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Are you ready? Exploring School Readiness

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

We often celebrate children’s ‘firsts’ – the first smile, the first wave, the first time they crawl, walk, or talk and one hugely celebrated milestone, the first time they go to school. Starting school is, in itself, not controversial, but the age at which children begin to study has sparked many debates and whether children should be primed to be ready for school is one of the hottest topics in early childhood education.  We are told that the EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ but what does this mean in terms of our children?

This course will explore the idea of school readiness and what this means within early childhood education and place it within the context of the characteristics of effective learning.  It will consider the perspective of schools, families and preschools and draw upon research and policies.  The day will be a mix of input and practical activities to enable you to reflect upon your own practice.

Delegates will have opportunities to:

• Understand and explore different perspectives in relation to school readiness;
• Consider partnerships between settings, parents and schools;
• Understand the factors that support effective transitions for children and parents;
• Consider the practical elements relating to sharing information, coordinating pre-entry meetings and liaising with professionals where a child has additional needs;
• Reflect upon their practice through self-evaluation & review.

Trainer(s): Tamsin Grimmer

Tamsin Grimmer is an early years’ director for Linden Learning and a part-time lecturer at Bath Spa University.  As an experienced consultant and trainer, she is passionate about young children’s learning and development and is fascinated by how very young children think.  She believes that all children deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about teaching them.  Tamsin is particularly interested in play, active learning, promoting positive behaviour and using a coaching approach to develop leadership within the early years.  She is also the author of 'School Readiness and the Characteristics of Effective Learning'.