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Training Courses embracing the revised EYFS

Our training programmes and workshops have been created to meet the current challenges in Early Years. Reflecting the philosophy of Active Learning as the most effective way of learning, they provide a balance between activity, discovery, resources, information and discussion. Using a range of demonstration areas we role model Best Practice in the setting and classroom environment.

 

Attachment early years attachment course training EYFS -

An introduction to the Beginning with Babies programme

Session: 1 day 9.30-15.30

This course looks at how important forming secure attachments are in relationships to a baby’s formative days, weeks and months. Their emotional bonds to their parents and other care givers. To understand that the development of a secure attachment relationship is a crucial part of early brain development. There will be an opportunity to explore the research based on attachment theory which has a strong evidence base influencing childhood policies together with the revised EYFS.


This day gives a firm foundation to the Beginning with Babies programme.

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beginning with babies early years training and courses

Beginning with Babies

Session: 4 days 9.30-15.30

The next available start date is 18th January 2013, with the following sessions being held on 25th January, 1st February and 8th February.

Please contact us for further details.

The revised EYFS states "at least half of all staff must have received training that specificially addresses the care of babies" (Reference: Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 3.30). 

Beginning with Babies was born out a conversation I had with a colleague of mine, when we were looking at what best practice could look like when working with babies and very young children.
The workshops take you through a journey of learning to allow you to build on your enthusiasm, spontaneity and creativity in your role as an EYFS Practitioner. You will explore how to develop spaces where children can experience the familiar warmth and comfort of their own homes. Where time is flexible and each day becomes a day of new experiences. Where you look and listen to the children and build on their interests to think about the next day’s play. Where you develop your skills in child care and education to be able to recognise, acknowledge and nurture babies as independent active learners.
During these workshops there will be an opportunity to explore and work in the Home of Beginning with Babies at The Totem Pole.

For more information, please contact us.

 

 


 

Fun on the Floorearly years eyfs training and courses -

Session: 2 days 9.30-15.30

Fun on the Floor will give you an opportunity to explore a day through the eyes of a toddler in an early years setting.  You will have time to experience and evaluate early years best practice through the spaces that young children explore, the time they spend in the setting and the support they gain from adults.  This is a practical two days and you will be encouraged to have Fun on the Floor.  Please wear appropriate indoor clothing and footwear.

 

 


 

Dancing in the Rain

Making the most of your garden/outside space

Session:  1 day 9.30-15.30

Using a garden as a blank canvas we will ‘dance in the rain’ if it is wet, and sing in the sunshine if it is dry. Bring outdoor spaces to life, with minimal cost using free and found and open ended resources.

Course Aims:

To link childhood memories to the needs of children outdoors

Explain the rationale of having outdoor provision

Explain what adults and children do outside

Build and develop ideas for  effective outdoor provision back in settings

 

 


5...4...3...2...1 Blast Off to Planet PRSN

Supporting PRSN in Nursery or at home

The course will offer practical activities to engage 3 to 5 year old children, in problem solving, reasoning and numeracy within an active learning environment in Nursery or at home.
Practitioners will engage in fun activities which will build on their own practice while sharing  information that underpins the children’s learning.

Course Aims:

To gain a greater understanding of how problem solving, reasoning and numeracy can be used in an active learning environment.

To engage practitioners in meaningful mathematical and problem solving opportunities that relate to everyday situations.

To share ideas and reflect on present practice.

To discuss parental involvement and take away ideas for a ‘Maths is Everywhere’ booklet.



 

Parents as Partners - Jump on board

Working with parents

Working with Parents as Partners can be challenging as we all go about out busy lives. In this workshop we will focus on improving parent involvement, through our understanding of a family focused approach in our settings, creating partnerships with parents, and emphasizing materials and activities that originate in a child’s home and focus on improving adult – child interaction. There will be an opportunity to explore ideas for ‘parent’s evenings’.

Course Aims:

To recognise the benefits of parents involvement in the education of their children

Understand  what is meant by ‘parents’ as partners’

Identify strategies for building and maintaining partnerships with parents

To plan a ‘parents’ evening with activity ideas to take back and use in settings


Stories in a shoe box

Just what it says!

Through practical fun activities we will look at how to grow a love of stories, rhymes, poetry and music with children. We will look at how to value children’s ideas and how to help them interpret their ideas within a safe comfortable environment.

Course Aims:

To be inspired to try new rhymes, poems and songs and recall old ones within a cosy corner.

To build practitioners confidence when storytelling, enabling them to learn the skills needed to bring the ‘magic of stories’ to the children.

To realise the importance of having a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books appropriate to the child’s developmental age available to the children every day.

To link language with physical movement in action songs remembering that some language may be non-verbal.

 

 


Festival Funfestival workshop training early years

Session: 1 day 9.30-15.30

Festivals and celebrations bring the magic of many creative arts together. During these workshops you will explore the use of colour, music, materials, dance and culture to enhance the five main areas in your environments.

The workshops have been designed to support you during the seasons of Autumn, Winter, Summer and Spring bringing ‘Festival Fun’ to the children. These large group Workshops are presented individually but you are welcome to attend a number of them to meet the needs of your setting throughout the year.

 

 


The Toolkithigh scope training courses early years

Session: 6 days 9.30-15.30

Using the central beliefs of The High/Scope Approach that children learn best by being actively involved with materials, ideas, people and events; the opportunity to engage with adults and other children in play is seen as fundamental. This programme of workshops will use The High/Scope Approach and give you the Toolkit to underpin Best Practice in your setting. The programme is suitable for those new to The Approach and support those who want to refresh their learning and thinking.




 

Behaviour Management and Conflict Resolutionbehaviour management course early years

 

Session: 2 days 9.30-15.30

When conflict arises between children in settings adults will typically ‘fix’ the children’s problems for them. . During these workshops we will explore the key roles EYFS Practitioners and Managers have in understanding how supporting and extending children’s development as individuals lays the foundations to behaviour management. You will be introduced to a problem-solving approach to conflict resolution where the adult takes on the role of mediator, ensuring that the disputes children have are turned into positive learning experiences for everyone concerned.

 


For further information on workshops or courses please contact us.

The workshops take you through a journey of learning to allow you to build on your enthusiasm, spontaneity and creativity in your role as an EYFS Practitioner. You will explore how to develop spaces where children can experience the familiar warmth and comfort of their own homes. Where time is flexible and each day becomes a day of new experiences. Where you look and listen to the children and build on their interests to think about the next day’s play. Where you develop your skills in child care and education to be able to recognise, acknowledge and nurture babies as independent active learners.

During these workshops there will be an opportunity to explore and work in the Home of Beginning with Babies at The Totem Pole.