Early Excellence

Our programme of ‘early excellence’ webinars are designed for early years leaders, teachers and practitioners. Scheduled to take place over several sessions, you can choose from the following five packages.

  • Ensuring progression through KS1
  • Securing Foundations: Developing Literacy in the Early Years
  • The Revised EYFS: Bringing Your Curriculum to Life
  • The Revised EYFS: Strengthening Observation and Assesment Practise
  • The Revised EYFS: Building your Understanding of Child Development
  • Child Development Schemes

Explore these courses on the tabs below.

Dates: see tabs below

Location: All session will be held virtually

Costs: £150/3 units for Associated Partners (please note that ‘All about the needs of boys’ costs £50/1 unit).

Not yet an Associated Partner? Find out how you could benefit.

Book a place

If your booking is made within a week of the programme commencing, you are not guaranteed a place. If you have been successful, our team will contact you directly.

Ensuring progression through KS1

A three-part webinar designed for those looking to consolidate and extend working with provision in KS1.

Join us for this programme of three webinars which have been designed to provide CPD opportunities for your KS1 team to review and develop their approach to teaching and learning.

 Each 90 minute webinar focuses on key aspects of pedagogy with new ideas and inspiration for practice and provision. There will be recommended pre-course and gap tasks to undertake to maximise impact, and you will also receive additional resources to use back in school and to enrich your learning

Part 1: revisiting and embedding learning

Consider how to embed curriculum links and deepen learning through incidental learning, classroom routines and procedures and how to plan effective enhancements for provision.

Part 2: the role of the adult

Explore the varied role of the adult as children work with provision and consider how to achieve a balance between adult-led and child-led learning, through responsive planning and timetabling.

Part 3: how to evidence learning and demonstrate progress in KS1

Examine ways to ensure progression through years one and two by supporting children to plan, assess and evidence their learning in increasingly sophisticated ways and with growing levels of independence.


This course is an extension to our ‘Rethinking KS1’ webinar package and is for those looking to consolidate and extend working with provision in KS1.


Securing Foundations – Developing Literacy in the Early Years

A three-part webinar package designed to support EYFS teams develop effective practice and high-quality teaching to enable children to become confident readers and writers


Focusing on the crucial first steps of early Literacy, this webinar programme has been designed to provide insightful CPD for Early Years Teams, refreshing knowledge and offering inspirational ideas to achieve high quality teaching and effective learning.


Packed with information and practical ideas, each 90-minute webinar will place a different aspect of early literacy under the spotlight.  Each session will explore important aspects of pedagogy and reflect on the key steps involved in early literacy development. Building upon what we know about the critical role of language development, we will reflect on the interconnected relationship between early phonics, early reading and early writing; considering how carefully planned teaching, guided and child-initiated activities opportunities will enable children to secure these connections, allowing them to become confident, skillful, passionate readers, writers and communicators.


Part 1: Embedding Early Phonics Skills

Reflect on the steps involved in phonic acquisition and the importance of securing purposeful application of taught phonics, no matter which scheme is used. Consider how children can be successfully supported to begin to recognise, apply and embed their newly acquired phonic skills through meaningful experiences.


Part 2: Supporting and Developing Early Readers

Explore the value of carefully planned guided reading opportunities for young children. Enable them to practice and apply newly acquired phonic knowledge, develop wider reading skills and become enthused about reading. Consider how these opportunities can also be used effectively as part of the early writing process, supporting the children to connect their skills.


Part 3: Nurturing Confident and Successful Writers

Develop key strategies for supporting young children with their early writing and give careful consideration to high quality, carefully taught, well matched guided writing opportunities. Gain insight into how this will support children to transfer these skills into their play, enabling them to become confident and spontaneous writers within the provision.



  • Gain a deeper knowledge around early literacy development
  • Consider how to plan teaching opportunities to support children make connections between phonics, reading and writing
  • Explore strategies and practical ideas to support your children to become enthusiastic, confident and purposeful readers and writers across the curriculum


Audience: Reception Class Teachers and Practitioners, EYFS leads, Phonic Leads, Literacy Leads


The Revised EYFS: Bringing Your Curriculum to Life


In light of the revised EYFS, many schools and settings are reviewing their curriculum to ensure that it meets the statutory requirements, the needs of their children and truly reflects their vision and values.

In this course, we will help you to explore the new EYFS Educational Programmes and consider how they can be effectively realised within the whole learning environment, through effective planning, teaching and modelling.

As well as examining how your curriculum supports learning in the Prime and Specific Areas, we will look closely at the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning to ensure these strengthen these as children progress through the EYFS.

There will be course materials to read and additional tasks to undertake to maximise impact. The course will cover:

Exploring Curriculum

We will look at what curriculum means in the EYFS and the core principles of successful curriculum design. We will consider how your curriculum connects meaningfully to your school’s/setting’s vision and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.

Bringing the Curriculum to Life

We will go on to examine the Educational Programmes that form the statutory curriculum ‘skeleton’ of the Revised EYFS. We will look at how we can fulfil and meaningfully enrich these requirements within our learning environments and the experiences we offer our children.  Drawing on practical examples, we will consider the implications for planning, ensuring depth of learning and crucially, the holistic nature of Early Childhood learning and development.


  • Focus on the core principles of curriculum design and consider how these align to your school vision
  • Examine the Educational Programmes and consider how to build on these to meaningfully develop and enrich your curriculum
  • Reflect on implications for planning to ensure depth of learning

The Revised EYFS: Strengthening Observation and Assessment Practice


With a much sharper focus on assessment and observation practices in the Revised EYFS, now is a good time for schools and settings to review and develop their existing processes to ensure that they underpin the careful planning of a curriculum that meets the needs of all of our children

In this three-part webinar, we will explore the new statutory requirements, recommendations and core principles and help you to review your current practices; the tools and strategies you use and how they support the unique child.

There will be course materials to read and gap tasks to undertake to maximise impact.


Session One: Exploring Principles & Practice

In this first session we will be asking you to reflect on whether your assessment procedures enable your whole team to engage in professional dialogue about what your children know and can do, and support you as a team to take children’s learning forward. Help to evaluate your current practices will be the focus .

Session Two: Reflecting on What and Why

During this second session we will explore the revised statutory requirements and supporting materials, helping you to identify aspects of your assessment practice that require further development. This will include the role of moderation and how as a process it can be used to secure robust assessment and shape staff development.

Session 3: Looking Closely at Observation and Assessment

In this third and final session we focus on securing high-quality observational practice ensuring that the whole team can assess effectively, talk confidently about where children are in their development and learning and engage in planning experiences and interactions that raise outcomes for all.


  • Review and evaluate existing assessment processes in light of the revised EYFS Framework, to ensure they support all children in making good progress
  • Identify any aspects of your assessment practice that requires further development, and consider effective moderation opportunities
  • Ensure that the principles of high-quality observational practice are embedded in your approach

The Revised EYFS: Building Your Understanding of Child Development


With a clear focus in the Revised EYFS and supporting documentation on how young children learn, it is vital that all staff have an up-to-date, secure knowledge of child development on which to build their practice.

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a child development framework that will help you to deepen your knowledge of how young children learn and enable you to adapt your practice to meet the unique needs of your children.

There will be course materials to read and gap tasks to undertake to maximise impact.

Part 1: The Physicality of Childhood

In this first session we will look at the pattern of young children’s physical growth and how critical each stage of development is to a child’s overall learning. We will reflect on a range of evidence drawn from research and think carefully about how our practice and provision can adapt to best support this.

Part 2: The Complexity of Cognition

In this second session we will look closely at the evidence supporting children’s development of meta-cognition and executive functioning, exploring their relationship to practice and the implications these aspects raise for teaching and learning.

Part 3: Social Connections

During this third and final session we will unpick the evidence relating to how young children form relationships and develop their social skills. We will examine how the critical role of adults can successfully support children through these processes in a sensitive and developmentally appropriate way.



  • Explore key aspects from the Prime Areas of the revised EYFS Framework
  • Draw on the latest research and evidence to strengthen your understanding of how young children learn
  • Consider how best to adapt practice to meet the needs of your children



Child Development Schemes


Exploring Schemes: How Repeated Patterns Form the Foundation of Effective Learning
20.04.2022 – 15:45-17:15


Children have a strong drive to repeat actions. They can become fascinated by transporting objects, moving in circles or creating enclosures as they explore, and make sense of, the world around them.

In this session we will explore schematic play in detail, using research to inform how we plan for rich learning experiences and respond to the natural fascinations of our children.


  • A clear understanding of the different features of schematic play
  • Practical examples of ways to support learning through repeated patterns
  • An exploration of the progression of learning through schematic play


Sustained Shared Thinking: Building Authentic Learning Partnerships
27.04.2022 – 15:45-17:15


Central to effective Early Childhood Education is the skilful adult.  The ability to interact sensitively and appropriately, supporting and extending learning is a complex process built on a deep understanding of how young children learn and our knowledge of each unique child.

In this session we will explore the concept of Sustained Shared Thinking, the evidence supporting its use and unpick how we as practitioners can use it as a core element of our practice to improve the quality of our interactions and outcomes for all our children.


  • A clear understanding of what Sustained Shared Thinking is
  • Practical examples of how to improve the quality of our interactions
  • Explore how it supports young children’s thinking and learning


Exploring Self-Regulation: Supporting First Steps
11.05.2022 – 15:45-17:15


Self-regulation has been identified as a key competent in child development; powerfully strengthening both learning and well-being.  Now also highlighted within the revised EYFS, this session will explore what self-regulation is and how it connects to what we know about how young children learn.

In this session, we will consider how we can effectively support children in developing their self-regulation skills, reflecting on the implications for practice and provision.


  • A clear understanding of what self-regulation is
  • Practical examples of ways to support self-regulation
  • An exploration of the how self-regulation is connected to other aspects of learning