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Professional Early Years Education Summer School

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Monday 17 June 2024 - Thursday 20 June 2024


Per day fee: £50. Fee for all four days: £175

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Unlock the Potential of Early Years Education with Our Professional Summer School Experience in June 2024.

Dive into a transformative journey with our enriching Summer School tailored just for you. Explore innovative teaching methodologies, dive deep into child development theories, and gain practical insights to revolutionize your classroom.

Taking place over 4 days at Edge Hill University, you’ll have the opportunity to join our expert-led workshops, where theory meets practice, and ignite your creativity with hands-on activities designed to stimulate young minds. Collaborate with like-minded professionals, sharing experiences and strategies to enhance your teaching toolkit.

Whether you’re a seasoned educator or just starting your journey, our Summer School offers a vibrant platform to refresh your skills, inspire new ideas, and reignite your passion for nurturing the next generation.  Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your professional growth and make a lasting impact on the lives of young learners. Book now and embark on a summer of inspiration.

Flexibility is key.  You can choose to book for one day or all four days depending on your professional development needs.

Per day fee: £50

Fee for all four days: £175

Block booking discounts available for Local Authorities or for individual Early Years settings – book 10 places and get 2 free!


Please note that the schedule may change before the event starts.

Day one – Monday 17 June 2024

Theme: New to EYE/thinking about working in EYE 0 – 8 years, coming back to EYFS

10.15amWelcome and registration
10.30am-11.15amInspirational Careers in Early Years Education
11.15am-12.30pmWorkshop choice A: Principles of EYFS – Practice and Pedagogy
Workshop choice B: National Curriculum – Transition, Practice, and Pedagogy
1.15pm-3.15pmWorkshop choice A: Meeting every child’s needs through ordinarily available provision
Workshop choice B: The value of continuous provision for 0-8 years
Workshop choice C: A focus on graduate practitioners competencies (GPCs)
3.15pmReflections and close of day

Day two – Tuesday 18 June 2024

Theme: A focus on play: thinking about misconceptions and myth busting

10.15amWelcome and registation
10.30am-11.15amLet’s get serious about play! Helen Moylett
11.15am-12.30pmWorkshop A: Expectations, Adaptive curriculum, indoors and outdoors
Workshop B: Focus on the progressive curriculum
1.15pm-3.15pmWorkshop A: Forest Fun activities 1
Workshop B: Forest Fun activities 2
3.15pmReflections and close of day

Day three – Wednesday 19 June 2024

Theme: Working with under-threes

10.15amWelcome and registration
10.30am-11.15amA focus on the baby room: Quality Pedagogy
11.15am-12.30pmWorkshop choice A: Schematic play, nurturing communication
Workshop choice B: Nurture, relationships and professional love
1.15pm-3.15pmWorkshop choice A: Supporting Childminders
Workshop choice B: Importance of early intervention, why and when?
3.15pmReflections and close of day

Day four – Thursday 20 June 2024

Theme: Focus on the evidence base – curriculum, enabling environments

10.15amWelcome and registration
10.30am-11.15am‘Evidence based pedagogy’ with Dr Karen Boardman
11.15am-12.30pmWorkshop choice A: Enabling environments, EYFS curriculum
Workshop choice B: Adaptive curriculum 0-8
1.15pm-3.15pmWorkshop choice A: Leadership in EYFS
Workshop choice B: Supporting special educational needs in Early Years
3.15pm-4.15pmBOOK LAUNCH: Early Literacy for Under Fives (Dr Karen Boardman, Sage Publications)

This Continuing Professional Development programme has been designed in partnership with and is supported by Sefton Council.

Who is this event for?

Current staff Current students Everyone Prospective postgraduate students Prospective undergraduate students