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Early Excellence is delighted to be collaborating with the Nottingham Nursery School and Training Centre to offer a range of high quality professional development opportunities for EYFS and Year 1 practitioners in our Midlands hub.

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EYFS Courses

Developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning One Day Autumn $175.00

Developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning

Course description

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are fundamental to every child. They focus on how children learn rather than what they learn. Research has shown that it is these skills that make a difference to children’s long term outcomes and to their ability to become happy, resourceful and resilient adults. It is our responsibility as early years practitioners to support the development of these skills during these crucial formative years. When planning and supporting children it is important to consider the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children.

Benefits

  • To deepen knowledge of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and how children learn
  • To build confidence in identifying the Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • To develop the role of the adult in implementing the Characteristics of Effective Learning
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N and YR Teachers seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 25th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Friday 25th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Friday 9th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Developing Meaningful Observational Assessment One Day Spring $175.00

Developing Meaningful Observational Assessment

Course description

Observational assessment is critical in enabling practitioners to identify significant aspects of children’s learning and development. It is essential that practitioners understand how to undertake sensitive observational assessment in order to develop provision and practice that meets young children’s needs. To successfully support and facilitate progress we need to look for more than we expect to see.  Therefore, it is a skilled and skilful process, both intuitive and deliberate and is neither clear cut, simple or straightforward.

Using video evidence and practical activities, this in-depth course explores manageable and meaningful approaches to observations, recording and demonstrating progress – and provides opportunities for participants to review and utilise their understanding of the children they work with.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how to use assessment to support learning
  • Gain greater confidence in using observation-based assessment
  • Examples of strategies and tools to help support effective observation
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N and YR Teachers seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 12th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 12th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 26th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Developing High Quality Learning Outdoors One Day Autumn $175.00

Developing High Quality Learning Outdoors

Course description

From making dens and flying kites, to constructing 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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N and YR Teachers seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 3rd April, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 3rd April, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Friday 5th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
How to Support Children’s Self-Initiated Learning Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Support Children’s Self-Initiated Learning

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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N , YR Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 28th September, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 20th September, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 12th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
How to Build on Children’s Interests Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Build on Children’s Interests

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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N , YR Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 12th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 4th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 16th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
How to Secure Effective Interactions Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Secure Effective Interactions

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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N , YR Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 30th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 15th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 14th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Big, Big Maths: Working with Maths on a Large Scale Twilight Autumn $35.00

Big, Big Maths: Working with Maths on a Large Scale

Course description

Join this twilight with your team and gain practical ideas to stimulate maths outdoors.
During the twilight we will explore how in the outdoors, children use their muscles and minds together to learn new things. When they lift, carry, transport, dig, balance and fill they are exploring many of their own ideas and challenging key concepts. By using large, open-ended materials and by exploring a wide range of possibilities, outdoor play can provide many opportunities for children to experience real mathematics on a large scale.

Through highly active, physical experiences children thoroughly embed their understanding of early mathematical concepts and learn to use mathematical vocabulary in purposeful and meaningful ways. This twilight will outline the key experiences, resources and organisation which are needed to support and extend children’s early mathematical thinking and will provide valuable strategies for providing inspiring maths in a big way outdoors.

Benefits

  • An opportunity to reflect on what mathematical thinking is and how we can best nurture and challenge mathematical concepts outdoors.
  • An understanding of the rich mathematical possibilities of outdoor play and the importance of big movements and physically challenging resources.
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 17th September, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Monday 3rd December, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 14th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
From Mark Making to Writing: Nurturing Young Writers Twilight Autumn $35.00

From Mark Making to Writing: Nurturing Young Writers

Course description

As children become more confident and excited about their mark making and begin to understand real writing, it is critical to offer support in ways that maintain children’s love of writing and its meaning in a range of contexts – for notes, lists, letters, stories and so on.

Leading children’s mark making towards writing is a skillful process and in this practical workshop practitioners will consider the experiences, activities and support they can provide to promote children’s passion, confidence and skill in writing. Delegates will gain inspirational ideas to help to 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

  • A deeper understanding of the development of early writing skills
  • Practical ideas to support children ‘having a go’
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 8th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 4th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 16th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Put the Kettle On! Creating High Quality Domestic Role Play Twilight Spring $35.00

Put the Kettle On! Creating High Quality Domestic Role Play

Course description

How much does your home corner reflect the real homes of the children? Could you move in tomorrow? How can we support learning across all areas in our home corner?

This twilight will explore the importance of establishing meaningful and quality domestic role play that remains in place all year.  Using the Centre’s Interactive Environment as support we will consider resources that can be added to the environment which will provide opportunities across all areas of learning and reflect children’s personal experiences.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how domestic role play can support learning across the curriculum
  • Knowledge of what are the key features you need to provide and why
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for continuous provision and enhancements
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 17th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 17th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 12th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now

KS1 Courses

Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1 One Day Autumn $175.00

Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1

Course description

This course addresses the issues around effective planning; ensuring that all aspects of the KS1 curriculum are effectively taught and that key skills are embedded, whilst ensuring that that children are given opportunities to make links, explore and think critically.

During this inspiring course, delegates will be supported to find ways to manage these challenges. We will consider how to interpret learning through skilful observation and use this information to accurately assess and explore how a combination of adult led, carefully planned provision and opportunities for child-initiated learning can bring about successful outcomes. Time will also be given to create an action plan unique to the specific needs of your school.

Delegates will consider how a combination of adult led, carefully planned provision and opportunities for child-initiated learning can bring about successful learning outcomes.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how to develop KS1 provision that supports the whole curriculum
  • An understanding of how to capitalize on ‘incidental learning’
  • Practical ideas for developing strategies to extend and capture children’s learning
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 5th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 5th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Children Moving into Y1 One Day Autumn $175.00

Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Children Moving into Y1

Course description

Transition is not an event, but a process. Poor transitions cause stress for young children which can lead to anxiety, significantly impacting on their ongoing progress across all areas of learning and development. The transition from Reception into Y1 continues to be a challenge and area of debate for many schools and for many children. In order to ensure a smooth transition and continuity in their learning it is vital to consider the unique needs of each child.  The course will explore ways to make the best use of evidence that has been captured about children’s learning, including the EYFS Profile.

Throughout the day delegates will consider key principles for transition and practical ways to ensure this is as smooth and successful as possible; with opportunities to reflect on their current approach and consider a developmentally and age appropriate approach.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the impact transition has on children
  • Strategies to help make the most of existing evidence about children’s previous learning
  • Practical ideas to help make transition a success
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham
Tuesday 25th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
How to use Continuous Provision Year 1 Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to use Continuous Provision Year 1

Course description

Research identifies that children benefit if the curriculum and provision in Y1 builds on previous experiences and provides rich opportunities for exploration and challenge. During this practical workshop delegates will develop an understanding of the principles of continuous provision and how to ensure that this is challenging enough to meet the increasing needs of the KS1 curriculum.

Benefits

  • Clarity around what continuous provision should look like in Year 1
  • A deeper understanding of how to create active, meaningful learning environments
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 11th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1 Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1

Course description

Ensuring children continue to make progress whilst presenting learning in ways that engage and motivate can be challenging for many KS1 practitioners. Although many classrooms now have elements of continuous provision in KS1 there is still much uncertainty as to how best to make it work. Questions such as ‘How can we ensure that children are challenged and making progress whilst engaged in self -initiated learning?’ and ‘How can we best evidence self-initiated learning?’ are often asked.  This session explores manageable ways to evidence learning through planning and recording and shares high quality examples.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording learning using the continuous provision
  • Ideas for how to create engaging learning opportunities
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts Twilight Autumn $35.00

Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts

Course description

Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts
The pressures of teaching of reading and writing can lead many resorting to overly formal teaching rather than teaching the way that children learn best. However, ensuring children continue to make progress whilst presenting learning in ways that engage and motivate them is a challenge for many Yr 1 practitioners. This exciting twilight will explore how to use high quality texts to build on children’s prior experiences in the EYFS and ensure that teaching is developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging.

Participants will consider manageable ways in which the learning environment, the daily routine and the presentation of learning experiences can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of these very young children. Delegates will explore how to build on children’s prior mark-making experiences yet ensuring that the teaching of writing is developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging.

Benefits

  • Consideration of a variety of ways in which children can continue to develop independence as a writer
  • Practical solutions for how the learning environment can support writing
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 11th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
We Could Be Heroes: The Power of Imaginative Play Twilight Spring $35.00

We Could Be Heroes: The Power of Imaginative Play

Course description

Whether it be super heroes, story book characters or inspiring historical figures; exploring the life of another person whilst in role offers a rich seam of powerful learning opportunities across the curriculum in KS1.

Stepping into another’s shoes encourages children to safely explore moral issues and develop a sense of empathy through their play and during this twilight we will consider practical ways to support children with developing their imaginative play.  We will discuss how to use it to successfully strengthen their social skills, language skills and storytelling – as well as using it as a meaningful approach  to deepen their understanding of the lives of others, both modern day and in the past.

Benefits

  • Develop an understanding of how imaginative role play can be used to support learning across KS1
  • Gain ideas for how it can be modelled, taught and extended
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 5th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 5th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now

Specialist Courses

Supporting Disadvantaged Learners One Day Spring $175.00

Supporting Disadvantaged Learners

Course description

All children are entitled to a high quality early years provision which helps them become the best learners they can be. We know that some children are vulnerable to underachievement because their social circumstances, their past experiences or their cultural group. Settings and schools have a key role to play in supporting children and their families to have high aspirations and to narrow the achievement gap.

This course will explore the benefits and challenges of monitoring language development and delay, the effective use of the EYFS pupil premium and creating a ‘learning without limits’ ethos in your school. It will include resources to help you monitor practice, evaluate provision and improve your partnership with partners.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the critical role the home learning environment has on children’s learning and related research
  • Strategies to support you with working effectively in partnership with parents
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS, Y1 Teachers and Phase Leaders
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 8th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Friday 8th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 31st January, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now