SchemaPlay Early Years In-Service Continuous Professional Development offered to meet your needs and availability of time.

The following is a directory of courses that can be delivered over one day, including weekends, or during the evening. This face-to-face in-service CPD is currently available across Suffolk.

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Observing young children’s schematic play: Affirming and responding to young children’s operational schemeswhat they can do! Delivered as a half-day or full-day team training session at £80.00/£130.00, or per hour (evenings x 3 – min 1 hour sessions) at £30.00 per hour.

This CPD training provides an introduction to observing children’s operational schemes and is for early years’ educators who aspire to being responsive to every child’s fascinations, their enquiries and to develop a deeper pedagogical knowledge to truly follow every child and to build upon what they can already do! During this training session we will watch videos of children’s play, identify their operational schemes, and work collaboratively to discuss how we can support what is that each child is exploring – what they are trying to work out, and investigate in their self-chosen free-play? We review the activities, resources, stories and rhymes that we might offer in response to what we have observed. To book, please contact

Embedding SchemaPlay into your baby and toddler room. Delivered as an in-house day/team session at £175.00, or per hour (evenings x 4 – min 1.5 hours) at £35.00 per hour.

As generally understood in the early years’, schemes are ‘patterns of repeatable actions that lead to early categories, then to logical classifications’ (Athey, 2007) and they are also the pre-requisites to later complex operations (Siraj-Blatchford and Brock, 2015), such as reading, writing, adding, measuring, cooking, etc. In this session we explore the social-cultural and environmental provision in promoting our youngest children’s learning. Early schemes seen in a baby’s play become more complex and numerous and eventually connected so that babies and young children co-ordinate their actions, which really opens up a breadth of investigations, explorations and learning. Often these investigations are scientific and mathematical in nature – schemes are our foundations to learning, to our language development, and self-esteem and therefore we really do need to nurture and support children’s schemes and their scheme connections/combinations. To book this training, please email

The role of the adult – learning as a social process suitable for nursery and reception class educators. Delivered as an in-house day training at £175.00, or per hour (evenings x 4 – min 1.5 hours) at £35.00 per hour.

Vygotsky’s (1980) Zone of Proximal Development was a key contribution to our present understanding of how children’s learning can be supported by adults and also their peers. The Zone of Proximal Development Flow (Siraj-Blatchford and Brock, 2015) model and associated training supports early years’ educators to co-construct children’s learning in free-flow play. The training considers how to ‘seed’ resources for schemes to be applied in a range of contexts across the continuous provision, promoting children’s choices, fostering flow in the free-flow play, which in turn promotes active competencies, critical thinking and independent learning. Not only does this training support children to own their learning, it also demonstrates how our observations of children’s play can help us to plan interactions and interventions in children’s play endeavours – to provide a helping hand for children to engage in new challenges, within their capabilities – but ones which they might not necessarily be able to first take alone. This training, therefore, is for educators working in the early years/reception classes who are keen to develop their pedagogical practice to support children’s independent self chosen play and learning, as to also engage in effective sustained shared thinking – to tune into and co-construct learning together with the children that they spend their working days with. Let’s create an environment in which every child feels esteemed, challenged and has a great day! To book this training, please email

Support language and physical development – SchemaPlay Dance Sessions. Delivered across Suffolk by SchemaPlay – £25.00 per hour, or delivered to early years’ teachers who are keen to offer SchemaPlay dance themselves – £200.00 per one day staff/team training.

We know that all knowledge and our language is embodied. As Hans Furth (1969:11) said, “A word is only as good as its knowing structure.” In SchemaPlay Dance, we take account of the operational schemes that young children in your early years’ setting/school are choosing to apply in their self chosen free-play and create stories/dance moves which promote new vocabulary/new ways of moving and balancing based on what they already like to do – based on their anchors to learning. These fun dance sessions promote children’s self-esteem, identity, and joyful engagement in moving to music, whilst learning about what things are by how they move/what they can do and new words. This training is delivered by a qualified children’s dance instructor (each session includes a full warm-up, engagement in self-awareness-physical awareness and cool down). To book individual classes or a team training session, please email –