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May 2021

Executive Functioning in the EYFS

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

‘Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses’. Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2011 This session will explore what this might look…

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Emotion Coaching

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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Leading with Authenticity and Ambition – Nursery

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 session is available for Nursery and Primary. This particular…

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Conflict Resolution to Support Self- Regulation

May 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Children are not born with self-regulation skills. They develop them 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 and self- regulation 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.…

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Gender and the ‘gap’ – how do we challenge perceptions and make a difference to outcomes?

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Children are ‘coded’ by everything – the environment, language, cultural references, and most influentially the attitudes and expectations of the people around them. This session explores how unconscious bias, gender and cultural stereotyping impacts on children’s developing sense of self, their attainment, and therefore potential. We will reflect on how developing learning environments and challenging our own assumptions can counter the many stereotypes that exist. We will consider how our perception of what ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ are like, what they…

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June 2021

Quality Interactions in the EYFS

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

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Characteristics of Effective Learning (particular focus on wellbeing strand) – Primary School and Nurseries

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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Exploring the EYFS Reforms – Primary and Nursery

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Development Matters is being rewritten as EYFS Curriculum Guidance. This session will be an opportunity to consider the main changes in the reformed EYFS and what this means for leadership, practice and pedagogy in early years settings and schools. We will explore new ideas around best practice for pedagogy, assessment, curriculum and self-regulation and executive function as suggested in the guidance. We will reflect on what we think about these ideas and what will this mean for our settings and…

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How To Explore Race with Children In The Early Years Setting

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

With guest trainer Liz Pemberton (aka ‘The Black Nursery Manager’) Three 90-minute sessions: 7:00pm – 8:30pm on the 10th, 17th and 24th June.   Session 1 of 3: Statutory and Non-Statutory Guidance (10th June) This first session will look closely at how some of the statutory and non-statutory guidance can support us to work towards anti-racist practice. This session will closely examine how the Development Matters (2020) and Birth to Five Matters Document (March 2021) can be interpreted to support our journey…

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Emotional Curriculum and the Environment – Nursery and Primary

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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…

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Introduction to Staff Supervision – Primary and Nursery

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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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Children as Storytellers

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Little Bishop Street
Bristol, BS2 9JF United Kingdom
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This session will develop your understanding and expertise in developing narrative and encouraging all children to become powerful storytellers to support communication, language, literacy and personal and social development. 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 will…

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