MASTERCLASS: Helping children achieve: challenge and progression in children’s learning

09:15 - 12:15

Through the EYFS, the Government aims to enable every child to ‘make good progress’ and ‘fulfil their potential’, therefore improving outcomes for all and closing the attainment gap. Success rests on providing both progression and challenge in children’s learning.

This masterclass brings together leading early years experts to show how practitioners can:

  • Tune into a child’s developmental and learning needs
  • Plan and help children achieve developmentally appropriate ‘next steps’ in their learning, and
  • Create a wide variety of rich and imaginative ‘enabling environments’ that will enhance children’s motivation to learn and challenge their thinking across the early years curriculum.

9.15-9.30 Coffee

9.30-10.25 Progression, challenge and first principles

Develop your understanding of how best to provide for progression and challenge in a child’s learning, with a focus on:

  • Myths and truths around what challenge looks like for young children
  • Optimal conditions for creating self-regulating learners who seek to challenge themselves 
  • The keys to excellent outcomes in areas such as Maths and Literacy
  • evidencing progression and challenge for Ofsted in manageable and useful ways

Kym Scott, early years consultant and trainer

10.25-11.15 Risk, challenge and adventure outdoors

Gain greater insight into:

  • The real possibilities of outdoor play and learning
  • Challenge, risk and how to manage it, and
  • Ways to inject adventure into children’s outdoor experiences and learning
Kathryn Solly, early years consultant and trainer

11.15-11.30 Coffee


11.30-12.15 Challenging children’s learning through creativity: a case study

Be inspired by the artistic and digital adventures of children at a Nursery World Nursery of the Year, which:
  • Has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning
  • Seeks to motivate children across its provision, and
  • Builds on children’s initial interests to develop long-term creative projects that challenge children’s learning across all areas of the EYFS.
Hayley Peacock, managing director and owner of Little Barn Owls Nursery group in West Sussex, and Nursery World Nursery of the Year 2015

Full rate: £150 (+VAT) / Early Bird rate £125 (+VAT) for bookings made by 29th March

Kym Scott, Freelance Consultant,

Kathryn Solly, specialist early childhood consulting, training and authorship,

Hayley Peacock, managing director and owner , Little Barn Owls Nursery group in West Sussex