension to children’s learning both indoors and out.

Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Practitioners, Teachers, TAs, Nursery Nurses
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 26th February, 4.30 – 6.00pm
London Centre
Monday 26th February, 4.30 – 6.00pm
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