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We are running a special offer for 2021. Book your 4 sessions online as normal and email with details of the 5th session (of same or less value) you wish to book for free.

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February 2021

Understanding more about EAL Learners – Primary

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 learn…

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Children as Writers

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 Unique Foundations in Reading and Writing…

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Talking to Babies

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session will explore how we can talk with babies to help them become confident communicators and develop respectful relationships that enable babies to make genuine choices. We will consider how mindful care routines might support communication and language, the power of non-verbal communication and learning the ‘conversational dance’. We will explore the benefits of ‘contingent talk’ with younger children and how high quality adult /child-interactions and planning for talk can be part of everyday practice. Early Years Settings with…

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Executive Functioning in the EYFS

February 10 @ 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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Exploring the EYFS Reforms – Nursery and Primary

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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