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Step Away from the Screen! Observation and Assessment without the iPad (2 sessions)

6 June 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm BST


In Early Years we have grown a culture of taking a photo of every move a baby or small child makes. Pictures are an important record of progress, but screens sometimes stop us from being in the moment.

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN! gives you the confidence to observe and assess effectively, to have the right conversations, to know when to watch, and watch wisely. To ask the right questions, either of the child- if they are older, or of yourself and your colleagues. I wonder if, I wonder how, I wonder why?

This two-part, interactive zoom training will provide you with a simple yet subtle tool. It is flexible to match your needs, easy to remember and always at your FingerTIps, freeing you to be in the moment with the child. It will empower you to make every moment matter by knowing what that child needs, to help them to grow, to develop and to succeed.

Our interactions with the children are such an important part of their learning, as is knowing when to step back and watch. But we need to watch wisely- with an underlying understanding of what is fuelling or holding back their learning and development.

Effective observation and assessment needs to be a tool to support this. We are no longer expected to produce portfolios of photos or reams of recording; the skills to assess in the moment and do so effectively and with an underlying understanding are now our most valuable tool.

This two-part course gives you a simple tool to start with straight away - with babies and young children; diving deeper to find out what is needed to support them right now. Followed up two weeks later, this format encourages delegates to put their learning into action and come back with questions, successes and suggestions as to how to progress this further. It gives delegates. confidence and a consistency of approach which is flexible enough to meet the needs of every child in every kind of setting.

Delivered by zoom - you are encouraged to take an active part in both two-hour sessions. This format helps delegates to share experiences with each other and see just what a difference this simple but subtle strategy makes; how the flexibility of the formula makes such an impact through our provision for, interactions and interventions with young children.

Some specifics of the sessions are:

  • Physical development and the stages of physical development in young children
  • The context of the child- home support, emotional and social needs
  • Supporting early language development and broadening vocabulary
  • Working with children who do not yet have spoken language
  • Early identification of potential additional needs
  • Creating a consistent context in your setting and the impact and implications of this for every child

You will leave with a depth of understanding of:

  • How to observe, assess, question and plan for children without being stuck to a screen
  • Early identification of additional needs- using your observations to inform the Assess Plan Do Review cycle if there are any gaps in learning or development
  • How to begin to meet the current developmental needs of every child in specific areas of their development
  • The 5 roots of learning and development and how to use these to create consistency of approach, continuous provision and a context for every individual to thrive
  • Conversation cues, and catalyst questions- prompts within the FingerTips flexible formula to empower you, your families and your team with the language to reflect, share and express your understanding of a young child’s processes and progress in learning and development

Join Ali for this online, informative and inspiring training
on Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 20th June 2023, between 3.30 and 5.30 p.m.

To book: 
This training is commissioned by Achieving for Children and can be booked via their Learning Portal on the following link:  Step Away From the Screen! Observation and Assessment without the iPad


6 June 2023
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm BST
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Ali McClure
07816 408 181


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