Alliance Virtual Classroom

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Welcome 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 Classroom sessions can be accessed via, smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop.

How long are the courses?

Courses comprise either 2 x 90 minutes or 3 x 90 minutes depending on the topic.

How do I book onto a course?

To book, click the Book now link below your desired session.

All pricing options are outlined below and on the online booking form.

Virtual Classroom packages and pricing options
Virtual Classroom

Attendance only at a Virtual Classroom of your choice.

Cost:  Alliance members £35     Non-members: £50

Virtual Classroom Plus

Our Virtual Classroom Plus package takes learning one step further with dedicated follow-up consultancy support.

A consultant will work with you and your team on what you have learned in the Virtual Classroom session and show you how to embed it into your learning and practices. The consultant will work closely with you, listening to your exact needs and requirements and tailor-make working practices and documents specifically for your setting.

You can choose to have up to 6 hours of follow-up support. You will also receive the training slides, an audit tool and related e-publication.

The package includes:

  • Attendance at a Virtual Classroom of your choice
  • Follow-up consultancy support from 1-5 hours depending on your settings' individual needs
  • Related e-publication (where applicable).

 

Virtual classroom pricing plan

     

Virtual Classroom - In House (sessions delivered exclusively for your whole team)

All Virtual Classrooms can be delivered exclusively to your whole staff team.

Providers can contact their local Hub to discuss their individual requirements.

Prices start from:

Virtual Classroom (2 x 90mins)

Members: £215 members (up to 7 staff, then £25 pp)

Non-members £280 (up to 7 staff, then £35 pp)

Virtual Classroom (3 x 90mins)

Members £320 members (up to 7 then £37.50 pp)

Non-members £420 (up to 7 people then £52.50 pp)

 

Click here to see the full list of Virtual Classroom In House sessions that you can choose from.


May and June sessions - EYFS

We are offering four 2-hour Virtual Classroom sessions that can be bought as a complete set or individually.

Each 2-hour session covers a vital element of the revised EYFS to support early years providers with its implementation from September 2021.  

Cost: Members £23  Non Members: £33   

!! Special Offer: Book all four sessions and receive a 10% discount !!

Getting to Grips with the EYFS – an overview of the changes

In this vital 2-hour session we explore the changes to the EYFS in detail focusing on:

  • the layout and content of the new EYFS 
  • the structure of the educational programmes and revised early learning goals 
  • the supporting documentation, legislation and guidance. 

Through group activities and discussion providers are supported to identify the actions they need to take to prepare, and to reflect on the implications for their day-to-day practice. 

Dates and times:

4 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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5 May 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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6 May 9.30am – 11.30am

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Getting to Grips with the EYFS  - supporting documents

The DfE have issued the non-statutory guidance Development Matters to support the learning and development requirements in the revised EYFS.

Meanwhile a group of early years experts have issued an alternative document Birth to 5 Matters with the aim of supporting the implementation of the EYFS in a ‘pedagogically sound, principled and evidence-based way’.

In this 2-hour session we explore the structure and content of both documents and discuss how they support early years educational programmes.

Dates and times:

12 May  10.00am – 12.00pm

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12 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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27 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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Getting to Grips with the EYFS – supporting the prime areas of learning and development

The three prime areas of learning and development are considered the building blocks for all children’s learning:

  • communication and language 
  • physical development 
  • personal, social and emotional development 

In this 2-hour session we consider the educational programmes for the prime areas and discuss how each interlinks to play a vital role in children’s attitude and aptitude for future learning. 

Dates and times:

24 May 10.00am – 12.00pm

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26 May 2.30pm – 4.30pm

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3 June 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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Getting to Grips with the EYFS – supporting the specific areas of learning and development

Building on the prime areas of learning and development, the four specific areas of:

  • literacy 
  • mathematics 
  • understanding the world 
  • expressive arts and design 

Dates and times:

8 June  1.00pm – 3.00pm

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9 June 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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14 June 10.00pm – 12.00pm

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Other sessions throughout April and May

Understanding the needs of two year olds

The number of eligible two-year-olds taking up funded places appears to be increasing - is your setting ready? 

The focus for this course is to understand the learning and development needs of two year olds and how this knowledge can be used to enhance the environment and inform planning. 

Suitable for Managers and Educators in the early years

You will:

  • Explore the development and needs of two year olds.
  • Examine the use of observations and the two year progress check as tools to inform and support planning and learning.

Date and time:

Course will take place across two sessions

16th April
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

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Members - £35 pp Non-members - £50 pp

Let's talk the learning walk

Who is ready for the conversation with Ofsted? Want to find out more about ways you can showcase your provision? You will explore the focus of the Education Inspection Framework and define the learning walk, and talk through what needs to be included.

Suitable for: Managers, Educators in early years

Dates & times: 

Course will take place across two sessions

13 and 20 of April
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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4 and 5 May
10.00am - 11.30am

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Members - £35 pp

Non-members - £50 pp

Promoting emotional intelligence through outdoor play

The aim of this course is to assist all practitioners working with children to understand children's social and emotional development, and build skills such as emotional resilience and conflict resolution in a nurturing environment.  

You will 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 and discover how to support and improve behaviour through teamwork​. You will also consider how to observe play effectively to assess, record and plan for different stages of development .

Suitable for all Educators in early years.

Dates and times

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

20 and 27 April
10.00am - 11.30am

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Members - £35 pp

Non-members - £50 pp

Quality of teaching and learning

Quality of teaching and learning

Do you take time to self-reflect? Are you confident your teaching meets all Ofsted requirements?  

Join us for the interactive virtual classroom where we will:  

  • Discuss your role in supporting children’s learning
  • Consider what exactly are Ofsted looking for
  • Look at how effectively you are evaluating the quality of your practice
  • Explore what does best practice look like.

Suitable for: 

 Early years practitioners 

Dates & times: 

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

20 April
1.00pm- 2.30pm
3.00pm - 4.30pm

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Members - £35 pp

Non-members - £50 pp

Looking towards your Ofsted inspection 

Looking towards your Ofsted inspection 

This thought-provoking course will consider the implications for early years providers as they prepare for the resumption of Ofsted’s routine inspection schedule in the coming months. 

Join us for the interactive virtual classroom where we will:  

  • Discuss the latest news from Ofsted
  • Explore the early years inspection handbook 
  • Reflect on your setting’s likely grade.

Suitable for: Managers, Educators in early years and voluntary managed committee members

Dates & times: 

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

28 April and 5 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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12 May
(1 session)
9.30am - 1.00pm

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11 and 18 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Childminders

Book now for 11 and 18 May

Members - £35 pp
Non-members - £50 pp

Safeguarding - Designated Person

Aimed at those with the designated role, this interactive Virtual Classroom will enable practitioners to be confident to deal with potential safeguarding incidences as they arise, recognise the role and responsibilities of the designated person, understand the legislative framework and relevant guidance and consider policies related to safeguarding and ensure procedures are followed  - plus much more.

Dates & times: 

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

19 April and 26 April
9.30am - 11.30am

10 and 17 May
6.00pm - 8.00pm

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Book now 10 and 17 May

Members - £46.65 pp

Non-members - £66.60 pp

Cultural Capital in the Early Years

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

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 

Suitable for:  Managers and all Educators in early years

Dates & times: 

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

4 and 5 May
1.30pm - 3.00pm

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Members - £35 pp Non-members - £50 pp

 

 

Business success in the early years

Business Success - what does this mean to you?  

Do you want to 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 plus much more.

This workshop is suitable for managers, owners and voluntary management committee members/trustees.

Dates & times: 

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

6 and 13 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Members - £35 pp

Non-members - £50 pp

Inspirational Leadership and Management

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

To find out more join us on this online workshop where 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 consider the Leadership and Management requirements within the latest Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and how you can lead and inspire an outstanding early years’ workforce.

 

Suitable for managers and room leaders.

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

24 and 25 May
2.00pm - 3.30pm

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Members - £35 pp

Non-members - £50 pp

 

 

Can't make these dates? Use the form below to suggest some alternative dates for the courses you're interested in and we'll try to run some additional sessions. 

Virtual Classroom alternative dates