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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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Autumn 2017, Spring & Summer 2018

Developing Young Writers in the EYFS Two Day Aut term £300.00

Developing Young Writers in the EYFS

Course description

What inspires young children to write and what are the key skills they need to develop to support this? Guiding children’s mark making towards writing is a complex and skilful process. This exciting and in-depth two-day course will explore how to build on what young children find meaningful as a gateway to becoming a confident and competent writer. It will cover the developmental stages of writing as well as key elements of learning to write, both compositional and transcriptional. Practitioners will consider the range of experiences required to support these processes and their role as the adult in developing excited young writers. Across the two days there will be examples of inspirational practice from schools and settings Kym has worked with and delegates will be invited to complete a gap task.

Day 1
This day will focus on the foundations for early writing for 3-5 year olds and the key skills children need to acquire.

Day 2
This day will include an opportunity to reflect on learning from the gap task and explore how to help children progress with their writing. It will also include a focus on developmentally appropriate ways of assessing and evidencing children’s progress in writing

Benefits

  • A richer understanding of the key writing skills and the relationship to child development.
  • Confidence in knowing how support writing across your whole learning environment.
  • Tools to help you evaluate your current provision.
  • Inspiring and practical solutions to promote writing.
Course type Two Day Course
Led by Kym Scott, Independent Consultant
Price £300.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £250.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Teachers, Literacy Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Day 1: Tuesday 21st November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 26th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Monday 13th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Monday 8th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Developing Young Mathematicians in the EYFS Two Day Aut term £300.00

Developing Young Mathematicians in the EYFS

Course description

This two day course will inform and ignite the wonder of mathematics in early years. It will provide practitioners with the awareness of the potential and power of mathematics in everyday activity, along with providing a range of ideas and strategies for further enhancing mathematical provision and skills based teaching.

Day 1
During day one we will focus on developing an inspiring learning environment, indoors and
outdoors, that supports mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. A gap task will be introduced at the end of the day for delegates to pursue in the classroom between the course days.

Day 2
Day two will include discussion of the role of the adult in supporting and extending children’s mathematical language and thinking. Delegates will explore how children’s mathematical graphics can give an insight into their awareness and understanding of mathematical concepts. We will also share research around the teaching of key skills through focused input and equip you to make sustained improvement in mathematical learning.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the key concepts in maths.
  • Inspiring and practical solutions to promote mathematical development across your provision.
  • Tools to help you evaluate your provision.
Course type Two Day Course
Led by Sharon Day, Early Excellence Associate Consultant
Price £300.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £250.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Teachers, Maths Leaders
Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Day 1: Monday 6th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Monday 15th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Friday 17th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 19th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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New to Headship: Understanding the Early Years One Day Multi terms £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
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Tuesday 31st October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 19th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 13th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1 One Day Aut term £175.00

Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1

Course description

With significant scrutiny on the impact of both pupil premium and early years’ pupil premium funding, it is essential that those responsible for making use of this funding maximise its impact.
By exploring case studies from a diverse range of schools and unpicking the approaches used to the spending of premium funding in the EYFS and KS1, this course will help leaders to explore how best to support the learning and development of those children in receipt of the funding.
The day will provide updates on key policies and practices; support leaders in identifying successful strategies, leading evidence based initiatives and demonstrating both immediate and long-term impact for children.

Benefits

  • An understanding of evidence based strategies for effective use of the funding.
  • Case study examples of how Pupil Premium funding has had measurable impact.
  • Practical tools help evaluate current se of funding.
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, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads, SENCO's
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Friday 1st December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 29th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Responding to the Needs of Boys’ Learning One Day Aut term £175.00

Responding to the Needs of Boys’ Learning

Course description

The gender gap is a much-discussed topic across the education sector. Practitioners often come across the same problems; with boys not appearing to fully engage in an adult lead activities or reluctant to use all experiences provided to support their learning. It is critical that we plan meaningful and challenging experiences that connect with all children’s passions and spark their imaginations!

This course will explore theories behind young children’s development and how these relate specifically to boys. Throughout the day participants will consider how we can address these issues in imaginative and practical ways; including time exploring the Centre’s interactive environment. Case studies will be shared, to highlight how by making small changes we can have a positive impact for all learners.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of boys learning in the EYFS and KS1.
  • Strategies and tools to help you evaluate your current provision.
  • Materials to share with other staff and parents.
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, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, SENCO's, Teachers
Autumn 2017
London Centre
Tuesday 14th November, 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
Tuesday 17th 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 Multi terms £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
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Wednesday 27th September, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 27th September, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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 Multi terms £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
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Monday 2nd October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 11th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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 Multi terms £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
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Tuesday 14th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 8th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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 Multi terms £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 – Autumn 2017

  • Wednesday 27th September: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Monday 2nd October: Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Tuesday 14th November: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions

London Centre – Autumn 2017

  • Wednesday 27th September: Essential Workshop – Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Learning
  • Wednesday 11th October, Essential Workshop – Building on Children’s Interests
  • Wednesday 8th November: Essential Workshop – Securing Effective Interactions

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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Sounding it Out! Fun with Phonics Workshop Aut term £55.00

Sounding it Out! Fun with Phonics

Course description

The teaching of phonics remains high on the agenda, and it is essential to provide experiences for children to acquire phonetic and phonemic awareness in a meaningful and developmentally appropriate way.

This practical workshop, which is packed with exciting activities, explores the development of early phonic knowledge, starting with speaking and listening skills and building on these to teach phonemes and graphemes which encourage children’s confidence as readers and writers.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how early phonic knowledge develops.
  • Practical ideas to make learning phonics meaningful and fun!
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EY Practitioners, Nursery Nurses, TA's
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Thursday 16th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 2nd November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
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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 16th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 17th 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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