Plan a School Trip that Works for Everyone

The start of a new academic year means starting to plan the year’s school trips for many. This can be a daunting prospect, especially when the group includes children with SEND. I recently wrote an article for SENCO Magazine, which I hope will help many teachers faced with organising such outings, to plan and execute their visits efficiently and effectively. I have listed my top tips, which include: Researching and choosing your … [Read more...]

Early Years Nutritional Awareness

This course is designed to be practical and informative, allowing a bespoke delivery to any childcare provision. You will be given tips and tools to enable you to carry through this theme with informative sessions for the children, play, snack time and also to apply it yourself in the workplace. This would be suitable for anyone working in a childcare environment, and for anyone wishing to know some basics about implementing a Health & … [Read more...]

ELKLAN Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

This ELKLAN Speech and Language Support for 3-5s is the only accredited training in speech, language and communication that is aimed specifically at those working with 3-5s. This is an accredited course (Level 2 or Level 3 by Ascentis on completion of an online portfolio). There is more information on www.elklan.co.uk. The course provides information and strategies to develop the communication skills of all young children but especially … [Read more...]

Supporting the emotional development of children 3-5s – PSED

Personal, social and emotional development or PSED is a prime area within the Early Years Foundation Stage, and practitioners have to support children’s emotional development. This supporting the emotional development of children 3-5s course has been designed to help early years practitioners understand how to support children in the aspect of ‘Managing Feelings and Behaviour’ through use of emotion coaching. After this supporting the emotional … [Read more...]

Using Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) to develop practice

Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) is reflective practice that is enhanced by the use of video. It is a strengths based approach based on the principles of attuned interaction from Video Interactive Guidance (VIG). VERP aims to improve effective communication in the situation it naturally occurs. It is a way of reflecting on clips of successful communication and identifying practitioners identifying areas for development or working points … [Read more...]

The Sensory Toolbox – Supporting the sensory needs of children to make them happier and more confident learners

A fascinating course designed to teach participants about the key role the senses play in all aspects of children’s development. Participants will learn about how the sensory system works and how the individual senses impact on children’s ability to function in settings. They will understand the link between sensory needs and challenging behaviour and be able to identify ‘sensory overload’ in children. Participants will gain a ‘toolbox’ of … [Read more...]

Successful Partnerships = Successful Development. Working together with parents and carers to identify and support children with SEND

This course is designed to support practitioners in understanding the development patterns of children with SEND. Practitioners will learn how to track the development of children with SEND, finding the gaps and how to fill them by scaffolding learning. The course also supports practitioners in having conversations with parents and carers about children’s development and helps them to understand how to have ‘difficult conversations’ and how these … [Read more...]

Understanding the learning profile of children with Downs Syndrome

This course is designed to give practitioners an overview of Downs Syndrome. Practitioners will learn about the strengths and areas of need in the learning profile of children with Downs Syndrome and how these can be harnessed to support development. Practitioners will learn strategies for teaching children with Downs Syndrome early skills and how to promote their social and emotional development. This course is All practitioners wanting to … [Read more...]

Have fun with language – Practical ways to support children with speech and language difficulties within settings

A practical and interactive course designed to show practitioners how to use existing equipment, resources and activities to support and promote the development of speech and language in children with SEND. The session will cover the links between delayed speech and language and SEND, how and why they co-exist. It will also look closely at promoting speech and language development within all parts of the routine from free-flow to snack time and … [Read more...]

The A-Z of practical ways to support children with social and communication needs to be independent learners

This practical and interactive course is designed to give practitioners ways to support the development and inclusion of children with social and communication difficulties. It will show staff how to use structure and routine, visual support and alternative communication to support the development of children with a range of conditions and needs. Practitioners will learn how to use strategies such as Objects of Reference, Visual Support, … [Read more...]