Every visit to an EYFS environment needs a narrative

Event/course Code SCH/21/564
Event/course type Course / Early Years Curriculum
Event Description Audience – Headteachers/members of SLT/School Improvement advisers who visit EYFS provision as part of the monitoring process

Focus: - Feeling informed about and judging the quality of Early learning experiences and opportunities across a year and having the confidence to talk about the impact of Early Learning in your school.

Ask yourself -Do you currently judge the quality of your EYFS learning just by what you see in a short lesson observation on your visit to the classroom or by drawing on what you already know about the evolving story, the current chapter, that goes with each unique child that has been shared through conversation and professional judgements of the EYFS staff? No excel spread sheet in sight!

During the morning we will take the four principles of Early Years from the new framework and use them to match your knowledge of the children in your school to why it is important to engage in a narrative with the teacher during your visit to their Early years environment to understand what they are doing at that time and with whom.

Often visitors to Early Years want to judge the quality of the Early Years by a ‘lesson observation’, when actually the true weight of any judgement is in the provision at that time and subsequently the judgements and observations made by staff, who are truly tuned into each child.

Headteachers and senior leaders/advisers will hopefully be able to gain a greater understanding of the new EYFS curriculum (2021) across this year and the Characteristics of effective teaching and learning to help them inform any observations made. In order to do this, there needs to be a good knowledge of the way learning is structured and facilitated through a play-based approach for each child.

Cost - £45 + VAT per delegate
Trainer - Gill Deakin
Training Objectives We will explore the following questions during this course: -
• Do you understand the new curriculum design in your Early Years?
• Could you confidently explain how the curriculum design in Early Years is carried on throughout the rest of the school and its potential impact on learning
• Do you appreciate the ethos of an Early Years class and the similarities and differences with other key stages
• Can you see how the new educational programmes are having an impact on the children’s learning across the phase and the links between them when you make a visit to the class.
• Are children becoming names and individual learners rather than numbers or percentages when you see them learning through play and when you have that professional dialogue with the EY staff?
Learning Outcomes
Tutors Gill Deakin
Subjects Early Years / Leadership & Management / Learning and Teaching
Key Stages
Early Years / Foundation No KS1 Yes KS2 Yes KS3 Yes KS4 Yes KS5 Yes 11-19 Yes 
Event/course administrator Workforce Support (WorkforceSupport@Worcschildrenfirst.org.uk)
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Tuesday 25 January 202209:30 - 12:00Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club, WorcesterMap