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    • 17 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Roles and Responsibilities: Key facts for your Committee

    This course is now fully booked. Please join the wait list and we will contact you regarding a future date for this course. 

    Course Aim: Are you a Committee member and would like some guidance and support with understanding your role?  This course will provide committee members with the confidence to manage, influence, challenge and support their playgroup, pre-school or out-of-school setting. 

    Course Information: This relaxed and informative session is ideal for all new and experienced committee members and/or setting managers to exchange ideas and feel more confident in their role. 

    This session will:

    • Give an overview of a committee’s roles and responsibilities
    • Provide the tools needed to tackle unexpected and/or challenging issues - for instance: management concerns, complaint handling, safeguarding issues, Ofsted visits.
    • Have a chance for questions and answers from an HR consultant with experience as a committee chairperson and from PATA’s CEO who has extensive Early Years working knowledge. 

    Suitable For: Those involved in managing and leading settings – parents, committee members and managers.  

    Date: Thursday 17th October

    Time:  7.00pm - 9.30pm (please arrive by 6:50pm)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 6
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    SEND 2 - Principles of Inclusion and the Local Offer and SEND 3: Areas of SEND and the Graduated Pathway

    Course Aim:  To reflect on own self practice. To understand the definition of SEND and the principles of inclusion.  To identify areas of SEND in accordance to the Graduated Pathway and Guidance Booklet for practitioners (formerly known as the Code of Practice).

    Course Information:  During this session practitioners will explore what is meant by SEND, develop their own ideas and identify their ethos, challenge assumptions and understand the importance of inclusive practice through reflection, environmental settings and focus on individual need. Gain an understanding of the Department for Education definition, the Local Offer and Graduated Pathway for Gloucester County Council.

    During this session practitioners will become familiar with Gloucester County Council’s Graduated Pathway and Guidance Booklet.

    • Areas of SEND
    • Identification of SEND needs and the areas of SEND in accordance to the Guidance Booklet
    • The Graduated Pathway
    • My Plan, My Plan Plus and EHCP

    Delivered by Miss Fran Barber, a qualified teacher of 18 years with 11 of those being the designated Special Education Needs co-ordinator for a primary School. Fran is also the West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership Lead SENCo.

    Suitable For:   Any Early Years Practitioners or Managers and those interested in supporting children with special educational needs.

    Date: Friday 18th October                              Time: 9:30am - 2:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £48 for members / £58 for non members

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 7
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    Performance and Management (Part 1) - Supervision and Appraisals

    Course Aim:  To provide managers with the confidence to conduct meaningful one-to-one meetings with their team.  This course will provide: the paperwork to accompany the meetings; the knowledge on what can be asked and documented; and what further steps should be taken once the meeting closes.   

    Course Information: 

    This informative and relaxed session will provide an overview on:

    • Coaching techniques  - how to use meetings and observations to support your team in achieving their best
    • How to give and receive feedback in a productive environment     
    • How to document, agree and evaluate SMART objectives
    • How to complete one-to-one / supervision / appraisal forms
    • How to conduct Return to Work meetings to decrease absence and support individual’s needs.                                

    Suitable ForAll individuals in a management position – setting leaders, managers and committee members.

    This is is the first part of a three part course.  To compliment this course we are also able to offer:-

    • Performance Management (Part 2) - Performance Improvement Plans   - provisionally booked for 12th November (approx 7pm - 10pm)
    • Performance Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and  - Disciplinary Meetings   - provisionally booked for 19th November (approx 7pm - 10pm) - please join the waitlist to register your interest

    Date: Tuesday 22nd October 

    Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    • 23 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The Church Centre, Larkhay Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester. GL3 3NS
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    Helicopter Stories with Trisha Lee

    This course is now fully booked.  However, we are running another course on Wednesday 26th February.

    We are excited to be running our second ‘Helicopter Stories’ training with Trisha Lee. The Helicopter approach, pioneered by Vivian Gussin Paley and championed in the UK by Trisha Lee. Places are limited.

    The approach harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire powerful learning outcomes in key curriculum areas, such as Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and early compositional skills in Writing. 

    Why chose Helicopter Stories?:

    • It's an inclusive whole-class approach to learning that values every child's contribution
    • It engages creativity, boosts self-confidence and improves speaking and listening skills 
    • It promotes collaborative learning in a supportive, safe environment
    • It allows children to explore the power of words, forming a bridge into the world of writing. 


    The course is highly interactive and includes a demonstration with a group of preschool aged children as part of the day. Every delegate who attends should leave the course able to try the approach with their children the next day if they so wish.

    Date: Wednesday 23rd October

    Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm (please arrive from 9:00am onwards for a 9:30am prompt start) 

    Venue: The Church Centre, Larkhay Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3NS 

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £85 

    Non Members £105 

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Introduction to Autism in Children

    Course Aim: To develop understanding of how autism can present itself in young children and to explore ways of managing the child's need positively.       

    Course Information: During the session we will consider the following:

    • What is autism?
    • Communication: theirs and ours.
    • Sensory Issues: how these can affect the child's behaviour.

    Suitable For: Anyone who works or volunteers with children and would like a better understanding of what to look out for and how to support children with autism.

    Delivered by: Sara Watters, Lead Practitioner, Senior Learner Support Worker (LSW), HLTA and QCF Assessor for The Milestone School.  Sara has 20 years of classroom experience, 15 of which have been at The Milestone School.

    (This will be followed with a second course covering supporting behaviour on Wednesday the 13th November.)

    Date: Thursday 24th October

    Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre

    Cost: £28.00 for members / £38.00 for non members

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 8
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    Parenting Partnership

    Course Information:  The impact of high quality early years provision is significantly linked to the effectiveness of partnership with parents. Working in partnership with parents is central to the EYFS and encouraging practitioners and parents to work together can greatly improve a child’s life chances. This workshop examines how we engage and involve parents with our setting and their child’s learning journey. It will also provide practitioners with an opportunity for reflection and network with other settings to share good practice.  We will discuss: 

    • How to build strong relationships with parents.
    • How to engage hard to reach parents such as those with EAL; working parents; parents with disabilities.
    • How with clear guidelines, expectations and communication between the setting and parents difficult situations can be avoided.
    • What parents do with their children has a great influence on their later outcomes and we will discuss how we can best use the home learning environment in order to give children the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

    By the end of the workshop you will have created a Parenting Charter for you to use within your own setting.  

    Date: Thursday 7th November

    Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm 

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 11 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 0
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    Understanding and Supporting the Anxious Child

    This course is now fully booked, however, we are taking bookings for Thursday 30th January (6:30pm - 9:00pm)

    Many settings have children attending who show signs of anxiety.  Join Collette Etheridge who is a counsellor and parenting practitioner to consider this issue and how to best support the child. 

    Course Aim: To provide practitioners in early years settings with an understanding of how anxiety can impact on a child.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    ·         Explore anxiety and how the brain reacts to it;

    ·         Have an opportunity to discuss how anxiety manifests in their setting;

    ·         Consider how anxiety impacts on the behaviour of a child;

    ·         Start to think about how to support a child with anxiety.  

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner, owner of Small Steps Counselling Service and Child Behaviour Solutions.

    Suitable ForAny Early Years Practitioners from support staff to Managers    

    Date: Monday 11th November

    Time:  9:30am - 12:00pm 

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 11 Nov 2019
    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 14
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    SEND Clinic

    Sara Watters and Paula Jones, work at The Milestone School in the foundation department, working with children from nursery to year 4. Sara is a lead practitioner with many years experience. She currently supports class teams within The Milestone School and mainstream settings. Sara regularly runs top tips training for learning support workers as well as supporting classroom practitioners.

    Paula is the head of the foundation department, having worked in specialist settings for many years. Paula set up and ran an enrichment group for pupils from mainstream schools for many years. She now oversees the groups which run 3 times a week.

    Sara and Paula have a wealth of knowledge between them and want to support mainstream nurseries and playgroups with the difficult and challenging task of writing targets to support My plans and the children working towards them.

    The sessions will focus on developing these SMART writing skills and recognising the level of targets needed for individual children. Each setting attending will be offered a 20 minute slot during the first session to speak on a 1:1 basis about their cases, paperwork etc. with one of the course tutors.  In the second session those attending will feed back their experiences based on the targets set.  The group will discuss together to share their findings along with support from Sara and Paula.

    Due to the nature of the Clinic spaces are limited (8 settings)

    Date: Monday 11th November  Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

      Monday 25th November Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm


    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £58 for members / £68 for non members

    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Performance and Management (Part 2) - Performance Improvement Plans 

    To register your interest for this course, please join the wait list.

    Course Aim: This course will provide managers with the next steps in managing performance in order to reach business goals.  This course will provide: the paperwork to accompany the meetings; the knowledge on what can be asked and documented; and the confidence to keep challenging weak performance.

    Course Information: One-to-ones and supervisions provide the framework for strong teamwork, communication skills and an environment looking to improve.  However not all improvements are instant, understood or desired by every member of the team.

    This informative and relaxed session will provide an overview on:

    •  Brief review of One-to-one / supervision documentation and SMART objectives
    • The reasons behind the failure of team members to achieve their SMART    objectives
    • The difference between Conduct and Capability
    • Implementing a Performance Improvement Plan
    • What options are available to mangers when improvements don’t happen
    • How to prepare for the potential of disciplinary action being taken.    
    Suitable For All individuals in a management position – setting leaders, managers and committee members.

    Please note: This course builds on knowledge learned during the Performance Management - Supervision and Appraisals workshop (being held on Tuesday 22nd October).  It is possible to attend this workshop, as a stand-alone course, if you consider your one-to-one meetings to be adequately documented in order to support moving towards performance investigations. 

    We are also delivering Performance Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and Disciplinary Meetings which is provisionally booked for 19th November - please register your interest by joining the wait list.

    Date: Tuesday 12th November

    Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 6
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    Autism in Children - Supporting Behaviour

    Course Aim: This is an additional course available to those who have attended the Introduction to Autism course. Please note you must have attended the 'Introduction to Autism' course before booking onto this course.

    Course Information: Building on the knowledge gained in the Introduction to Autism course, during this session we will consider the following:

    · Managing challenging behaviour

    · Going on trips; avoiding pitfalls and achieving positive outcomes

    · Supporting the family

    Suitable For: Anyone who works or volunteers with children and would like a better understanding of what to look out for and how to support children with autism.

    Delivered by: Sara Watters, Lead Practitioner and Senior Learner Support Worker, HLTA and QCF Assessor for The Milestone School.  Sara has 20 years of classroom experience, 15 of which have been at The Milestone School.   

    Date: Wednesday 13th November             Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre

    Cost: £28.00 for Members / £38.00 for Non-Members

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Performance and Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and Disciplinary Meetings

    To register your interest, please join the waitlist.

    Course Aim: To provide managers with the confidence to conduct investigations into all behaviour, conduct or capability concerns.  This course will then help attendees identify the best course of action to be taken in order to support sustainable improvements.  The course will provide all paperwork associated with disciplinary hearings. 

    Course Information: This session will guide you through the step-by-step processes of:

    • Understanding capability versus conduct based concerns
    • How to conduct investigations and ensure that all associated paperwork is appropriate and supportive    
    • Who might need informing within external agencies, e.g. safeguarding investigations   
    • All paperwork associated with disciplinaries, from invitation, through the meeting and outcome letters  
    • Appeals – who may be involved
                                   
          
           

    Suitable ForAll individuals in a management position – setting leaders, managers and committee members.

    Please note: This course builds on knowledge learned during the Performance Management - Performance Improvement Plans workshop (being delivered on Tuesday 7th May); however, it is possible to attend this workshop, as a stand-alone course.   

    We are also delivering a Performance Management Supervision and Appraisals course on Tuesday 22nd October

    Date: Tuesday 19th November (7:00pm - 10:00pm)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 0
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    Workplace Wellbeing

    This course is now fully booked, however, we are taking bookings for Thursday 23rd January (9:30am - 12:00pm)

    More and more managers are dealing with issues of mental health within their teams and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework includes a requirement that "Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues."  With this in mind join Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner to consider how best you can support your team and your workplace wellbeing. 

    Course Aim: To raise and increase awareness of mental health conditions such as anxiety and/or depression and consider how to support staff showing signs of mental health conditions.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    • Explore anxiety and/or depression and how the brain and body react to it;
    • Have an opportunity to discuss how and where they may see anxiety and/or depression in the work environment;
    • Think about how to start a discussion with somebody who may have anxiety and/or depression and avoid common pitfalls;
    • Learn how to best support your team member showing mental health conditions.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner, owner of Small Steps Counselling Service and Child Behaviour Solutions.

    Suitable ForAnyone responsible for the general and emotional wellbeing of staff members including Managers and Committee Members.

    Date: Wednesday 20th November

    Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm 

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Recruitment, Selection and Resourcing Talent

    Please register your interest for this course by joining the waitlist.

    Course Aim: To help you fill a vacancy in your setting with the least amount of anxiety and the greatest amount of success.  We aim to provide the skills and confidence to identify the skills needed in your setting; then how to advertise, interview, select and document the process.  This is about understanding the legal, ethical and professional methods for recruiting and helping you establish a robust and practical process.

    Course Information: This relaxed and informative session will explore how to manage recruitment and selection activities effectively, efficiently and professionally.  We will look at:

    • Identifying the skills/attributes needed and effective job descriptions
    • Advertising
    • Screening CVs
    • Alternative selection methods
    • Interviewing – questions and techniques
    • Documenting – dos and don’ts
    • Probation periods 

    There will be time for questions and answers from an HR consultant with experience as a committee chairperson and from PATA’s CEO who has extensive Early Years working knowledge.  

    Date: Thursday 21st November

    Time:  7.00pm - 9.30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 27 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Embedding Phonics in the EYFS

    This course is now fully booked.  Please join the waiting list to be notified if spaces become available and to be advised of the next course - a further date for this course will be advertised shortly.

    (Please note the date for this course has changed from the date advertised in the training programme).

    Course Aim: This course will provide you with the necessary skills to embed Phonics into the curriculum.

    Course Information: During the session we will discuss:

    • Understanding the importance of early exposure to phonics in the Early years
    • How to use phonics effectively
    • How to promote phonics in your setting and at home
    • Phonics resources to use in your setting

    Delivered by: Laura Gallop, an EYFS Specialist and Local School Reception Teacher who oversees Nursery Provision within the School.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers      

    Date: Wednesday 27th November

    Time:  6.00pm - 8.30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 02 Dec 2019
    • 6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 3
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    Risky Play (for Playworkers)

    Course Aim: Risky Play is a natural part of children’s play and children often seek out opportunities for engaging in challenging and so called risky play.  This course will help you to gain a better understanding of the importance of Risky Play and its benefits. 

    Course Information: 

    During the session we will look at the following:

    • What is Risky Play?
    • Types of Risky play
    • Your role and responsibility as a practitioner undertaking risky play
    • Exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk
    • The balance between risky play and children’s safety
    • There will be the opportunity to gain hands on practical experience during the session!

    The course aims to provide you with the information and confidence required to facilitate risky play within your setting, giving you an understanding of children and risky play and your role and responsibilities when risky play takes place. 

    Playwork is often undervalued as a separate discipline so we have developed this course to look specifically at this area and to support practitioners to develop their skillset.

    Delivered by: Nicki Woolway, a Level 3 qualified playworker with 9 years experience of owning and managing two play settings.  

    Suitable For: Anyone who works or volunteers with children in a playwork setting (Out of School Club) including breakfast, after school and holiday clubs who would like a better understanding of risky play and anyone who has attended our ‘Introduction to Playwork’ course.

    Date: Monday 2nd December

    Time:  6.45pm - 9.15pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • PATA UK, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
    • 12
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    Network Meeting 2 - Ofsted's New Inspection Framework: What we know so far.

    This Network Meeting will be the second of six we plan to run throughout the academic year which will be open to any PATA Members. 

    We have decided to run these meetings following requests from multiple settings; it’s the single most requested event on our Training Feedback form! The meeting will provide a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from other settings and share experiences and expertise. 

    The meetings are open to any PATA member setting and will include a facilitated discussion on an Early Years related topic or methodology, along with time for other questions, general discussion and networking.

    The next meeting will discuss Ofsted's New Inspection Framework and what we have learnt so far from reports under the new framework now being published.  Paula Hayball, PATA's CEO, will be on hand to disseminate what she has learnt from various meetings/information sessions she has attended since the new framework came into effect.

    Following the first Network Meeting on 3rd October where there was so much discussion and not enough time, we have extended the next one to 2 hours (to allow 30 minutes at the end for anyone to ask specific setting related questions - this is optional and you are welcome to leave at 6pm)

    Date: Tuesday 3rd December

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm 

    Venue: PATA Office, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR

    Cost: Members  £10


    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 10
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    SEND 4 - Identification and Intervention and SEND 5: Behaviour: attention seeking or attachment seeking?

    Please note the date of this course has changed from Friday 29th November to Friday 6th December.

    Course Aim:   To identify SEND, interventions and appropriate agencies to support children in accordance to the Graduated Pathway and Guidance Booklet for practitioners (formally known as the Code of Practice) and to gain a better understanding of the causes of behaviour and how to manage it within a setting.

    Course Information:  Using a case study practitioners will identify SEND needs and explore interventions, target setting and the process of ‘identify, plan, do, review’. They will gain a comprehensive understanding of accessing agencies to support their settings and SEND children.

    Practitioners will explore what is meant by behaviours.  You will explore your own experiences and ethos, challenge ideas and reflect on your own practice.  Gain an alternative understanding of the rational behind behaviour and being to unravel the mystery of undesirable behaviour from a therapeutic perspective.  During this course Fran will share her own experiences and expertise as a SENDCo, parent and from counselling theory.  It will be a collective experiential course. 

    Delivered by Miss Fran Barber, a qualified teacher of 18 years with 11 of those being the designated Special Education Needs co-ordinator for a primary School. Fran is also the West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership Lead SENDCo.

    Suitable For:   Any Early Years Practitioners or Managers and those interested in supporting children with special educational needs.

    Date: Friday 6th December              Time: 9:30am - 2:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £48 for members / £58 for non members

    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hillview Evangelical Church, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3LX
    • 11
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    Anna Ephgrave's Planning In The Moment with Aliye Mpoko

    Course Aim: To provide you with the necessary tools to help your children feel confident and independent especially through outdoor play and risk taking play.

    Course Information:  Delivered by Aliye Mpoko the course will cover:-          

    • Rationale and Complexities of Child-Initiated Play 
    • Planning and Teaching in the Moment    
    • Role of the Adult
    • Paperwork required

    It will also touch on:-         

    • Literacy and Numeracy in Early Years 

    • Developing the Outdoor Classroom                                      

    Suitable For:   Anyone working in Early Years (including Reception).  

    Delivered by: Aliye Mpopka who works closely with and  is fully endorsed by Anna Ephgrave.

    Date: Monday 20th January 2020  9:00am - approximately 3:00pm

    Venue: Hillview Evangelical Church, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3LX

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY.

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Cost Member £85   Non Members £110  

    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Hillview Evangelical Church, Hucclecote
    • 28
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    Anna Ephgrave's Planning In The Moment Follow Up course facilitated by Aliye Mpoko

    Please note this course is available to anyone who is implementing or considering implementing Planning In The Moment and has previously attended Planning in the Moment training courses.    

    We've been excited to run several training events on Planning in the Moment with Anna Ephgrave.  To help you to further embed your learning we are holding a follow up session.  The event will be facilitated by Aliye Mpoka, who works closely with and is endorsed by Anna Ephgrave.

    Anna suggests that each setting should allow a minimum of three months for any implementation to take place before giving feedback.  This follow up session will allow those settings who haven't implemented it yet, but who still intend to, the chance before attending the follow up.

    This will be a great opportunity for you to share your experiences to date (both positive and negative).  Aliye will be on hand to clarify any areas of 'Planning in the Moment', discuss any barriers you have faced and the positives so far.  The event is intended for you to hear from other settings so ideally we would like to encourage as many settings as possible to share their experiences.  Each setting will be allocated a 5 minute slot to talk about how it's working for them and whilst this is not compulsory it will greatly enhance the session.                         

    Suitable For: Anyone working in Early Years (including Reception) who is implementing, or is intending to implement, Planning in the Moment

    Date: Monday 20th January 2020 Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

    Venue: Hillview Evangelical Church, Hucclecote

    Delivered by: Aliye Mpoko, who works closely with and is fully endorsed by Anna Epghrave

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £28 for 1 person, £20 per additional person

    Non Members  £38 for 1 person, £30 per additional person

    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 6
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    Workplace Wellbeing

    More and more managers are dealing with issues of mental health within their teams and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework includes a requirement that "Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues."  With this in mind join Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner to consider how best you can support your team and your workplace wellbeing. 

    Course Aim: To raise and increase awareness of mental health conditions such as anxiety and/or depression and consider how to support staff showing signs of mental health conditions.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    • Explore anxiety and/or depression and how the brain and body react to it;
    • Have an opportunity to discuss how and where they may see anxiety and/or depression in the work environment;
    • Think about how to start a discussion with somebody who may have anxiety and/or depression and avoid common pitfalls;
    • Learn how to best support your team member showing mental health conditions.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner, owner of Small Steps Counselling Service and Child Behaviour Solutions.

    Suitable ForAnyone responsible for the general and emotional wellbeing of staff members including Managers and Committee Members.

    Date: Thursday 23rd January 2020

    Time:  9:30am - 12:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 27 Jan 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 4
    Register

    The Magic and Mystery of Children - Interacting with Intrigue

    “Greg comes at the subject from a different angle and he makes you think.  His approach is very different, it’s very interactive.”

    Attendee of 'Can I Go and Play Now' Training April 2019

    Course Aim: This course will explore the how, when, why, what and where to take your observations and interactions next. 

    Course Information: During the session we will discuss

    • Observing and interacting effectively with young children
    • How to move learning forward and evidence it can become unbalanced and time consuming.

    Delivered by: Greg Bottrill, educationalist and author of the bestselling Early Years book ‘Can I Go And Play Now?’ in an exploration of how, why, when and what and where to take your observations and interactions next.

    Suitable For:  Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers. 

    Date: Monday 27th January

    Time:  6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Venue: Gloucester - to be confirmed.

    Cost: £25 for members / £35 for non members

    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 5
    Register

    Understanding and Supporting the Anxious Child

    Many settings have children attending who show signs of anxiety.  Join Collette Etheridge who is a counsellor and parenting practitioner to consider this issue and how to best support the child. 

    Course Aim: To provide practitioners in early years settings with an understanding of how anxiety can impact on a child.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    ·         Explore anxiety and how the brain reacts to it;

    ·         Have an opportunity to discuss how anxiety manifests in their setting;

    ·         Consider how anxiety impacts on the behaviour of a child;

    ·         Start to think about how to support a child with anxiety.  

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner, owner of Small Steps Counselling Service and Child Behaviour Solutions.

    Suitable ForAny Early Years Practitioners from support staff to Managers    

    Date: Thursday 30th January 2020

    Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 16
    Register

    Levels of Involvement in Practice

    Course Aim: An introduction to Laevers levels of well-being and  involvement and how they can be used effectively within the early years, to reflect on own practice and take new ideas back to our setting

    Course Info: During this 2 hour workshop we will develop an understanding and workable knowledge of Laevers scales by:

    • Exploring the Leuven scales of well-being and involvement: Understanding  how we meet a child’s emotional and social needs
    • Assessing  the quality of our equipment and learning environment.
    • Identifying how we recognise and measure well-being and involvement.
    • Discussing  the impact of using these scales on our children, staff and setting.
    • Creating an action plan of how we can use these assessments in our setting.

    Suitable For: Early Years Practitioners and Managers   

    Date: Tuesday 4th February 2020

    Time:  6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £25 for members / £35 for non members

    • 07 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 16
    Register

    Embedding Phonics in the EYFS

    Course Aim: This course will provide you with the necessary skills to embed Phonics into the curriculum.

    Course Information: During the session we will discuss:

    • Understanding the importance of early exposure to phonics in the Early years
    • How to use phonics effectively
    • How to promote phonics in your setting and at home
    • Phonics resources to use in your setting

    Delivered by: Laura Gallop, an EYFS Specialist.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers      

    Date: Friday 7th February

    Time:  9.30am - 12.00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 30
    Register

    Helicopter Stories with Trisha Lee

    We are excited to be running our third ‘Helicopter Stories’ training with Trisha Lee. The Helicopter approach, pioneered by the late Vivian Gussin Paley and championed in the UK by Trisha Lee. Places are limited.

    The approach harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire powerful learning outcomes in key curriculum areas, such as Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and early compositional skills in Writing. 

    Why chose Helicopter Stories?:

    • It's an inclusive whole-class approach to learning that values every child's contribution
    • It engages creativity, boosts self-confidence and improves speaking and listening skills 
    • It promotes collaborative learning in a supportive, safe environment
    • It allows children to explore the power of words, forming a bridge into the world of writing. 


    The course is highly interactive and includes a demonstration with a group of preschool aged children as part of the day. Every delegate who attends should leave the course able to try the approach with their children the next day if they so wish.

    Date: Wednesday 26th February

    Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm (please arrive from 9:00am onwards for a 9:30am prompt start) 

    Venue: to be confirmed.  Please let us know if you would be interested in hosting this event and benefit from a free place on this course.  The venue needs to be onsite or close enough to an Early Years Setting. 

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £85 

    Non Members £105 

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 16
    Register

    Embedding Maths in the EYFS

    Course Aim: This course will provide you with the necessary skills to embed Maths into the curriculum.

    Course Information:  During the session we will discuss: 

    • How maths fits into the Early Years framework
    • The pivotal role that Mathematics plays in a child's development.
    • What is problem solving and mastery
    • Maths resources to use in your setting

    Delivered by: Laura Gallop, an EYFS Specialist.

    Date: Friday 28th February          

    Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

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