The complexity of a simple mind
Training & Workshops for Early Years professionals
Years of experience working with young children and my educational background prompt me to move forward, to keep challenging my self and raising my standards. Early years education is my passion and I believe that with the right knowledge and attitude, everyone could achieve wonders and raise the standards even higher. I have created a series of workshops to help early years settings identify their strengths and weaknesses in their practice and create the right learning environment they need for their children, to ensure they will reach their goals and thrive.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can be a useful tool and offer valuable guidance if one one has a sound understanding of it or can cause headaches and tension if one simply treats it as a chore or heavy workload of observations and planning and goals that have to be set to comply with it.
Through examples of observations, activities and displays, early years practitioners will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding, ask questions, challenge their own ideas, participate in fun activities, discuss case studies and feel more confident to plan within the EYFS framework.
Safeguarding and good practice
How can we meet children's needs and ensure that they practice their skills and develop their learning in a safe and stimulating environment? What do managers and OFSTED mean by saying 'good practice'? Is it all about safeguarding and planning amazing activities?
Covering different aspects of the early years practice, I am using examples taken from the nursery's daily routines to underline the necessity for everyone to understand what comes under the umbrella of safeguarding and what good practice actually means not just on paper but in the nursery's reality.
Book reading of
''A shy little cat''
This little cat really wants a friend but she is too shy. The green monster, the toy she plays with, quietly backs her decision up to travel the world in search of a friend. In her colourful and exciting rhyming adventure Shy visits many countries, meets unique characters, tastes their food, learns words in their language, dresses up in their traditional costumes and returns back home with a plan. Will Shy manage to overcome her fears and finally find what she is really looking for?
Shy's story is ideal for young readers and reception children to support their literacy skills and language comprehension through the funny rhymes. Educators can build a literacy program around the story, two fun educational activities are included in the book.
Book reading of
Bongo the dinosaur/Bongo ο δεινόσαυρος
The enormous but kind dinosaur came to share his story about diversity, forgiveness, companionship and team work.
Let's discuss with the children what the power of words, team work, friendship and communication is and stop bullying in any form.