"Play is the highest form of quality Play is our favourite way of learning It is a happy talent to know how to play."

Learning and Development courses

Listening to Young Children & Person Centred Thinking & Planning in Early Years

Bodies & Brains

Brain Architecture & Early Child Hood Development

Emotional & Physical Readiness for School

Visual Art in Early Years

In these half day practical / hands-on workshops, participants will fully immerse themselves in visual art experiences in a way that is not always possible when they are working with children.


Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years

This half day course explores how digital media can be used in creative and expressive ways with young children to extend and develop children’s learning across all areas of the Foundation Stage. Together, we will explore the uses of iPads, data projectors, webcams and animation apps using blended approaches that see traditional materials of the ...


Sand & Water Play

Few young children can resist playing with sand and water. Sand and water play are two staple sensory activities that should be found in every early years environment due to the huge myriad of learning opportunities they offer. This session aims to and consider how with a little careful planning and the involvement of adults ...


Adventurous Play – Risk and Challenge Training for the EYFS

This essential course illustrates why it is vital for children’s wellbeing that they experience adventurous play and risk and challenge in their early years environments. It engages learners in a series of practical and fun activities that allow a setting to confidently include risky and challenging play to make play more exciting. We are not ...


In the Moment Planning

Brain development and levels of involvement (how these are linked and how they relate to Early Years practice, particularly free-flow play.) How to create an enabling environment to support the interests of each unique child. Practical ideas for outdoor areas. Using a ‘less is more’ approach to resourcing. A careful look at the observation, assessment, ...


Managing Performance

This course for supervisors and managers is designed to impart the knowledge and skills to set, manage and ultimately achieve results through professional performance management.


Monitoring the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Early Years

Outstanding leaders and managers keep children at the heart of everything they do. Early years settings are most successful in improving quality of learning, playing and interacting ( Teaching and Learning) where leaders ensure all members of the setting are committed to building their knowledge and skills to hep children progress in their learning.


Enquiry Approaches to Play: Developing Knowledge and Understanding of the World

This half day course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop and deepen children’s thinking skills, their thoughts and learning through an enquiry based approach to learning. Enquiry based learning draws upon research and practice developed in international contexts that holds aims for children to be active in the process of learning. Participants will explore ...


Leadership & Management Skills

Understand the good practices associated with Leadership & Management The important elements of motivation The need for trust and credibility How to set measurable goals to achieve the required vision of the future Manager V Leaders – the Job Profile and responsibilities of both Leadership/Management – Types and Behaviours The Three Approaches to Leadership/Management Managing ...


Loose Parts, Raw Materials & Continuous Provision

This session has been designed to demonstrate: • How Loose parts can be incorporated into the everyday/ continuous provision of the early years setting • How loose parts incorporated into all areas of the setting can excite and stimulate • How to combine loose parts with the range of other more traditional early years core ...


Active Maths

This creative workshop will explore what active learning looks like and where opportunities for maths investigation can naturally occur. The practical session, in the style of training developed through the Weave Recycle partnership, will enable practitioners to explore enabling, maths-rich environments which provide exciting opportunities to play and explore with number, shape, space and measure.


Problem Solving and Decision Making

What a problem is and the three categories of problems to look out and plan for Use a framework to analyse a problem, the constraints and consequences, and various techniques to arrive at the most suitable decision to overcome the problem Become confident in their decision-making abilities What are problems? The three problem categories Defining ...


Manager Meetings (Inclusive of Childminders)

These meetings are quarterly meetings that will offer Managers and Childminders the opportunity to; share in local and national updates to work collaboratively rather than in isolation and identify training and development needs to build up a network of people who can offer guidance and advice 1 hour workshop, professional development – Difficult Conversations £10.00 ...


Good Practice Visits

Bedworth Heath Nursery School provides outstanding early education to children aged from two to five years. Staff have undertaken numerous additional training and qualifications. The Head of Federation is a trained Ofsted Inspector.


Supporting your Terrific Twos

During this session practitioners will explore the importance of attachment and the role of the key person, the value of heuristic play within an enabling environment and what it is like to be two.


Early Writing Squiggles, Scribbles and Stories

When children realize that marks can be used symbolically to carry meaning, in much the same way as the spoken way, they begin to use marks as tools to make their thinking visible.


Sustained Shared Thinking

The course will look at ways to work ‘beside’ children, researching with them and extending opportunities for shared thinking. It will explore how to observe and ‘intervene’ without interrupting and the evidence and research which supports working in this way across Early Years. It will include practical sessions of environment creation using open-ended resources.


Letters and Sounds

This is an introductory course for practitioners who are unfamiliar with the “Letters & Sounds” Phase 1 teaching programme.