Early Years

All courses are available online in New Zealand and Overseas.

A Day With Our Team

Now you can have the here’s why and the here’s how in one visit.

Here’s How it Works

HERE’S WHY:

  • Choose a course your team would like to learn more about after your teaching day has finished. 
  • Your whole team can attend and you are welcome to invite parents (if you feel it is of interest) to make up numbers to a maximum of 30. 
  • The course will run for 2 hours and will include questions. 

HERE’S HOW:

  • The next day between 9am and 12pm, we come in to your centre and show you how make those PLAYABLE MOMENTS happen!
  • We work alongside your team and children, demonstrate in practise, and answer your on the spot questions.

 

A MOVING CHILD IS A LEARNING CHILD – MOVING SMART 101

Understanding why kids need to move and why it’s more important than ever today!
Exploring the impact movement has on early childhood development, and its role as the central springboard to future success in school… and life!

  • Introducing the Evolution of Movement and the Kinetic Scale
  • Real to Symbolic Learning Journey
  • Brain and Reflex Development
  • Exploring Movement drives Thinking

Key insights for educators working with birth – 7 years.

MOVE, PLAY AND LEARN WITH SMART STEPS

Build the body-brain connection with step-by-step activities. We will demonstrate clear information on

  • Creating a Move-to-Learn environment optimising the connections between language development, movement, and readiness for formal learning.
  • Explore an observational tool letting teachers pinpoint children’s specific developmental stages and assess progress.
  • Teaching tips to advance and automate children’s foundational physical capabilities while providing incremental challenge.
  • Grounded in best practices and current research.

Key insights for educators working with birth – 7 years.

PATHWAYS TO SCHOOL

Preparing for school is not just about the ABCs and 123s.

  • Strategies for developing children’s pre-academic skill suites.
  • The Real to Symbolic Learning Journey
  • What is automaticity ?
  • Explore 6 areas – Movement, Memory, Language, Visual, Auditory and Social
  • Packed with movement snacks, activities and ideas for busy learning environments.

This session can be tailored as a Parent Education Evening, Kahui Ako Professional Development, Teacher Only Day, COL ( Community of Learners) Meeting.

GROWING A READER, WRITER AND TALKER

This session explores the foundations to early literacy and how to provide these essential learning experiences through whole body experiences (movement) in early childhood.

  • Concepts of Print  – what are those squiggles on the page?
  • Activities to teach an understanding of what print is, where it begins, what it is made up of and all the things we expect young learners to know.
  • Growing Nutritious Vocabulary
  • Acquiring vocabulary through experience. Activities to assist young learners to develop an understanding of new words and gain confidence to use them.
  • Eye and Hand Development
  • Developing physical readiness for reading and writing through developing eyes, hands and fingers – the tools for reading and writing. Activities to develop eyes, hands and fingers.

Key insights for educators working in the Early Years 4-7 years.

READING THE MOVES – NOTICE RECOGNISE RESPOND

This workshop explores and explains the behaviours that often frustrate us and gives simple, easy to implement practical suggestions that will ease your frustration and help children overcome these behavioural barriers.  

Do you work with chair tippers, ear muffers,  eye rubbers, the kid who goes bump, the pencil breaker, the fist or hand swapper?  

This is for your organisation.

  • Notice the behaviours that children display that often frustrate us.
  • Recognise that movement is a language and how best we can interpret this message.
  • Respond with practical suggestions that are easy to implement and support children to overcome these behavioural barriers.

This session can be tailored as a Parent Education Evening, Kahui Ako Professional Development, Teacher Only Day, COL ( Community of Learners) Meeting.