Advanced Courses and Conferences

Let's Play - Top quality CPD for out of school staff

Advanced courses and conferences

This level is for practitioners who have a significant knowledge and experience of working within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are competent within their practice. These courses will challenge learners to think reflectively and critically whilst developing skills to enhance their early years provision.

Learners must hold a minimum of Level 3 qualification and have a good understanding of the subject area.

Observing children’s development and learning is at the core of practitioners/teachers work with young children. This masterclass will look at how keen observation helps us to make informed decisions about children’s progress especially with regards to Listening, Attention and Understanding.

It is particularly helpful for assessment co-ordinators, moderators, EYFS Leads/Managers/Room Leaders. Some experience of observation and assessment is required, but a less experienced practitioner can come along with someone more experienced.

Date, time and venue

Friday, 4 October 2019                              10:00 – 16:00      Cambs FA, Histon, Cambridge

Scroll down to book your place.


We all have it.  It has been extensively thought about and written about.

It is a complex and contested concept.  Ofsted has made it part of the new Education Inspection Framework.

So what is it?

This masterclass will help participants unpack some of the issues around the diversity of beliefs, knowledge, understanding and status that we all acquire through being part of particular social and cultural groups. It will explore how we work with 'disadvantaged' children, valuing the differences and richness that they bring as well as giving them opportunities to extend their learning experiences.

Date, time and venue

Thursday, 10 October 2019          10:00 – 16:00      Hunts FA, Huntingdon

Scroll down to book your place.

Keynote speaker Ben Kingston-Hughes is the National Playwork Trainer of the year 2019. Ben delivers play training throughout the UK and works with vulnerable groups embedding the importance of play in children and young people’s lives.

His keynote Speech on The Power of Play promises to be interactive, humorous and up-to-date with information about the neuroscience and biochemistry of play. Delegates will renew their passion for play with a choice of workshops and team games.

Date, time and venue

Saturday 2 November 2019        8:45 – 15:30 Cambridge Professional Development Centre CB2 9NL

Scroll down to book your place.

This interactive masterclass will enthuse all learners attending the session to go back and try out Helicopter Stories with the children in their care. This session will provide learners with the tools to use this method straight away. It is suitable for all levels of ability.

Throughout this course learners will learn to harness the power of storytelling, and inspire powerful learning outcomes in key curriculum areas, such as Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and early compositional skills in Writing.

Date, time and venue

Wednesday, 11 December 2019                                9:30 – 15:00                        Cambs FA, Histon, Cambridge

Scroll down to book your place.


Early Years Training Centre


Tel: 01223 706349