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November 2018

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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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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