Workshop Programme

Get hands on and join in with interactive workshops to get some innovative ideas to take back to your setting. These low or no cost activities will bring together education and play and are free for visitors to attend.

The workshop programme for 2018 will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can view 2017 below.

Friday 3rd March 

10.30am – 11.30am: Confident Communication: Signed Circle Times                                                             

Shelley Ensor, Founder, Little Signers Club

An interactive, fun and dynamic workshop from Little Signers Club, focusing on communication, speech and language development.  This informative and friendly workshop supports early years practitioners in getting the most out of Circle Times – with immediate and practical outcomes.

  • Enhance and support the prime area of communication.
  • Learn essential core signs for every setting.
  • Seasonal signs and songs to enrich EYFS topics.
  • Identify children who need more support easily.
  • Establish good core habits for literacy and language.
  • Understand why – and how – implementing baby signing can lead to calmer settings.

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Having Fun with Phonics in the Early Years!

Alexandra Charalambous, Phonics Trainer, Springboard for Children

Children can have fun with sounds around and in the environment from a very early age. They can engage in simple and enjoyable phonics games which support their memory, ability to sequence, growing vocabulary and auditory discrimination. These fun interactions and quality early experiences pave the way for the systematic phonics teaching that comes later in school and gives children a great start on the road to reading and writing. During this workshop Springboard for Children will provide a range of ideas, strategies and practical activities to support children’s earliest literacy learning.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Learn from Live Animals

Faik Aktulga, Director, Wild Fangs

Children are fascinated by nature, from an early age they will investigate the world around them; lifting up fallen branches searching for mini beasts and asking questions. This early curiosity forms an important part of a child’s development. Live animal visits allow a fun and safe way for children to develop their curiosity with nature. This is done by activating prior knowledge, exposing new information and most importantly promoting excitement through discovery. Come along to this workshop and find out how regular visits from the scaly, furry and creepy crawlies can enhance your early years setting.

Saturday 4th March

10.30am – 11.30am: Little Scientists – Let’s Investigate                                                                                             

Jo Baranek, Lead Early Years Advisor, NDNA

Ever wondered how science fits into early years? Well pop along to this interactive workshop where you will get hands-on experience with simple experiments to try with your children, with everyday items that you will already have access to.

Let’s foster our children’s explorative nature and create our next generation’s Tim Peake and Stephen Hawking.

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Storytelling in the Setting

Natasha Dennis, The Crafty Chief, Little Creative Days Ltd

This hands-on workshop will teach the basics of how to remember and tell a story orally. Oral storytelling has been used for centuries to teach and entertain children. Storytelling helps children visualise stories in their own minds rather than relying on the illustrations. This in turn helps them to develop their ability to create stories and expands their knowledge of language.

The session will cover:

  • How to remember a short story by using a story ladder.
  • The use of hooks within a story to keep it on track.
  • Devices to keep everyone’s attention.
  • How to bring stories to life.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: EYFS Dance and Movement Pedagogy

Helen Battelley, EYFS Movement Consultant/ PD Consultant, Music + Movement

EYFS Dance and Movement Pedagogy focuses on how to implement movement into the EYFS framework.  With high obesity levels in children it is important to understand the impact this methodology has, not only on physical health but social and emotional wellbeing. This workshop will provide inspiration to encourage movement, ideas to stimulate learning and learners and an interactive experience for delegates.

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