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.


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 currentl in Early Years.


Bringing people such as Anna Ephgrave, Ruth Moore, Julie Cigman, Kathryn Solly 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.


Upcoming Training opportunities - see further detail below:





Anna Ephgrave and Ruth Moore:

‘In the moment planning’ - Excellence in the Early Years

20/06/17 and


Protective Behaviours - 2 day foundation course.

what is Protective behaviours POSTPONED




Trisha Lee: Helicopter stories -  letting imagination fly.

Inspiring training showing you how you can embed story scribing and telling into your EYFS provision, promoting literacy skills, creativity and confidence.in young children.


Julie Fisher: Interacting or Interfering - the adult role in supporting childrens learning.


EYFS Inspiration Day with Anna Ephgrave and Ruth Moore

'In the Moment Planning' – Excellence in the Early Years  


Thursday 8th June 2017 (Unipart Conference Centre, Oxford)


9.30am - 3.30pm


Cost to attend: £85 per person (including lunch)


" This was the best course I have been on in my whole teaching career. The speakers were inspirational and my practice has completely changed, for the better." (Reception teacher - 6 month followup evaluation)


Due to popular demand we are pleased to be able to offer you another opportunity to attend an EYFS Inspiration Day led by Anna Ephgrave and Ruth Moore entitled ‘In the moment planning’ - Excellence in the Early Years.


During the day Anna and Ruth will introduce you to their exciting, child-led approach, including “in the moment” planning as described in their books, ‘The Reception Year in Action’, and ‘The Nursery Year in Action’


Feeback from participants on our February course include:


It was so refreshing to go on a course and not listen to the same old stuff again and again. Anna and Ruth were great! As a setting, we were already well on the way to being completely child-led but the training has given us the extra confidence to really go for it. The downloads that you have forwarded will be very useful. I have already held a staff meeting to share what we learnt on the day and I even have staff volunteering their time over half term to de-clutter the shelves and shadow/label resources etc. I hope to come to many more inspiring events through the OTSA.”


You can read more about Anna and ‘in the moment’ planning on her website www.freedomtolearn.co.uk


Suitable for EYFS teachers and practitioners in schools and settings


EYFS Inspiration Day with Trisha Lee: Helicopter Stories - letting imagination fly.


An exciting, engaging approach embedding story scribing and storytelling into EYFS provision, promoting literacy, creativity and confidence in young children.


4th September, 2017 ( Term 1 inset day)

The ACE Centre, Chipping Norton

9.30 - 3.00pm

Cost: £95 (includes lunch and a copy of

'Princesses,Dragons and Helicopter Stories by Trisha Lee,

please let us know if you already have your own copy!)


To find out more about Trisha Lee's Helicopter Stories please click here.


The Benefits:

  • An inclusive, whole-class approach which values every child’s contribution;
  • Facilitates high levels of engagement;
  • Creates confidence and self-assurance;
  • Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;
  • Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding;
  • Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning;
  • Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;
  • Allows children to explore the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;
  • Offers children a bridge into the world of story writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.
  • MakeBelieve Arts offers:  INSETS, Keynotes, in-class sessions and workshops with Parents. We work with Local Authorities, Early Years Settings, Nurseries and Primary Schools.

"Whoop whoop! Story scribing and helicopter storying are fab! Ahead of my moderation visit tomorrow my head met with me yesterday and the previous evening and was so pleased with the number of children who are writing and more than that writing independently!" ( feedback on Helicopter stories in practise)


This course will take place at The ACE Centre Nursery School, Chipping Norton, giving delegates an opportunity to look round an outstanding setting.


Audience: EYFS Teachers / Practitioners working in schools and settings.


EYFS Inspiration Day with Julie Fisher:

"Interacting or Interfering?"  

the role of the adult in supporting and extending children’s learning.


2nd November 2017


9.30 - 3.30

Unipart Centre, Oxford.

Cost to attend: £85 per person (lunch included)


This course is based on the content of Julie's bestselling book of the same name. It will explore what is meant by ‘effective’ adult-child interactions. It will consider the role of the adult in both adult-initiated and child-initiated situations, both indoors and out, with groups of children and with individual learners. Through the use of DVD footage taken in settings working with children up to 6 years old, delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice when interacting with young learners. 


" Excellent, really captivating and lots of food for thought. it has been so valuable to spend time reflecting on high quality interactions."


" Julie is fantastic, and an inspirational speaker. The video clips were a fantastic resource to reflect on my own practice. Brilliant day!" ( teacher feedback from Julie's training)


Suitable for all EYFS teachers and practitioners in schools and settings.


Julie Fisher is an Independent Early Years Adviser and Visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years during which time she was chair of the Early Years Curriculum Group and the National Association of Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants Early Childhood Group.  She has recently completed a research project studying adult-child interactions with children from six months to six years from which she has gained invaluable DVD material demonstrating how effective practitioners initiate and sustain effective interactions with young children.

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