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School Readiness... Or Lifelong Learning?

As a practitioner, manager and director of early years settings, my biggest frustration was being asked to expect things of children that they simply were not ready for.

Not only did I see this denting their confidence and causing great frustrations for all involved, but it also took time away from all the important things they needed to be doing.

The course to compliment the book

Struggling to find an alternative approach, I was asked to write a book about it. 

And now, following the success of these approaches here and abroad, is the accompanying course.

Does this sound familiar to you?

  How you can use this course

This course consists of 6 sessions, with lots of activities and discussion opportunities.  Each would work well in a series of 1 hour evening sessions, or collectively across two days of training. 

The Sessions

  • Session 1 – Where the confusion came from
  • Session 2 – What do children need?
  • Session 3 – How do we encourage children to learn?
  • Session 4 – Developing School Readiness in babies
  • Session 5 – Developing School Readiness in toddlers
  • Session 6 – Developing School Readiness in the years before school
  • If you would like to use the course to refresh your teams practice, purchase for one month and share the sessions together. 
  • If you would like to give yourselves time to implement the suggestions, you can purchase the six months package. 
  • Alternatively, to fully embed Lifelong Learning into your practice, purchase the 24 month package.    

Give your staff team the time to fully embrace effective practices, and work together to embrace a unified approach throughout the setting. With modules that focus on the baby, toddler and preschool ages, focus your approach on all key players.

Worksheets, handouts and posters are also provided in the course materials. Giving you all the support you need for your new approaches. As well as for your communications with your parents and visitors. 

And with tie-in courses available for parents, and further training and accreditations for you, these sessions will support you to embrace school readiness – not as preparation for the classroom – but as a lifelong process of learning and a love of enquiry that is the right of every child.

School readiness is a tricky thing to talk about in the early years. 

On the one hand, we value these years as something separate to school. And yet, studies show when children attend a ‘quality setting’ they do so much better when they make that transition.

Thoughts do then become focused on what it means to be prepared for school.  And while being ready for this transition is so important, this process can often be misunderstood – and misused.

The experiences children receive during these foundational years DO impact their growth and development tremendously. With knock on effects felt throughout their education and on into adult life. But this is not simply about knowing letters and numbers.


School readiness is of keen interest of parents concerned about giving their child the absolute best start

And is typically a key factor within inspections and management objectives. But let’s think about this for a moment.  Young children are eager to learn new skills! Whether this is learning to walk, to talk or get their hands on any exciting experience.  

Why is it then, when classroom learning begins, this love of learning and enquiry can diminish?

And why is it that those early characteristics – or features of prolonged learning – can quickly reduce? Motivation, curiosity and independence can quickly turn to doubt, disengagement and indifference. 

And why is it that we are so keen to rush children headlong into this change?

Would a better question not be “How do we identify these features in our children – from birth? As we value them, nurture them and help our children to utilise them.”

This CPD course will help you to re-examine your understanding of school readiness. It will also guide you to adapt – or celebrate – your settings approach. Allowing you to send your children off to school knowing they are ready and eager to continue learning. With the confidence and motivation they need to really flourish.

And of course, offer you lots of support in delivering this throughout your setting.

Getting to know the standards and the benefits of Nurturing Childhoods

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.

And 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.

So please, purchase the course for one, six or 24 months, and access all the free downloads it contains.


Certificate of Completion

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

Getting to know Dr Kathryn Peckham