Nurturing Childhoods

CPD Sessions

Continual Professional Development

 Booster Sessions and Short Courses, underpinned by DfE Professional Standards

Underpinned by the DfE Professional Development Standards, each session is structured to offer you the knowledge, understanding and support you need to re-examine your practice with confidence.  

With activities for you to work through, and questions to challenge your current thinking, it will help you to reflect. 

As you work through the sessions and participate in discussions you will come to realise the practices you need to celebrate – and gain the help you need to challenge others.  

Many of these sessions are also available on MyCPD, so do check out the great resources I have available for you there too.

Certificate of Attendance available for completion of every course

Developing School Readiness… 
And bringing parents along for the ride

Whether you hear the term School Readiness as a buzz-phrase coming down from head office, or something every parent seems to want to know about, equipping children with all they need during the early years as about more than preparing them for their transition into a school classroom.  It is about preparing for all their tomorrows – wherever that may take them.  But sometimes, for some people, this needs a wider perspective and somewhat of a rethink.

“School Readiness” – Ongoing CPD – Short Course

This course consists of 6 sessions, with lots of activities and discussion opportunities.  Each would work well as a series of 1 hour evening sessions, or collectively across two days of training.  They will help you explore where the confusion surrounding school readiness has come from, refocusing attention back on the formative growth and development occurring during the early years and helping you to refocus your attentions – and that of your parents – back where it needs to be.  With sessions focused on the development of school readiness in the baby room, the toddler room and in preschool, it will explore how learning is a fundamental part of life from day one and looking to nurture all the skills this requires in the months before school is leaving things years too late.
With action plans to drive improvements throughout the setting, handouts to support communication with your parents, and certificates for completion, you will have all you need to make a real difference in your setting.

Introduction to Birth to Five Matters – EYFS guidance written by the sector, for the sector.

Written by one of its authors.  While you may be familiar with the tagline, in this training session we will be exploring the benefits that came from all the collaborations.  And how you can benefit from the processes involved in the writing of the document, and the quality of the materials that have been produced. 

“Learning to read” – The steps you can, and should be taking to enhance children’s reading.

Influenced by social media and big business, parents wanting the best start for their children can become misguided into thinking that accelerated learning is the best learning.  That with encouragement, time and devotion, you can ensure their children are getting the head start they need.  But the best form of learning is rarely the most accelerated form of learning.  However, when properly guided, you can have a huge difference on the learning process and this begins right from the start, in the baby room.

 “Getting mathematical” – The steps you can, and should be taking to develop children’s maths.

A big part of being human is our ability to think mathematically.  Animals communicate, they use tools and problem solve, but they cannot do symbolic manipulation.  So, if this is so important to us, why do so many grow up to be completely put off the whole idea? In this session you will learn to recognise and promote the practices that support children’s later mathematical abilities.  As you identify where you could use some further consideration – and celebrate what you didn’t realise you were doing so well!