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. The safeguarding course is delivered over 2 x 120 minute sessions. 

How do I book onto a course?

To book, click the Book now link below your desired session. Bookings are for individuals only. If you wish to book places for your team, each member will need to complete a booking form. 

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

Virtual Classroom packages and pricing options
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Attendance only at a Virtual Classroom of your choice.

2-hour Virtual Classroom: Alliance members £23 per person   Non-members: £33 per person

3-hour Virtual Classroom (delivered over two sessions): Alliance members £35 per person   Non-members: £50 per person

4-hour Virtual Classroom (delivered over two sessions): Alliance members £46 per person   Non-members: £66 per person

4.5-hour Virtual Classroom (delivered over two or three sessions): Alliance members £52 per person   Non-members: £75 per person

All participants will receive applicable handouts, including any gap tasks, as well a certificate of attendance and all supporting presentation slides.

Virtual Classroom Plus

Our Virtual Classroom Plus 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.

Prices for additional consultancy starts from £70. To find out more and discuss your individual requirements please contact us on connect@eyalliance.org.uk.

Please note that Virtual Classroom Plus is not available for the following workshops:

  • Safeguarding
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Makaton 
Virtual Classroom - In House (sessions delivered exclusively for your whole team)

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

To find out more and to discuss your individual requirements, please contact us on: connect@eyalliance.org.uk.

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


Sessions for February

Supporting children for whom English is an additional language

Do you want to feel confident in supporting children who have English as an additional language? 

By attending this interactive Virtual Classroom, you will:

  • review the research around how children can be bilingual and multilingual 
  • identify how settings can help children to learn effectively in a monolingual environment.

This workshop is suitable for managers and leaders, early educators and home-based educators.

This Virtual Classroom takes place over two 1.5 hour sessions:
Tuesday 8 February 9.30am - 11.00am
Tuesday 15 February 9.30am - 11.00am

Book your place now

Voice of the child

By attending this interactive Virtual Classroom, you will: 

  • Understand what the Voice of the Child is 
  • Understand why listening to children is important  
  • Overcome any barriers to ‘hearing’ the Voice of the Child  
  • Identify successful strategies and approaches which involve children’s participation  
  • Initiate an action plan to develop and maintain the child’s voice in their setting  

Suitable for managers, senior educators, educators in early years and home-based educators.

This Virtual Classroom runs over two sessions on:
Monday 21 February 1pm - 2.30pm
Monday 28 February 1pm - 2.30pm

Book your place now

Cultural capital

During this interactive Virtual Classroom, 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 Virtual Classroom will be held over two 1.5 hour sessions:
Tuesday 22 February: 1pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 23 February: 1pm – 2.30pm

Book your place now

SEND in the early years

By attending this Virtual Classroom, you will be able to:

  • Consider the ethical and legal framework for SEND
  • Explain special educational needs and disabilities
  • Recognise and apply good practice techniques for working with children with SEND
  • Plan effective partnerships with parents and external agencies.

This Virtual Classroom takes place over two 1.5 hour sessions including a 30-minute comfort break between sessions on:

Tuesday 22 February and Tuesday 1 March, at 6.30pm – 8pm 

Book your place now

EYFS sessions

We are offering four 2-hour Virtual Classroom sessions which cover a vital element of the revised EYFS, to support early years providers with its implementation from September 2021.  

Cost per person: Members £23  Non Members: £33   

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

In this vital two-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:

New date coming soon

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:

New date coming soon

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:

New date coming soon

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:

New date coming soon


Makaton courses

Our interactive Makaton courses are delivered by Tracy Clark, a highly regarded senior Makaton tutor who is experienced in delivering Makaton training to early years educators, parents and children throughout the UK.

These workshops are suitable for early years educators and parents who want to learn more about Makaton.

Delegates must attend all sessions in the Level 1 and 2 courses to achieve their certificate.

Please note that Level 1 Makaton must have been completed before attending the Level 2 course. Delegates will be asked to provide a copy of their Level 1 certificate to confirm their booking.

Cost per person: 
Level 1: £79
Level 2: £81
Taster session: £15

Makaton Level 1

This course will cover the history of Makaton and signs and symbols from the Makaton core vocabulary. Each participant will receive a manual containing background information, slides, and copies of the signs and symbols covered in the training. 

Book now: 2, 3, 9 & 10 March 2022, 6pm - 8pm (4 x 2hr sessions)

Makaton Level 2

This course is for anyone who has completed Makaton level 1 and would like to further develop their Makaton skills.

You will learn more about the history, design and structure of the Makaton Language Programme, signs and symbols from the Makaton core vocabulary for stages 3 & 4, and additional vocabulary Part B.

To attend the level 2 course, delegates must complete Makaton level 1 and provide a copy of their certificate to confirm their booking.

Book now: 23, 24 & 30 March 2022, 9.30am - 12pm (3 x 2.5hr sessions)

Makaton taster session

This two-hour taster session will provide a brief introduction to Makaton - what Makaton is, where it originates, why it is used and who it is for. You will learn 34 basic signs and symbols (concepts) from the Makaton core vocabulary and 12 additional signs and symbols appropriate for early years settings. 

Dates & times:

Book now: 18 March 2022, 12.30pm - 2.30pm


Other options

We currently have no planned dates for the sessions below. If you are interested in booking one of these sessions, please get in touch using the form below with some preferred dates.  

Promoting positive behaviour

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

You will:

  • Understand behaviour and its functions
  • Identify key influences on behaviour
  • Determine how to support children to learn self-reflection and regulation.
  • Examine steps to safer intervention

Suitable for: Managers, senior educators, and educators in early years

This course will take place across two sessions.

Cost per person:

Alliance members £52   Non-members: £75 

Developing emotional intelligence through outdoor play

This interactive virtual classroom aims to assist practitioners in understanding the development of children's emotional intelligence and enable this in their provision using the outdoor environment.

You will:

  • Look at the knowledge that underpins emotional intelligence and how this can help to plan for children’s emotional development though building their resilience and providing risk-taking play opportunities 
  • Discuss the emotional wellbeing of setting staff and the role this plays in the provision

Suitable for: Managers, senior educators, and educators in early years

This course will take place across two sessions

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50

Cultural Capital

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

During this interactive virtual classroom, 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, Lead Educators, Educators in Early Years and Home based Educators  

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50 

Looking towards your Ofsted inspection (group providers)

Do you want to gain an overview of what happens before, during and after an inspection? 

By attending this interactive virtual classroom, you will:

  • Hear the latest news from Ofsted
  • Explore the early years inspection handbook
  • Reflect on your setting’s likely grade
  • Recognise how Ofsted prepare for and conduct an inspection
  • Consider the inspection criteria (with a focus on the criteria for ‘Good’)  
  • Determine the contribution required to achieve a positive inspection outcome
  • Evaluate your current performance in order to anticipate your grade
  • Use peer observation as a means to self-evaluate  

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

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50 

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

Virtual Classroom alternative dates