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EYFS Courses – Inset Training Spring 2019   

Ultimate Outdoor Learning in EYFS: Developing an
environment for learning

  • Cumbria - Armathwaite Hall County House Hotel and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick CA12 4RE. Free parking. Wednesday 16th January 2019, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £180 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.
  • Liverpool – The De Vere Village Hotel Liverpool, Fallows Way, Whiston L35 1RZ (2 minutes drive from M62 junction 6). Free parking. Tuesday 29th January 2019, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £160 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.
  • Leeds – Hilton Leeds City, Neville St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BX, 0113 2207702 on Wednesday 6th March 2019 10am to 3.45pm. Price £180 (plus VAT) including lunch and coffee.

This completely revised course looks at the importance of developing an environment for learning outside which focuses on developing different skills, knowledge & understanding to the environment inside.

The day will:

  • Consider the unique nature of outdoor learning in order to promote learning across all areas of learning & development whilst acknowledging the importance of outdoors in relation to physical development, understanding the world and personal, social & emotional development.
  • Explore the characteristics of effective learning and identify their implications for providing an outdoor environment which promotes learning for all children.
  • Identify the crucial role of the adult in facilitating an environment for learning, supporting & extending children’s play.
  • Reinforce the importance of effective communication between children and adults in order to promote language development and sustained shared thinking by the use of effective questioning.
  • Consider the importance of effective planning in relation to outdoor learning to inform adult interactions and to enhance & challenge children’s learning.
  • Provide revised (updated version) exemplar planning formats for medium & short term outdoor learning.
  • Look at the relationship between basic provision, ongoing provision, adult directed and independent learning in the outdoors.
  • Ensure all adults involved in EYFS can identify and promote potential learning outcomes for all children when outdoors.
  • Provide a multitude of ideas for taking back to the school to promote an effective learning environment.

EYFS: Outstanding Ideas to Develop Communication &

  • Birmingham Area - Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham. B48 7AL. Telephone 0121 445 1202. Free parking. Wednesday 6th February 2019. 10am to 3.45pm. Price £180 (plus VAT) including lunch and coffee.

The course will:

  • Look in detail at the Early Years Outcomes for Communication & Language. •
  • Raise practitioners awareness and understanding of children’s communication and language. •
  • Help practitioners become more aware of language as an essential pre-requisite for all future learning. •
  • Help practitioners understand how their own communicative behaviour affects children’s communicative behaviour. •
  • Develop a range of exciting and stimulating activities to help children learn to listen attentively and speak clearly and confidently through both child initiated & adult led learning and through indoor & outdoor environments. •
  • Think about promoting language for thinking, big questions & the use of plan, do, review. •
  • Focus on developing sustained shared thinking, what it is and how to develop it.

EYFS: Getting to Grips with the Prime Areas of Learning & Development

  • Manchester - Madeleine Lindley Training & Conference Centre, Broadgate, Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 9XA on Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £160 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee. Free parking.
  • Birmingham Area - Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham. B48 7AL. Telephone 0121 445 1202. Free parking. Wednesday 27th March 2019. 10am to 3.45pm. Price £180 (plus VAT) including lunch and coffee..

A greater Inspection focus on curriculum and an increasing acceptance of the need to improve children’s well-being and mental health brings in to focus the need to emphasize the importance of the prime areas of learning & development across EYFS. This course will focus on: •

  • The crucial nature of Personal Social & Emotional development in through ongoing routines of the day, the key person role and adult directed activities. We will look at the importance of using knowledge of PSED to promote FBV, self-assurance & self-esteem, attachment theory, the key person role, positive behaviour, empathy, resilience & self-regulation. •
  • The importance of Communication & Language as a basic skill fundamental to all future learning. This section will focus on the need for highly professional adults who support and develop communication and language in child initiated & adult directed teaching. We will consider the nature of effective questioning and a range of strategies to promote C&L. •
  • The fundamental need of young children to move throughout EYFS is acknowledged as crucial in order to develop learning brains, healthy bodies and good gross and fine motor skills. This section will provide a wealth of ideas to promote PD and enable practitioners to understand why this is such an important aspect of EYFS.

EYFS: Getting to grips with Observation, Assessment & Next Steps

Lancashire – Cuerden Visitor Centre, Cuerden Valley Park, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, PRESTON  PR5 6BY. Tel: 01772 364227 on Tuesday 26th February 2019, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £160 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee. Free parking. New Venue, 2 miles from Junction 28 of M6.

The course will:

  • Explore the concept of observation and how this is crucial in supporting learning through child initiated play.
  • Consider how observation feeds into assessment, next steps / planning and how this is fundamental in evidencing progression in EYFS.
  • Look in detail at Development Matters, What to Expect When and Child Development in order to able to develop effective practice.
  • Develop a common understanding of what needs to be recorded in the form of a significant comment in order to evidence progress.
  • Consider how, when, what and where practitioners should be collecting evidence and how this is used to inform next steps and short term planning.
  • Consider how to put together an effective document for individual children to show progress over the year.
  • Provide manageable formats for tracking learning so that it can be shared effectively with all parties including teaching, support staff, parents, senior leaders, moderators and inspectors.
  • Provide a simple format for making significant comments and next steps in order to meet the requirement to plan for the individual needs of children and evidence progression in learning over the year.

EYFS & Inspection

Northampton – Hilton Hotel, 100 Watering Lane, Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW (2 minute drive from Junction 15 of the M1). Free parking. Thursday 24th January 2019, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £180 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.

The course includes:

  • An overview of current Ofsted documentation including Bold Beginnings, Are You ready, Unknown Children Destined for Disadvantage and Teaching & Play in Early Years.
  • The course will look at aspects of early years provision in relation to Effective Leadership & Management of EYFS, Quality of Teaching, Learning & Assessment in EYFS, Personal Development Behaviour & Welfare in EYFS and Outcomes in EYFS.
  • Examples of how to evidence progression in learning across each year group in EYFS and discusses effective baselining and tracking alongside the collection of appropriate evidence.
  • Ensuring leadership and management of EYFS is monitoring provision through effective observation of teaching and learning. This section will also consider the adult role, effective assessment and creating an action plan for ongoing development of EYFS in order to impact on outcomes.
  • Awareness raising in relation to the use of Early Years Pupil Premium in EYFS for EYFS children, considering possible foci for development.
  • The use of incisive performance management to develop practitioners working in EYFS as a key tool to ensure outcomes are improving.
  • Ensuring an effective learning environment inside and outside to promote child initiated learning.
  • Consideration of an appropriate balance of adult directed learning alongside child initiated learning to meet the needs of all children.

Delegates will receive a format for evaluating EYFS practice in their schools in order to impact on the quality of children’s learning.

Delegates will be provided with a format for self-evaluation of the EYFS statutory welfare requirements.


In School Advice & Training

We offer customised consultancy & training nationally & internationally for settings, schools & networks of schools. This includes on-site training and/or observation & evaluation of the schools foundation stage practice. A full range of EYFS courses can be delivered in your school to meet the needs of your staff. We also offer EYFS audits in order to identify actions required to improve your EYFS. Prices on application.

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