Consultancy and Advice

Short and long term consultancy and advice can be either a ‘one off’ day to support the development of good practice or something longer to work on an identified area or aspect of the curriculum. For example The Characteristics of Learning,  balancing child-led play, Talk for Reading, Talk for Maths Mastery, observation, assessment and mapping progress and Sustained Shared Thinking. It can include some or all of the following:

  • Bespoke, planned consultancy over a period of time, for example a day, 6 months, 12months or longer – an Extended Professional Development Initiative (EPDI).  Based on the identified needs of the LA, school, nursery, children’s centre, setting or group of practitioners, managers, leaders
  • Following an agreed focus and using a practitioner work based action research methodology
  • Working as a learning community to develop thinking and good practice through shared discussion and reflection
  • Visiting your setting or school to undertake a review of practice with an external eye as a critical friend, working with your teams, teachers, practitioners to reflect on practice
  • Evaluation of progress, impact and next steps
  • Presentation of work in early years journals e.g. Nursery World and Early Education and at conferences – locally and nationally,  e.g. European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA) or Early Education