Sixth successful year for Herts for Learning’s Early Years annual programme

    Published: 13 June 2019

    65 Hertfordshire schools and nurseries have taken part in the 2018/19

    Herts for Learning (HfL) Early Years annual programme.

    The bespoke CPD annual programme, consisting of three one-day events and an inspirational twilight session, enables practitioners to support and improve outcomes for young children.

    The training sessions focus on developing practice in the Early Years following consultation with headteachers and practitioners in the localities. This ensures the training is tailored to meet the training needs of practitioners working in their schools.

    The wide variety of sessions included: physical development; enhancing children’s communication and language skills, improving outcomes for children at risk of disadvantage and boosting communication, language and literacy through movement; developing children’s imagination through role play, stories and music; empowering children’s mathematical learning; inspiring early writers; exploring technology; and promoting risk and challenge in the early years.

    In all districts, day three consisted of a morning training session followed by an afternoon where practitioners showcased the changes that they made which had been influenced through participation in the programme. This provided the opportunity for practitioners to present and share practice to other staff from schools within their local area.

    “The Early Years CPD programmes yet again have been highly successful.  The changes and impact shared at the four showcase events is testament to the hard work that practitioners and leaders have influenced following their engagement in the programme,” explained Lucky Khera, Lead Early Years Adviser at HfL.

    “It was wonderful to see so many practitioners enthused and passionate when talking about the changes that they put into place after attending the training sessions.  It is amazing to see how even the smallest of changes have resulted in huge improvements to children’s engagement, learning and confidence.

    “We hope that practitioners will continue to embed positive changes in their provision and notice the impact of their achievements,” concluded Lucky.

    Feedback on the programme has been extremely positive, from both Early Years teachers and headteachers that have taken part across the county. And it is not only Early Years practitioners who benefit from taking part in the programme.

    Headteachers are invited to take part by attending breakfast briefings, which gives them an update on news and updates on Early Years initiatives, data, Ofsted and current themes.

    "The Early Year’s Annual Programme is excellent value for money. The headteacher updates provide schools with the latest data, curriculum developments and Ofsted updates. I feel well equipped due to the expert knowledge provided by the trainers.
    “My Early Years team have benefitted enormously. They have made changes to daily provision which has had a direct impact on pupil progress and increasing numbers of pupils are predicted to achieve a good level of development.
    “The training provided has been engaging and lively and practitioners have been enthused to put in place their learning.”

    Damien Johnston, Headteacher, Margaret Wix Primary School, St Albans

    Next year, the HfL Early Years annual programme will continue across the county, offering places to schools in all districts across Hertfordshire.

    Herts for Learning would like to thank Margaret Wix Primary School in St Albans, Mill Mead School in Hertford, Fairlands Primary School in Stevenage and Highwood Primary School in Bushey for hosting all the Annual Programme events this year.

    Book now for the 2019/2020 Early Years Annual Programme

    To book for the 2019/20 Annual Programme, please contact Darren Nottingham: darren.nottingham@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

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