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The Bristol Early Years Teaching School Alliance (Originally established as BEYTC – Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium) is a hub for Early Years settings and Primary Schools who wish to collaborate, learn together, question, challenge and innovate to improve provision and achievement for our youngest learners. We have great ambition.

It is led by St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre, who was awarded National Teaching School status in 2012 and is judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

Key alliance members include Bristol Local Authority EYs team, all 9 other Bristol Nursery Schools and Bath Spa University.

We also work in very close collaboration with local Teaching Schools: Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance, CLF Institute, and Cathedral Schools Trust Teaching School Alliance to develop an aligned and robust offer to EYs Settings and Schools which best meet the local, regional and national priorities.

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December 2021

New EYFS Maths for 2-4 Year-olds: Spatial Reasoning

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This collection of interactive sessions will support you to become more confident in your mathematical knowledge about Early Years mathematics for the new EYFS framework. The sessions will explore: 1. Numbers in Context 2. Patterns and Connections 3. Spatial Reasoning There will be lots of practical ideas and suggestions of ways to encourage a positive attitude to mathematics with staff, children, and parents. These courses are also available as a bundle.

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January 2022

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

January 12, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
£30

This session will explore the ways in which we can support and extend effective characteristics of learning to enable young children to become resilient, reflective lifelong learners. We will consider the Bristol C of EL guidance with the additional strand of emotional well-being and how this might support an inclusive learning community. The guidance includes practice ideas, reflective questions to support planning and a useful assessment tool. If this part of the Statutory EYFS is prioritised it will support children…

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New EYFS Maths for 2-4 Year-olds: Patterns and Connections

January 13, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This collection of interactive sessions will support you to become more confident in your mathematical knowledge about Early Years mathematics for the new EYFS framework. The sessions will explore: 1. Numbers in Context 2. Patterns and Connections 3. Spatial Reasoning There will be lots of practical ideas and suggestions of ways to encourage a positive attitude to mathematics with staff, children, and parents. These courses are also available as a bundle.

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Emotional Curriculum and the Environment

January 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£60

This session will consider how the emotional needs of children can be supported by a learning environment that holds, listens, nurtures, and enables. We will explore structures, relationships, the key person approach and working with families to develop a pedagogy that is built on attachment led practice and a trauma informed approach. There will be an opportunity to reflect on the latest research into ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how these can affect the long-term health and wellbeing for children…

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Let’s Talk About Gender

January 25, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will support your exploration and understanding of the language of gender (including pronouns and the spectrum of gender identity). It will look at the Equalities Act 2010 and our statutory requirements in early years to support all children and families from a gender perspective. Participants will gain a better understanding of the impact of gender stereotyping on access to early years provision; children's developing sense of self; limiting educational and career choices; and on fuelling prejudice, harassment, and poor mental health. We…

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Self-regulation and Executive Functioning: Supporting Children’s Emotional and Cognitive Development

January 26, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

Children thrive when they are able to manage and regulate thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. We will reflect on the impact of Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments and how they best support children to regulate and manage their emotions, feelings, and behaviour. We will consider how routines, strategies and language supports children to focus on tasks, make links in their learning and explain their thinking and explore how we, as practitioners best support children to focus, persevere and bounce back when…

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February 2022

Leadership Trio – Authentic, Ambitious and Value Based Leadership

February 3, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

This session will offer you the opportunity to consider your, beliefs, values, and ambitions for leadership within the context of leadership theories and frameworks, and particularly through times of change. We will encourage you to reflect on what you yourself bring to the team and support you to consider ways in which you can empower your team members both collectively and individually, to build resilient and sustainable distributed leadership.   This course is available as part of a package of…

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Bundle: Leadership Trio

February 3, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£70.00

This bundle includes the following courses: Leadership Trio – Authentic, Ambitious and Value Based Leadership February 3, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Leadership Trio – Courageous Conversations February 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Leadership Trio – Introduction to Staff Supervision February 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Loving Literacy – Book Talk

February 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

This session will explore the magic of books (stories and non-fiction) as a powerful tool for learning and to instil a love of words, ideas, and possibilities for life. This is high priority in the revised EYFS We will explore some of the latest titles that will inspire and provoke thinking and imagination in our youngest children. We will consider how a core book approach can support your learning journey with children as they become confident talkers, storytellers, readers, and…

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The Power of Sustained Shared Thinking

February 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
£60

Sustained shared thinking is ‘when two or more individuals “work together” in an intellectual way to solve a problem, clarify a concept, evaluate an activity, extend a narrative etc.’ Sylva et al, 2004 This session will explore how adults and children can work together as co-researchers to learn together about the world around them. We will consider the idea of scientific enquiry and how effective questions can enable children to think further about what fascinates them. We will learn more…

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Leadership Trio – Courageous Conversations

February 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

We all sometimes get stuck when we need to say some hard things to people. This session will provide you with the opportunities to explore what might be stopping you from doing this, consider different ways of approaching and leading the conversation, and provide space to practice them. You will be offered a variety of strategies from which you can apply your new learning to that next tricky conversation you need to have.   This course is available as part…

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Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer

February 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£40

This course considers how to foster a loving pedagogy in our settings and how love fits within professional practice. We will explore what we mean by love and loving in the context of early childhood and consider what constitutes a loving pedagogy and how we can help children to feel loved in our settings. There will be an opportunity to review and evaluate our practice in the light of this approach.

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Leadership Trio – Introduction to Staff Supervision

February 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

Supervision is an effective tool to support staff wellbeing, accountability and ambition in your school or setting. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage requires that providers must put appropriate arrangements in place for the supervision of staff who have contact with young children and families. During this session we will review understanding, policy, protocols, and procedures for developing effective supervision in your EYFS setting/ class teams. It will also explore some of the complexities of being an…

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March 2022

Being with Babies

March 1, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

As babies now enter a wider circle of relationships, we will explore ways of developing their sense of belonging and enabling greater connections within their community. We shall be exploring the Bristol Baby Rights and changes to the EYFS, to help us become confident companions when “being with babies”.

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Assessment – Scripting the Learning Story

March 3, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
£30

The new EYFS Statutory Framework has a revised emphasis on practitioner’s professional confidence about children’s learning without the need for excessive documentation or evidence. This session will explore “telling the story "and exploring what’s behind a child’s learning and how we describe what we notice about their learning as part of our ongoing assessment practice. We will also draw on some of the principles of learning stories.

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Let’s Talk Race Equality

March 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
£60

Exploring Race Equalities: This session will support you to explore some of the facts, feelings, behaviours, and actions that are embedded in Race Equality. We will acknowledge and reflect on the legacy of unconscious bias and discrimination, and explore what authentic cultural competency, might look like in your School or Early Years setting. We will develop a better understanding of why we need to be proactive in our leadership of race equality and reflect on why it is about so…

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Amazing Communicators Trio – Quality Interactions (For Primary)

March 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

This session will explore the basics of effective, authentic, and meaningful interactions with children in the EYs. We will cover what makes for quality interactions: the way we use our body and voice, how we listen, pause, and reflect on children’s learning with them. How we can deepen their thinking, provoke new learning and delight in the children’s fascinations. We will use the quality interaction checklist to learn more about how to develop good practice.   This course is available…

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Bundle: Amazing Communicators Trio (Primary)

March 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£70.00

This bundle includes the following courses: Amazing Communicators Trio – Quality Interactions (For Primary) March 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Amazing Communicators Trio: Supporting language and communication BECAT (For Primary) March 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Amazing Communicators Trio: Brilliant Bilingualism (For Primary) March 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Bundle: Loving Literacy

March 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£70.00

This bundle includes the following courses:   Loving Literacy: Children as Storytellers March 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Loving Literacy: Early Reading March 24, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Loving Literacy: Early Writing March 30, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Loving Literacy: Children as Storytellers

March 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Little Bishop Street
Bristol, BS2 9JF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
£30

This session will develop your understanding and expertise in developing narrative and encouraging all children to become powerful storytellers to support their language and literacy skills. We will consider the importance of storytelling and how this links with self -esteem, expression and learning through play. We will explore strategies such as story mapping, story squares and non-verbal storytelling within an inclusive environment. We will reflect on how parents/carers might also support storytelling at home.   This course is available as…

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Amazing Communicators Trio: Supporting language and communication BECAT (For Primary)

March 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

The Bristol Every Child A Talker (BECAT) project has supported many EYs practitioners to identify and plan for children who have difficulties with speech, language, and communication skills. The communication and language assessment tool as part of this project has been updated in light of the new EYFS and is a valuable resource to support children under five. This session will explore how to use this tool to identify language support needs and suggested strategies as part of everyday practice.…

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Amazing Communicators Trio: Brilliant Bilingualism (For Primary)

March 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

This session will support practitioners to consider the implications for children and families coming into their setting with no or very little English. We will explore cultural identity, self-esteem, language acquisition and learn practical strategies to ensure both children and families have a voice, all of which has impact on their achievement. We will develop a better understanding of communities, cultures and communication and consider how valuing the home language has impact on children’s confidence and self-esteem. We will explore…

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Loving Literacy: Early Reading

March 24, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will support your knowledge and understanding of how children learn to read, the skills they need and how we as adults can motivate them to become confident and develop a lifelong love of books and stories. We will explore the approaches that support early readers linked to Loving Literacy audit tool. We will con sider how children develop enthusiasm and resilience to link their phonic knowledge and language comprehension within a rich literary curriculum.   This course is…

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Loving Literacy: Early Writing

March 30, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will support your knowledge and understanding of how children become writers, the skills they need and how we as adults can motivate them to become confident authors to tell their own stories. We will explore the approaches that support early mark makers to develop enthusiasm and resilience to link their knowledge of letters and sounds with physical skills, imagination, and real reasons to write. The strategies discussed will be linked to the Loving Literacy audit tool.   This…

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The Importance of Having a Strong PLAY Pedagogy

March 31, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Redcliffe Nursery School, Spencer House, Ship Lane
Bristol, BS1 6RR United Kingdom
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£60.00

This session will explore in depth the reasons why children need to play. How exploration through play builds confidence, helps children to relate to each other, establish relationships, set their own goals and solve problems. We will discuss how the play can be guided by adults, based on the children’s interests and own enquires. The interactions that the adults have with the children is the basis for being able to respond to each child’s need and levels of development. Providing…

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April 2022

Ecology and Sustainability: Our Footprint

April 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will explore the importance of taking children out into nature. We will reflect on ways that you can highlight the processes and changes that happen in the natural world, including the seasons, the changing states of matter and how we can lessen our impact. Similarities and differences will be highlighted between contrasting environments. There will be opportunity to discuss how and where you can take children to gain a sense of calm to support their wellbeing and how…

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Emotional Curriculum and the Environment

April 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£60

This session will consider how the emotional needs of children can be supported by a learning environment that holds, listens, nurtures, and enables. We will explore structures, relationships, the key person approach and working with families to develop a pedagogy that is built on attachment led practice and a trauma informed approach. There will be an opportunity to reflect on the latest research into ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how these can affect the long-term health and wellbeing for children…

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Conflict Resolution

April 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

Children develop personally, socially, and emotionally as they experience warm, nurturing, and loving relationships with significant adults and others around them. Clear and consistent behavioural boundaries also play a part. This session will help you to support children’s behaviour through a conflict resolution approach that is positive and empowering. You will learn the basic technique that is tailored to the unique needs of very young children and supports personal, social, and emotional development. You will explore how “tuned in”, effective…

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Amazing Communicators Trio – Quality Interactions (For Nursery)

April 28, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

This session will explore the basics of effective, authentic, and meaningful interactions with children in the EYs. We will cover what makes for quality interactions: the way we use our body and voice, how we listen, pause, and reflect on children’s learning with them. How we can deepen their thinking, provoke new learning and delight in the children’s fascinations. We will use the quality interaction checklist to learn more about how to develop good practice.   This course is available…

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Bundle: Amazing Communicators Trio (Nursery)

April 28, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
£70.00

This bundle includes the following courses: Amazing Communicators Trio – Quality Interactions (For Nursery) April 28, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Amazing Communicators Trio: Supporting language and communication BECAT (For Nursery) May 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Amazing Communicators Trio: Brilliant Bilingualism (For Nursery) May 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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May 2022

Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

May 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will explore the ways in which we can support and extend effective characteristics of learning to enable young children to become resilient, reflective lifelong learners. We will consider the Bristol C of EL guidance with the additional strand of emotional well-being and how this might support an inclusive learning community. The guidance includes practice ideas, reflective questions to support planning and a useful assessment tool. If this part of the Statutory EYFS is prioritised it will support children…

Find out more »

Amazing Communicators Trio: Brilliant Bilingualism (For Nursery)

May 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

This session will support practitioners to consider the implications for children and families coming into their setting with no or very little English. We will explore cultural identity, self-esteem, language acquisition and learn practical strategies to ensure both children and families have a voice, all of which has impact on their achievement. We will develop a better understanding of communities, cultures and communication and consider how valuing the home language has impact on children’s confidence and self-esteem. We will explore…

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Exploring Race with Children in Early Years Settings with Liz Pemberton AKA The Black Nursery Manager

May 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£75

This is a three-part course. You must attend all three sessions. Our guest trainer, Liz Pemberton, is taking online media by storm, challenging LAs, EYs providers and practitioners to question more, reflect honestly, dig deeper and do more to develop anti-racist practice in the EYs. Known as ‘The Black Nursery Manager’ Liz has made it her mission to promote inclusive practice in the Early Years. This course will look at: how EYs guidance can support us to work towards anti-racist…

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Movement Matters More Than Ever!

May 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Little Bishop Street
Bristol, BS2 9JF United Kingdom
+ Google Map
£60

Many children have missed out on fundamental physical development opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic, a gap which is being identified now that children are back in schools/settings. This session will explore how provision of a movement rich environment and curriculum not only supports children’s physical development but their social, emotional, cognitive and language development too. There will be opportunities to reflect on how wide-ranging physical experiences indoors and outdoors support all areas of learning, including Characteristics of Effective Learning; the…

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A Have a Go Attitude to Risk/Benefit in Eys

May 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will establish what you consider to be an acceptable risk in your setting. We will explore how to create an outdoor area that has challenge, adventure, and opportunities for children to make decisions for themselves about whether to take a risk, try something new, go to the next level. The session will discuss how to build an attitude of risk benefits with your staff. We will consider the characteristics of playing and exploring, active learning and thinking critically…

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Amazing Communicators Trio: Supporting language and communication BECAT (For Nursery)

May 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

The Bristol Every Child A Talker (BECAT) project has supported many EYs practitioners to identify and plan for children who have difficulties with speech, language, and communication skills. The communication and language assessment tool as part of this project has been updated in light of the new EYFS and is a valuable resource to support children under five. This session will explore how to use this tool to identify language support needs and suggested strategies as part of everyday practice.…

Find out more »

The Power of Sustained Shared Thinking

May 26, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£60

Sustained shared thinking is ‘when two or more individuals “work together” in an intellectual way to solve a problem, clarify a concept, evaluate an activity, extend a narrative etc.’ Sylva et al, 2004 This session will explore how adults and children can work together as co-researchers to learn together about the world around them. We will consider the idea of scientific enquiry and how effective questions can enable children to think further about what fascinates them. We will learn more…

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June 2022

Emotion Coaching

June 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
£30

This session will help you to support children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them. We will consider Emotion Coaching as a strategy for supporting children’s behaviour and highlight research which demonstrates the value of an emotion coaching approach. There will be opportunities to explore the tools to practice emotion coaching with children.

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New to EYFS (For Schools)

June 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£70

This is a three-part course. You must attend all three sessions. This three-part course will support you to embed the Early Years Foundation Stage in your setting whilst ensuring that children and families are at the heart of good practice. You will need to attend all three sessions as they are linked. Please ensure that you sign up for the relevant session focused on either Reception (4-5 yrs) or Early Years Setting (0-4yrs) Part 1- Principles of EYFS (Thursday 9th…

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July 2022

Curriculum Design in the EYs

July 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£30

The new EYFS Educational Programmes ask us to review how we design a curriculum that is inspiring, appropriate, values based, connected and accessible to all learners. This session will explore what we mean by curriculum in the early years and how we can ensure that it is responsive to the unique needs of the children and communities that we work with. We will consider how our curriculum encourages ambition and ensures learners are making progress in a meaningful way. We…

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St. Pauls Children’s Centre: There is no on-site parking but parking is available on the road for £1 an hour for a maximum of 3 hours, or in Cabot Circus which is 5-minute walk from the St. Pauls Children’s Centre.