Early Years - Principles and Practice in Action

Keeping Learning Personal and Reaching Our Goals

Cherry Hawker

Cherry Hawker is, above all else, excited about children’s learning! She has always been motivated to promote interactive and memorable learning experiences by her conviction that childhood is precious and that we are privileged to be a part of it. Cherry's career has led her from the classroom to working as a Primary Strategy Consultant and to headships in both small/rural and large/urban primary schools. trainer profile

About this course

This course will celebrate the core philosophy of Early Years. By focusing on the Characteristics of Learning we will explore the daily provision in your setting.  We will explore effective continuous provision and planning and investigate how to develop the role of the adult helping to make your setting rich in purposeful talk.

Course Outcomes:

  • Help you review the provision of your setting against good practice
  • Consider opportunities that enable learning
  • Promoting independence, what can a child achieve on their own and where can your help take them?
  • Asking effective questions that promote learning rather than confirming knowledge
  • Sharing our thinking: structured conversation with our students and keeping the dialogue open with our colleagues

Course Outline:

Session 1: Principles of Good EYFS Practice

EYFS right from the start – what does it all mean. Unpicking the myth surrounding good Early Years practise

Characteristics of Learning: what can it look like in my setting?

Effective planning for the characteristics of learning

Session 2: The learning environment

The key to exciting, diverse and innovative planning

Making the most of the unexpected

Unpicking pedagogy that enables the learner

The route map – what destination do you have in mind for your children?

Session 3: The role of the adult

The art of asking the right questions

Shared thinking – understanding the process and tips for making it work

The role of the adult, when to lead and when to watch

Principles into practice – having a go at maximising learning from one simple set of resources