Day One - Provocations for Play

Play is the best way for a young child to learn. In the early years of a child’s life the way they learn to play, the resources they play with and the kind of engagement they ‘step’ into will contribute enormously to their development.

Environments should provide a place where children have opportunities to explore, learn and develop with the support of sensitive, knowledgeable adults. There should be access to prompts, artefacts and provocations to stimulate ideas and thought journeys.

Every child’s learning journey should be unique. How do we encourage, support and allow an individual learning journey for each child, while ensuring all are engaged in meaningful opportunities and that child development is considered?

This training day will encourage delegates to;

  • Consider the possibilities of enhancing their space to ensure core curriculum is exciting and engaging
  • Explore a range of contexts which will stimulate creative thinking
  • Identify the ‘provocations’ they could use to involve children in sustained shared thinking
  • Identify and use contexts to ‘tune children into learning’
  • Analyse child development processes
  • Explore a range of ideas to support individual learning in all areas of the curriculum
  • Consider how to take consultation with children and ensure each learner is exposed to learning opportunities relevant to them
  • Debate a range of practical solutions to ensure sustained and deep level thinking

Day Two - Enriching Literacy and Numeracy in Early Learning

Literacy and Numeracy – the Gods of any curriculum?!

When considering how best to support our children in developing their literacy and numeracy skills we must consider learning for the 21st Century. We should fully consider the changing forms of language and mathematics which our children and young people use and are exposed to.

In this current era of quick communication it is the responsibility of practitioners to respond positively to changes and incorporate them in the learning opportunities we afford our children.

Consider the various numeracy skills that you may use in an hour, from telling the time to measuring quantities of breakfast cereal and milk to ensuring you have the correct bus fare. Everyday routines would be tricky without these core skills and when we use them in our everyday life we do so without giving them the recognition they deserve.

All early childhood practitioners have the responsibility of supporting our children in the development of their literacy and numerical skills then challenging, supporting and enhancing each learner to ensure that they develop and consolidate their skills.

This training day will explore;

  • Ways of making effective use of each aspect of literacy and numeracy in order to embrace the learning potential for every child
  • Fully explore the implementation of literacy and numeracy sub divisions within everyday practice
  • Traditional core experiences and play opportunities to expand and enhance children’s literacy and numeracy skills and confidence in using them
  • A range of techniques and strategies to bring literacy and numeracy to life within the learning environment in a way that is fun and engaging for all involved
  • Explore the use of contexts, backdrops and environments to fully engage learners in a love of literacy and to be excited in the world of mathematics!

Day Three - Experiential Learning

Some of the skills and techniques that will be shared;

  • Characteristics of trainers
  • Structuring a session
  • Delivery techniques
  • Engage and motivate learners
  • Communicate, questioning and sharing knowledge
  • Effective visual aids

The third day will use the various examples, learning prompts, visual aids and PowerPoint messages from the first two days to begin to shape the way delegates will share and train in their own situations.

We will explore many engagement techniques and try out on fellow delegates short ideas and ‘trials’ to ensure each technique is understood.

The diagram shows a few of the techniques we will explore.

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