“I wonder if…”: Practitioner-led Enquiry in the Early Years

More information on “I Wonder if…”.
Day #1 – Connecting the cornerstones of children’s development.
Day #2 – Relational connection and connected learning behaviours.
Day #3 – Connective learning environments and deliberate leadership.


“Last week, watching my team with the Ofsted inspector was unbelievable. As a result of the Born4Life Project, I was so proud that they were able to speak confidently and explain the rationale behind everything they do and the difference that makes to the children’s learning and wellbeing.”

Early Years Leader in the Wirral

Costs and Booking Information

Costs: The programme costs £250 for all three days. Because of the benefits of two practitioners attending from the same school, you can book a second practitioner onto the programme for just £100.

Booking: To book, please email leigh.dredge@kaizen.newham.sch.uk, stating your school, your name and your role.

The programme is led by Sue Egersdorff, former Director at the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

I Wonder If . . .
Day #1Tuesday January 17th 2017
Connecting the cornerstones of children’s development
Day #2Tuesday February 28th 2017
Relational connection and connected learning behaviours
Day #3Tuesday April 25th 2017
Connective learning environments and deliberate leadership

Do you want to inspire young children to love books?

Come along to our open evening with lovemybooks.com, and hear from a range of early literacy experts, and browse the latest and best picture books on the market.

Find out more.

There’s no need to book, just drop in.

Do You Want To Inspire Young Children To Love Books?
Wednesday 18th January4–6 p.m. UEL Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ. Room ED 2.01/2.02, Cass Building

Early Years Toolkit

Early Years Toolkit is designed to help schools to self-evaluate the quality of their EYFS provision. Offered in collaboration with the Local Authority, The toolkit is not a Mocksted: the model is peer challenge. It will help you to evaluate:

  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment;
  • how accurately and robustly your school identifies children’s starting points
  • progress, attainment and outcomes from children’s different starting points;
  • compliance with EYFS statutory framework;
  • quality of care/personal development;
  • leadership;
  • unlike an Ofsted report, each section will conclude with suggestions of ways forward.

Costs and Booking Information

Cost: This programme costs £800 per school, including a half-day visit by a National Leader of Education and a brief written report.

Booking: To enquire about booking the Toolkit, please email leigh.dredge@kaizen.newham.sch.uk.

Maths Together

The Maths Together programme is led by Fliss James, deputy headteacher at Comet Nursery School (rated Outstanding by Ofsted).

The three sessions will focus on key issues in early years maths and national best practice:

  • How children’s knowledge of number develops.
  • How an enabling environment supports mathematical thinking and problem-solving.
  • How breadth and depth of receptive and expressive vocabulary supports children’s mathematical thinking and understanding.

The programme is practically-based, and includes action-planning for improvement, supported by a half-day visit to each participant’s school. The course structure includes collecting data to show impact.

Endorsements from the 2016 programme

“The course was fantastic. It gave me great knowledge and understanding and practical ideas to use in my setting.”

“Considering the length of this course, I can’t believe the amount we have covered. The guidance has been practical and inclusive and it has left me inspired and hopeful about the things I can implement in my setting.”

“A very enlightening course about the development of maths in the early years. It brings maths to the forefront in our everyday busy schedule at work.”

“The course offered many practical ideas of resources and activities to implement. A very inspirational course.”

“The course made me more aware of maths during children’s play. It will help me to encourage staff to think ‘maths’ when planning.”

“The course has helped me to see maths in a much broader sense – in books, resources and activities that are not specifically mathematical.”

Costs, Offer and Booking Information

Costs: This programme costs £500 for the year, including half a day of in-school support from the trainer, Fliss James.

Special offer: For a limited period you can book a second practitioner onto the programme for just £100.

Booking: Please email leigh.dredge@kaizen.newham.sch.uk to book your place stating your school, your name and your role.

If we can confirm a place, you will be asked to sign and return a full booking form in which you agree to engage in collecting and sharing assessment information (anonymised) as part of our quality assurance system and our research programme into effective practice.

Maths Together
Dates19th January, 23rd March and 27th April 2017

All sessions take place at Kaizen Primary School. Lunch and refreshments are included. Mutually convenient visit times and dates will be agreed during the year.

The UCL Institute of Education is our Teaching School’s Partner University. We work with the UCL IOE to quality assure all of our professional development.

Ofsted Success

The stakes have never been higher: Ofsted have a new, tougher inspection framework for the early years. If your early years are judged to be less than good, that will affect your overall school grading too.

This half-day session will help teachers and early years practitioners to prepare carefully for Ofsted and to approach the inspection with confidence.

Rather than hiding behind the “Ofsted monster” to get things done, Julian Grenier sets out how to do what’s right for children and families, and build long-lasting and effective provision.

Everyone who attends Ofsted Success will receive a free copy of the accompanying book, published by Sage at £23, together with easy-to-use time-saving pro formas and self-reflective documents that you can access for free.

The UCL Institute of Education is our Teaching School’s Partner University.


“Julian has reflected on research, and provides case studies and helpful, easy-to-use, selfreflective documents, providing a 360-degree approach to Ofsted inspections. Indeed, as Julian believes: ‘Thriving Children, Confident Staff’ are the essential ingredients of an outstanding school.”
Laura Henry, Independent Early Years Consultant and Vice-President of Early Education

Costs and Booking Information

Costs: This half-day session costs £100, including a free copy of the book and access to online materials. Please note that the book is published on November 26th, so if you attend the session before then your copy will be sent out to you as soon as it is available.

Booking: Please email leigh.dredge@kaizen.newham.sch.uk to book your place stating your school, your name and your role.

Ofsted Success
Dates in 2016: 4th October and 6th December
Dates in 2017: 7th February, 7th March and 2nd May

All sessions run from 9am-12pm and take place at Sheringham Nursery School. Tea and coffee are included but lunch is not provided.