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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.

Nottingham Nursery School and Training Centre
Denman St West
Nottingham, NG7 3AB

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Multiple Place Discounts Available on Autumn & Spring 2018/19 CPD

  • Spend £200 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 5% off
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  • Spend £600 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 15% off
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EYFS Courses

Developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning One Day Spring $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 $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N and YR Teachers seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 2nd April, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Developing Effective Long & Medium Term Planning One Day Summer $175.00

Developing Effective Long & Medium Term Planning

Course description

Good planning builds on what children already know, do and understand, as well as opening up to new possibilities for children to explore. Across this course participants will explore how an effective learning environment, carefully planned and organised, promotes a broad range of learning opportunities. It will take practitioners through the process of responsive planning to support effective learning and explores ways in which adults respond to children ideas to challenge and extend thinking.

Time will be given to reflect on the relationship between planning and assessment.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss current planning issues and explore possible solutions. The interactive environment on display at the Centre will be used throughout the course, as well as examples of best practice from schools and nurseries that we have worked in partnership with.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how to plan more effectively
  • Confidence in knowing how your continuous provision can be used as the foundation for your planning
  • Inspiring examples of enhancements and adult initiated activities
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1N and YR Teachers seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 19th June, 9.30am-3.30pm Book Now
How to Support Children’s Self-Initiated Learning Workshop Spr/Sum $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 $72.77
Audience Y1N , YR Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 12th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 25th April, 10.00am Book Now
Northern Centre
Monday 29th April, 10.00am Book Now
Cambridge Hub
Tuesday 21st May, 10.00am - 12.00pm Book Now
How to Build on Children’s Interests Workshop Spr/Sum $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 $72.77
Audience Y1N , YR Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 28th February, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 28th February, 10.00am-12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 9th May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Thursday 16th May, 10.00am-12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 16th May, 10.00am-12.00pm Book Now
Cambridge Hub
Tuesday 25th June, 1.00pm - 3.00pm 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 $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 12th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Structures & Spaces: Inventive Ways to Inspire Young Architects Twilight Summer $35.00

Structures & Spaces: 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 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 blocks can support and extend children’s learning
  • 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 Team
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
London Centre
Thursday 25th April, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Monday 29th April, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 9th May, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now

KS1 Courses

Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1 One Day Spring $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 $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Wednesday 27th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Friday 29th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Taking the Characteristics of Effective Learning Forward into KS1 One Day Spr/Sum $175.00

Taking the Characteristics of Effective Learning Forward into KS1

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 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 KS1.

Benefits

  • In-depth understanding of the Characteristics of Effective learning and what these look like in KS1
  • Strategies to promote a classroom culture that fosters positive dispositions to learning
  • Inspiring and practical examples of active learning
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $231.53
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Friday 21st June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1 Workshop Spr/Sum $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 $72.77
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Wednesday 27th February, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 14th May, 10.00am Book Now
Northern Centre
Wednesday 15th May, 10.00am-12.00pm Book Now
How to Challenge & Extend Thinking in Y1 Workshop Spr/Sum $55.00

How to Challenge & Extend Thinking in Y1

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 in Y1 can stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help to develop their problem-solving skills.

Benefits

  • Deepen understand 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 Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $72.77
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 12th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 13th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Tuesday 25th June, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 25th June, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 27th June, 1.00pm - 3.00pm 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 $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
The Story Factory: Making the Most of Small World Twilight Summer $35.00

The Story Factory: Making the Most of Small World

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!

Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 27th June, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 9th May, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now
Northern Centre
Thursday 9th May, 4.30pm-6.00pm Book Now

Specialist Courses

Recognising the Needs of Boys’ Learning EYFS & Y1 One Day Summer $175.00

Recognising the Needs of Boys’ Learning EYFS & Y1

Course description

The gender gap is a much-discussed topic across the education sector. Early years practitioners often come across the same problems; with boys not appearing to fully engage in an adult led 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 Early Years
  • 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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS, Y1 Teachers and Phase Leaders
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 1st May, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 1st May, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 21st May, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now