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This course will look at how we can offer children exciting opportunities in scientific exploration within our outside play provision, no matter how small or large the outdoor space is. It will examine ways that children interact with different materials and natural phenomena outside and what we can do to support this engagement.Find out more »
This day will involve reflection of current practice and research. We will discuss about how to move forwards and jump hurdles that may be preventing you accessing a wild space. We will visit Paradise Bottom to explore a variety of different experiences that you can provide.Find out more »
This training explores how bias and gender stereotyping impacts on children’s sense of self and sense of others. Children are ‘coded’ by everything around them – the environment, language, cultural references and most influentially the adults. We will reflect on how it is possible to provide an environment that challenges the many stereotypes that exist, encourages children to explore who they are and discourages prejudice. During the sessions participants will have the opportunity to: Consider the impact of socially constructed…Find out more »
This one day course will give delegates a chance to reflect on the power of child-initiated play and how best to organise this. Delegates will explore how the deepest levels of involvement are seen during child-initiated play and how this indicates brain development. During the session delegates will: Reflect what needs to be in place to support the highest quality of child-initiated play Consider how best to organise an environment to support each unique child as they pursue their own…Find out more »
Encouraging Creativity – International Perspectives on Nurturing Creative and Critical Thinking in Early Years
Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Ecuador and Nordic countries gained from my experience researching practice abroad. I will emphasise the importance of creativity as a fundamental skill that not only impacts on all areas of learning but also impacts on young children’s long term outcomes to become resourceful and resilient adults. We will link international perspectives to the EYFS and will explore the many factors that contribute to children’s creative and critical thinking, from the impact of the environment to working…Find out more »