Below are some of our most popular early years training sessions to support children's learning and development. All sessions can be adapted to your particular needs, including running for half or full days. If you don't see what you need please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.
A deep dive in to the Characteristics of Effective Learning
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The three ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (CoEL) - Engagement, Motivation, and Thinking are the building blocks for learning and are central to planning. They also link directly to ‘Cultural Capital’ and ensuring awe and wonder in children’s learning.

This training will:

  • unpick how children learn and develop

  • explore and unpick each of the CoEL in turn to enable you to really understand them

  • look at how you embed the CoEL in to your day-to-day practice to motivate and support children’s on-going learning

  • look at how the CoEL support ‘Cultural Capital’

  • explore Ofsted expectations around the CoEL

Attachment Theory - Why We Have Key Persons

Would you like to know more about the theory behind "key person" and understand why they are such a critical part of early years provision? Would you like to be able to better emotionally support the children that you care for?

This training will:

  • explore the ideas of Bowlby and attachment theory

  • unpick the impact of cortisol on young children’s brains

  • help you understand why children are behaving in certain ways

  • explore how better to support children during periods of transition

Superhero play

Do you have a setting full of Batmen, Supermen and Power Rangers? Do you worry about children rushing around in physical, sometimes seemingly aggressive play? Do you worry about gun play? Are you unsure how to tap into these interests children are bringing to your setting? Then this session is for you.

This training will:

  • unpick what is meant by superhero play

  • consider whether you should restrict it

  • explore why certain children are drawn to it

  • look at how it can be harnessed to benefit all areas of learning and development.

  • explore overcoming barriers to allowing it to take place in your setting

Risky Play – don’t panic!
Children in Playground

In today’s risk-averse society children are having fewer opportunities to challenge their abilities with age-appropriate risky play. This has an impact, not only on their enjoyment but also on their learning and future ability to manage a world with risk and challenges. While many early years practitioners know this, they are wary of introducing more risky play into their setting.

This training will:

  • look at what we mean by the term risky play

  • unpick the long-term benefits to children taking part in activities that challenge them

  • consider ways settings can feel more confident to provide these kinds of experiences

  • look at the idea of risk / benefit analyses

Steps to Learning - supporting children with additional needs
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Do you sometimes struggle to assess and show progress for children with additional needs? Is it sometimes hard to plan achievable next steps? This training will take a look at the 'Steps' approach to break down the Early Years foundation stage into more manageable chunks, enabling those with additional needs, or those simply struggling to make progress in a certain area, to progress.

This training will:

  • look at Ofsted requirements around supporting learning and assessing

  • explore the principles of 'Steps'

  • consider how to use 'Steps' to support children's learning

Brain development and how children learn.
Brain Sketch

Between the ages of birth to five children’s brains develop at a quicker rate than at any other point of their lives. Children develop fundamental skills that will last them a lifetime. Would you like to understand how children learn and the effects of adult interactions on brain development?

This training will:

  • explore the amazing potential of young children to learn

  • look at how children’s brains develop

  • explore schematic learning

  • unpick the importance of the environment provided and the adults within it

Understanding Boys

We know that boys tend to do less well at all stages of their education – from early years through to GCSE. This session looks at some of the reasons for this and how we can help our boys in the Early Years to do just as well as our girls. By the end of the session you will be better placed to meet the needs of the boys in your setting. 

This training will:

  • look at brain development and how boys' brains develop differently to girls'

  • consider the areas of learning boys tend to struggle in and unpick why this might be

  • explore how boys like to learn and how unconscious bias might be restricting the progress they make

  • consider boys' emotional needs

Narrowing the gap through physical literacy
Happy Girl Jumping

There has, for a number of years, been a focus on helping to narrow the attainment gap for the most deprived children. In more recent years, there has started to be a focus on the health of children and their lack of physical activity. More recently, research is starting to uncover the impact of sedentary lifestyles on children’s educational attainment and adult life chances.  This course will look at this current research and explore how you can support children to become physically literate.

This training will:

  • look at current research into the importance of physical development

  • consider the idea of physical literacy

  • unpick why physical literacy is particularly important for the most disadvantaged children 

  • look at practical ways you can use physical literacy to support all areas of learning

Supporting Children's Learning - Intent, Implementation and Impact
Image by Pierre Bamin

The current Ofsted handbook focuses on the idea of Intent, Implementation and Impact when looking at a setting's curriculum and support for children's learning. In this session we look at how each of these three areas link together to support children's progress, enabling you to be confident you are providing an outstanding learning environment.

This training will:

  • look at what is meant by curriculum 

  • unpick what is meant by Intent, Implementation and Impact

  • explore the importance of responsive teaching

  • consider the role of observations, assessment and planning

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"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." Plutarch