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November 2018

A Creative Curriculum

5th November 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking - Day One with Alice Sharp The notion of ‘inspiration’ or ‘getting an idea’. We want every child to think creatively and critically about their engagement and involvement in play. The creative person often develops the following characteristics: strong motivation; endurance; intellectual curiosity; deep commitment; independence in thought and action; strong desire for self-realisation; strong sense of self; strong self confidence; openness to impressions from within and without; attracted to complexity and obscurity; high sensitivity;…

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Provocations – Liverpool

20th November 2018 @ 9:00 am - 21st November 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Liverpool TBC

Day One - Literacy Rich Environments The more fun a child has learning new words, the more likely they are to carry on using them.  Practitioners who have a good understanding of child development and use effective strategies to promote every child's communication skills are the best resource any setting could hope for.  Add to this a cacophony of provocative resources and spaces and adventures begin. How do we ignite a passion for word play? What is there in our…

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Provocations – Manchester

22nd November 2018 @ 9:00 am - 23rd November 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Manchester TBC

Day One - Literacy Rich Environments The more fun a child has learning new words, the more likely they are to carry on using them.  Practitioners who have a good understanding of child development and use effective strategies to promote every child's communication skills are the best resource any setting could hope for.  Add to this a cacophony of provocative resources and spaces and adventures begin. How do we ignite a passion for word play? What is there in our…

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Stepping Up: The Journey to Pedagogical Leader

27th November 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Experiential Play Training Centre, Unit S12, Flemington House, 110 Flemington Street
Glasgow, G21 4BF United Kingdom
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£120

Pedagogy is an often misunderstood term but simply put it describes the means by which we lead people to learn. Good early years practitioners are always looking to learn more so as to deepen their understanding of their subject. Good managers want to help them do that. Better informed and confident staff create the necessary environment for children to thrive and for staff to develop and be happy. This is good news for everyone. On our training day we will…

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February 2019

The Elements of Creative Art to Enhance Learning

February 4 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Let's be Imgaineers - Day One with Alice Sharp This day will use the seven elements, Line, Texture, Colour, Shape, Space, Pattern and Value (Tone) in relation to all of the ‘zones’ we create in our spaces. Many of these elements are linked to other areas of the early years curriculum such as mathematics, writing, science. Surely this calls then for a holistic approach to early learning and for us to acknowledge that creative art allows deep learning and thinking…

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Playful Contexts to Promote the Imagination

February 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Experiential Play Training Centre, Unit S12, Flemington House, 110 Flemington Street
Glasgow, G21 4BF United Kingdom
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Let's be Imagineers - Day Two with Marie Richardson “Imagination - action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses, the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.” Every child’s imagination is captured by an exciting image, story or situation. Setting up ‘zones’ for learning which stimulate children’s thinking and engagement helps children make sense of the learning they are involved in. It could be a role play space or…

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March 2019

Nurturing our Children, The Science behind the Child

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Creating Nurturing Environments - Day One with Alice Sharp Every child is unique, each one different with the potential to be nurtured, cared for, to be supported and championed. Life can be challenging and may include many stressful situations. Children can sometimes feel overwhelmed by different things at different times such as changes to routine, environment, relationships. Spending time in a group situation rather than on a one to one could be one of these stressors. It is vital then…

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Creativity, the Fuel of Development

March 26 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking - Day Two with Alice Sharp This day is centred around the work and thinking of Bruce Perry. He considers the traits of creativity to be: Sensitivity to Problems; Fluency of thinking; Flexibility of thinking; Originality; Redefinition; Elaboration; Tolerance of ambiguity; Commitment and Risk taking. How do we the ‘leaders’, ‘partners’ or ‘players’ in the learning experience help shape the thinking of our children? How do we support these traits of creativity? This day will…

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