NCA – Learning to Read

Getting to know the difference you can make to children’s later ability – and enjoyment of – this really tricky skill.

Learning to Read is a CPD Booster session. These shorter sessions are designed to offer you some quick inspiration or targeted support in specific areas of your practice.


Through these sessions you will gain the support you need as you reflect on your practice.  Making informed decisions that are right for you, your children and your setting.

Looking at letters in ways that mean something to young children. Not simply as a process of decoding symbols, but as an enriching process of communication.

Reading can open children’s minds and imagination to fantastical places. It offers them every source of information and inspires them in endless ways. Provided you help them discover their love of learning, and make sure it is nurtured and retained.

These materials will help you consider the experiences you offer children as you support their learning and development. Progressing towards Early Learning Goals (ELGs), but also laying the foundations as they develop themselves as a lifelong learner.

Reaffirming core principles and recognising young children at the centre of all we do

In this CPD Booster course we will look at some common practices around early introductions to reading, reflecting on the experiences young children need.

We will also acknowledge and celebrate the huge difference that you can have on children’s approach to their reading from their earliest experiences with you.  And address some of the concerns your parents may be having.

And with tie-in courses available for parents, and further training and accreditations for you, these sessions will support you to as you nurture all your children during their early years.

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How you can use this course

CPD Boosters are designed to be used with a smaller number of targeted staff.  Or to address an area of particular interest.

You may have some issues within the nursery that you need some guidance on.  Or a parents evening coming up where this will be your area of focus. 

Or maybe it is time for appraisals and you need to address those gaps!

What makes this course different

Supported by cutting edge research, each session is underpinned by the Department for Education CPD Standards.

Online sessions allow you to arrange training for a time and place that suits you.  In the environments you are developing.

With all the course materials you need to embed your new approaches.

Who this course is for

Sessions focus on a wide range of topics and are written for staff at all levels.  Allowing you to work together as you embrace a unified approach. 

You may like to encourage staff with a particular interest.  To offer guidance on a project they are leading on or to support a given role.

And with direct links to the Parenting Courses, you can work with your families to offer children the experiences they need to flourish. 

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.

Supported to reflect on your practice, use these sessions to structure the constructive developments you can make.

You will even get a certificate for completing the course. So lets get started.


Getting to know the standards and the benefits of a Nurturing Childhoods course

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.

One month access ~ £20

If you would like to use the course to refresh your teams practice, purchase for one month and share the sessions together.

Six month access ~ £70

If you would like to give yourselves time to implement the suggestions, you can purchase Six month access

One year access ~ £100

Alternatively, to fully embed Lifelong Learning into your practice, purchase the 12 month package.   

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If you would like to find out more about how we can help, please get in touch.