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October 2019

Schema – Observing, Supporting and Responding with Marie Richardson

7th October 2019 @ 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

24th October 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Tinkering and Tampering with Alice Sharp

27th November 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the value of tinkering tables and workshops and their capacity to promote language, early science and mathematical thinking as children design and create together. Theory and practice woven together through active, hands on, practical ideas. Delegates will explore Tinkering and how it supports: Investigating Predicting Inferring Defining Classifying Estimating Measuring Observing Communicating Making   This course will be held 1-4pm and 5-8pm 

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January 2020

Literacy across Learning with Marie Richardson

January 13 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

For practitioners working with children birth to five years. The Curriculum for Excellence sets out the challenge to ensure that every young child should experience environments that are rich in language opportunities and set high expectations for literacy and the use of language. This session will explore a wide range of literacy ideas to promote; Listening and hearing Talking with a focus on expressive and descriptive language Pre reading and reading including the idea of phonics Mark making to writing

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Developing Language Through Role-Play with Moyra Boland

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The imaginative world of role-play absorbs children and allows them to see the world from other characters perspectives. Taking on roles from fairy tales and much-loved books helps children to engage and relate to the world around them.  Developing language through role-play is an extension of children's natural ability to play. This course allows practitioners to understand ways in which children adopt other characters and supports children's imagined world where amazing and exciting things can happen.   This course will…

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February 2020

Messy manipulations for Under Threes with Alice Sharp

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For practitioners working with children birth to three years. Reassess the learning potential of malleable materials for babies, toddlers and young children and how messy play experiences help develop the four internal senses and five external senses of our children. Delegates will explore how the experiences they offer can help develop Guy Claxton’s seven critical ‘C’ skills for children in the 21st century: confidence, curiosity, collaboration, commitment, communication, creativity and craftsmanship. This course will be held 1pm - 4pm and…

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Developing a Love of Reading with Neil Griffiths

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This highly thought-provoking and practical course will explore the many ways that adults, both in nursery, school and at home, can play a crucial role in helping develop their children into life-long readers. Suitable for all practitioners working with children 3-5 or Primary Teachers working with P1. This half-day session will address: • the powerful ways adults can ‘model’ the pleasure of reading • the development of a reading culture • ways of auditing and choosing suitable reading material •…

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March 2020

Playfulness to promote Literacy and Numeracy with Marie Richardson

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

For practitioners working with children birth to five years Catching the essence of children’s thinking and learning can be difficult. This practical session will offer delegates opportunity to observe, explore and reflect on how certain resources, artefacts and environments can be used to draw out literacy and numeracy outcomes. Sand and Water, Construction, Stories, Mud, Puzzles and Games all have a huge amount to offer our children when being spontaneous. However, learning moments are often missed if the adults are…

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June 2020

Sing-A-Long a Nursery Rhyme Webinar

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The next webinar in our series is one full of fun and singing and is FREE to everyone! You may be asking yourself, how can singing help health and wellbeing? Well, the evidence is overwhelming. Many research studies highlight the psychological, social, physiological and behavioural benefits, especially when singing with others. ​​​​​​​So let’s sing!! Join us while we use visual props, objects and provocations to bring our songs to life.  

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July 2020

Chasing Curiosity with Babies and Toddlers

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this active and experiential session we will explore closely the need for our playful interactions to be linked with child development. ​​​​​​​Through our practical examples we will investigate the theory of schema, contingent talk and attachment. We will look at the child at one, two and three.

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