Continuing Professional Development Courses

Individualised Training Programmes to Meet Your Needs Early Years Educational Services (EYES) is pleased to offer your setting an individualised programme of CPD training. You can decide to do as much or as little training with us as you need. You may choose to send staff on any of the courses given below or have a selection of these courses delivered at your setting.

*All training will be fully certified by EYES to ensure full recognition and will count towards the MOSA required 30 hours training.

Most courses are of 2 hours length but can be adapted to suit individual settings needs.

*Note: Filming is not permitted of any CPD Training.*

Running and Active Games

Physical development is one of the Prime Areas of learning in the Revised EYFS. This course gives practitioners a wealth of stimulating ideas to use with all ages. Through a carefully thought out programme, practitioners can meet the needs of their children and develop physical skills which benefit all areas of learning.

Why Movement Matters 0-2 years or 2-4 years

An essential part of early learning for all children is to develop the physical skills and confidence as it impacts on all areas of learning. In today’s society research has shown that children are more sedentary than ever before and that parents often underestimate the importance of movement to healthy brain development. This course gives the knowledge and skills to provide a stimulating physical environment.

Movement to Promote Writing Readiness

Discover how the foundations of good pencil control need to be established long before a child first tries to write. The tutor will introduce you to fun practical activities designed to promote the key areas of gross and fine motor control, visual control and spatial control. You will get to try these for yourself and understand how they promote children’s physical development.

Having Fun with Your Parachute

Discover how parachute activities can enhance learning in all areas of the Early Years curriculum. Join us for a fun, interactive session including dozens of games and activities for all ages.

Developing Children’s Numeracy Skills

Building on positive attitudes to numeracy is an important foundation for future mathematical development. By giving children a range of hands-on experiences that explore early concepts, as well as the language to support this we can develop confidence and understanding. This course shows practitioners how to plan and develop a range of experiences to support early numeracy skills and the knowledge to understand the ways in we can help which young children experience early numeracy successfully.

Classroom Management

A reflective session that explores what we believe about how children learn and how our vision and beliefs underpin all our actions. We discuss how children’s needs change and how we can address these changing needs. We will do an audit of our daily routines and classroom management and discuss why we do what we do. We will look at any areas of our practice or times that are more problematic for the children in our care and develop ideas a personal action plan to address these problems.

Getting it Right for Boys

While every child is unique, there is clear evidence that boys and girls brains develop differently, and that boys need to be more active. The right side of a boy’s brain, the side connected with movement, is more developed than the left side at birth; this leads boys to learning better while moving. This course looks at the brain development of boys and how we can best understand and meet their learning needs, and increase our understanding of how we can adjust our all -female environment to make it more accommodating to the boys in our care.

Learning through play

Play is a child’s work and must be valued as a process in its own right. Children have a right to high quality, challenging and motivating opportunities and experiences; the right to make choices and manage their learning. Children learn by leading their own play and taking part in play which is guided by adults. This course examines the 3 elements of effective practice – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically and gives examples of what this would look like in best practice in the classroom with a balance of child initiated and adult led activities.

An Introduction to safeguarding (Child Protection)

This very important 3 hour course examines the background to current child Protection legislation both in the UK and the UAE and how it should be reflected in our policies and procedures to protect children and adults. We will look at the causes of abuse, assumptions about abusers, types of abuse and the signs and symptoms of abuse. We will discuss what to do if you suspect abuse and what every setting should have in their Safeguarding Policy and how they can promote child protection.

Supporting Bilingualism in Early Years

This course is aimed at Early Years Practitioners working with children and families who speak English as a second language. This course will promote you in organising your classroom to support bilingual children, improve your communication skills, help you to introduce English language without the child losing their first language and to give advice to bilingual parents.

Encouraging language through stories and rhymes

Children need to experience a language rich environment to become confident speakers and listeners. This course suggests practical activities that can be enjoyed with a child to develop these important skills.

Encouraging Speaking and Listening

It is of vital importance that we promote good communication skills with young children. This course helps practitioners understand the barriers to good communication and gives them practical strategies so they can help children overcome these barriers.

Enabling Environments

Children are great affected by their environment. This course reminds us what we want child to say and do as they learn and examines how we set up our learning areas, what practical things we need to consider and what we need to provide for children, both indoors and outside, to make the best learning environment. Each participants then plans their learning environment and considers changes that will make it more enabling for every child.

The Benefits of Drama in the Early Years – 3 hours session

In accordance with the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines, drama is important for children as it is central to the development of Personal, Social and Emotional skills (Prime), Communication and Language skills (Prime) and Creativity (Specific). During this course the tutor will teach you that drama is fun, engaging, informative, imaginative and rewarding. In a safe & nurturing environment practitioners will try out a range of practical activities that they can use in the classroom.

Mark Making

A fun, hands on session that explores the benefits of early mark making for all ages and introduces a wide arrange of practical activities to try, that can be enjoyed in the classroom with children, both independently and adult led. The course examines the sequence of mark making and looks at ways to develop and extend children’s learning in our everyday provision – a very practical session!

Early Communication –Communication Friendly Spaces

For children to be successful communicators they need to be able to be to listen and speak clearly. In today’s modern world there are many distractions to listening. This course explores how we can encourage children to develop good listening and speaking skills with relevant and enjoyable activities and introduces the idea of provocations to stimulate children’s thinking. We look at how we can best use the spaces we have available – inside and outside to ensure communication friendly spaces.

Story telling

Encouraging a love of books and stories is essential to support a child’s language development and helps them to make a sense of the world. Children feel safe and secure with familiar stories and can expand their vocabulary in a safe and secure way, linking their learning in meaningful situations. This course explains why sharing a story is so important and shows participants how to share a book with children in an interactive way and to tell stories with the help of props and no book. The tutor will share some of her favourite stories in an interactive and recommend different books for different ages.

Encouraging positive behaviour

The focus on this session will be to understand the way in which children learn and how they behave as a result of the actions of the adults around them and the expectations we have of them. Often we ask a child to behave in a way that doesn’t take into consideration their age and stage of development. The tutor will enable participants to reflect on how by using clear, appropriate and consistent expectations reinforced in a positive way we can encourage good appropriate behaviour for all children. She will then discuss early intervention and by using a range of scenarios and case studies, highlight the action we can take if we have concerns about a child’s behaviour to produce the desired outcomes.

Working with Parents

We know that parents are their child’s first and foremost educator and working closely with parents is an important part of working with children. It is important to get this professional relationship right so the child, parents and practitioners benefit. This course looks at the possible barriers and the best way to create and keep a good relationship with parents.

Let’s get physical- Running and Active games

Running games require little equipment and are quick and easy to organise. They promote stamina, awareness of space, boundary recognition; rule following and they are fun! Full of simple and fun ideas and games for participants to promote their child’s gross and fine motor development as well as their listening skills.

Active learning

Active learning is a process rather than an outcome and should engage and challenge children and their thinking. Activities should allow for children to experience real life and imaginary situations and can take place through spontaneous and planned play. After considering the importance and characteristics of active learning, the tutor will reflect on how we can promote active learning, giving participants lots of ideas to take back into their classroom.

Making the most of your Circle Time
One of the most effective ways of promoting self-esteem and develop language skills is the use of Circle Time. We will discuss what Circle Time is and isn’t and how to run a successful Circle Time. By considering the needs of different ages and practical activities this session will give you lots of ideas to use in your classroom to make your Circle Times a success and a stress free time for all!

Supporting Sustained Shared Thinking

A good session to finish the academic year on, this training theme recaps some of the earlier themes like enabling environments and how children learn and pushes staff to reflect on how they can make their previous best even better. We consider what we need to provide to work alongside children to really develop their thinking skills. We look at different thinking skills and how we can model and promote these with all our learners allowing them to develop their thinking about the world around them.

Brain Gym sessions 1-3 Anna Mitchell Educational Kinesologist and Brain Gym Specialist

Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Through these 3 sessions, Anna will introduce you to movement-based programmes, that empower all ages to reclaim the joy of living and learning. You will learn how the brain works and how you can teach children simple, fun exercises that will -
• promote play and the joy of learning
• draw out and honour innate intelligence
• build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life
• emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs
• encourage self-responsibility
• empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning
• encourage creativity and self-expression
• inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts

Music – Practical Ideas

All children love music and it is a way to include even the youngest child. Music can be successfully used to engage every child from reluctant learners to the possibly, less confident second language learners. Musical activities can be done anywhere and at any time without the need for expensive resources but many teachers do not feel confident in their musical ability or know how to develop past simple nursery rhymes. The tutor will explain how to engage children and develop their musical enjoyment and ability, along with their listening skills and share a range of practical activities to use with all ages.

Expressive Arts and Designs

The ELG for Expressive Arts and Designs states that children should sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them by safely using and exploring a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. To enable children to reach their full potential in this area of the curriculum it is important that they are supported in their exploration by giving them the skills and knowledge to experiment and create. We will look at the how we can ensure progression and support children’s creativity by developing a progressive programme of challenging and stimulating open ended projects supported by teaching age appropriate skills to support independent learning.

Developing Phonics  Phase 1 and 2

Young children need to have a language rich environment and a systematic approach to their phonics learning. On this course the tutor will give teachers clarity about teaching phonics, examine current practice and affirmed or extend the activities that are currently taking place, give participants ideas for learning activities, suggest resources for phonics and give teachers enthusiasm and confidence in how they deliver a developmentally appropriate phonics programme.

Developing your Role Play

In this course the tutor will help participants to understand how role play supports all areas of learning and to consider when, where we can provide the best role pay activities. She will discuss how we can involve boys, making role play more attractive to them and the benefits of doing this. Role play ideas will be developed for all children and ages, after looking at a range of resources and then the tutor will help develop a range of themes planning linked to learning objectives of the EYFS.

Working with the Under 2’s – 3 part course

These courses look at how a baby’s brain develops and the importance of strong emotional attachments. Each of the courses looks at a different area of supporting early development and how we can maximize learning opportunities and share our knowledge with the parents. On each course participants will receive facts sheets to share with parents and colleagues and make resources that stimulate a baby’s learning.

Embedding Physical Development in Everyday Practice

Physical development is now one of the Prime Areas in the EYFS, it is important to remember that physical development is not only promoted during outdoor play, all during the day there are ample opportunities to promote physical development, often linked to children’s developing independence.
• We will examine why physical development has been given such priority
• Undertake an audit of how many physical activity opportunities children in your class have in a day
• Simple changes that you can make to your routines and environment to maximise opportunities
• We will finish with a short session looking at some adult led activities for ‘playtime’ that promote physical development.