Early Years Learning and Development

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Attachment and the Key Person

VENUE:  The Ann Tayler Children's Centre

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders’ with children aged 0-5.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will focus on the importance of children feeling emotionally secure in order that they can learn.

We will explore Attachment Theory and look at strategies to ensure an effective key person system, from ‘settling-in’ to ‘keeping children in mind’.

We will also examine how we create an emotionally enabling environment, so that practitioners feel equipped to manage the needs of the children and families that they are working with, being mindful of children’s stress levels derived from separation anxiety and trauma.

 

COST: £25 per delegate.

 

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

From £25.00

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Block Play - The Value of Open Ended Play

This course focuses on the value of using blocks and other open ended resources to support children's learning across the Early Years curriculum. Practitioners will learn how high quality block play can offer a range of rich experiences for children such as exploration of shapes and space, construction, problem solving, language and communication skills, social integration as well as fine and large muscle control. There will also be an opportunity for practitioners to explore a block play resource for themselves.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Creative Maths and Problem Solving

This course focuses on how to embed mathematics throughout Early Years practice. It demonstrates the importance of an effective mathematical environment and the ways this impacts on learning.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Expressive Arts and Design: Using Open Ended Materials

This course explores the range of experiences which support children's developing minds to think imaginatively. Creativity is more than 'banging a tambourine or painting a picture!'. Practitioners will develop their understanding of the key strands within children's creative development and how they can make links to other core curriculum areas when planning activities.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Getting Ready for School - Early Literacy

This course focuses on children's early literacy development. Based on the REAL programme (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) the course will provide practitioners with an understanding of children's early reading and writing development and how 3-4 year old children can be supported to develop their literacy skills. It will also provide practitioners with some simple literacy ideas that can be used to create home learning links with parents/carers.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Heuristic Play and Treasure Baskets

This course provides information about babies' and infants' early development and how practitioners can use treasure baskets and heuristic play resources to support this. It explores the cognitive development of babies and infants and how the brain's neural connections are formed through quality interactions and an environment that supports sensory play and exploration.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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How do Children Learn?

This course will unpick what is meant by the Characteristics of Effective Learning, and examine how young children learn, and how we create the conditions to promote children's learning. The focus will be on how we encourage children to play and explore, to get involved, to concentrate and persevere, whilst being creative and thinking critically. The Characteristics impact on all aspects of children's learning showing 'how children learn' is as important, as 'what children learn'. We will look at the Leuwen scales as a measure of children's engagement and involvement, and the impact of sensitive adult interactions.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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How to Interact Effectively with Children to Promote Learning

This course focuses on strategies to promote children’s language, learning and concentration by engaging in conversations which sustain children’s thinking and develop their curiosity.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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How to Teach Phonics in Early Years

 

Who should attend?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders with children aged 0-5.

 

Course overview

When we talk about ‘Phonics in the early years’ we mean embedding phonological skills in young children. This course is the precursor to children being formally introduced to phase 2 phonemes and graphemes.

We teach phonological awareness through learning songs and rhymes, hearing and identifying environmental and musical sounds, making sounds and playing games to hear sounds.

The awareness of the sounds that make up words is critical to being able to blend sounds together for later reading, and segmenting words into sounds for later spelling. We can also explicitly discuss phonological awareness concepts by explaining what syllables, rhymes, and sounds that make up words.

We will examine the Government’s ‘Letters and Sounds ’phase 1 programme in detail in an interactive and fun way.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

£30.00

(incl. VAT)

Making Stories Come Alive

This course provides participants with ideas about how to bring children's story books to life. It enables participants to explore how stories can be shared in creative and interactive ways to support children's language skills and to encourage their enjoyment of books. The use of core books in Early Years practice will also be explored.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Observation, Assessment Planning and the Two Year Old Check

This course will focus on the importance of observations and how to record and use the information to plan the next steps in learning particularly in relation to the 'Progress Check at Two'. It will support practitioners to gain a sound knowledge of child development and to make appropriate judgements of children's progress. It will provide practitioners with the confidence to the disinction between developmental concerns and behaviours typical of a developing child.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Outdoor Learning

VENUE:  The Ann Tayler Children's Centre

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders’ with children aged 0-5.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course addresses the learning which takes place outdoors, which is different from indoors.

As such, we will focus on the natural environment, with reference to the Forest School approach, and on physical development, with reference to Physical Literacy strategies, designed to ensure active learning, rather than sedentary behaviours.

Much of the course will take place outdoors, so that practitioners can be inspired by the stimulating environments and can practice some of the recommended strategies.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Planning for Continuous Provision to Support Children's Independent Learning

This course clarifies what good continuous provision looks like and how to develop practice further. Exciting and interesting child-initiated activities that can be accessed independently throughout the day are an essential part of good Early Years provision.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

£25.00

(incl. VAT)

Playing with Sounds: Developing Children's Early Phonological Awareness

This course aims to show how young children can develop their phonological awareness through everyday nursery rhymes, tongue twisters and games. It looks at how young children learn to listen, are able to distinguish the sounds around them, recognise the sounds in speech and accurately pick out the features in it.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Promoting Independence and Self-Regulation

Who should attend?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders’ with children aged 0-5. 

Course overview

This course will explore ways in which practitioners can encourage children to manage their own needs, including accessing resources independently, self-serving at mealtimes, managing hygiene and dress needs.

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation shows that children who are encouraged to be independent, confident and self-regulating, are those most likely to succeed throughout their education, so we will explore what is meant by ‘school readiness’.We will refer to the Leuwen scales of involvement and engagement as a measure of how engrossed, motivated and how deeply children concentrate whilst at nursery, and will explore the HighScope approach to conflict resolution.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Purposeful Play in Early Years Through Physical Activities

Who should attend?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders’ with children aged 0-5.

Course overview

This course aims to raise awareness and understanding of how physical activity and outdoor exploration impacts on health, wellbeing and learning.

On this training practitioners will explore theoretical and practical strategies to plan indoor and outdoor learning environments to improve children's access to high quality physically active play.

Practitioners will learn about physical activity guidelines and how to promote the delivery of these in your setting and also at home.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Supporting the Development of Babies

This course includes information and resources about how early development unfolds and what you can do to support young children's healthy growth and learning. The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of baby's development. A newborn's brain is about 25% of its approximate adult weight, but by age 3 it has grown dramatically producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections. Between birth and age 3, babies learn to give and receive love; to roll, crawl, stand, walk and run; to talk, joke, rhyme and sing. Each child develops at their own pace and in their own way.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Tuning Into Boys Interest

Who should attend?

Practitioners working in private, voluntary, independent, maintained settings and childminders’ with children aged 0-5.

Course overview

This course will explore why boys underachieve in every area of the EYFS and throughout their education. We will explore aspects of how boys respond to a predominantly female workforce, and consider how we can tune into boys’ interests when we may find some of them challenging!

We will touch on brain research and learning styles and consider how to best create an environment that is friendly to all children.

 

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Understanding Children's Behaviour

This practical and highly interactive course shows delegates how to use everyday activities and situations to develop children's social skills. Children learn about behaviour all the time. During a typical day there are endless opportunities for practitioners to support the development of children's social skills and support positive behaviour. This course will support practitioners to understand behaviour as communication and a means by which children show us what they need. We will also look at High/Scope Conflict Resolution to help children in their daily interaction.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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Working with Children Developing English as an Additional Language (EAL)

This course explores the fascinating developmental stages children go through when acquiring an additional language and provides practical ways that practitioners can support them. Many children in Early Years settings have a home language other than English. Curriculum guidance is clear that practitioners should value linguistic diversity and provide opportunities for children to develop and use home language in their play and learning.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

£25.00

(incl. VAT)

Working with Two Year Olds

Who should attend?

Practitioners who are working with two year olds

Course overview

This course aims to focus on improving quality in working with two year olds. It includes elements of self-evaluation, action planning and improvement strategies.

To promote an understanding of how two year olds develop, to enhance understanding of the appropriate environment and resources, to promote planned appropriate adult directed and child initiated experiences.

  • Target audience:
  • Early Years

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