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.

Friday 2nd March 

10.30am – 11.00am: Makaton Nursery Rhyme Workshop                                                             

Dave Benson Phillips, Children’s TV Presenter

Join entertainer, TV presenter and children’s TV elder statesman Dave Benson Phillips, as he performs and teaches some of the songs and rhymes featured on his Makaton Nursery Rhyme video.

A great chance to learn some signs for grown-ups, children and babies too!

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Multi-sensory theatre for mental health and wellbeing in the early years: low cost/no cost resources for managing big feelings

Julia Collar, Creative Director & Ellie Collar, Early Years SEN Consultant, Collars & Cuffs Co

A performance of our award-winning multi-sensory theatre show ‘Little Meerkat’s Big Panic’ based on the book by trauma and parenting expert, Jane Evans. The show is followed by a guided play session introducing the neuroscience behind the show and exploring low cost/no cost resources that can be used to help early years children manage big feelings. The show is fully signed in Makaton and can be tailored for complex needs; we model how Makaton and Intensive Interaction can be used with storytelling to engage and explore emotions and brain development. Co-designed with an early years consultant to ensure close fit with CPD needs for SENCOs, early years practitioners, parents and carers.

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Linking Music and Movement to all areas of EYFS

Kim Pott, Director and Trainer, Funky Feet Music

This fully interactive workshop which includes a wonderful mix of original movement ideas using songs, chants, story’s and dough. Be prepared to have your creative taste buds upgraded and we will empower you to create your own activities using your favourite songs. Participants will go away with many ideas on how to develop their practice to support children in all areas of EYFS through music and movement. Wonderfully creative props and teaching aids will be used to enhance this physical development experience. This session will require a small amount of physical participation.

***WARNING*** Be prepared to have fun!

3.00pm – 3.30pm: Makaton Nursery Rhyme Workshop                                                             

Dave Benson Phillips, Children’s TV Presenter

Join entertainer, TV presenter and children’s TV elder statesman Dave Benson Phillips, as he performs and teaches some of the songs and rhymes featured on his Makaton Nursery Rhyme video.

A great chance to learn some signs for grown-ups, children and babies too!

Saturday 3rd March

10.30am – 11.30am: Teaching about the natural world using 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.

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Open up to play with loose parts

Jo Baranek, national Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

Open yourself up to the endless opportunities of play with loose and found parts. During this interactive workshop we will look at where to source the materials, how to use them indoors and outside and the different areas of the curriculum we can cover using these materials. We will focus on how loose parts can enhance your provision and provide opportunities for open-ended play and what this means for the children’s learning outcomes.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Old Macdonald and all that jazz!

Emily Dankworth, Founder, Jingle Jam Music

A creative, eye-opening workshop led by Jazz Professionals from Jingle Jam Music and granddaughter of Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth. We will demonstrate how to use songs, sounds and stories to develop children’s social skills, language development, creativity and self-expression. We will explore how to incorporate creative and stimulating music into their environment in order to fully gain from its cognitive and social benefits, using rhythms, dynamics, sounds and movement. Combine Ella Fitzferald with your favourite nursery classic and be prepared to have as much fun as the little ones!

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