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 including Anna Ephgrave, Ruth Moore, Trisha Lee, 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.


Training opportunities for 2017-18 - see further details below:





Julie Fisher: Interacting or Interfering? - Improving    

interactions in the early years.







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.


Monday 4th September, 2017 ( Term 1 inset day)

The ACE Centre Nursery School, Chipping Norton

9.30 - 3.00pm

Cost: £75 (ex vat) Includes lunch. £90 including copy of the book.


You will need a copy of 'Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories' by Trisha Lee.


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.


Feedback on Helicopter Stories:

  • "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 and Teaching 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?"  

Improving Interactions in the Early Years.


2nd November 2017


9.30 - 3.30

Unipart Conference Centre, Oxford.


Cost: £85 (ex vat) per person, including lunch.


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, leaders 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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