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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Delegate Ticket
Ticket includes attendance to the workshop, refreshments & course e-materials, plus CPD certificate.
1 day before event starts £20.00 £2.15
Group ticket (5 for the price of 4)
Group discount Ticket includes attendance for 5 (5 for 4) to the workshop, plus refreshments, course e- materials and CPD certificates.
1 day before event starts £80.00 £6.83
Student Ticket
Student (with valid NUS STUDENT CARD ONLY) Ticket includes attendance to the workshop, refreshments, e- course materials and CPD certificate
1 day before event starts £15.00 £1.76

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Empowering Early Years CPD Twlilight workshop:


Enabling Gross Motor Physical Development skills

to support early reading, emergent literacy and writing.* 

(* up-cylced with NEW practical planning for provision tasks/activity)


Led by experienced Early Years Teacher and HE Lecturer Hannah O’Donnell, this re-developped 2hr Early Years CPD workshop for all those working with children under 5, looks at the importance of supporting and developing gross motor physical skills in young children (0-5years) within settings and schools through enhanced child-led play provision, specific interventions and reflexive practice based on the unique child, in order to improve outcomes in early writing development and emergent literacy.

The course is for anyone in EY, from teachers to childminders, who wants to enable effective, developmental skills for life and learning through high quality provision planning and play.

The workshop incorporates practical explanation, reflection and understanding of recent scientific and educational research into the conclusive postive impact of gross motor physical development in the early years for later achievement, in terms of effective cognitive skills, (Wassenberg et al, 2005, Gottwald et al, 2016), physical skills,(Veldman et al, 2016), and emotional development as well as later academic achievement (Stoeger et al, 2013). Most specifically on this course, it will focus on the positive relationship between developing effective Gross Motor Physical skills and greater achievement in the core areas  of literacy and writing (Kibbe et al, 2011). 

It will also include practical hands - on tasks and a re-thinking of ordinary items and cost-effective enhancements to enable differentiated and extended play opportunities for children to develop key GM skills.

Course Synopsis: What will Early Years practitioners, teachers & those working with 0-5 age group get out of this workshop?

  • A greater understanding of neurological development within young children as they uniquely grow, through simple explanation of key cognitive processes, linking to effective learning and life skills necessary for achieving unique potential.
  • A practical, in-depth look at the key Gross Motor skills necessary for healthy development, which also allow for reading readiness  (tracking, de-coding, sitting with a book etc) and the beginnings of early writing/ mark making and emergent literacy (including SLC skills) within early education.
  • A practical understanding of how core play and sensory provision (such as water/ sand/role play), in the absence of an adult (as well as adult led interventions and overall pedagogy) can facilitate and differentiate for the development of key gross motor skills necessary for reading and writing, ie: crossing the midline, gaining proprioception, developing bilateral integration, strength and rotation (in the core, arm, shoulder, wrist etc) and effective balance/ vestibular input.
  • An understanding of factors negatively affecting this healthy gross motor development (leading to poor development of key skills in literacy and early writing and possible poor behavioural outcomes.)
  • An overall, empowered understanding of how to assist the unique child within the core provision set up, as well as through enhancements and ongoing reflective practice, based on research-led findings.
  • Practical assessment experience of the opportunities afforded by upcylcing equipment, play provision and set up and planning for GM skills.
  • Full workshop notes, plus electronic copies will be given to attendees for their personal use, as well as key references and suggested reading based on the workshop and a CPD certificate of completion.


Some previous EEY Workshop Feedback from delegates;

  • (The course was) ‘Very useful - lots of ideas.
  • ‘Really informative and presented brilliantly.’
  •  The course )‘Exceeded expectation - loads of fantastic ideas presented in an interesting way.’
  • Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere which was nice’.
  • The course was ‘Very useful - I’m able to now understand more.’
  • ‘Lots of lovely ideas for resources and provision’
  • Nice to go into more detail - take steps back and look, instead of daily plans that sometimes aren't thought back to earlier stages and why.’
  • ‘Thank you - a lovely course!’
  • The Course was…’very useful -has given me better in-depth understanding.’
  • The Course was 'very useful and informative- gave new topics and background knowledge.'
  • 'Very helpful, with explanations of importance of gross motor development'
  • 'Very useful - some re-capping and affirming ideas/knowledge and also intersting cognitive/development connections to help my personal growth as a practitioner, helps focus!'
  • Workshop exceeded expectation as there was a variety in approach to all provision areas - including inside and outside'
  • 'It has given me an insight as to why we do things and how to promote this with good ideas.'
  • 'The course was very useful, as I work with SEN children with sensory Processing disorders.'
  • 'Thank you for providing an interesting workshop. Am looking forward to putting lots of ideas into practice!'
  • 'It helped refresh things I may have already known and it helped expand my ideas also.'
  • 'Great to improve knowledge and give good ideas.'


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

For Student tickets purchased at discounted price - a valid NUS card must be shown on the day of the event. Tickets are not required for registration in the day - but if a colleague is coming in your place, please let the organisers know asap in advance of the day where possible.



ALL payments MUST be received prior to the event start date.

Payment can be made online by card OR requested for cheque/ BACS payment (please tick the 'pay by cheque option' when registering online for your place) and email the organisers at to request your invoice for payment once you have registered for the event online.

Where payment is made for a GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNT (5 delegates for the price or 4) - please notify the organiser of the additional names - as the system won't record this automatically.

Student discount tickets purchsed must be supported by a valid student card - shown to the organiser on the day.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Event Kindly Hosted by: South Molton United Primary School, Exeter Rd, South Molton, EX36 4EN. Please come to the reception entrance to register attendance on site.

Parking: There will be some limited parking on  the school site, turn into the school and up the hill. However, additional parking is available in residential areas nearby and in the town centre (10min walk). Please park considerately.

Additional requirements:

Please advise the organiser in advance of any additional needs or requirements, so that we can try and accommodate these where possible for you.


These will be included as part of the course. 

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact via email:

What's the refund policy?

Should the event cease to go ahead  all attendees will be contacted on the contact details given and tickets will be refunded to the purchaser or an alterantive workshop date offered.

Should you be unable to attend - please notify the organiser, however ALL  tickets are non-refundable.

A replacement attendee is welcome to attend in your place if you are unable to attend on the day - please notify the organiser of their name prior to the event start.

Alternative workshop dates will be offered in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the event organisers and on an individually considered basis.


Data Protection:

CPD certificates will only be sent to those who provide a valid Email address on the day. These email addresses shall only be used for the purpose of sending out post course materials and will not be used for the receipt of promotional materials, unless specified by the delegate.

For all other queries please contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you!

Do you have questions about Empowering Early Years CPD Twlilight workshop: Enabling Gross Motor Physical Development to support early reading, literacy and writing skills? Contact Empowering Early Years

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South Molton United C of E Primary School
Exeter Road
EX36 4EN South Molton
United Kingdom


Empowering Early Years

What is Empowering Early Years?

EEY aims to provide relevant, practical, cost-effective high-quality CPD training in key areas of child development, play based learning and Early Years Education, through bespoke in-setting professional training, as well as general workshops for parents and practitioners.

Previous successful workshops which have provided training for over 200 delegates since March 2017 include: Physical development - Gross Motor skills, including to suport early reading, writing and emergent literacy, PSED and pedagogy, PSED skills - Executive functioning for learning and life, Enabling Vulnerable Children to thrive, Maths and Mud - early mathematical understanding through sensory play, as well as some bespoke EY cluster and setting training sessions.

This course will incorporate recent psychological and scientific, as well as educational research and translate it into easy-to-understand concepts and application into enhanced excellent play based practice opportunities – positively improving outcomes for all children.

It is run by Early Years Teacher Hannah O’Donnell (EYT, PG Dip – Early Years (Dist), BA (Hons) – Psych), who has worked in a variety of Early Years settings and with practitioners, SENDCOs, Teachers and Managers in developping and delivering her training.

Hannah is utterly passionate about enabling children to thrive through play, supporting healthy child development and empowering those who care for them & EEY aims to provide the very best CPD opportunities for those working with young children.

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