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. 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
Virtual Classroom

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.


September and October sessions - EYFS

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 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:

 6 October 10am – 12pm

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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

13 October at 10am – 12pm

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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:

19 October at 10am – 12pm

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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:

20 October 10am – 12pm

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Other sessions in September and October

Quality Outdoor Learning Environments for 2-year-olds 

Having access to nature and the outdoors has been shown to improve children’s development and love of learning.  How can you ensure that the outdoor play opportunities in your setting meet the needs of 2-year-olds and provide a beneficial learning environment for them?

This interactive virtual classroom will:

  • Discuss the role of outdoor provision in meeting the learning and development needs of 2-year-olds as defined by the EYFS
  • Develop practical steps to achieve successful outdoor provision for 2-year-olds that is flexible and responsive to their needs and supports them to participate fully in their own learning choices

Suitable for: All educators in early years

This course will take place across two sessions.

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50

Dates & times: 

19 and 20 October 1.30pm - 3.00pm

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Exploration of the Curriculum and the Articulation of Teaching

Do you know the intent of your curriculum? Can you talk with confidence about how you lead children to learn?  The interactive virtual classroom will:

  • Define and discuss the term curriculum
  • Explore the intent, implementation and impact of the early years' curriculum
  • Discover ways to develop skills to have professional discussions
  • Look at how to develop a language for teaching
  • Identify how to be ready to lead and extend pedagogical conversations

This course will take place across two sessions

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50 

Dates & times: 

28 September & 5 October   6.30pm - 8pm 

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SEND in the Early Years

There are fundamental elements to working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the early years. This interactive virtual classroom covers relevant law and policy together with developing an inclusive ‘can do’ approach. It will provide participants with underpinning knowledge to work with children with SEND in early years settings.  

By attending this virtual classroom, you will be able to: 

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

Suitable for Managers & Leaders, EY Educators, Home-based Educators

5 October 1.00pm - 4.30pm

Members: £35 pp
Non-members: £50 pp

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Looking Towards Your Ofsted Inspection (childminders)

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

By attending this interactive virtual classroom, you will:

  • 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 Home-based educators

5 & 12 October 6.30pm - 8.00pm

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

Members: £35 pp
Non-members: £50 pp

Safeguarding Designated Person

As the Designated Person you need to be confident to deal with potential safeguarding incidences as they arise. The training is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and should be updated every two years. The course content covers the required knowledge and skills and acts as a refresher for those currently undertaking the role. 

Aimed at those with the designated role this interactive virtual classroom will enable you to:

  • To explain the role of the Designated Person and their responsibilities 
  • To explore how beliefs and values regarding child abuse and neglect can influence practice 
  • To describe the key legislation and guidance that underpins safeguarding 
  • To identify categories of abuse, contextual abuse and the factors that make children more vulnerable to abuse and neglect 
  •  To consider barriers to disclosure 
  • To enable appropriate response to safeguarding/child protection concerns, or allegations against staff/volunteers 
  • To explain what happens following a referral  
  •  To explore the principles of recording and sharing information, including consent and confidentiality 

Suitable for: Managers & Senior Educators taking on the role of Designated Person

5 & 12 October 10.00am - 12.00pm

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

Members: £46.65
Non-members: £66.60

The prime time - inspirational practice for children from birth to two years

The prime time - inspirational practice for children from birth to two years

These are the years that matter most! The ‘Prime Time’ years from birth to 2, where we have the most impact in influencing lifelong development and learning.  
In this virtual classroom workshop we explore the importance of the early years in a child’s life and how maximising learning opportunities can shape their future development. This interactive session will: 

Session 1 

·         Consider the statutory guidance around working with children age birth to 2 years. 

·         Recognise the importance of secure attachments for babies and toddlers.  

·         Look at how babies brain develops in the first two years of life. 

Session 2 

·         Discover the importance of being responsive to baby's early language and communication. 

·         Explore the enabling learning environment to embed inspirational practice. 

Suitable for Managers & Leaders, EY Educators, Home-based Educators

7 & 14 October 6.30pm - 8.00pm

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

Members: £35 pp
Non-members: £50 pp

Children's Progress Matters

Are you confident in your ability to demonstrate children’s progress and attainment? Can you identify the impact of your curriculum?  
The interactive virtual classroom will:

·         Explore the importance of observing children  

·         Recap on observation techniques  

·         Identify the key person role in assessment  

·         Look at planning for children’s needs  

·         Reflect on the provision's current observations, assessments, and planning system.  

Suitable for Managers & Leaders, EY Educators, Home-based Educators

12 October 9.30am - 1.00pm

Members: £35 pp
Non-members: £50 pp

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 

Suitable for Managers & Leaders, EY Educators, Home-based Educators

14 & 21 October 10.00am - 11.30am

NB. Course will take place across two sessions

Members: £35 pp
Non-members: £50 pp

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.  

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 and educators in early years

This course will take place across two sessions.

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50 

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 for the courses you're interested in and we'll try to run some additional sessions. 

Virtual Classroom alternative dates