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Early Years Courses November 2015   
(for booking see below)

Outstanding Ideas to Develop Early Writing in EYFS

  • Lancashire – Ribby Hall Conference Centre, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Preston PR4 2PR Monday 9th November 2015, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £135 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.
  • Leeds - Double Tree Hotel, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4BR. 0113 241 1000 on Wednesday 25th November 2015 10am to 3.45pm. Price £155 (plus VAT) including lunch and coffee

This course will consider the fundamentals that need to be in place in child initiated & adult directed teaching to ensure children become confident writers. The course will:

  • Provide opportunities for practitioners to reflect on the ways to promote & develop early writing for young children in nursery & reception classes.
  • Suggest strategies for the development of staff knowledge of the processes involved in meeting the individual needs of children.
  • Consider the nature of enhanced / enriched provision to support writing & how to challenge more able writers in FS.
  • Look at promoting a positive image of writing for all children whilst also meeting the needs of boys.
  • Investigate the nature of interactive writing situations & stimulating creative writing.
  • Explore the teaching of writing from a developmental perspective.

Observing Outstanding Provision in Your Foundation Stage – a course for senior leaders, managers & subject coordinators

  • Liverpool – The De Vere Village Hotel Liverpool, Fallows Way, Whiston L35 1RZ on Friday 13th November 2015, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £135 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.
  • Birmingham Area - Beckett's Farm (A. E. Beckett & Sons Ltd), Heath Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6AJ on Tuesday 17th November 2015  10am to 3.45pm. Price £155 (plus VAT) including lunch and coffee.
  • London - etc.venues, 57 North Wharf Road, Paddington, London W2 1LA on Wednesday 18th November 2015, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £185 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.

This completely new course will enhance the current knowledge of senior leadership & management of Foundation stage in looking for quality in their provision. The course will focus on the role of the person leading & managing provision in EYFS. Providing a format for observing & monitoring all aspects of provision & practice.

The course will provide an overview of what is regarded by Ofsted as outstanding leadership and provide a framework for leaders & managers to develop an effective action plan for future development. The main aspects considered in the course will involve observing & monitoring:

  • Knowledgeable confident practitioners
  • Children engaged in effective learning in child initiated & adult directed activities
  • The learning environment inside & outside (including basic provision, enhancement & challenge)
  • Children evidencing positive behaviours & respect for learning environment
  • Evidence & progress of children in EYFS
  • Planning
  • Analysing outcomes & achievement
  • Parental engagement

EYFS: Child Initiated Learning,
Continuous Provision building on how young children learn

  • Manchester - Madeleine Lindley Training & Conference Centre, Broadgate, Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 9XA on Monday 30th November 2015, 10am to 3.45pm. Price £135 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.

This course looks at the EYFS statutory requirement to provide a balance of adult led and child initiated learning. The course will consider:

  • What freely chosen or child initiated learning implies.
  • How child initiated learning can be offered through a range of continuous provision in the indoor environment.
  • The nature of basic continuous provision and how this might be set up, maintained & planned for in order to identify potential learning outcomes.
  • Enhancement of basic continuous provision.
  • Challenge for children whose learning needs to be extended (adult initiated or open ended learning).
  • An in-depth look at the three characteristics of effective learning & how they relate to child initiated learning.
  • Short & medium term planning for continuous provision, enhancement & challenge.


Ultimate Outdoor Learning in EYFS
  – Contrasting not Duplicating

  • Sheffield - The Double Tree Hotel (by Hilton Sheffield Park), Chesterfield Road South, Sheffield S8 8BW on Tuesday 24th November 2015 10am to 3.45pm. Price £155 (plus VAT) including lunch & coffee.

This course looks at the essential nature & long term advantages of offering high quality, challenging outdoor learning. The course will:

  • Explores the pedagogy behind outdoor learning providing practitioners with solid philosophical justification useful for coaching, senior management, Ofsted & parents.
  • Examines the critical role of the adult in supporting learning outdoors.
  • Examines ultimate outdoor provision & learning with common sense ideas as to how to put this into practice in the delegate’s provision.
  • Identifies what is basic to effective outdoor learning and moves onto consider the essential elements of provision.
  • Provides many practical examples of effective provision.
  • Considers hazard, risk taking and challenge.
  • Explores on-going learning experiences & planning for effective outdoor learning (short & medium term).
  • Promotes the use of stories as a starting point for developing early learning in the outdoors developing plods (possible lines of development) and following children’s learning needs & interests.

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. All of the above courses can be delivered in your school for your staff. Prices on application.

Course Booking:
Please e-mail the following details to kathy.bigio@yahoo.co.uk

  • School name, address & telephone number:
  • Order No:
  • Participant Name:
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Kathy Bigio Limited, Early Years Advice & Training
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