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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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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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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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July 2021

The Power of Sustained Shared Thinking

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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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Talking to Babies

July 8 @ 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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New to the EYFS – Primary and Nursery

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session will help to 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. We will explore the four themes of EYFS, the Key Person role, Characteristics of Effective Learning, Prime areas and consider how to develop an effective learning environment in the context of a Reception class. We will make reference to the new early learning goals and reformed educational programmes in the…

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