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Histon Early Years Centre
New School Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LL

Early Excellence is delighted to be collaborating with the Histon Early Years Centre to offer a range of high quality professional development opportunities for EYFS and Year 1 Practitioners in our East of England Hub.

Title Type Price Location Date

Cambridge Hub Programme

Understanding the EYFS for Senior Leaders

Understanding the EYFS – A Senior Leaders Guide to Quality Practice in the EYFS Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 01 Oct

Understanding the EYFS – A Senior Leaders Guide to Quality Practice in the EYFS

Course description

Getting it right from the start is critical for every child. This course has been specifically designed to give current or aspiring senior leaders with limited early years’ experience a thorough introduction to everything they need to know about EYFS.

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 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 in order to enable you to use it effectively for school improvement purposes and when preparing for an Ofsted inspection.

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 EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience Senior Leaders with responsibility for EYFS
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 1st October, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

In-depth Support for Securing Best Practice in EYFS

All About the Characteristics of Effective Learning 3-5yrs Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 15 Oct

All About the Characteristics of Effective Learning 3-5yrs

Course description

We know that a major source of the difference between the highest and lowest achieving children is the degree to which they become regulators of their own learning. Good learners have strong dispositions and the skills to access all learning opportunities fully.  This inspiring course will explore how best to support each child’s approach to learning; reflecting on the nature and content of the characteristics of effective learning and their critical significance for children’s learning.  Participants will consider how these characteristics can be facilitated, supported and recognised throughout the Early Years and Year One.

Benefits

  • In-depth understanding of the Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Strategies to promote a classroom culture that fosters positive dispositions to learning
  • Developing the role of the adult in supporting the Characteristics of Effective Learning

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 15th October, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
All About Child-led & Adult-led Learning 3-5yrs Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 05 May

All About Child-led & Adult-led Learning 3-5yrs

Course description

As Early Years practitioners, we question how much of the day should be child-led and how much should be led by adults, often wondering how this balance effects learning, and the progress children make.  To support practitioners in addressing this issue of balance, this course will explore how to facilitate and extend rich learning opportunities through children’s self-initiated learning and effective adult interactions. Come prepared to participate in hands on learning using the Centre’s Interactive Environments.

Benefits

  • Deeper understanding of the terms child-led and adult-led
  • Exploration of the role of the adult in supporting and extending child-initiated learning
  • Practical ideas to support your practice
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 5th May, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
All About High-Quality Outdoor Learning 3-5yrs Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 04 Feb

All About High-Quality Outdoor Learning 3-5yrs

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, develop a deeper understanding of how the characteristics of effective learning as well as critical skills such as language for thinking, literacy and maths can be effectively embedded and extended outdoors.

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 Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 4th February, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
Securing Best Practice 3-5yrs: Three Day Package Package $450.00 Cambridge As Above

Securing Best Practice 3-5yrs: Three Day Package

Course description

The three day package includes:

All About the Characteristics of Effective Learning 3-5yrs (15/10/19)

All About High-Quality Outdoor Learning 3-5yrs (04/02/20)

All About Child-led & Adult-led Learning 3-5yrs (05/05/20)

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $595.35 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 15th October, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

In-depth Support for Securing Best Practice in KS1

All About Making Links & Deeper Level Learning in KS1 Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 10 Mar

All About Making Links & Deeper Level Learning in KS1

Course description

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

During this inspiring course, we will consider how best to plan for a combination of adult led and child led learning. Delegates will examine how carefully planned provision and incidental learning opportunities can support progress towards end of Key Stage expectations, ensuring successful outcomes. Time will also be given to create an action plan unique to the specific needs of your school.

Benefits

–      Clarity of how continuous provision in KS1 supports and embeds learning across 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 Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders & Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 10th March, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
All About Children’s Work & Meeting Expectations in KS1 Full Day $175.00 Cambridge 21 May

All About Children’s Work & Meeting Expectations in KS1

Course description

Although many classrooms have elements of continuous provision in KS1, particularly in Year One, there is still much uncertainty as to how best to make it work and how it might be used in Year Two. 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?’ need answering.

During this course, delegates will explore how children can be taught the skills and approaches needed to become independent learners, increasingly able to manage the planning, evaluating and evidencing of their own work. This session will focus on a cycle of learning that builds up manageable ways to evidence learning through planning and recording and shares high quality examples of this approach in practice.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording child-led learning continuous provision
  • An increasingly challenging approach to child-led learning though KS1
  • Ideas for linking adult led teaching to child-led outcomes
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders & Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 21st May, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

Bitesize Workshops for Practice Essentials 3-5yrs

How to Support Childrens Self-Initiated Learning Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 14 Nov

How to Support Childrens Self-Initiated Learning

Course description

Understanding how to effectively work with Continuous Provision is at the heart of a quality planning framework for all children in the 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 Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, TAs, Phase Leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 14th November, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Build on Childrens Interests Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 26 Nov

How to Build on Childrens Interests

Course description

From dinosaurs to the latest films, knowing how to skillfully 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 Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, TAs, Phase Leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 26th November, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Secure Effective Interactions Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 05 Dec

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 Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, TAs, Phase Leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 5th December, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Observe, Document & Plan Next Steps in Learning Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 16 Jan

How to Observe, Document & Plan Next Steps in Learning

Course description

Good observational assessment is critical in enabling practitioners to identify significant aspects of children’s learning and development. It is essential that practitioners are highly skilled in understanding how to undertake sensitive observational assessment in order to develop provision and practice that meets young children’s needs.

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 Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, TAs, Phase Leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 16th January, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now

Bitesize Workshops for Practice Essentials 5-7yrs

How to Use Continuous Provision in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 25 Feb

How to Use Continuous Provision in KS1

Course description

Research identifies that children benefit if the curriculum and provision in KS1 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 there is progression for the EYFS.

Benefits

  • Clarity around what continuous provision should look like in KS 1
  • An opportunity to plan provision that supports the demands of the curriculum
  • Practical tools to apply to current practice
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 25th February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Manage the Curriculum in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 23 Apr

How to Manage the Curriculum in KS1

Course description

To securely embed learning, research identifies that children benefit from a curriculum and provision that allows them to revisit taught experiences and provides rich opportunities for exploration and challenge.  During this practical workshop delegates will develop an understanding of the ways in which continuous provision, classroom routines and incidental learning can all be used to support the demands of the KS1 curriculum.

Benefits

  • An opportunity to consider how to closely link continuous provision to KS 1 expectations
  • Ideas for curriculum links in all aspects of classroom life
  • Practical approaches to support and develop current practice
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 23rd April, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Evidence Learning & Progress in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 25 Jun

How to Evidence Learning & Progress in KS1

Course description

High quality, well planned provision in KS1 builds on good EYFS practice and effectively supports progress towards end of KS1 expectations. Ensuring children continue to make progress both through the year and the Key Stage can be challenging for many KS1 practitioners. This session explores manageable ways of supporting children to evidence their own learning in increasingly sophisticated ways, when working in provision.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording learning in continuous provision
  • Ideas for how to create engaging learning opportunities
  • An opportunity to plan developments in your own classroom
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 25th June, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
How to Make the Most of Outdoor Learning in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Cambridge 09 Jul

How to Make the Most of Outdoor Learning in KS1

Course description

The benefits for children of being able to learn outdoors are now widely acknowledged but providing outdoor learning in KS1 can often be challenging. This session will consider the possibilities for continuing regular outdoor learning and explore how best to plan and organise outdoor provision that offers a wide range of learning opportunities for children in KS1, in a way that is realistic and manageable. It will consider the implications for curriculum planning, daily routines, resourcing and the role of the adult outdoors.

Benefits

–      Gain a deeper understanding of the value of outdoor learning
–      Confidence in knowing how the outdoor environment can be used to support learning across the curriculum, no matter how limited your space
–      Inspiring examples of outdoor learning

Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 9th July, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now

Inspirational Ideas for Learning & Progression 3-7yrs

Let’s Talk! 50 Ways to Inspire Language through Role Play Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 14 Nov

Let’s Talk! 50 Ways to Inspire Language through Role Play

Course description

The acquisition of spoken language and communication skills in early childhood builds strong foundations for reading, writing and mathematics. High quality role play supports children as they experiment with language, allowing vocabulary to flourish in meaningful contexts.

This twilight will explore the importance of establishing meaningful and quality role play that remains in place all year – and that which adapts to reflect new interests and themes.  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, reflect children’s personal experiences and spark conversations!

Benefits

  • An understanding of how role play can support learning across the curriculum, across the year
  • 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 Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 14th November, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Lets Get Ready! Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 26 Nov

Lets Get Ready! Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather

Course description

The entitlement to outdoor provision is at the heart of effective practice in EYFS and through into KS1. There is a clear expectation that the outdoor environment is available and used well every day; whatever the time of year and whatever the weather.

With positive attitudes and thinking, this time of year can provide many unique and valuable learning opportunities. This twilight will provide lots of examples of real practice which highlight the benefits of children being outdoors in winter.  Delegates will explore ways to make the most of the season, finding solutions for constraints and barriers, as well as inspirational ideas!

Benefits:

  • A clear understanding of the critical role outdoor learning has across the year
  • Support to review and improve your outdoors space
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for outdoor learning in winter
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 26th November, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Big, Big Maths: Working with Maths on a Large Scale Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 05 Dec

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

Course description

During this twilight we will explore the ways in which children use their muscles and minds together as they learn. When they lift, carry, transport, dig, balance and fill they are exploring many of their own ideas and developing their understanding of key concepts. By exploring a wide range of possibilities with large, open-ended materials 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.

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 physically challenging resources.
  • Practical ideas to take back to your setting
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 5th December, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Lets Build: Increasing the Challenge of Small Construction Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 16 Jan

Lets Build: Increasing the Challenge of Small Construction

Course description

Research shows that construction play supports the development of mathematical thinking, social skills, abstract thinking, creativity and literacy. This twilight 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.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of how the use of small construction can support and extend children’s learning
  • An opportunity to review your construction provision
  • Practical ideas to introduce and develop your use of these resources as part of enhanced and continuous provision.
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Wednesday 16th January, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
It’s a Small World: Inspiring Childrens Storytelling Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 25 Feb

It’s a Small World: Inspiring Childrens Storytelling

Course description

The ability to ‘talk a story’ is the critical first step in children becoming successful story writers.  Small World resources provide the ideal opportunity for children to bring their ideas to life using concrete objects.  They can be used to support the development of characters, create settings and explore plots from the simple to the complex.

During this twilight delegates with look at how to use  and enrich their Small World resources effectively to inspire and extend young writers in KS1, and how this links with the challenges of curriculum.  We will also consider how technology can be used to bring these stories to life!

Benefits:

  • An understanding of how to make small world resources support story writing
  • Practical ideas to get the most of small world resources as a teaching and learning tool
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Tuesday 25th February, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Let’s Play Games: Mastering Maths through Making Games Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 09 Jul

Let’s Play Games: Mastering Maths through Making Games

Course description

Game playing demands high levels of concentration, problem solving and strategic thinking. As children play games, they practice and embed skills, develop organisational abilities, learn to cooperate and have fun.

Enabling children to invent their own games widens these opportunities still further. This hands-on session will give delegates an opportunity to look at different examples of invented games as well as creating and playing a game of their own.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts
  • Inspiring and practical ideas to establish effective maths provision
  • Tools to help you evaluate your provision
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 9th July, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
The Enquiring Mind: From Wow to Understanding How Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 23 Apr

The Enquiring Mind: From Wow to Understanding How

Course description

In today’s rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts. Supporting children in developing thinking, rather than just learning facts and skills ensures that children are taught the skills that they will need in later life. They need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, make inferences, analyse, contrast and compare. Providing opportunities for children to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise is critical for cognitive development and allows children to learn how to learn.

This workshop will explore ways that teachers can stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help to develop their problem-solving skills.

Benefits

  • Deepen understanding around the importance of developing thinking skills and how this impacts on high quality teaching and learning
  • Explore resources that promote and inspire curiosity
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 23rd April, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Moving it On! Outdoor Learning with Added Challenge Twilight $35.00 Cambridge 25 Jun

Moving it On! Outdoor Learning with Added Challenge

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 Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
Histon Early Years Centre
Thursday 25th June, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now