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Playing with Sounds: Develop your professional understanding of phonics and phonological awareness and how to teach these in ways that work for children

This course will give you a clear understanding of the role of phonological awareness and phonics in young
children’s development as confident and independent readers and writers.

It will address the basic professional knowledge that is essential for all who teach phonics, whichever
scheme is used and whichever age children you are working with.

It will be helpful for all those working with children in Nursery to Y1, but also those working with older
children who still need support to grasp the basics.

It will provide practical ideas to use in the setting or classroom to make the development of phonological
awareness and phonics knowledge engaging and memorable. These ideas will complement and enhance
whichever commercial programme is being used.

This course differs from other phonics training in that, being led by an early years expert, it also focuses on
evidence based policy as to how young children learn best; through high quality interactions, play, and
practical experience. It will highlight how phonics learning can be applied in ways that build upon, rather
than compromise, children’s natural tendency to play and explore, and the positive impact that this can
have not only on attainment in reading and writing, but on developing a lifelong love of literacy.

The training will equip you with:

  • A sound understanding of the knowledge children need to gain in phonics and phonological awareness,
    including terminology.
  • An overview of the stages of phonological awareness as well as examples of how to support its
    development in playful ways.
  • Practical strategies for ensuring that phonics is taught in creative and memorable ways that motivate
    and engage young children
  • Understanding of how to support children in phonics, whatever stage they are at regardless of age.

This training is not based on any one phonics programme, although the phases from the programme
Letters and Sounds will be referred to.


Target audience: nursery and reception practitioners, EYFS leaders, senior leaders, teaching assistants, childminders

Dates:  Tuesday 17th January 2023

Times: 10am – 3pm

Individual ticket: £60 per delegate
Whole school/setting pass: £240 for up to 10 delegates in one school or setting to attend

Free to members of The Place to Learn, my online EYs professional
learning platform. 

Already a member of The Place to Learn? Registration steps will be sent to your email

About Me

33 years ago I started work as a pre-school assistant in Norfolk and went on to teach and lead in London schools. I worked as an early years advisor for Lewisham local authority in London and went on to strategically lead the service. I now work nationally and internationally as a trainer, conference speaker and consultant.

I’ve spent the majority of my career working with leaders and managers in schools and settings, providing them with the support and challenge needed to effectively lead and sustain improvements in play-based learning.

As well as supporting at local authority and leadership level, I spend a significant proportion of my time working directly with practitioners in schools, day-care and pre-schools. This hands-on, current experience is key to ensuring that I retain a deep understanding of the reality, challenges and rewards of working with young children and their families. My work involves sharing what I have learnt about play and the difference it can make to children’s outcomes, and helping schools and settings to ensure that children are enabled to learn in as joyful, inspiring and memorable ways as possible.

In response to Covid, I created an EYS online professional learning platform called ‘The Place to Learn’. This is a subscription-based service which provides excellent value, on demand access to my entire collection of training courses for whole teams. Specific modules or whole courses are also now available to purchase separately for both individuals and teams.

To find out more please go to www.kymscottconsultancy.com or email [email protected]


  • Please note only people booked onto the sessions can attend and are permitted to view the recordings.
  • Pay by invoice is available for organisations only and not for individuals.
  • Pay by Credit/Debit Card/Paypal is the preferred payment method.

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