Early Years CPD Programme

Early Years CPD Programme 2023/24

This is the first year that Learn Sheffield have offered an Early Years CPD programme as part of our subscription.

We are predominantly working with three colleagues on this programme: Ruth Swailes, Deb Page and Angela Lant. Ruth is also providing two Early Years focussed Strategic Leadership programmes in 2023/24.

Learn Sheffield subscribing schools will have unlimited access (subject to availability) for this programme. For non-subscribing schools, each session will be charged at £95 per person. Colleagues can book on the sessions below using the booking links.

For any queries, please contact enquiries at enquiries@learnsheffield.co.uk.

Effective assessment in the Early Years

Course Overview

A course designed to help leaders and teachers focus on what really matters. Ruth will share research, current statutory guidance and examples of effective practice to allow delegates to reflect on their own assessment procedures.

There will be practical tools and tips to support schools to make assessment “Meaningful, Manageable and Minimal”.

Date Venue  
19 January 2024
9.00-12.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Spring term Early Years Network

Course Overview

With so much information coming from the DFE and Ofsted it can be difficult to identify what’s statutory, helpful and relevant or not to Early Years . The Early Years Network provides leaders and teachers with the opportunity to hear about the latest news and developments and reflect on what these might mean for their own practice.

Delegates who attend this session will also have the opportunity to shape the summer term EY training offer.

Date Venue  
19 January 2024
1.00-4.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Building your curriculum in the Early Years

Course Overview

This full day practical workshop will draw on research and current thinking around curriculum development alongside Ruth’s extensive experience of designing, developing and producing curricula with schools. Leaders and teachers will be given practical tools to help evaluate their current curriculum offer and support and advice to help them design a curriculum which meets the needs of their children whilst fulfilling statutory requirements.

Delegates may wish to being current curriculum plans and documents to help with reflections and forward planning.

Date Venue  
11 March 2024
9.00-4.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Let’s go outside – what does an effective outdoor environment look like in the Early Years?

Course Overview

In this hybrid training session Ruth will provide a mixture of practical advice, support, guidance and audit tools alongside research evidence on the benefits of outdoor learning and examples of best practice. The second part of this session will focus on developing plans for teacher’s own outdoor learning areas. Delegates may find it useful to being digital photographs of their current outdoor provision.

Teachers will leave with practical guidance, a model risk/ benefit analysis documents and their own action plan for outdoors.

Date Venue  
2 May 2024
9.00-4.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Interventions or Outerventions in the Early Years?

Course Overview

In this session Ruth will challenge conventional thinking about approaches to intervention strategies in the EYFS, drawing on research information, experience and a wealth of information about early development, we will explore how best to provide the support young children need in the Early Years to ensure that they make the best possible progress alongside their peers. The session is suitable for EY leads and teachers, SENCos and senior leaders.

Date Venue  
3 June 2024
9.00-12.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Summer term Early Years Network

Course Overview

With so much information coming from the DFE and Ofsted it can be difficult to identify what’s statutory, helpful and relevant or not to Early Years . The Early Years Network provides leaders and teachers with the opportunity to hear about the latest news and developments and reflect on what these might mean for their own practice.

Delegates who attend this session will also have the opportunity to shape the 2024/25 EY training offer

Date Venue  
3 June 2024
1.00-4.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development During the EYFS Years

Course Overview

This extended training course has an emphasis on content that is immediately applicable to delegates’ work context and involves case examples that might occur in their schools. The training package combines in-person training sessions with group reflective practice sessions (which are held online). This gives delegates the opportunity to learn, or refresh, their knowledge and skills, with opportunities to try them out in school. Delegates then come together in a smaller group to reflect together on their experiences. This model supports delegates to ‘learn-apply-reflect’ in three cycles across the package; adult learning principles suggest that relevant, experiential learning is vital to success and implementation of the learning received.

This training is suitable for any staff who work within the EYFS phase, and particularly those who wish to develop their insight and skills into children’s SEMH development and needs, including those who support children at a targeted level, nurture interventions and play-based learning.

This training is provided by Step Forward Psychology: Trainers are Deborah Page and Samantha Hallewell (Educational Psychologists)

Date Description  
Session 1
29 November 2023
9.00-12:00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
Session 1 will focus on the concept of social skills, breaking these down into the specific skills children need to learn in order to work and play together successfully. It will include some psychology that explores how children learn social knowledge and skills. The session will also include practical approaches that staff can use immediately to support children to improve their social skills. Staff will be provided with support checklists to help them to self-evaluate their implementation of the suggested strategies. Finished
Session 2
28 February 2024
9.00-12:00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
Session 2 will build on the previous session, with the focus progressing to the development of children’s emotional understanding and regulation. There will be some psychological context given to help delegates understand the development of the infant brain, including some input related to attachment theory. As in session 1, delegates will leave with practical strategies that they can immediately use in their settings to help support the promotion of children’s emotional understanding and regulation.
Session 3
24 April 2024
9.00-12:00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
This session will build on the learning provided in the previous 2 sessions, and the focus will be very much on strategies that can be used both at the universal and targeted levels of response to need. Interventions that are evidence-based and age-appropriate will be explored with delegates, with opportunities to reflect on videos of practice.

Reflective Practice Sessions

After each of the 3 training sessions, delegates will join small-group reflective practice sessions online, 1.5 hours in duration, where they can share and reflect upon their experiences of trying the approaches/ strategies with children. The training providers facilitate these sessions by following a loose structure to support discussions and reflection on what has worked well and what might have felt challenging. The facilitators establish ground-rules to create a safe learning space. Dates and details of these will be shared at the first session.

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Early Years Literacy Development

Course Overview

This programme of development is designed to be delivered to a number of leaders. The basis is the EEF’ Preparing for Literacy’ guidance report. There will be time to explore the 7 areas of the report and how these relate to specific settings. This is a half day course with the option of a full day of follow up in individual settings.

The 7 areas of the report are:

  1. Prioritise the development of communication and language
  2. Develop children’s early reading using a balanced approach
  3. Develop children’s capability and motivation to write
  4. Embed opportunities to develop self-regulation
  5. Support parents to understand how to help their children learn
  6. Use high quality assessment to ensure all children make good progress
  7. Use high quality targeted support to help struggling children

Please contact bookings@learnsheffield.co.uk to arrange a follow up visit from Angela Lant.

Date Venue  
Rescheduled Date
19 March 2024
9.00-12.00pm
Learn Sheffield
(Albion House)
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Bespoke Early Years Professional Development Offer

Course Overview

Designed for leaders new to Early Years Leadership. A series of 6 school visits throughout the year with a bespoke programme aimed at developing the leaders understanding of all aspects of Early Years. This professional development programme could be run as a 1:1 package, as a development for all the leaders of Early Years in a Trust, a collaboration of Early Years leaders and Headteacher, deputy or assistant Headteacher.

This training would be suitable for individuals or small groups of leaders. Please contact bookings@learnsheffield.co.uk for further information and to book a place.

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