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Code: EY/17/1297 Thinking Together

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

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 06 February 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Committee Room 2 and 3 Brighton Town Hall Map