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February 2021

Executive Functioning in the EYFS

February 10, 2021 @ 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

February 11, 2021 @ 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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March 2021

Quality Interactions in the EYFS

March 1, 2021 @ 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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Talking to Babies

March 3, 2021 @ 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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Physical Development- more important than ever?

March 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Many young children will 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/curriculum will support not only children’s physical development but importantly at this time, their social and emotional well-being too. There will be opportunities to reflect on how PD supports all other areas of learning; the physical skills needed to support mark…

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