Alliance Virtual Classroom

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get 5% off if you book before OctoberWelcome to our virtual classroom

Our virtual classroom offers a flexible approach to learning and has been designed for people working in the early years to ensure providers, staff and volunteers have access to training.

The virtual classrooms can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, lap top and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either two sessions of 90 minutes or three sessions of 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How much do they cost?

Two-session courses cost £35 for Alliance members or £50 for non-members.

Three-session courses cost £52.50 for Alliance members or £75 for non-members.

How do I book onto a course?

To book a session click the link in bold showing the date and time.

Inspirational leadership and management

Want to inspire your staff to be outstanding? Is motivating colleagues important to you?

In this online workshop we will:

  • Discuss inspirational leadership of your early years team
  • Consider the difference between managers and leaders, taking a closer look at the characteristics of an effective leader
  • Discuss and be aware of the Leadership and Management requirements in the latest Education Inspection Framework (EIF) to support you in leading and inspiring an outstanding early years’ setting.

This course is suitable for:

  • Leaders
  • Managers
  • Room leaders

Date and time: 19 and 20 October 10am – 11.30am

Cultural capital

Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework requires you to develop children’s Cultural Capital – but what does this mean?

In this course you will:

  • Learn what ‘Cultural Capital’ is and what it looks like in an Early Years setting.
  • Develop ways to use your practice to recognise and enhance children’s Cultural Capital
  • Discuss how parent partnership is vital when extending Cultural Capital
  • Look at where Cultural Capital already sits in good quality Early Years provision and in the EYFS curriculum.

This course is suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Room leaders
  • Early years practitioners
  • Childminders

Date and time: 21 and 22 October at 1pm – 2.30pm

Exploring the Education Inspection Framework 

Are you worried about when Ofsted is due? Do you want to know how Ofsted will inspect registered early years settings?

Inspectors will be looking at what the EYFS curriculum is like and how it is taught in your setting, they will be spending more time in the room “having those professional conversations with leaders and practitioners" and looking for an increased emphasis on vocabulary and books.

This online workshop will:

  • Explore Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework
  • Examine the key changes

The course is suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Voluntary management committee members / trustees
  • Owners

Date and time: 21 and 23 October 10am – 11.30am

Let’s talk about the Learning Walk

Who is ready for the conversation with Ofsted? Want to find out more about ways you can showcase your provision?

Join us for this interactive online workshop where we will:

  • Explore the focus of the Education Inspection Framework
  • Define the learning walk, and talk through what needs to be included
  • Look at ways to be ready for professional discussions as a team
  • Break down how we can support colleagues to be able to talk with confidence about the children and provision they know well.

Suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Childminders
  • Apprentices and trainees

Date and time: 2 and 3 November 2pm – 3.30pm

Defining the early years curriculum

Do you want to gain a more detailed understanding of the early years curriculum? 

This online course is designed:

  • To define and discuss the term curriculum
  • To explore the intent, implementation and impact of the early years' curriculum
  • To recognise how the curriculum is planned and sequenced
  • To consider how and why we should monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum.
  • To discuss ‘in the moment planning’ and how it supports the unique child.

Suitable for:

  • All practitioner working in early years

Date and time: 3 and 4 November 10am – 11.30am

Exploring emotional intelligence through outdoor play

Do you understand emotional resilience? Do you want to enable children to risk take in a safe and secure way?

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Develop the skills to support children to build resilience and risk-taking opportunities
  • Learn how to create opportunities to team build and support each other.
  • Discover how to support and improve behaviour through teamwork
  • Consider how to observe play effectively to assess, record and plan for different stages of development

This course is suitable for:

  • All early years practitioners

Date and time: 4 and 5 Nov 2pm – 3.30pm

Domestic abuse and violence awareness 

Gain a greater understanding of how to identify and support those who may be at risk of, and those who may witness domestic violence.

This online workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand the scope and meaning of the terms ‘Domestic Abuse and Violence’
  • Be aware of the prevalence of domestic abuse
  • Understand the legislative framework for domestic abuse
  • Understand the impact it has on both adults and children
  • Recognise signs and indicators of domestic abuse
  • Develop awareness of support available and how to access it
  • Be able to respond more effectively to concerns relating to domestic abuse.

Suitable for:

  • All early years practitioners

Date and time: 2 and 9 November at 10am – 11.30am

Promoting positive behaviour

Are you confident you do all you can to support children’s positive behaviour? Do you need more information on supporting children who display more challenging behaviour?

This online workshop is designed to enable you to:

  • Define behaviour 
  • Identify influences on children’s behaviour
  • Reflect on adult’s own behaviour
  • Explore supportive approaches to addressing behaviour
  • Examine practical solutions to challenging behaviour 
  • Understand the term Trauma Informed Behaviour.

The course is suitable for

  • All practitioners working with young children

Date and time: 11, 12 and 13 November 10am – 11.30am

Business success in the early years

What does the term business success mean to you?

Explore how leadership, the quality of the setting, effective marketing strategy and sound financial management systems are all essential pieces of a sustainability jigsaw.

By attending this virtual classroom you will:

  • explore how effective leadership can affect sustainability
  • review high quality provision and how this links to sustainability
  • understand the value of a clear marketing and communication strategy
  • explore good business practises for childcare providers
  • review how financial data can inform decision making
  • understand the responsibilities of an employer to their staff.

Suitable for:

  • managers
  • voluntary management committee members / trustees
  • owners

Date and time: 17 and 18 November 2pm-3.30pm

Discovering and developing loose parts play

Spark children's sense of wonder and joy by learning the best way to use the loose parts you have in your setting.

This workshop aims to help providers understand and support children’s curiosity and creativity in an early years setting.

In this course you will:

  • explore the theory behind loose parts
  • understand the possibilities of children’s play
  • consider how to value and extend children’s ideas, imagination, language and thinking
  • explore the use of materials and media to develop creative play.

This course is suitable for:

  • early years practitioners working with young children

Date and time: 16 and 17 November 10am – 11.30am

Promoting Communication and Language

Learn how to support all children in your setting to develop their speech and language skills.

This workshop will support your setting to promote good communication and language development in young children.

In this course you will:

  • Discuss the importance of language 
  • Identify influences on children’s language
  • Consider expected patterns of development
  • Explore supportive approaches to promote language development.

Suitable for:

  • Early years practitioners

Date and time: 18 and 19 November 10am 



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