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Minimising the 'Tail of the Dog' Effect

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person
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About this event

Research shows that often children who are inexperienced in the Early Years remain this way throughout their school careers and this can impact negatively in later life.  This gap often becomes larger as the child gets older and more difficult to narrow.  This was borne out in the document ‘Teaching and Play in the Early Years’ by Ofsted: ‘Less than half of all disadvantaged children had  the skills needed to secure a positive start to school; around one quarter still struggled to speak, listen or interact socially to support better learning overall. The 19 percentage point gap between disadvantaged children and their better-off counterparts has remained unacceptably wide for too long.’  We are in a good position to make a difference and in some instances have additional funding to help.

This course will:

  • Focus on a range of research which identifies what will make a difference to children facing disadvantage;
  • Provide an opportunity to reflect and build on your current practice in relation to identifying and narrowing the gap;
  • Look at supporting materials, practical ways of allocating and recording EYPP spending, assessing impact of interventions and including families in the decision making processes.

Together we can find ways that will make a difference to your children and your setting.



Trainer(s): Caroline Eaton

Caroline Eaton has extensive experience within early years in both the maintained and non-maintained sectors.  She has worked successfully with Local Authorities and early years settings and schools to improve the quality of early years provision and to support leaders and managers in continuing their own self-evaluation effectively.  Caroline provides training in several Local Authorities on a range of early years topics, including developing stimulating and challenging learning environments and working with children who have English as an Additional Language.  She has been involved in producing booklets and DVDs to support early years practice and more recently was the lead for the DFE’s EYPP project.