A unique and unprecedented opportunity to spend a day training with Professor Laevers, director of the Research Centre for Experiential Education at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Professor Laevers is regarded as one of the leading innovators in early education in recent years. Central to his contribution to early years practice has been his research on well-being and involvement, which he has identified as the fundamental traits that underpin a child’s successful development and early learning. Alongside this research, Professor Laevers has developed the Leuven Scales as a tool to effectively measure children’s well-being and involvement. This widely anticipated course will reflect on their importance and the implications for practice across schools and early years provision.
A full day conference
Part 1: The outcome we want Part 2: Well-being and involvement as guides Part 3: Focusing on mental health and social competence Part 4: How to get there: the monitoring of quality Part 5: A rich environment Part 6: The power of an experiential adult style
There is a worldwide consensus in the field of early years about the status of well-being and involvement (engagement) as key elements of quality. In the experiential approach these two indicators stand centre stage: they tell us how each child is doing in the setting and are the first indicators for the power of the learning environment. That is why well-being and involvement can serve as guide and inspiration in our efforts to improve quality.
It is time however to look beyond the process and ask ourselves why well-being and involvement are so important, what they bring about and especially how this benign and sustainable impact takes shape whenever we succeed in getting the higher levels of well-being and involvement.
In our reflections we realise that well-being is not the result of ‘pampering’ children but rests on an active role of the child. We also understand that what we achieve with well-being is making sure mental health – self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience - is secured. Involvement likewise, is not just ‘having fun’ but a state in which the mental activity is most intense, the necessary condition for ‘deep-level-learning’.
In this training conference we ask ‘what kind of outcome we want’, ‘what kind of learning environment we need’ and ‘how we can monitor this quality’, in collaboration with parents.
- Independence and deep-level engagement
- Improved wellbeing and involvement
- Improved outcomes in an outstanding environment with outstanding teaching
- Improved relationships and shared responsibility for learning between parents/carers and EYFS provider
- Build knowledge of research and evidence to support a play-based approach
- Improved understanding of how to develop children’s wellbeing and involvement levels
- Further understanding of Leuven Scales and how they can support sustained shared thinking
- Develop understanding of the importance of early childhood and the EYFS
To book a place please enter your school or base and following the booking instructions.
This course is £90 per delegate- please note that delegate places are limited and we anticipate a high level of demand for this course, to avoid disappointment book your places now as it is first come first serve basis.
This conference will be advertised externally from January 2018 at a price of £125.00 for non LA Delegates.
For schools who are in the SLA there will be 20% automatically discounted.
For EYFS leaders, teachers, head teachers, managers and owners supporting the early years foundation stage in schools and the PVI sector