MASTERCLASS: Future play and learning: helping every child to achieve under the revised EYFS and guidance

Friday, February 5, 2021 09:30 - 12:30

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the resilience, creativity and ingenuity of some children, as well as the vulnerability of others and the persistent gap in children’s levels of attainment. Now with the revised EYFS and guidance being rolled out, the challenge for early years practitioners is to revisit what really matters when supporting young children’s play and to build a learning environment that enables every child to thrive.

This masterclass aims to help practitioners:

  • navigate the revised EYFS and guidance
  • plan for progression in children’s learning within a rich and balanced curriculum, and
  • reflect on the essentials of best practice in a post-Covid world.

9.30-9.45 Coffee and networking break

9.45-10.15 How can we best address society’s inequalities through early years provision?
Hear about progress to date on supporting disadvantaged children to thrive during the Early Years Foundation Stage, in particular:
  • the main barriers that contribute to the disadvantage gap
  • the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s learning and how it may have disproportionately affected disadvantaged families, and
  • what we know has worked to support children and approaches that could address that gap
Sarah Tillotson, Programme Manager, Education Endowment Foundation

10.15-11.15 The revised EYFS and guidance: what has changed and why
Explore how the new documents seek to help practitioners prioritise the essentials of early learning, with a focus on:
  • reconfiguring the adult role, to spend less time on unnecessary paperwork and more time on supporting children’s learning
  • starting points for building a rich curriculum for the children in your setting
  • how to ensure progression in the learning of all children
Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, London and lead on the revised Development Matters guidance

11.15-11.30 Coffee and networking break

11.30-12.20 Supporting the whole child: lessons for the future
The team at Brougham Street Nursery School have been observing closely how the pandemic has affected the children in their setting, both during and since the end of lockdown. Here they:
  • relate their findings and assess what this means for children’s well-being and development
  • reflect on the phrase ‘A head full of fears leaves little space for dreams’
  • explain how they have responded, including prioritising emotional support and continuing to provide rich learning experiences, in the nursery, outdoors and in the community.
Michael Pettavel, Headteacher, and Dr Alison Stewart, Teacher, Brougham Street Nursery School, Skipton, North Yorkshire

12.20-12.30 Questions from the floor

Early bird rate: £125 (+VAT) until Friday 4th December 2021 / Full rate: £150 (+VAT)

Dr Alison Stewart, Teacher, Brougham Street Nursery School, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Dr Julian Grenier, Headteacher, Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, east London

Michael Pettavel, Headteacher, Brougham Street Nursery School, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Sarah Tillotson, Programme Manager, Education Endowment Foundation