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EYFS Courses at Our 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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Outdoor Learning: Through The Seasons Twilight May £35.00

Outdoor Learning: Through The Seasons

Course description

In all weather – rain showers, sleet, hail, snow and sunshine – the outdoor environment is rich in possibility, offering a changing landscape as the season unfold. Effective outdoor practice provides rich, constant provision that can be explored and used creatively every day, all year round Enabling core experiences facilitates learning across the whole curriculum.

During this workshop we will explore what it means to make the most of this potential with ‘must have’ resources for effective continuous provision and ideas of how to enhance provision based around the seasons.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the value of outdoor learning
  • Confidence in knowing how the outdoor environment can be used to support learning across the KS1 curriculum.
  • Inspiring and practical examples of outdoor learning
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Team
Price £35.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 23rd May, 4.30-6pm Book Now
London Centre
Friday 25th May, 4.30-6pm Book Now
Essential Workshop: Building on Children’s Interests Workshop May £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
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Thursday 24th May, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 24th May, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Teaching The Reception Year: Ensuring Successful Outcomes One Day Jun £175.00

Teaching The Reception Year: Ensuring Successful Outcomes

Course description

With the on-going debate surrounding what teaching in the Reception year should look like; this essential course for Reception class teachers will explore what is effective practice in this unique year group. Delegates will explore the key skills; including in literacy and mathematics, that children need to develop through the year and how these can be both taught and embedded in developmentally appropriate and meaningful ways.  The day will also include practical ideas for how to plan an effective, rich learning environment and strategies to maximise learning through classroom routines.

Benefits

  • A deeper knowledge of the way key skills can be successfully taught in Reception
  • An understanding of how to plan across the whole learning environment
  • Practical tools to support you with developing your own classroom routines
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Team
Price £175.00 (exc. VAT)
Additional Delegate £150.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience Newly appointed teachers, Reception Class Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 20th June, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 20th June, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
Essential Workshop: Securing Effective Interactions Workshop Jun £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
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 20th June, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 21st June, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Moving Into Nursery: Getting Off To A Flying Start Three Day Jun / Jul £450.00

Moving Into Nursery: Getting Off To A Flying Start

Course description

The role of the teacher in the early years can be challenging, daunting, exciting and extremely rewarding. This three-day course has been specifically designed to equip teachers who are new to working in the early years with knowledge and skills that underpin a clear and principled pedagogy. It will enable participants to critically reflect on their own practice and develop their professional expertise in working with younger children.

Across the course we will look closely at the requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) and examine how this can be translated into quality practice for all children. The programme will also draw on current research, child development theories and some of the great pioneers and innovators in early education.

Day One: Keeping Children at the Heart – exploring the principle of the ‘unique child’
Day Two: Developing the ‘Third Teacher’- The Learning Environment
Day Three: Being an Effective Adult – improving interactions

Course type Three Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Team
Price £450.00 (exc. VAT)
Additional Delegate £350.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience Newly appointed teachers, new to Nursery teachers or those seeking to refresh their practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Thursday 5th July, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Friday 28th September, 9.30am-3.30pm
Day 3: Tuesday 13th November, 9.30am-3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Monday 25th June, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Tuesday 25th September, 9.30am-3.30pm
Day 3: Monday 26th November, 9.30am-3.30pm
Moving Into Reception: Getting Off To A Flying Start Three Day Jun / Jul £450.00

Moving Into Reception: Getting Off To A Flying Start

Course description

The spotlight on the Reception year has never been brighter, with much debate about what is best practice. This three-day course has been specifically designed to equip those who are new to working in Reception with the knowledge and skills to ensure effective teaching and learning is secured for all children.

Across the course we will consider the requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) and examine how these need to be reflected in the Reception year. Time will be given to look at how environments are critical in developing and enriching children’s learning.  We will also explore the relationship between teaching and child initiated learning – with a focus on how literacy and mathematics can be taught appropriately and meaningfully for young children.

Day One: Understanding the EYFS
Day Two: Creating an effective Learning Environment
Day Three: Exploring Teaching in Reception

Course type Three Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Team
Price £450.00 (exc. VAT)
Additional Delegate £350.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience Newly appointed teachers, new to Reception teachers or those seeking to refresh their practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 4th July, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Thursday 4th October, 9.30am-3.30pm
Day 3: Thursday 22nd November, 9.30am-3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 27th June, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Wednesday 26th September, 9.30am-3.30pm
Day 3: Wednesday 28th November, 9.30am-3.30pm
Patterns & Positioning: Developing Transient Art Through Nature Twilight Jun / Jul £35.00

Patterns & Positioning: Developing Transient Art Through Nature

Course description

Pattern making, overlapping, enclosing and investigating are just a few of the intriguing concepts and actions explored through art in nature. Transient art is rich in potential and high involving, allowing children to revisit and adapt their ideas over time.

In this highly practical workshop, we will be exploring a wide range of transient art materials. Get ready to release your inner Andy Goldsworthy!

Benefits

  • Exploration of inspiring and intriguing resources to nurture creativity
  • Examples of how children have responded to rich stimuli
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Team
Price £35.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 19th June, 4.30-6pm Book Now
London Centre
Monday 2nd July, 4.30-6pm Book Now

High Level Seminar

A Whole School Approach: Continuing Child-led Learning Through to KS2 with Prof. Julie Fisher Seminar Spr term £200.00

A Whole School Approach: Continuing Child-led Learning Through to KS2 with Prof. Julie Fisher

Course description

Learning experiences in KS2 are almost always adult-led which can disempower some learners. To counteract this effect, this seminar, for headteachers, senior leaders, KS1 and KS2 co-ordinators, considers a whole school approach to learning by exploring a continuum of practical possibilities that enable older pupils to take control of some of their daily learning experiences.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the value and impact of a child-led ethos on learning
  • Useful frameworks to assist with planning for change
  • Examples of the impact this change has had in schools
Course type Day Seminar
Led by Prof. Julie Fisher, National Consultant
Price £200.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, KS1 and KS2 Coordinators
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 20th April, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 10th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now