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Our summer online training webinars for early years and primary professionals have all finished and we are preparing our autumn offer in advance (very advance – the weather is sweltering and it is comforting to think of the chilly season ahead). Booking will go live for these sessions (and others, subject to tutor availability) soon, so please bookmark this page or subscribe to updates.

tion: a variety of heirloom pumpkins and squashes on a slatted bench sit before a whitewashed wall, with training dates overlaid.

Pricing is per participant, invitations (Teams/Zoom) are sent to each participant for their sole use. All webinars include an additional 10-minute Q&A session at the end where the tutor can discuss specific queries relating to your setting or practice, relating to the topic covered.

We are also accepting suggestions for our online webinars, so please get in contact if you have any requests for us to consider – this is often the cheapest way for you to get bespoke training!

Talking Point: say what you mean, mean what you say

Recently I had a discussion with a practitioner who was observing displays of new, highly emotional behaviour in a 3 year old he works with. After a quick review of general development (in particular, her recent development of expressive language – she had recently begun talking) and interactions (between the child and practitioner, the child and others and self-talk during solo play), I identified a key element to these new outbursts of explosive anger and sadness.

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Lockdown CPD: Babies (Netflix)

“From first breath to first steps, this docuseries explores a decade of groundbreaking science that reveals the emotional and astounding story of a baby’s first year of life.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3HuD9Ehb_0

This accessible series combines lovely snapshots of real families in the first year of their babies’ life, with commentary and insights from researchers.

From familiar research on early language development and attachment, to more recent breakthroughs in early motor skills and nutrition; you’ll find something fascinating!

You can find it by searching for ‘Babies’ in Netflix or following this link.

If you are seeking highly tailored continuous professional development during a period of self-isolation or the temporary closure of your setting, we can help! We are offering reduced rates on online consultation, training and coaching during this difficult time. Find out more here.

Resources: fully-funded online courses

Leicester College is offering fully funded*distance learning courses.

Courses are fully funded* and topics include:

  • Understanding Children and Young People (Mental Health)
  • Counselling Skills (Level 2)
  • Equality and Diversity (Level 2)
  • Lean Business Techniques (Level 2)
  • Principles of Leadership and Management (Level 3)
  • Principles of Team Leading (Level 2)
  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges (Level 2)
  • Understanding Mental Health (Level 3)
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health (Level 2)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Level 2)
*The level 2 distance learning courses are fully funded with only criteria being: that you are over 19, have lived in the EU for the past 3 years and currently live in England.

Talking Point: The Silent Child (film with professional discussion prompts)

A short watch which is thought-provoking and worthy of reflective discussion amongst colleagues.

I use a book club format when using film as a professional reflection tool, with questions to prompt discussion and thinking. For example:

  • What makes up Libby’s world?
  • How does Libby feel?
  • How do her parents feel?
  • What are her parents’ motivations?
  • What has informed her grandmother’s understanding of Libby’s capabilities?
  • How do you think society views people with hearing impairments (current and/or historical understanding)?
  • What is the role of the social worker?
  • Where is the line between state and parental responsibility?
  • What support is available for children with hearing impairments, parents, professionals?
  • What could improve the outcomes of children with hearing impairments?
  • Where does early years education fit in to this?
  • How did the film make you feel?
  • Will the film change your practice? If so, how?

This list isn’t exhaustive but it captures some of the main elements of discussions I’ve had on the film – your team will be different and bring different experiences to the discussion. Let me know if you have any other suggestions to include!

Synopsis: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.

Watch The Silent Child on BBC iPlayer: https://bbc.in/2qsCIa0