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Developing a good understanding of early years – of how young children learn, the importance of learning environment and the role of the adult – is critical to achieving effective practice. Here you will find a range of practical workshops with ‘bite size’ learning opportunities focused on these key issues.

Choose from the following: Course Date Price

Working Together: Understanding How to Successfully Engage with Parents – London Centre Workshop 30 Mar £55.00

Working Together: Understanding How to Successfully Engage with Parents – London Centre

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 Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Consultant

Venue
Early Excellence London Centre
Price £55.00 (additional delegate N/A) all prices exclude VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s, NQT’s and teachers working with young children for the first time
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Thursday 30th March, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Securing Effective Interactions: How to Support and Extend Children’s Learning – Northern Centre Workshop 06 Apr £55.00

Securing Effective Interactions: How to Support and Extend Children’s Learning – Northern Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 6th April, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Securing Effective Interactions: How to Support and Extend Children’s Learning – London Centre Workshop 21 Apr £55.00

Securing Effective Interactions: How to Support and Extend Children’s Learning – London Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Friday 21st April, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful Moderation of the EYFS Profile Workshop – London Centre Half Day 26 Apr £55.00

Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful Moderation of the EYFS Profile Workshop – London Centre

Course description

With the EYFS profile remaining in place this current academic year, it is essential that practitioners feel confident that the judgments they are making about children’s attainment against the ELG’s are secure. This half day workshop will explore the principles behind gathering a rich evidence set to inform these decisions. Drawing on practical examples of best practice, we will consider the different sources of evidence that can help teachers to confidently assess children’s levels of attainment and feel well prepared for sharing this information with others.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of how evidence supports with judgement attainment in the EYFS.
  • Confidence to better share these outcomes.
  • Practical ideas to support with evidence gathering.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience Assistant Heads, EYFS Leaders & Co-ordinators
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Wednesday 26th April, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful Moderation of the EYFS Profile Workshop – Northern Centre Half Day 28 Apr £55.00

Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful Moderation of the EYFS Profile Workshop – Northern Centre

Course description

With the EYFS profile remaining in place this current academic year, it is essential that practitioners feel confident that the judgments they are making about children’s attainment against the ELG’s are secure. This half day workshop will explore the principles behind gathering a rich evidence set to inform these decisions. Drawing on practical examples of best practice, we will consider the different sources of evidence that can help teachers to confidently assess children’s levels of attainment and feel well prepared for sharing this information with others.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of how evidence supports with judgement attainment in the EYFS.
  • Confidence to better share these outcomes.
  • Practical ideas to support with evidence gathering.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience Assistant Heads, EYFS Leaders & Co-ordinators
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 28th April, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Building on Children’s Interests: How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning – Northern Centre Workshop 09 May £55.00

Building on Children’s Interests: How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning – Northern Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 9th May, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Building on Children’s Interests: How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning – London Centre Workshop 11 May £55.00

Building on Children’s Interests: How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning – London Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Thursday 11th May, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look Dough and Malleable Materials – Northern Centre Half Day 10 May £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look Dough and Malleable Materials – Northern Centre

Course description

From a ‘squash to a squeeze’, malleable materials provide a diverse range of learning opportunities. Join this highly practical workshop to learn how to successfully support and extend children’s scientific thinking and language whilst exploring malleable resources. During the session we will look at a range of activities for promoting the investigation of materials and their properties and learn about change and patterns. Together we will consider ways to introduce children to these resources through carefully and imaginatively planned activities and how to embed skills and understanding through inspiring continuous provision.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how the use of malleable materials supports and extends children’s learning.
  • Practical ideas to introduce and develop your use of malleable materials as part of enhanced and continuous provision.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 10th May, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look Dough and Malleable Materials – London Centre Half Day 10 May £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look Dough and Malleable Materials – London Centre

Course description

From a ‘squash to a squeeze’, malleable materials provide a diverse range of learning opportunities. Join this highly practical workshop to learn how to successfully support and extend children’s scientific thinking and language whilst exploring malleable resources. During the session we will look at a range of activities for promoting the investigation of materials and their properties and learn about change and patterns. Together we will consider ways to introduce children to these resources through carefully and imaginatively planned activities and how to embed skills and understanding through inspiring continuous provision.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how the use of malleable materials supports and extends children’s learning.
  • Practical ideas to introduce and develop your use of malleable materials as part of enhanced and continuous provision.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Wednesday 10th May, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look at Woodwork in the Early Years – Northern Centre Half Day 24 May £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look at Woodwork in the Early Years – Northern Centre

Course description

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. It allows children many opportunities including expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them. We will look at the most suitable woods and consider suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will also be practical sessions for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

Benefits

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking.
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Pete Moorhouse
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 24th May, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look at Woodwork in the Early Years – London Centre Half Day 06 June £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look at Woodwork in the Early Years – London Centre

Course description

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. It allows children many opportunities including expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them. We will look at the most suitable woods and consider suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will also be practical sessions for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

Benefits

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking.
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Pete Moorhouse
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Tuesday 6th June, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Play: How to Use Continuous Provision Effectively – Northern Centre Workshop 06 June £55.00

Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Play: How to Use Continuous Provision Effectively – Northern Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 6th June, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Play: How to Use Continuous Provision Effectively – London Centre Workshop 14 Jun £55.00

Supporting Children’s Self-Initiated Play: How to Use Continuous Provision Effectively – London Centre

Course description

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 HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Wednesday 14th June, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look at Sand and Water – Northern Centre Half Day 21 Jun £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look at Sand and Water – Northern Centre

Course description

Sand and water provide a wealth of exciting learning opportunities across the early year’s curriculum and beyond! During this workshop we will discover how children are able to develop a range of problem solving strategies, both indoors and out. We will explore how these areas of provision provide meaningful learning experiences; enriching language, mathematical concepts and children’s understanding of the world.

Time will be given to reflect on how planning for these areas, offering appropriate engagement and challenge, involves providing age and interest appropriate resources and should also provide challenges to extend learning – with inspiring examples of how schools and settings have developed their own sand and water areas.

Benefits

  • A clearer understanding of how to establish inspiring and effective water and sand areas.
  • Clarity of how this supports and extends children’s learning.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 21st June, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a Fresh Look at Sand and Water – London Centre Half Day 20 Jun £55.00

Taking a Fresh Look at Sand and Water – London Centre

Course description

Sand and water provide a wealth of exciting learning opportunities across the early year’s curriculum and beyond! During this workshop we will discover how children are able to develop a range of problem solving strategies, both indoors and out. We will explore how these areas of provision provide meaningful learning experiences; enriching language, mathematical concepts and children’s understanding of the world.

Time will be given to reflect on how planning for these areas, offering appropriate engagement and challenge, involves providing age and interest appropriate resources and should also provide challenges to extend learning – with inspiring examples of how schools and settings have developed their own sand and water areas.

Benefits

  • A clearer understanding of how to establish inspiring and effective water and sand areas.
  • Clarity of how this supports and extends children’s learning.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Tuesday 20th June, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Taking a fresh Look at Blocks and Small World – Northern Centre Half Day 30 Jun £55.00

Taking a fresh Look at Blocks and Small World – Northern Centre

Course description

Investigating how tall a tower can reach, to constructing elaborate fantasy worlds – blocks and small world play offer a wealth of opportunities for exciting learning, both separately and especially when combined! Come along to this workshop to explore how blocks can enable children to think creatively, problem solve and apply mathematical concepts. We will also consider how small-world play can effectively support children to develop their own ideas and so nurture their storytelling and underpin independent writing.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of how the use of blocks and small world supports and extends children’s learning
  • Practical ideas to introduce and develop your use of these resources as part of enhanced and continuous provision

 

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 30th June, 12.00am – 3.30pm
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Taking a fresh Look at Blocks and Small World – London Centre Half Day 30 Jun £55.00

Taking a fresh Look at Blocks and Small World – London Centre

Course description

Investigating how tall a tower can reach, to constructing elaborate fantasy worlds – blocks and small world play offer a wealth of opportunities for exciting learning, both separately and especially when combined! Come along to this workshop to explore how blocks can enable children to think creatively, problem solve and apply mathematical concepts. We will also consider how small-world play can effectively support children to develop their own ideas and so nurture their storytelling and underpin independent writing.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of how the use of blocks and small world supports and extends children’s learning
  • Practical ideas to introduce and develop your use of these resources as part of enhanced and continuous provision

 

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Friday 30th June, 12.00am – 3.30pm
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