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
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Attendance only at a Virtual Classroom of your choice.

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 £46.65 per person   Non-members: £66.60 per person

4.5-hour Virtual Classroom (delivered over two or three sessions): Alliance members £52.50 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 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 - 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.


July and August 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 per person: 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:

1 July at 1.30pm

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4 August at 6.30pm

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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

8 July at 9.30am

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10 August at 6.30pm 

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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:

8 July at 1.30pm

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16 August at 6.30pm

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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:

9 July at 1.30pm

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25 August at 9.30am

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Other sessions throughout June and July

Quality Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

Do you take time to self-reflect? Are you confident your teaching meets all Ofsted requirements and children’s needs? Do you know what Ofsted's definition of teaching is? 

You will:

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

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 

Dates & times: 

21 June & 28 June 6.30pm- 8.00pm

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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.

Suitable for: Managers, senior educators taking on the role of Designated Person

This course will take place across two sessions.

Cost per person:

Alliance members £46.65   Non-members: £66.60 

Dates & times: 

22 June & 29 June 10.00am- 12.00pm

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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 

Dates & times: 

28 June & 29 June 10.00am- 12.00pm

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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 £52.50   Non-members: £75 

Dates & times: 

28 June & 5 July 1.30pm - 3.45pm

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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 

Dates & times: 

12 & 13 July 10.00am - 11.30am

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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.

You will: 

  • Hear 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

This course will take place across two sessions

Cost per person:

Alliance members £35   Non-members: £50 

Dates & times: 

7 July 9.30am - 1.30pm

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6 & 13 July 6.30pm -8pm 

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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