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    • 14 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 3
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    Roles and Responsibilities: Key facts for your Committee

    (Please note this is one of two courses we are running this term.  Another Roles and Responsibilities course will be held on Tuesday 24th March and can be booked by clicking on this link  https://www.pataglos.org.uk/event-3605098)

    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 staff from our Support for Settings Team who also have extensive experience as a committee chairperson and as a manager of an early years setting. 

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

    Date: Tuesday 14th January

    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

    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hillview Evangelical Church, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3LX
    • 3
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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
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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
    • 0
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    Workplace Wellbeing

    This course is now fully booked.  Please join the waiting list to register your interest for this course to be run on an additional date. We will then contact you. 

    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
    • 2
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    The Magic and Mystery of Children - Interacting with Intrigue with Greg Bottrill

    Limited Spaces remaining.  Once all spaces are booked please add your name to the waiting list.

    “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
    • 0
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    Understanding and Supporting the Anxious Child

    This course is now fully booked.  Please join the waiting list to register your interest for this course to be run on an additional date. We will then contact you. 

    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

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 6:45 PM - 9:15 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 0
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    Risky Play (for Playworkers)

    This course is now fully booked.  Please join the waiting list and we will notify you of a new date.

    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 3rd February

    Time:  6.45pm - 9.15pm

    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
    • 15
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    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

    • 05 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBC - Gloucester area
    • 15
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    Ofsted's New Education Inspection Framework: Hotspots and Emerging Trends

    Delivered by Pennie Akehurst, Early Years Fundamentals Ltd.

    Course Aim: To use identified trends and data taken from inspections under the new framework to help settings to evaluate their own practice against Ofsted's requirements. 

    Course Information:The Early Years Inspection Handbook is the only thing that helps us to understand what Ofsted are looking at and for. It enables us to benchmark our practice and to identify areas of strength and those that need further work or attention, but even when we use this framework as a basis for self-evaluation, we may not be asking ourselves the right questions.

    Inspection trends data can help us to understand areas that repeatedly lead to judgements of ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. If we understand the kinds of actions and recommendations that inspectors frequently make about aspects of practice, we will be far more able to identify our own hotspots and areas for development.

    Through our time together we will:

    • Identify issues that are appearing with frequency in RI and inadequate inspection outcomes under the key headings of the new inspection framework
    • Highlight the lessons that can be taken from the Ofsted inspections that have happened so far
    • Provide you with hint, tips, audit questions and techniques that will enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of your current practice and highlight areas for improvement.

    Delivered by: Pennie Akehurst, Managing Director of Early Years Fundamentals Ltd.

    Pennie has worked in early years and childcare for 30 years, the last 17 of which have been spent delivering strategic early years and childcare priorities within 2 local authorities. 

    Pennie has a proven track record of delivering support, training, challenge and intervention programmes which have enabled leaders, managers, teachers, and practitioners to continue to meet challenges in and changes to legislation and practice.

    Pennie is a regular columnist in Nursery World writing about inspection trends and her first book 'Monitoring and Evaluation in the Early Years' is being published in July, closely followed by her second book ‘'The Education Inspection Framework: 101 questions to help you prepare’  which is being published in August.

    Suitable for: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers; Committee Members.

    Date: Wednesday 5th February

    Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Doors open at 5:40pm for refreshments)

    Venue: To be confirmed - Gloucester area

    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 30TH JANUARY

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

    Members:  £30

    Non Members £45

    • 07 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 8
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    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
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 26
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    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 9:15am 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 13TH FEBRUARY

    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 £110

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 13
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    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.

    Suitable For:  Any Early Years Practitioners and Managers

    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

    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 16
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    Roles and Responsibilities: Key facts for your Committee

    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 staff from our Support for Settings Team who also have extensive experience as a committee chairperson and as a manager of an early years setting. 

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

    Date: Tuesday 24th March

    Time:  6:30pm - 9.00pm (please arrive by 6:20pm)

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

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

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