If you are based in the Gosport area and work in an Early Years setting we would like to invite you to join our new Early Years Network.

Our aim is that the Network will become a forum for Early Years practitioners to meet and share good practice together, with the goal of working collaboratively to develop our practice and improve outcomes for children in our local area.

Each session will provide:

  • Opportunities for networking and sharing practice with other practitioners;
  • Sharing and signposting of useful resources;
  • A short input on an area of interest to the group.

Following on from our first session we will ask interested practitioners to help us shape the direction of the network by telling us what you would be interested in exploring together, as well as the days and times that work best for you and your setting.

Possible future areas of focus:

  • Facilitating children to develop self-regulation skills
  • Learning environments
  • EYFS framework
  • Children’s agency
  • Role of the adult in play
  • Input from occupational therapy professionals
  • Input from an educational psychologist
  • A glimpse inside Forest Schools
  • Developing language and communication in the Early Years
  • Use of books to frame learning
  • Inclusive pedagogy to support children’s development and early identification of need
  • Transition
  • Early phonological awareness
  • Curriculum development
  • Sensory play
  • Outdoor learning

Practitioners that work in Early Years settings in the Gosport area can book a free place using the eventbrite link on the Network post below.

Any questions please contact Ali Lockwood: [email protected]

Early Years Network Events & Resources

May Network Resources & Signposts

Thank you for your interest in the Alver Valley Early Years Network we hope that you found the opportunity to work together with other settings from across our local area useful. Below is a copy of the Presentation, resources and signposts to other documents from the May Network Session. We need your feedback! If you

July Early Years Network – A Glimpse Inside Forest School

We would like to invite you to the third Alver Valley Schools Early Years Network Meeting. The session will be held on Thursday 7th July, 4pm-5pm. This session will be a little different as due to interest from the group we are running a Forest School taster session for practitioners to hear a little behind

May Early Years Network

We would like to invite you to the second Alver Valley Schools Early Years Network. The aim of our Early Years Network is for it to become a forum for Early Years practitioners to meet and share good practice together, with the goal of working collaboratively to develop our practices and improve outcomes for children

March Network Resources & Signposts

Thank you for your interest in the Alver Valley Early Years Network we hope that you found the opportunity to work together with other settings from across our local area useful. Below is a copy of the Presentation, resources and signposts to other documents from the March Network Session. We need your feedback! If you

March Early Years Network (New date!)

If you are based in the Gosport area and work in an Early Years setting we would like to invite you to join our new Early Years Network. Our aim is that the Network will become a forum for Early Years practitioners to meet and share good practice together, with the goal of working collaboratively

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