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Igniting a love of reading – The power of playful literacy experiences in the early years

This inspiring session will blend theory and practical ideas for laying down the foundations for happy and successful readers in the early years.

There is often conflict between the idea of providing a child-centred, developmentally appropriate pedagogy and ensuring children achieve high outcomes in academic areas such as early reading.

In this session I will show how the former is in fact key to the latter as I show how you can create an ethos and environment that excites, inspires and values early reading.

You will have opportunities to reflect upon your own or your team’s practice and plan ways forward in each of the following areas :

Curriculum: Reflect upon the revised EYFS framework, its emphasis on reading and implications for practice, including the importance of providing a broad, balanced and carefully sequenced curriculum for reading.

Progression: Explore the key elements of learning to read, and how to help children progress in each of these through developmentally appropriate teaching, high quality texts and rich, playful experiences.

Engagement: Gain ideas for creating a learning environment that makes reading meaningful and memorable, and encourages engagement with texts at every opportunity

Outcomes: Consider how to create early reading opportunities that will challenge children who are achieving at high levels, as well as supporting those children who are less experienced and engaged in this area.

PLEASE NOTE: This course stands in its own right but will also complement the phonics course running on 17th January 2023 ‘Playing with Sounds: Develop your professional understanding of phonics and phonological awareness and how to teach these in ways that work for children’


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

Dates:  Tuesday 24th January 2023

Times: 1pm – 3pm

Individual ticket: £30 per delegate
Whole school/setting pass: £120 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 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.

Use Coupon Code 'EARLYBIRD22' To Get 1/3 Off the original price before 30th September 2022

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