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Empowering Early Years CPD Workshop : Breaking down the barriers to learning for vulnerable young children: Part 2 - GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Empowering Early Years

Thursday, 1 March 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 (GMT)

Empowering Early Years CPD Workshop : Breaking down...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single event delegate ticket Physical Skills only
This ticket is for the GM Skills Part 2 seminar ONLY
26 Feb 2018 £60.00 £5.27
Double Event delegate ticket (PSED& Physical Skills) with discount
This ticket price relates to those who are purchasing BOTH part 1 (PSED) and Part 2 (GM Skills) - but relates to a delegate place for Part 1 only (Separate registration must be completed for part 2)
26 Feb 2018 £50.00 £4.49

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Empowering Early Years CPD Workshop:

'Breaking down the barriers to learning for vulnerable young children:' PART 2 - Physical skills.

Developing effective Gross and Fine Motor skills & their link to positive learning behaviours & outcomes.


Led by experienced Early Years Teacher Hannah O’Donnell, this new 3 hour professional workshop (part 2) for practitioners, teachers and those with a SENCO responsibility tackles understanding the basis of effective cognitive development and positive learning behaviour alongside physical skill development, through supporting and enabling these skills.

The course looks at:

* Identifying the essential link between cognitive development and physical
skills- to enable successful readers and writers & leading to positive
learning experiences / behaviours for young children upwards.

* How physical gross motor skills develop, such as proprioception, balance,
crossing the midline etc and their effects upon the cognitive and
socio-emotional development of children, linked to behaviour. Moreover, how
gaps in these physical skills can affect young children & their learning
potential–without effective and strategic intervention plans.

* How these essential physical skills are a vital predictor of successful
achievement in key learning areas and positive outcomes and are developed
through supporting a child’s physical development as part of a graduated
response to identified needs.

* Understanding how enabling physical skill development through easy, fun and
cheap intervention can directly positively impact upon behaviour and support
children in their learning, such as those who have been diagnosed with autistic
spectrum disorder, attention deficits, Sensory Processing Disorder and those
struggling with behavioural or socio-emotional issues.


Course Synopsis:

What will SENCOs and those with SENDCO responsibility get out of this course?


Greater understanding of child development in terms of essential physical skill development, linked to cognition, behaviour and outcomes and how GM skills form the basis for essential executive functioning /cognitive skills, such as self-regulation, memory, attention, emotional intelligence etc ( skills which are widely regarded as a reliable predictor of later achievement).


An opportunity to unpick, reflect upon & apply information and ideas into strategic intervention and classroom-based planning as part of a graduated response to identified vulnerable children’s needs. The opportunity tonetwork with other local SENCOs.

Cost effective Ideas which provide high impact interventions for young children within the setting or classroom, based on recent research which can break down the barriers to learning and enhance reading and writing skills potential and communication, alongside enabling the positive learning behaviours of each unique child.


Although the focus will be on the development of skills for young children (2 upwards), many of the interventions and skills/ information discussed will form a basis for a whole setting/ school approach and enable skills gaps to be supported in older children or principles to be easily adapted- narrowing the gap for all children to achieve their potential as independent learners.


Recent Feedback from attendees (EY Teachers, TA's and SENDCo staff) on this course (Dec 2017)



  • This course was... 'very useful' and helped with ' understanding brain development and where to go back to when children present with difficulties'.
  • 'The course was very useful - linking brain development theory with everyday practice and children's development.'
  • 'Very interesting. Lots of ideas, includng assessment scales and knowledge to share with colleagues.'
  • ...'The ideas to take back into school are so valuable.'
  • 'Got through alot in a short time - well done!'
  • 'Better understanding of the fundamentals of how children learn.'
  • 'It was good to have part 2 of the course to bring it all together.'
  • The course 'was useful, as it gave a way of understanding those children that aren't 'getting it'.'
  • 'The course was very useful as it's helped me understand how core strength has alot to do with learning diffuclties.'



How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact via email:






Tickets are available for the SINGLE workshop events at £60 per delegate plus online booking fee




However, if booking for BOTH PARTS 1 & 2 of the workshop - a discounted rate is applied at £100 per delegate for both events (£50 PER WORKSHOP), plus online booking fee.


Please ensure you tick the correct ticket type when booking and also please note that you need to book and pay/ request payment for both parts on the different workshop event pages, in order to ensure attendance at both.


Payment for the event MUST be received prior to the event date start. Payment options are online and BACS/ Cheque and online card payment are all accepted - please contact us via the email address for an invoice if ticking 'pay by cheque', which also includes BACS payments. thank you.



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

 Very Limited parking is available unfortunately for visitors on the school site as it is PPA day (entrance through school drive off Gables Road), thus please use local surrounding roads which back on to the school site or the village hall car park - where there are a number of spaces adjacent to the school. Please access the school site via the main Reception entrance.

The school is 5-10 mins from the M5 either J28 or J27(link to N Devon Link road) and accessible off the B3181 (turning opposite Willand Rovers Football club and school next to Willand Village Hall), which runs from J27 (Uffculme) to Cullompton and through Willand. Buses stop regularly from Exeter and Tiverton along the B3181.


What's the refund policy?


Should the event cease to go ahead due to unforseen circumstances - all attendees will be contacted on telephone numbers 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, but all tickets are non-refundable.


A replacement attendee is welcome to attend in your place - please notify the organiser of their name prior to the event start.


 For any further queries, please don't hesitate to contact us further.





Do you have questions about Empowering Early Years CPD Workshop : Breaking down the barriers to learning for vulnerable young children: Part 2 - GROSS MOTOR SKILLS? Contact Empowering Early Years

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Willand Primary School
Gables Road
EX15 2PT Cullompton
United Kingdom

Thursday, 1 March 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 (GMT)

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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 in-setting professional training and follow up mentoring/ planning support, as well as workshops for parents and practitioners.

Previous successful workshops which have provided training for over 100 delegates since March 2017 include: Physical development - Gross Motor skills and PSED and pedagogy, as well as SENDCo training and in setting bespoke training.

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 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, SENCOs, Teachers and Managers delivering training. Hannah is utterly passionate about play, child development and people, & EEY aims to provide the very best CPD opportunities for those working with young children.

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