Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance

Early Years Foundation Stage


The ACE Centre Nursery School, Chipping Norton, is the Lead Teaching School in OTSA specialising in Early Years Foundation stage provision and practice.


We offer a range of CPD to meet the needs of teachers and teaching assistants and staff who are working in the Foundation Stage in Oxfordshire's schools and settings. This includes specialist Inset day events, enabling whole EYFS teams to attend training together. Visits, and follow-up after training events can be arranged.


Our programme of EYFS Inspiration Days is now well-established, and we have had excellent feedback from the teachers and early years practitioners who have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to listen to some of the most respected, influential thinkers and writers currently in Early Years.


Bringing people including Anna Ephgrave, Ruth Moore, Trisha Lee, Julie Cigman, Kathryn Solly, Kirstine Beeley and Julie Fisher to speak in Oxfordshire at affordable prices is our aim, as we feel that this is a great way to inspire and motivate practitioners to deliver the very best early years provision for the young people in our schools and settings.


Training opportunities for 2018-19


Date Course
10th October

"Helicopter Stories

- letting imagination fly"

with Trisha Lee

13th Nov

21st Jan

12th Mar

Leading the EYFS with Skill and Confidence

Early Excellence



For further details and to book, please go to the OTSA CPD website


Other EYFS courses can be found on the O.C.C website

Keeping up to date with Early Years news and views:


Early Years Teaching Schools nationally have come together with Early Education to produce a bi-monthly newsletter to keep you up to date with all that is happening in Early Years education. It provides links to research, articles and publications that can save you time and effort in searching out the most current information from our sector. Please click below to access the newsletter. 

Early Years Teaching Schools newsletter: Latest news, views, articles and research
All the relevant links to latest articles, blogs and information for those working in the Early years.
ped news June 18.pdf
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Early Years Teaching Schools Newsletter
Sharing summaries and links to articles, research and publications that are relevant to those working in the Early Years.
ped news April 18.pdf
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