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March 2019

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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April 2019

Nurturing Children through Play

April 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Creating Nurturing Environments - Day Two with Marie Richardson Can we have effective learning without every child having a sense of being nurtured? 'Children who've grown up without nurture may often lack any sense that they can be something other than what they are.' Glasgow Centre for Population Health published a briefing paper in 2014 on Nurture Corners in Nurseries. Since then the need for Nurture has developed across Scotland to become a National Need for Nurture throughout services, not…

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May 2019

Join us in Celebrating Men in Early Learning and Childcare (Friday)

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Experiential Play Training Centre, Unit S12, Flemington House, 110 Flemington Street
Glasgow, G21 4BF United Kingdom
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A training day created to celebrate the role and value of men in Early Learning and Childcare. The day will be delivered by men playing a leading and dynamic role in the sector. Both keynote speakers have had impact on policy, practice and most importantly pedagogical thinking. It is designed to inspire us to consider male role models and the importance of involving dads, brothers, uncles and siblings. Gary Wilson One of the country's leading authorities on raising boys' achievement,…

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A Celebration of Men in Early Learning and Childcare (Saturday)

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3NY
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A conference day created to celebrate and inspire men involved in Early Learning and Childcare, or for those considering it as a possible career path. This conference day is delivered by men playing a leading role in the Early Learning sector.  Both keynote speakers have had impact on policy, practice and most importantly pedagogical thinking. It is designed to inspire men already in the profession, to encourage them to share best practice and develop their strategies and approaches to sharing…

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Helicopter Stories for Emotional Well-being in Early Years with Moyra Boland

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Children are enthralled with stories and love to engage in the emotional ups and downs of characters, using this engagement to explore their own world and their own emotions. Helicopter Stories support children to create their own stories and bring them to life in a safe and secure environment. Helicopter Stories allows the practitioner to be at the heart of the story with the children and scaffold their understanding of who they are, how they feel and how they live…

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June 2019

Developing literacy through creative role play with Moyra Boland

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Through play children take on a wide variety of roles, using play to make sense of the world around them and test out what they know and understand. Practitioner’s ability to support creative role play and understand the ways in which they can support children and extend their use of role play is a critical tool in developing literacy in early years. The language of role play is rich and varied, the possibilities of who a child can be within…

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September 2019

It’s a Small World with Alice Sharp

September 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For practitioners working with children two to five years Through their natural curiosity and by providing them with a wide variety of activities and experiences in play, children begin to develop a range of skills and concepts including observation, experimentation and free exploration of their surroundings. Small world is an area of play where children can become lost, can create from anything and everything. This session will consider how small world can help support: Breadth of language skills Expressive and…

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Numeracy Across Learning with Alice Sharp

September 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

For practitioners working with children birth to five years The enjoyment of number games and using number skills is an important factor in developing confidence and excitement about maths. This training session will look at a wide range of examples of how we the adult can shape and scaffold thinking around mathematics. Focus will be around; Matching Comparing Classifying Measuring Sequencing Seriation Special Relationships Geometry This course will be held 9.30am - 12.30pm and 5pm - 8pm   

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October 2019

Schema – Observing, Supporting and Responding with Marie Richardson

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For practitioners working with children birth to five years. Children do not all learn in the same way. As practitioners working with young children we should be aware of the ways different children learn. Schemas are patterns of repeatable behaviour which can often be noticed in young children's play. Although children often show particular schemas in their play, not all children appear especially schematic. Some show one particular schema particularly strongly and others show several at once. Sometimes one schema…

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Child Development from Birth to Five with Marie Richardson

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The 21st Century Child is experiencing a very different childhood to those working with them. Our children have never lived without access to the internet, screens that allow access to experiences, places, knowledge that we could never have imagined. They are tuned in to a very different world. This session will focus on exploring and fully considering the developmental norms, expectations and milestones of babies, toddlers and young children. Discussion around each area of development will be woven in around…

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