Excellent course. Very useful stuff, the course was mainly covering CL and L, but I got a lot more out of it. The whole course was very well structured.
EYFS Candidate 2015

Develop your Knowledge, Understanding, and Implementation of the EYFS

Improve your understanding and knowledge of the EYFS framework and implement better practices in your setting. This course will show you how to reflect on your current practice and identify areas for improvement/development. You will learn practical ideas and strategies to support the delivery of the EYFS requirements.

Register for the Autumn Term

This Course Covers:

  • Baseline assessment and observation
  • Communication and Language – knowledge, effective practice, sample planning
  • Literacy - knowledge, effective practice, sample planning
  • Transition from reception into year 1
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    Improving EYFS practice: Communication & Language and Literacy

    The framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is mandatory for all early years providers in maintained schools; non-maintained schools; independent schools; all providers on the Early Years Register; and all providers registered with an early years child minder agency.
    This course clarifies the EYFS requirements and provides practical ideas and resources for areas such as developing your outdoor space for communication and language and literacy activities.
    This will help you to reflect on your current practice and identify areas for improvement/development.

    Duration Learning Hours Online Seminars Assignments Key Stage Suitable For
    1 Term 25 (includes Tasks and Seminars) 4 4 Early Years, KS1, KS2 Teachers, Literacy Co-ordinators, TAs, HLTAs

    Tutor Support & Mentoring

    When you enrol on any of our online courses you will have access to an expert in their field, get 1:1 support & advice from an experienced, qualified and friendly tutor ready to answer your questions. All our courses are developed by experienced Teachers.

    Real-time courses you can study at your own pace

    The seminars are delivered live, recordings of these and all course materials are available 24/7 via our website. Access at any time, from anywhere using a computer, tablet or mobile.

    Certified Courses

    All our online courses are certified and have completion criteria, once you have fulfilled the course requirements we will issue you with a course certificate. All our courses meet the DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development.

    This online course will cover

    Session 1 - Baseline assessment and observation

    Session 2 - Communication and Language – knowledge, effective practice, sample planning

    Session 3 - Literacy - knowledge, effective practice, sample planning

    Session 4 - Transition from reception into year 1

    All tasks are focused on self-evaluation, and identifying, developing and implementing ‘next steps’ for teachers.

  • 4 online seminars
  • 6 Months access to the course seminars & resources
  • Access to an expert, ask your tutor questions and get advice throughout the course
  • Meets the Department for Education Standards for Teachers' Professional Development
  • Who is this course for?

  • Early Years Practioners
  • EYFS Teachers in the first year after their NQT year (i.e. 2nd year of teaching)
  • EYFS Teachers & Practitioners wanting/requiring to improve those strands that link to literacy, communication and language
  • Teachers moving into EYFS from other KSs
  • Literacy co-ordinators who mainly teach outside of the EYFS
  • Teaching Assistants looking to develop further knowledge in the EYFS
  • What people are saying about this course

    I have found the course extremely helpful in gaining suggestions on how to improve our language outcomes, particularly given our high number of EAL students.
    Thanks for a great and insightful course which I will draw upon quite regularly.

    I really enjoyed this course as it was an eye-opener in the sense that I know that I am on the right track in teaching early years and also there are things I need to work on to improve.

    I found this training very useful as it gave me time to reflect and to improve further my teaching experience.

    Thinking back at the course I must say that I appreciated the seminars and listening to someone else’s point of view. As generally speaking for myself I tend to get stuck using the same pattern and ways year-in, year-out. These courses are eye openers to get thinking about what one is doing and what could be done to improve yourself and approach tasks in your setting with a fresh mind.

    I found the course to be very resourceful (links to documents and EY websites) and with practical ideas and approaches that I will use in my own setting. It was a great advantage to have the seminars recorded and have the opportunity to listen to the information as many times as I want.

    I love the way Fe explained things in an easy to understand way giving great tips along the way. I have certainly been given things to think about regarding my own practice.

    Your seminars are a real antidote to all the pressure and madness at school, and have helped me to think about what is important and what is unnecessary in my teaching. Thanks.

    Being new to Early Years, I am finding this course very helpful to explore the curriculum content and strategies in more depth.

    Accessing the Course

    Access to the course materials and eLearning area is for a 6 month period, this includes tutor and technical support. There are 4 online seminars each lasting approximately one hour. Although we encourage candidates to attend the seminars live, they are recorded and uploaded for all candidates. If candidates are unable to attend the seminar they can watch the recording and ask any questions via email. The tasks are planned to fit in with teachers’ work requirements. There is a forum area allowing participants to share information and ask questions. To access the eLearning site and online seminars you require a computer with internet access and speakers / headphones, or a smartphone or tablet with the relevant apps installed.


    Access on a computer, tablet or mobile device

    Course Tutor

    You will be working with our eyfs specialist, Fe Luton. Fe has over 10 years teaching experience across reception and year 1. She has also worked in middle management as head of EYFS and KS1, and has managed Literacy and Mathematics subject areas. Fe worked as an in-school early years GTP mentor and has spent 4 years working as an education researcher and writer with a specific focus on early years and KS1. She has worked with Literacy Matters for over 10 years. Fe previously worked as a museum education officer.

    DFE Standards for Teachers' Professional Development

    Professional development should have a clear focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes

    We have clearly outlined course outcomes and goals and evaluate participants’ prior knowledge in order to ensure progression. Course tasks are designed to help participants evaluate impact on themselves, their school and the pupils.

    Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise

    Course content is developed in line with current thinking and is thoroughly researched by our expert tutors. Course tasks are designed not only to fit in around participants day to day teaching, but also to link teacher practice to pupil experiences and outcomes. Task feedback and support is given to reinforce impact evaluation of teachers practice and the wider implication for pupils and the school. All our courses are independently evaluated to ensure intended outcomes and quality.

    Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

    Our eLearning environment and the content of the seminars and tasks is structured to encourage participants collaboration, tutor support and to challenge existing methods in order to develop more informed practice and better pupil outcomes.

    Professional development programmes should be sustained over time

    The online delivery and course models we use in our training ensures content and the learning experience is delivered over a period of time. Support and Mentoring is available throughout the duration of the course and course materials and seminars are available for an extended period after the course finishes.

    Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership

    The course outcomes outlined in our Individual Learner Plans help participants plan and collaborate with leaders in order to develop on-going professional development strategies and plans. Our tasks and course feedback provides evidence to show school leaders and to provide forward planning for participants professional development and practices.

    Course Fee *

    • 1 Candidate

    • £ 249.99
    • Delivered over 1 term
    • 4 Online Seminars
    • Learning Hours - 25 (including tasks and seminars)
    • Personalised Tutor Support, Mentoring and Advice
    • Course Developed by EYFS Experts
    • 6 Months - 24/7 Access to Course Materials and Seminars
    • Early Years Foundation Stage
    • Assessment and Observation Materials
    • Teaching and Planning Materials
    • Lesson Plans & Resources Pack
    • Register Now

    Any Questions?
    Please call 0844 277 9569
    or email us


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