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This stimulating and informative course champions the view of children as autonomous learners whose natural motivation to play and explore can be enhanced by the behaviours of skilled, sensitive and responsive adults operating within a rich indoor and outdoor enabling environment.

The training will make a powerful contribution to early years practitioners seeking to improve their pedagogical approaches to supporting and advancing children’s thinking and learning. Clear links will be made to the Characteristics of Effective Learning by drawing on the recent work of Iram Siraj, Denise Kingston and Edward Melhuish in the SSTEW scales (Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales) and the national Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) research. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider key messages that illuminate what is important in maximising children’s everyday learning.

During the course, participants will engage in stimulating interactive experiences and discussions with informative input. They will explore a range of practical strategies that effective practitioners can employ in their interactions with children. This will raise awareness of the importance of sustained shared thinking as a productive and manageable means of promoting conceptual development and maximising the learning of children in both child–initiated and adult–led contexts. There will be an emphasis on reflection and identifying practical ways forward.


Content will include:

Case studies, photos etc which will enrich the learning experience when considering effective practice in relation to:

nurturing children’s curiosity and problem solving;
thinking about children we know – and their learning and play;

Please bring a copy of EYFS publication:  Development Matters (available to download from www. foundation

Learning outcomes

  • To deepen practitioners’ skills and understanding of sustained shared thinking

  • To consider the vital role of the adult in ‘tuning in’ to the child and engaging in effective shared interactions

  • To explore ways to support curiosity, problem solving, concept development and higher order thinking through interactions and the enabling environment

  • understand the impact and importance of sustained shared thinking

  • be equipped to reflect on learning opportunities and the quality of my interactions in child- initiated and adult- led contexts

  • have considered how I can foster and encourage children’s thinking and extend their learning in meaningful contexts


Additional information




Course categories
Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Foundation Stage subcategories
Target Audience
Children's Services (B&HCC) / Early Years Providers / Early Years Providers non Brighton and Hove / Schools
target audience
Course pre-requisites
Committee Room 2 and 3 Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square
Event Trainers
Yvonne Au
Pricing Bands
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
Tier 4
Tier 5
Start Date
Tuesday 6 February 2018
End Date
Tuesday 6 February 2018
10:00 - 16:00
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