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We are very excited to be making plans offering face to face courses for practitioners from the Autumn term 2022.

We are keen to develop more courses for practitioners, they will be aimed at all practitioners, including teachers and support staff, in Early Years settings. The day includes a buffet lunch, refreshments throughout the day and a tour of Chertsey Nursery School.


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Makaton Level 1

Applicable to: 3-5s Nursery

Makaton is a fun and inclusive way for adults and children of all abilities to interact, socialise and express themselves with confidence independently.  Makaton is for everyone who interacts with others in their community.

This Level 1 training is the starting point for learning Makaton. It is recommended for:

  • parents, family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton at home and in their work
  • participants who need a more detailed knowledge about using and applying Makaton to develop the communication skills of others

Content of the day

  • Level 1 training provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme
  • Sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work
  • You will also learn the signs and symbols from Stages 1 and 2, and some of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary

We plan to run the follow-up Level 2 training session in the Autumn term.


Level 1 training is made up of two modules during the day (7 hours). The course starts promptly at 9.00am with registration from 8.30am

Entry criteria

Participants must have an interest in early communication skills.

Trainer(s): Stella Rogers

The workshop is delivered by Stella Rogers, a Qualified Makaton Tutor with over 10 years of experience working with children and adults with communication needs. She has worked in schools, colleges & nursery settings as well as community groups and projects in the London area. Stella offers Level 1 and Level 2 Makaton training for individuals, families, educators, health & social care professionals and anyone else who wishes to learn!

Price: £85.00 (includes manual and lunch)
Time: 9am - 5pm
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New to Early Years

Applicable to: 3-5s Nursery

Are you newly qualified, new to working in the early years, or perhaps coming back after a career break? This course will give you an insight into the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).   

From birth to five, children develop and learn more rapidly than at any other stage of life. Children are unique and so is teaching in the EYFS – during the day we will explore a variety of themes to enable practitioners to consider in their settings. 

The course will be a mix of input and active learning allowing participants to talk with colleagues, reflect on video clips and on their own practice, and plan for improvement. 

Delegates will gain: 

  • An awareness of child development and the learning needs of young children;
  • An understanding of the teaching, learning and assessment requirements in the Revised EYFS;
  • Ideas for managing and organising the learning environment both inside and outside.

The day is predominately aimed at teachers in schools. We will be running a similar half-day course in the Autumn term aimed at support staff in schools.

Trainer(s): Donna Harwood-Duffy

Donna Harwood-Duffy is the Executive Headteacher at both Chertsey and Dorking Nursery Schools and Mole Valley Family Centre. She has a wealth of experience working in the EYFS sector in Surrey and the Middle East. Donna has held the post of EYFS Leader, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher in a variety of Nursery, Infant and Primary settings. Before joining the team at Dorking Nursery School, Donna worked as an EYFS Consultant in Surrey supporting schools across the county with all aspects of school improvement linked to the EYFS.

Other information

  • A buffet lunch will be provided along with refreshments throughout the day;
  • There is no parking on site for attendees;
  • Booking via website booking form only;
  • Our cancellation charges are as follows:
    • Over 4 weeks – full refund
      Between 10 working days and 4 weeks – 50% refund
      Less than 10 working days – no refund
    • We reserve the right to cancel a conference, in which case full refund will be made
Price: £125
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
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  • Cancellation notice period charges:
    • Over 4 weeks – full refund
    • Between 10 working days and 4 weeks – 50% refund
    • Less than 10 working days – no refund
  • We reserve the right to cancel a conference, in which case full refund will be made