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Two half-days = 1 Whole Day of Creativity: Morning session - 'Feelings & Behaviour - a Creative Approach'; Afternoon session - 'Making Books - Creating Homemade Books for Children of all ages'

Friday, June 16, 2023 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

About this event - £65 per half-day session or £125 for whole day including sandwich lunch (when booking for both sessions, the discount for the 2 sessions will be reflected in your invoice)

MORNING SESSION - 9.30am - 12.30pm (registration from 9.00am): 


‘Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured’

This statement is one of the guiding principles of the EYFS (2021) and this half-day course will explore how we can translate it into practice. With plenty of practical ideas, the session will look at ways to support children’s personal, social and emotional development and encourage positive behaviour.

The session will include:

  • Identifying everyday behaviour concerns and how to respond appropriately.
  • A brief overview of trauma-informed practice, and the importance of attachment and developing positive relationships.
  • Creative ways to help children to build their resilience, self-confidence and problem-solving skills.
  • Practical tips and strategies to enable you to deal with biting, tantrums, settling-in and conflict resolution.

There will be a mix of trainer input, a visual presentation, and small group activities and discussion in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Notes and a further reading list will be provided.



AFTERNOON SESSION - 1.30 - 4.30pm (registration from 1.00pm):


Making books with children is a wonderful way to boost communication and literacy skills. With the potential to support every area of the EYFS curriculum, it can also offer many possibilities to document and celebrate children’s learning.

Included in the session:

  • Participants will be able to choose from a variety of free, found and recycled materials and create a series of books. You may wish to bring your own pair of scissors and any photographs you’d like to use.
  • Anni will demonstrate how to make a range of books, from single-fold books, to peek-a-boo books, to zig-zag books, to twig books, and an exciting ‘house’ book. All the books you make will be yours to keep.
  • Links will be made to the EYFS 2021, and Anni will share some inspiring projects and examples of homemade books.
  • There will also be the opportunity to hear about ‘social stories’, and how these can be created easily to support individual children.

The session will include a mix of trainer input, creative activities and a visual presentation. Notes and a further ideas list will be provided.

One practitioner’s comment after a recent session: “Thank you for a fun, creative and inspiring session this morning - can't wait to make more books with the children!”



Trainer(s): Anni McTavish

Anni is a freelance workshop leader and presenter, with over thirty years in the field of early education. She has been a practitioner, deputy and manager, and has worked across the UK and Europe. Trained originally as a fine bookbinder, she also ran her own business as a designer hatmaker. With a background in education, the arts and humanistic psychotherapy, her approach is to inform and encourage participants to recognise strengths and areas to develop. An Associate of Early Education, she works on a range of projects, writes books and articles, and is keen to engage with practitioners and families to support children’s emotional health, resilience and wellbeing. Anni has just contributed a chapter to Putting the Early Years Curriculum into Practice, 2023 Ed. by Julian Grenier and Caroline Vollans.