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Saturdays in Our Centres

This Spring we are delighted to begin offering a range of bitesize courses suitable for Childminders, EYFS & KS1 Practitioners at our Centres on the second Saturday of each month. From creating exciting maths games to developing young architects; these sessions are packed with inspirational and practical ideas to enrich children’s learning.

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Let the Games Begin! How Inventing Games Enriches Learning Saturday Spr term £35.00

Let the Games Begin! How Inventing Games Enriches Learning

Course description

Game playing demands high levels of concentration, problem solving and strategic thinking. As children play games they practise the skills we want them to embed, develop organisational abilities, learn to cooperate and have fun. Enabling children to invent their own games widens these opportunities still further; what will the game be about, how it will be played, how will other people know what the rules are? This hands-on session will give you an opportunity to look at many different examples of invented games as well as the time to design, create and play games of your own that you can introduce into your Nursery, Reception and/or Y1 classrooms.

Course type Saturday Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS & KS1 Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Saturday 13th January, 10.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Saturday 13th January, 10.30am – 12.00pm
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From Dinosaurs to Diggers: Following Children’s Fascinations Saturday Spr term £35.00

From Dinosaurs to Diggers: Following Children’s Fascinations

Course description

Knowing how to shape provision and provide enhancements which connect with children’s interests is critical to helping children embed and extend learning. This course will explore the ways in which we uncover children’s particular fascinations. It will share practical ideas of how to build on the predictable interests of children and explore how to maximise the diverse interests, knowledge, experience and talent of individual children. During the session practitioners will examine their observations of children at play and discuss how to adapt and develop their provision and practice as children’s ideas emerge over time.

Course type Saturday Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS & KS1 Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Saturday 10th February, 10.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Saturday 10th February, 10.30am – 12.00pm
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Thinking Outside the Box: Inventive Ways to Inspire Young Architects Saturday Spr term £35.00

Thinking Outside the Box: Inventive Ways to Inspire Young Architects

Course description

Research shows that construction play supports the development of mathematical thinking, social skills, abstract thinking, creativity and literacy. Drawing on images of buildings and structures from across the world, this course will provide you with a wealth of inventive ideas for inspiring young architects of the future. Using everything from your small construction, blocks and art resources to recycled, natural and unusual materials, this session will demonstrate how to ignite children’s creativity, nurture collaboration and extend their problem solving skills. The session will provide delegates with lots of opportunities for practical, hands on exploration of materials – the possibilities are endless!

Course type Saturday Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS & KS1 Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Saturday 10th March, 10.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Saturday 10th March, 10.30am – 12.00pm
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It’s a Small World – Stimulating and Developing Children’s Storytelling Saturday Spr term £35.00

It’s a Small World – Stimulating and Developing Children’s Storytelling

Course description

Story is central to the development of children’s communication, language and literacy. Small world play allows children to explore, experiment with and reflect on feelings and events and to develop creative thinking. This session will look at ways of creating a stimulating environment where children are given time to develop their ideas through small world provision – supported by adults who are skilled at extending learning and developing authors. This session will include opportunities for delegates to develop their own stories through hands on activities with small world and a range of open-ended resources.

Course type Saturday Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS & KS1 Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 21st April, 10.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Saturday 21st April, 10.30am – 12.00pm
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