SMARTpd webinars

A webinar is an online seminar that focuses on a specific topic that is both relevant and current for early years providers.

Here you can get free access to monthly SMARTpd webinars hosted by our own early years experts.

Participants are able to view a ‘live’ presentation and have the opportunity to submit questions and contribute to discussion. Each webinar then remains available via our You Tube channel.

View our latest webinar 

The future of the EYFS – scrutinising the proposed new Early Learning Goals

Aired: Wednesday 19 September 3.30pm

Earlier this summer the DfE issued a first draft of the proposed revisions to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs)  and Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP), both of which are currently being piloted in 25 schools on England.

A full consultation will take place at the end of the 2019 academic year and the DfE have said that they will work closely with the sector to gain feedback.

Experts have already expressed concerns that the revised ELGs are inappropriate, that the initial review lacked early years representation and that the emphasis on a more formal approach to teaching and learning is a at odds with the essence of the current EYFS.

In this important webinar Director of Quality Improvement Michael Freeston and Quality and Standards Manager Melanie Pilcher discuss the proposals and the implications for early years providers who remain committed to providing quality teaching and learning that is responsive to the needs of the unique child.

Previous webinar:

Responding to children's challenging behaviour — Aired: Monday 2 July

Children’s challenging behaviour continues to be a concern for some settings in the early years sector. In this essential webinar Nicky Gibson (Inclusion Manager) and Lisa Graham (Lead Safeguarding Advisor) outline the basic elements of understanding and addressing common behaviours in early years settings. The session focuses on strategies to effectively address more challenging behaviours and outline further training and support that is available to practitioners.

Our previous webinars are available on our YouTube channel.

Resource packs

Each SMARTpd webinar is accompanied by a resource pack that contains the webinar slides, facilitator notes and other resources that can be used in your team meetings or training days to provide support and improve practice.

SMARTpd resource packs are available electronically for just £15 for members and £20 for non-members. 

To order a resource pack email or call 01732 363070.


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