Postponed originally due to the loss of outdoor lighting equipment loans (company expected they would need them – they were right!) I am glad we delayed our final seminar in the first phase of our programme. I’m certain we would have been hosting an impromptu sleepover for all the professionals as we were treated to a huge amount of snow from the beast from the east! Read More »
I was lucky enough to secure a late tour session with the super Sally Thomas to view the latest in the series of best practice spaces she has developed in collaboration with Norfolk County Council’s Early Years Achievement Team.
From early mathematical skills to learning to code, story-telling and meaning making as part of literacy development and a keen enthusiasm for exploring and investigating the world around – I thoroughly enjoyed this training given by Norfolk County Council.
I thought that perhaps I would theme some blog posts around the official professional development I log during the summer term.
My personal approach to training and extending knowledge has never been “less is more”. Since becoming an early years practitioner (and later a senior early years practitioner) I have adopted the motto of “never be content with practice but strive to be” – this does not mean being negative when reflecting upon practice, instead it is a reminder that a great practitioner is also an industrious learner. All learning need not be formalised or arduous, this term I have Beach Schools training and a messy play workshop planned.
This short documentary is exactly 11 minutes long. If you only watch one video regarding autism today, I hope it’s this one. At my very first course on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the lecturer questioned our understanding and played this video. It is one of two films I always play when presenting training on ASD because I feel it gives a fresh perspective (that of children and adults who are on the spectrum) and hopefully enables practitioners to distance themselves from clinical facts to focus on the world-views of children with autism, to “empathise not sympathise”. Another reason I particularly like this film, is that it shows the variety of interests and day-to-day challenges faced by children, parents and teachers.Read More »
Speech and Language in the Early Years
In Setting Training Agenda – 2012
The aim of this training is to support and develop practitioners’ understanding of children’s speech, language and communication development, knowledge of normal patterns of development, monitoring practices, effective multi-agency working, fostering parental partnerships and best practices when working with children with communicative difficulties.Read More »