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 2017-18




7th February

"Helicopter Stories - letting imagination fly"

with Trisha Lee

    24th February I did it my way!" Expressive Arts and Design in the EYFS with Kirstine Beeley.
10th March

Knowledge of the World in the EYFS

with Kirstine Beeley

19th April and 27th April Makaton signing -  2 day Foundation Course
26th April and 10th May

Protective Behaviours

2 day Foundation Course with Sally-Ann Hart

5th May

Maths Outdoors in the EYFS

with Kirstine Beeley

16th May

Moving up, moving on! Transition to KS1

with Prof Julie Fisher

26th September Creative and Critical thinking - challenging children's ideas and understanding.



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

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