Rachael Underwood
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'Mine, No Mine' - British Values in Practice – Conflict Resolution with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

 ‘I want it!’  ‘I had it first!’
Would you like to feel more confident dealing with young children’s conflicts?
 
As adults working with young children we can be presented with some challenging conflict situations. Very often it isn’t clear what happened, who was responsible or what to do next.  When adults use a problem solving approach to children’s conflicts children learn important social and emotional skills and adults feel more positive about managing these situations. In this workshop we will look at six problem-solving steps which promote British values and turn challenging conflict moments into rich learning opportunities for children and adults alike.
  
Surbiton,
Monday 10th October 7.30 - 9.30pm
£ 18.75 /per person
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What to Do When You Feel like Screaming!
How to feel more in control during those ‘tricky moments!’
Workshop for Professionals

‘She’s painting on the walls ….again!’
‘Its time to come in and he’s hiding in the bush!’
 
Sometimes young children don’t do what we want them to do.  These moments can be extremely frustrating for adults and its easy for the situation to escalate.  In this workshop we look at some strategies we can use to handle these situations so that children and adults feel in control and everyone’s self esteem is left intact.  
  
  
Bookham,
Wednesday 12th October 7 - 9pm
£ 18.75 /per person
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Understanding Children’s Feelings
What to do when emotions run hot!

Workshop for Parents

Young children can feel their feelings very intensely.  Sometimes it isn’t easy as a parent to understand what is going on and everyone ends up feeling frustrated. 

In this workshop we will consider how we can acknowledge our children’s feelings in a way that everyone feels better about themselves.
Surbiton,
Tuesday 18th October
9.30 am - 11.30 am
£ 18.75 / per person
Book
Understanding Children’s Feelings
What to do when emotions run hot!

Workshop for Parents

Young children can feel their feelings very intensely.  Sometimes it isn’t easy as a parent to understand what is going on and everyone ends up feeling frustrated. 

In this workshop we will consider how we can acknowledge our children’s feelings in a way that everyone feels better about themselves.
Bookham,
Wednesday 19th October 19.30 - 21.30pm
£ 15.75 / per person
Book
'Mine, No Mine' - British Values in Practice – Conflict Resolution with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

 ‘I want it!’  ‘I had it first!’
Would you like to feel more confident dealing with young children’s conflicts?
 
As adults working with young children we can be presented with some challenging conflict situations. Very often it isn’t clear what happened, who was responsible or what to do next. 

When adults use a problem solving approach to children’s conflicts children learn important social and emotional skills and adults feel more positive about managing these situations. In this workshop we will look at six problem-solving steps which promote British values and turn challenging conflict moments into rich learning opportunities for children and adults alike.
  
Bookham,
Friday 21st October 1 - 3pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
Building Your Child’s Self Esteem
Spending quality time with your child

Workshop for Parents

In this session we will look at how we can build strong positive relationship with our child by playing together with them.

We will look at some specific strategies you can use to build their self esteem while helping  them develop their learning

Bookham,
Thursday 3rd November
12.45pm - 2.45pm 
15.75 / per person
Book
What to Do When You Feel like Screaming!
How to feel more in control during those ‘tricky moments!’

Workshop for Professionals

‘She’s painting on the walls ….again!’
‘Its time to come in and he’s  hiding in the bush!’
 
Sometimes young children don’t do what we want them to do.  These moments can be extremely frustrating for adults and its easy for the situation to escalate.  In this workshop we look at some strategies we can use to handle these situations so that children and adults feel in control and everyone’s self esteem is left intact.  
  
Surbiton,
Wednesday 7th November 7.30 - 9.30pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
Building Your Child’s Self Esteem
Spending quality time with your child

Workshop for Parents

In this session we will look at how we can build strong positive relationship with our child by playing together with them.

We will look at some specific strategies you can use to build their self esteem while helping  them develop their learning

Surbiton,
Tuesday 15th November 
9.30 am - 11.30am
18.75 / per person
Book
Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour: 
Boundaries without tears!

Workshop for Parents

Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour
Boundaries without tears!

Children don’t always do what we’d like them to do!  In this workshop we will look at how we can help our children to learn positive ways to behave. 


Surbiton,
Tuesday 22nd November 9.30 - 11.30am
£ 18.75 / per person
Book
‘Magic Moments’
Writing Observational Notes

Workshop for Professionals

‘I never know what I should include when I am writing an observation’
‘ How much should I write?’
 
Observing young children as they work and play and is an important part of our job. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage requires practitioners to write observations of young children.  In this workshop we will consider why it is so important to record our observations and how to write clear and concise observations that can be shared with parents, colleagues and other professionals alike.
  
  
Bookham,
Friday 18th November 1 - 3pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour: 
Boundaries without tears!

Workshop for Parents

Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour
Boundaries without tears!

Children don’t always do what we’d like them to do!  In this workshop we will look at how we can help our children to learn positive ways to behave. 


Bookham,
Monday 21st November 9.30 - 11.30am
£ 15.75 / per person
Book
‘It’s Tidy Up Time’
Workshop for Professionals

Is tidy up time your least favourite part of the day?
Do you find yourself sneaking off to tidy those parts of the room that really have got in a state?

In this workshop we will look at strategies we can use to make tidy up time a fun and interesting time for both children and adults alike while ensuring some valuable learning happens along the way. 
  
Bookham,
Wednesday 23rd November 7 - 8.30pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
‘Have they had a good day?’
Building Positive Relationships with Parents

Workshop for Professionals

‘How can I respond when a parent asks ‘Have they had a good day?’’
‘Talking to the parents of children I work with doesn’t come easily to me.’
 
The EYFS requires practitioners to work in partnership with parents and carers.  In this workshop we will consider the role of the key worker in building relationships with the parents and carers of children they work with and why it is important they take time to do this.  We will also look at how key workers can respond to the ‘Have they been good’ question. 
  
  
Bookham,
Friday 25th November 1 - 3pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
'Mine, No Mine' - British Values in Practice – Conflict Resolution with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

 ‘I want it!’  ‘I had it first!’
Would you like to feel more confident dealing with young children’s conflicts?
 
As adults working with young children we can be presented with some challenging conflict situations. Very often it isn’t clear what happened, who was responsible or what to do next. 

When adults use a problem solving approach to children’s conflicts children learn important social and emotional skills and adults feel more positive about managing these situations. In this workshop we will look at six problem-solving steps which promote British values and turn challenging conflict moments into rich learning opportunities for children and adults alike.

  
Bookham,
Wednesday 30th November 7 - 9pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
What to Do When You Feel like Screaming!
How to feel more in control during those ‘tricky moments!’

Workshop for Professionals

‘She’s painting on the walls ….again!’
‘Its time to come in and he’s  hiding in the bush!’
 
Sometimes young children don’t do what we want them to do.  These moments can be extremely frustrating for adults and its easy for the situation to escalate.  In this workshop we look at some strategies we can use to handle these situations so that children and adults feel in control and everyone’s self esteem is left intact.  
  
Bookham,
Friday 2nd December 1 - 3pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
​Being A Parent
Motivating your child

Workshop for Parents

In this workshop we will look at how it is important that we take care of ourselves as parents so that we are able to take care of our children well. 

We will also look at how we can clearly let our children know what we want

Surbiton,
Tuesday 23rd January 9.30 - 11.30am
£ 18.75 / per person
Book
Talk Talk! Interacting with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

 Would you like to be able to respond effectively to any piece of children’s artwork?
Would you like to learn how to build relationships with children whose language skills are limited?
 
As adults working with young children we spend a large part of our day interacting with young children. Part of an Ofsted inspection may well involve the inspector observing the adults in a setting interacting with the children. In this workshop we will look at a number of well-researched strategies that will enable practitioners to interact with young children in a way that both supports children’s learning and enables them to develop a healthy self-esteem.
  
Surbiton,
Monday 30th January 7.30 - 9.30pm
£ 18.75 /per person
Book
Understanding Children’s Feelings
What to do when emotions run hot!

Workshop for Parents

Young children can feel their feelings very intensely.  Sometimes it isn’t easy as a parent to understand what is going on and everyone ends up feeling frustrated. 

In this workshop we will consider how we can acknowledge our children’s feelings in a way that everyone feels better about themselves.
Surbiton,
Tuesday xxx February 9.30 - 11.30am
£ 18.75 / per person
Book
  ‘You Can’t Come to my Birthday Party!’
Workshop for Practitioners

How to intervene in verbally as well as physically aggressive moments with young children, whilst also preventing bullying behaviours from developing.
 
When children physically hurt each other, adults usually respond swiftly to stop the behaviour.  When children make verbally hurtful comments such as ‘you can’t come to my birthday party’ or ‘you’re not my friend anymore’, adults do not necessarily know how to respond in a way that supports the expression of feelings in non-hurtful ways.
 
In this workshop we will discuss concerns about bullying in the early years and view video clips of typical physical and verbal aggression seen in pre-school children.  We will look at six strategies adults can use to intervene at these moments and support children to learn positive communication skills.
  
Betsy Evans: Kids and conflict
www.kidsandconflict.com
  
Bookham

 Saturday 1st October 9.30 - 1.30pm
£ 30.75 / per person
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 ‘You’re Not My Friend Anymore’
Supporting your child to communicate honestly and kindly
Workshop for Parents and Grandparents

‘You’re Not My Friend Anymore’
Supporting your child to communicate honestly and kindly
 
In this workshop we will explore strategies for setting limits for children and look at ways we can support their social and emotional development, motivating kindness through clear constructive communication.
  
We are delighted to welcome Early Childhood and Conflict Resolution Specialist Betsy Evans from America to lead these workshops. Betsy has many years of experience working with young children and leading workshops for parents and early years practitioners.

Betsy Evans: Kids and conflict
www.kidsandconflict.com
  
Bookham

Thursday 29th September 19.30 - 21.30am

£ 15.75 / per person
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Talk Talk! Interacting with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

 Would you like to be able to respond effectively to any piece of children’s artwork?
Would you like to learn how to build relationships with children whose language skills are limited?
 
As adults working with young children we spend a large part of our day interacting with young children. Part of an Ofsted inspection may well involve the inspector observing the adults in a setting interacting with the children. In this workshop we will look at a number of well-researched strategies that will enable practitioners to interact with young children in a way that both supports children’s learning and enables them to develop a healthy self-esteem.
  
Bookham,
Thursday 22nd September 7 - 9pm
£ 18.75 /per person
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Talk Talk! Interacting with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

Would you like to be able to respond effectively to any piece of children’s artwork?
Would you like to learn how to build relationships with children whose language skills are limited?
 
As adults working with young children we spend a large part of our day interacting with young children. Part of an Ofsted inspection may well involve the inspector observing the adults in a setting interacting with the children. In this workshop we will look at a number of well-researched strategies that will enable practitioners to interact with young children in a way that both supports children’s learning and enables them to develop a healthy self-esteem.
  
Surbiton,
Monday 19th September 7.30 - 9.30pm
£ 18.75 /per person
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Talk Talk! 
Interacting with Young Children
Workshop for Professionals

Would you like to be able to respond effectively to any piece of children’s artwork?
Would you like to learn how to build relationships with children whose language skills are limited?
 
As adults working with young children we spend a large part of our day interacting with young children. Part of an Ofsted inspection may well involve the inspector observing the adults in a setting interacting with the children. In this workshop we will look at a number of well-researched strategies that will enable practitioners to interact with young children in a way that both supports children’s learning and enables them to develop a healthy self-esteem.
  
Bookham,
Friday 16th September 1 - 3 pm
£ 18.75 / per person
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Supporting Children's Emotional Development
'Feelings Matter' Supporting Children's Emotional Development

What can I do when a child cries every time she doesn't get her own way?
He gets so frustrated when he's building something and it falls down

How adults respond when a young child is experiencing strong emotions has a lasting impact as the child grows up. It is crucial to young children's wellbeing that Early Years Practitioners know how to notice and listen to children's feelings and that children learn how to express their feelings appropriately. In this workshop we will look at why emotion plays such a crucial role in the life of the young child and consider some strategies adults can use to enable young children to build their resilience and develop emotionally. 
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Exploring and Discovering - Active Learning Explained
Would you like to know what the ingredients of active learning are so you can plan meaningful experiences for the children you work with?

As Early Years practitioners the fact that children are active learners should be at the heart of everything we do. It is often assumed that people 'just know' what active learning really means. In this workshop we will consider the five ingredients of active learning and look at why it is so important that young children learn in an active way. We will also look at some strategies adults can use to support children's active learning.
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'Feelings Matter' 
 Supporting Children's Emotional Development
'Feelings Matter' Supporting Children's Emotional Development

What can I do when a child cries every time she doesn't get her own way?
He gets so frustrated when he's building something and it falls down

How adults respond when a young child is experiencing strong emotions has a lasting impact as the child grows up. It is crucial to young children's wellbeing that Early Years Practitioners know how to notice and listen to children's feelings and that children learn how to express their feelings appropriately. In this workshop we will look at why emotion plays such a crucial role in the life of the young child and consider some strategies adults can use to enable young children to build their resilience and develop emotionally. 
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Courses for Parents 
The Growing Together course consists of six, two hour sessions usually run in consecutive weeks. 

We look at how we can support our children when they are experiencing strong emotions, how to motivate our children through the use of descriptive praise. We consider discipline and the pros and cons of different types of discipline. We also look at how we can support ourselves as parents and manage our own strong emotions


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A Space to Play & Learn - 
Setting up the physical enviroment
The environment has been described as the 'child's second teacher'.

How adults set up a learning environment has a big impact on how children learn. In this workshop we will look at how adults can arrange the physical learning environment to best support children to be 'active learners'. We will consider the kinds of learning areas to be provided and what to call the areas. We will also look at types of materials to offer children and how to store and label these effectively.
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Magic Moments - writing observations
I never know what I should and shouldn't include when I am writing an observation
It seems like I spend ages writing things down when really I want to be working with the children

Observing young children as they work, play and interact is an important part of our work. In this workshop we will consider why it is so important to record our observations and we will look at how to write a clear, concise and useful observation that can be shared with parents, colleagues and other professionals alike.

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˜I don't find it very easy talking with parents of the children I work with 
How do I interact with a parent who is feeling upset about something?

In this workshop we will consider the role of the key worker in building relationships with the parents and carers of the children they work with. We will look at some simple, quick and effective ways that key workers can build positive relationships with parents and carers. We will also look at some different ways we can have 'difficult conversations' with parents when there is a problem to be sorted out.  

Key Connections - 
Building relationships with Young Children and their Parents and Carers

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Sticks, Brick, Rice - Small Group Time 
'Where do ideas from Small Group Time come fro
How do you plan a Small Group Time?
How do you keep all the children's attention?
What is the role of the adult in Small Group Time?

In this workshop we will look at how adults can lead Small Group Times to ensure that children have active learning experiences. We will look at how adults can get a small group time started. We will also consider a number of adult/child interaction strategies that adults can use to keep the small group time open-ended and ensure children work at their own individual levels. We will also look at a number of tried and tested small group time ideas to help you get started.

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I wish I had more ideas for art activities
Why do they have to use so much glue?

In this workshop we will consider how to 'do art' with young children. We will look at why it is important to give children time and space to find out what they can do with art materials, how we can interact with children as they work and how to set up an art area that is interesting for young children.

Paint, Glue, Boxes ........Young Children and Art
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Is tidy up time your least favourite part of the day?
Do you find yourself sometimes sneaking off to tidy up those parts of the room that really need a good tidy up?!

In this workshop we will look at some strategies as to how we can make tidy up time a fun and interesting time for children and adults alike while sneaking in some learning along the way.
It's Tidy up Time!
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Do you look forward to singing times or does the thought fill you with dread?

In this workshop we will also consider a well-researched and effective way of teaching children new songs. We will also look at how we can enable children to have ownership of the songs they are singing which helps maintain their interest in the song. There will be an opportunity to share favourite songs and we will look at the idea of Song Cards.
Its my turn for singing - 
Leading Singing with Young Children

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Space, Shapes, Numbers - 
Maths with Young Children

I don't feel very confident doing Maths
Why do they get their numbers in the wrong order?

In this workshop we will look at what Maths is all about and how Maths is all around us if we know what to look for. We will consider how we can introduce mathematical concepts quite naturally to young children and how, over time, we can help them to become confident and capable mathematicians.
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I never got on with science at school & don't really know how to approach doing science with young children
What is science really all about?

In this workshop we will look at what is involved in science and why it is important for young children to develop scientific skills. We will consider some materials and activities we can provide for young children to help them to start to 'think scientifically' and help ourselves to feel more confident 'doing science' with young children.
Ramps, Bubbles and Beans - Science with Young Children
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