Alliance Spotlights

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Alliance Spotlights are bite-size CPD sessions that offer a unique deep-dive into key aspects of early years topics. 

Each week over the course of an hour, we will take a closer, more detailed look at specific areas of interest to you. 

If you have ever attended an early years training session and wished that you’d had the time to delve more deeply into a particular area of discussion, Alliance Spotlights are for you. 

Cost: Just £12 for Alliance Members and £24 for  non-members  

Deep dive into the early years inspection judgements

In this series of Alliance Spotlights, we take a closer look at the Early Years Inspection Handbook focusing on each of the final judgements that Ofsted will make to contribute towards an overall grade. We will discuss the aspects that are considered, using the grade descriptors for 'good' as a starting point.

There will be opportunities to explore each grade descriptor in more detail to reach a shared understanding of what it entails and to share best practice amongst participants. Each session will also include extracts from recent (anonymised) inspection reports as we consider some of the strengths and weaknesses that Ofsted identify.

  • Personal development
    The ways in which educators support children’s character development is found in the care that is given and the sense of emotional security that is created. When provision is effective children are prepared to take appropriate risks and challenges as they play and learn.

    In this session we will discuss the elements of personal development that are found in Ofsted’s grade descriptors.

    Tuesday 7 December, 12pm - 1pm

  • Leadership and management
    Effective leadership and management is the key to success. When considering the grade descriptors for this area, inspectors will explore how shared values, policies and inclusive practice contribute to the quality of care and education that is offered. Furthermore, a culture of safeguarding that reduces the risk of harm to children and ensures they are protected at all times, must be clearly evident.

    Ofsted’s grade descriptors refer to leaders having focus, integrity and a clear vision for their provision, in this session we will explore how these ideals can be realised to secure the best possible outcomes

    Tuesday 11 January, 12pm - 1pm

Exploring the characteristics of effective learning

During this session we will be exploring how the characteristics of effective learning underpin all areas of learning.

We will consider how these characteristics support children's self-regulation and enable children to become strong lifelong learners.

Thursday 9 December, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Makaton awareness

These sessions will give you a basic awareness of Makaton and are suitable for both parents and early years practitioners.

We'll provide an introduction to Makaton and look at how it can be used. We'll cover basic signs, as well as singing with signing - which will include some seasonal favourites! With the exception of the song signing, the signs taught will be the same for all sessions.

Thursday 2 December, 10am - 11am

Tuesday 7 December, 6.30pm - 7.30pm


Are you an Alliance member looking to book a member of staff?

If you have a membership with the Alliance you can book additional staff at the member rate via the EYA portal. 

To do so, you will need to make sure each individual is registered on the EYA portal and linked to your portal account.

Once they are linked, you can access member pricing for them for all future bookings.

You can view who has requested to link to your account by clicking on the 'My Linked Organisation' tab. You can approve or remove contacts from your organisation at any time.

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