Early Years Training &
Riverside Cottage Nursery is nationally and internationally recognised as a best practice early years service provider. After years of building up our reputation and hosting many visits and educational study tours, in 2018, we have started to officially offer training, consultancy, professional development and networking for early years professionals.
Training sessions usually take place on Fridays and are with our staff team and manager, Luke Addison. Luke has delivered training, consultancy and keynote speeches locally, across Scotland and internationally, in Australia, Bulgaria, and Greece. Luke also teaches on the BA in Childhood Practice at the University of Edinburgh and guest lectures on Post Graduate courses.
We are currently offering three on-site training packages which include time with Luke, our practitioners and children, and home-cooked veggie food if required.
Prices apply for groups of up to 10 delegates (please get in touch if you are part of a small group or an individual). A short day (4hours) is £180 and can be offered as a morning, afternoon or twilight session. A full day is £250.
We also offer bespoke training around your team's needs and can arrange for training to take place in your setting, too. Other days, including weekends, are available on request.
Exploring The Elements
A presentation bringing in to focus current research around play, nature and the early years. We will discuss ideas and concepts which challenge traditional ‘developmental’ models of childhood and bring in exciting and useful new ways of thinking about children and how they encounter space and matter. We will then reflect on these with examples from practice and spend time in nature with children to observe how these might happen in real life.
We will explore the politics and ethics of ‘risky play’ in the early years, what risky play might mean to us as adults and what it might mean to the children we care for and work with every day. A presentation will connect contemporary theory and research to practice, and will support practitioners to gain an understanding of national policy as well as how to develop setting policy. We will spend time reflecting as a group while in a ‘risky’ space with children and critically assess our understanding and beliefs of children and childhood.
Let’s discover together interesting ways of building pedagogical documentation that becomes your professional legacy. This is documentation which is meaningful and powerful (to you, the child and their family) and which reflects on:
Your relationships with children
Interactions with space
Holistic learning ongoing in the experiences children encounter
Value in play, joy, love, happiness, connection, movement, experience, and materials
Please email us with any training, consultancy and support needs you have and we will develop a training program that best fits the needs of you and your team. Prices will depend on requirements and numbers. Your session/s can include a delicious home-cooked meal if required.