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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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Online Course

Due to COVID-19, most of our training is now offered as shorter, online sessions via Zoom. These sessions are fully interactive, therefore not webinars, and will all involve an element of self-reflection, and opportunities to question new theory and develop practice. The sessions are delivered in a way that facilitates learning conversations, makes connections and builds a supportive virtual learning community.

December 2020

Quality Interactions in the EYFS

December 3, 2020 @ 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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January 2021

Planning in the Moment With Anna Ephgrave

January 13 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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 interests…

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Emotional Curriculum and the Environment

January 14 @ 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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Conflict Resolution to Support Self- Regulation

January 19 @ 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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Emotion Coaching

January 21 @ 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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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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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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Introduction to Staff Supervision – Primary

February 23 @ 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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Characteristics of Effective Learning (particular focus on wellbeing strand)

February 25 @ 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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