EEY CPD ONLINE: Enabling SCHEMA & the Characterist

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Understanding and enabling schema, linked to the concepts of the CoEL, in order to allow children to thrive, grow and learn

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Exploring WHAT is meant by 'schema' and schematic thinking in terms of young children's overall development and cognitive learning, based on psychology and educational research.

Deconstructing the concepts of the Characteristics of Effective Learning to better understand engagement through play & exploration, the role of motivation/ attention skills in active learning and the development of cognitive critical thinking skills.

Further asking, ' WHY and HOW?' Early years Educators can use this understanding to empower children in their unique learning, enable greater depth and enthuse the learning process for greater outcomes.

(Live online CPD session, with pre-event reflective practitioner pack and course notes pre-reading, plus CPD certificate upon completion).

This online CPD short course aims to support understanding and application of theory , research and excellent early years practice relating to the benefits of understanding the role of schema in supporting cognitive function, motivation and child-led interest as part of high level play and learning, in order to foster unique child development, (plus support later academic and life outcomes of the unique child.)

The course is split across 3 parts in order to allow delegates to gain the most from the information, learning, reflection and their final participation

Part 1 - Course pre-notes : Pre-event course notes (released 1 x week via online link/ email prior to the course for you to do in your own time and support your understanding of the final session);

Part 2 - Reflections: A voluntary reflective practitioner question & planning document .

Part 3: A live 1 hour online course session (in limited group size) with the course leader and other delegates to put the learning into practice - this will be on a given date / time for you to access online and join and the link will be given upon sign up to/ payment for the course. Q and A can also be given at this session.

Course references will also be given at this session - for extra reading and useful support and the opportunity for feedback and a CPD certificate of attendance.



Suitable for all those working with young children.

Through this NEW short course, it is aimed to explore some ESSENTIAL key concepts to empower practices and provision related to observing and enabling schematic thinking , based on a sound understanding of the importance of this and links to the CoEL and later outcomes of children

The course will address (NB: this list is not exhaustive):

* The role of schema in cognition and as part of healthy brain development. based on sound research and educational principles.

* Observation of schema types in play and provision - linked to the unique child and to support ITM planning or scaffold the unique child's development, across areas of learning.

* Deconstruction of the Characteristics of Effective Learning - what these actually mean in practice - thinking about measurements or observations of engagement, motivation, attention, 'learning', thinking etc linked to expectations and systems - and how this could better serve the unique child's development.

* Looking at 'what is 'learning?' - individual reflections on practices/ observations/ documentation of the CoEL and linked to schema.

* Further links to understanding how advances in attention, motivation and memory research link to schematic understanding and provide easy opportunities for upcycling provision,& practices to allow for deeper level learning in play and higher level cognitive skills (Memory, attention, motivation).

At the end of the course you should better understand what schema are (and how to observe), why they are essential to young children as they develop and grow within their brains and bodies, how these concepts link to observations of 'learning' (and what this is linked to concepts of memory, attention and motivation), as well as easy ways to address individual schema in your environment/ setting, to support and enable all children to grow and learn through joy and engagement

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Ticket refunds: Tickets are non-refundable, however in exceptional circumstances, please email the organiser, as we may be able to offer a different date, if available.

If you are ill on the day, you are permitted to get a colleague to access your training for you, however, please let the organiser know, so that they are ensured access to the closed event group online.


ALL payments must be made prior to the event start, to ensure access to course content.

If you wish to pay by BACS or cheque - please tick ' pay by cheque' and email: to request your bespoke invoice. You will STILL need to register online to ensure your place (s) on the course.

Fees include the online cost for processing from Eventbrite.

Group Bookings: These are at reduced rate of 5 delegates for the price of 4, however PLEASE EMAIL the list of delegates or an email address so that they are included on the invitation to the course online as the system does not automatically do this. Thank you!


You will require internet access to access the link on the day. If you experience any difficulties with this prior to or on the day, which are the fault of the organiser, you will be offered the chance to undertake the final part of the course again on the next available date.

Further internet joining details for the session will be given upon payment and booking completion.

Data Protection:

All details on the booking will be used for communications regarding the course. Your secure contact details shall not be held for any other purpose or shared with other parties. Email details will be used for sending out CPD certificates at the latest, 10 days post the event and then details are no longer kept.

Access: If you require any special consideration for access to any of the given course content items, please let the organiser know, as we are currently developing supporting documents to enable those with additional learning needs and different media to access our materials in the way that suits them best. Thank you.

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Empowering Early Years aims to deliver excellent, cost-effective and relevant Early Years training to all levels of practitioner, teachers, childminders etc working with children from 0-5.

The training incorporates recent scientific and educational research as well as practical implications and reflections for pedagogy as well as a comprehensive understanding of how child development links in to the fundamentals of excellent Early Years education and care in order to enable young children to truly thrive and learn.

EEY began in 2017 and is run by Hannah O'Donnell - who is an experienced and passionate Early Years Teacher (EYT) and PT HE Lecturer/ tutor (FdA Early Childhood / BA Hons early Childhood -professional studies), with a PG Dip in Early Years (Dist), as well as also having trained as a Psychologist some moons ago at University (BA Hons).

Hannah is also a mum of 3 and has worked with parents, practitioners, Managers and Staff to look at how play and effective provision enables young children to uniquely develop and is committed to providin cost-effective, valid and inspiring training to those working with the youngest in our society.

Hannah enjoys working with other professionals and has undertaken professional EY conferences as part of the Play 2 team with Greg Bottrill, to support the essential role of play in early education and enabling our youngest citizens to thrive in all aspects of their life and learning. Hannah continues to enjoy discussion and learning around all aspects of Early Childhood Education and care.

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