Tag archives for Early Years

Blending Art and Science as the Foundation for Inquiry Based Projects, 13th-14th November 2015, Bangkok



Blending Art and Science as the Foundation for Inquiry Based Projects

Early Childhood Educators
(Preschool – First Grade)

November 13 – 14, 2015

9.00 am – 3.30 pm

Bangkok, Thailand
Exact venue to be confirmed

Early Bird
Baht 18,200/ USD 560 per participant
(reserve your seat by June 24, 2015)

Baht 21,500 / USD 662
(reserve your seat by September 4, 2015)


Early Years Summer School in Bristol UK

Early Years Summer School in Bristol UK
30th -31st July 2015


Sign 4 Learning Workshop, 23rd April 2015, Bangkok Patana

Sign 4 Learning Workshop
Thursday 23rd April
Bangkok Patana

Please find here details of a CPD opportunity Sign 4 Learning Workshop which will take place at Bangkok Patana School on Thursday 23rd April.

Sign 4 Learning is a unique initiative that successfully uses signs taken from British Sign Language to increase targeted vocabulary in hearing children. The action of the sign, coupled with the spoken word is a powerful tool that helps children to remember new vocabulary and concepts effectively. Children learn best when they are actively engaged and with Sign 4 Learning they are not just hearing and saying new words, but doing them as well. Data from Sign 4 Learning shows significant and measurable progress towards the Early Learning Foundation Stage (EYFS) goals following an 8 week intervention using Sign 4 Stories and Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour.

More information, including the research data is available from: http://www.sign4learning.co.uk
For registration, please click here.

Sign 4 Learning

BTN Saturday Session: Early Years – 7th February 2015, St Andrews, Dusit

Dear All,
The first BTN Saturday Session will have an Early Years focus and is open to all teachers and teaching assistants interested in this phase of school.

Date: Saturday 7th February 2015
Time: 9am – 2.30pm
Location: St. Andrews International School Dusit Campus (www.standrewsdusit.com)

There will be a wide range of workshops to enjoy and opportunities to network with staff from other schools. Confirmed Workshops include:
• Speech and Language in Early Years
• Ipads, apps and activities for early learners
• Using ICT in Early Years
• Music activities in Early Years
• Yoga with early learners
• Enhancing Continuous Provision
• Storytelling in Early Years

Cost: 1000 Thai Baht (including drinks and snacks throughout the day, lunch, and drinks at an in-school social after the workshops have finished)

To register please complete the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/UurwkbA16b

We are currently looking for more teachers to run workshops. If you are able to do so please
contact Alistair (alistair.do@standrews.ac.th) by Friday 19th December. All staff members who
volunteer will receive free entry to the entire Saturday Session.

Saturday Session Registration

Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work, 15th-17th January 2015

Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work with children, adolescents and adults

Course Created by Mark Pearson and Helen Wilson
Authors of: SANDPLAY & SYMBOL WORK (ACER Press, 2001)
12 days: 4 x 3-day training workshops, spread over 12 months

Trainer: Dr Mark Pearson
PhD., M. Ed.(BEM); Dip T.; Cert HB & TP; Dip. ERC.

This course is recognised by the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association, and by the Australian Counselling Association for professional development points

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over eighty years. Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay allows the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety. With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method for use by established professionals. It has been shown to be effective with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices.

WORKSHOP One – Foundation Skills

Dates: 15 – 17 January 2015 – 3 days

Audience: Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Social Workers, Youth Workers, and Chaplains

Time: Each day from 9am to approx. 5pm; last day ends at 4pm.

Venue: Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, Singapore 139299

Fees: Each 3-day training workshop: $887.50 – includes GST. (Total fee: $3,550 for all 4 courses)

Fee includes: Extensive workshop manuals, electronic Book of Readings, morning and afternoon tea.

Payment: This can be made per workshop, by direct bank deposit or by cheque.

Registration: Lisa Cannell at CPD@TTS.edu.sg by Friday 19th December 2014

SANDPLAY CERT – Tanglin Trust School SINGAPORE 2015

Please note, participants MUST start at Workshop One and progress through Workshop Two to Three and finish with Four. You do not have to register to complete the certificate now, instead you can register for ‘Workshop One – Foundation Skills’ to try-out the training before committing to further workshops.

Play Therapy Skills, 31st March – 1st April 2015, Bangkok

Play Therapy Skills
31st March – 1st April 2015,
9 am – 3pm

Exact Venue to be confirmed
Bangkok, Thailand

Target Audience
Preschool and Elementary School:
– Teachers
– Assistants
– Counselors

Course Leader
Dr. Suzi Kagan
Founder and Director of the Israeli Association for Play Therapy

Dr.Suzi Kagan, is the Founder and Director of the Israeli Association for Play Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Child’s Life Specialist (CLS) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT -S). In addition to the above she is currently an instructor and coordinator of Play Therapy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Play is universal and natural activity of childhood. Between the ages 2-11 most children use play in a symbolic way to deal with their direct and indirect experiences. By using play children may be able to organize their lives and practice some control over their everyday issues.

In the USA and Europe, play therapy has been applied as part of responsive services within comprehensive, developmental elementary and school counseling programs to facilitate self-esteem, increase self-efficacy, and decrease maladaptive behaviors to remove barriers for
success in social and emotional spheres.

Workshop Aim
This 2 days course will offer training to preschool and elementary school teachers, to elementary school counselors, to classroom assistants, and others working with children in expanding their knowledge and skill in non-directive play therapy.

Participants’ learning will be facilitated through a didactic presentation,interactive discussions, and some role playing.

Play Therapy Skills


Innovative Global Conference, November 1st- 2nd 2014, NIST, Bangkok

Innovative Global Conference
November 1st- 2nd 2014,
NIST, Bangkok


Think – Activate – Engage. Innovative Global Education is excited to announce a new conference with set of workshop offerings at NIST International School, in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 1st to 2nd of November. Each workshop will take place over a day and half and you register for one workshop for the two days. Each workshop is facilitated by an expert in that field.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.

Registration fee after 15 September: USD $310

Cancellation Policy
Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 1 October 2014 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled, your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation
If Innovative Global Education is informed by 1 October 2014 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 1 October 2014, IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee. If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from the school or participant.

Alternative Payment Methods
If you are unable to pay for this event using a credit card please contact info@innovativeglobaled.org to arrange possible alternative payment methods. Where requested, an invoice can be sent to school and/or individual that will include bank details for an electronic transfer.

Activate, Collaborate and Facilitate: Finding Pathways for Inquiry in Secondary Schools
Facilitator: Julian Edwards, Bangkok, Thailand

NEW: This is the first time this workshop has been facilitated at an IGE conference.

Activities that Develop Scientific Thinking in Elementary & Middle School Students
Facilitator: Jane Altemen, Bangkok, Thailand

Previous Feedback: “Jane provided a workshop where we were involved in investigating scientific principles. Through the investigation we were able to see the process involved and actively participate.”

“Jane was amazing, she made me realize science is all about thinking, she used provoking strategies and experiments to engage us that I can use back in my school.”

Mathematics and Inquiry in the Elementary School: Where Do I Start?
Facilitator: Mignon Weckert, Singapore

Previous Feedback: “I feel inspired to go back to school and go through the inquiry journey together.”

“I really liked that we had time to plan together to process our learning.”

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Facilitator: Andrea Muller, Auckland, New Zealand
Facilitator: Tania Lattanzio, Singapore

NEW: This will be the first time this workshop has been facilitated at an IGE conference.

Inquiry-Centered Leadership
Facilitator: Richard Owens, Singapore

Previous Feedback: “I found the workshop highly thought provoking.”

“I learnt new aspects of leadership and new methods in problem solving.”

Traces of Learning: Documenting Young Children’s Learning
Facilitator: Fiona Zinn, Tasmania, Australia

Previous Feedback: “This workshop really transformed my concept of documentation.”

“I have brought back ideas not only to better my documentation but also for my classroom practices.”

Working with English as an Additional Language (EAL) Learners: Practical Classroom Application and Strategies
Facilitator: Beth Queeny- Dressler, Bangkok, Thailand

Previous Feedback: “It was a wonderful workshop and the leader Beth was amazing. She was energetic, informative and used a lot of resources such as wikispaces and google docs that allows us to continue sharing ideas and communicating with each other after the workshop.”

“Lots of useful strategies & time for discussion.”

Inquiry in the Thai Additional Language Classroom
Facilitator: Isariyabhorn Uwanno (On-Ann), Bangkok, Thailand

Facilitator: Lilian Wong, Hong Kong

NEW: This will be the first time this workshop has been facilitated at an IGE conference.

To register visit the Innovative Global Education website.



FOBISIA Early Years JAWS, 13th-14th March 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Early Years JAWS #2
Date: Friday 13th March 2015 – Saturday 14th March 2015
Venue: British International School, Jakarta
Cost: RP 200,000 (US$20) to cover refreshments
Deadline:Thursday 11th December
Contact Person: Deborah O’Callaghan (deborah_o’callaghan@bis.or.id)

Establishing Productive Parent Partnership Programmes in the Early Years
This workshop is an opportunity for Early Years practitioners to collaborate and share good practice within the FOBISIA community and will focus on the opportunities and challenges faced in developing a strong and productive Parent partnership Programme.

Over the two – day workshop we aim to address the following:

What are effective partnership strategies?
• How do we implement these in an Early years setting?
• How do we track the effectiveness of these partnerships?
• How involved are parents in their children’s learning?
• How might we improve partnerships within our own settings?

The workshop will be collaborative and active participation through shared agenda created through Google docs will ensure that the sharing of good and innovative practice is at the forefront of the JAW.

08:30 – 16:00 Friday 13th March, dinner 07.00pm
08:45 – 14:00 Saturday 14th March.

RP. 200,000 (c.US$20) to cover refreshments

Deadline for registration : Thursday 11th December

To register, or if you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Deborah O’Callaghan Assistant Head: Early Years, deborah_o’callaghan@bis.or.id

Hotel and transport information will be sent to registered participants.

FOBISIA JAW Early Years Flyer BIS Jakarta

Please see the following post for information about the Early Years Jaw in Phuket in October:

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years, 7th-8th November, Chiang Mai

Developing Confident Talking in Early Years

Target Audience: Staff in Nursery, Preschool and Early Elementary Schools

Course Leader: Michael Jones

City: Chiangmai, Thailand

Date: Nov 7 – 8, 2014

Time: 8.30 – 15.30

Course Description
Many children are confident talkers at home, but may need extra support to join in with groups in school. These children may be ‘reluctant talkers’ due to shyness, high sensitivity, introversion or in some extreme cases, selective mutism.

Children learning a second language or with additional learning needs also need support to fully participate in groups, to develop friendships, and to promote optimum learning.

This course explores reasons for children becoming ‘reluctant talkers’ in early years settings, and looks at practical strategies and activities that will benefit all young children’s language development and learning.

This course includes lectures with audio visual presentation, discussions and practical workshops.

Course Leader
Michael Jones has over 30 years’ experience as a Speech and Language Therapist, teacher, and trainer. Michael has taken part in action research involving practical methods to support children’s language development, and has written extensively on the subject, including articles for magazines and academic journals.

Michael leads practical training across the UK and abroad. He led two successful speaking tours of Thailand in 2006 and 2007, including for staff in international schools and kindergartens, and talks for parents, student teachers and medical students. He led highly successful training for Knowledge Source Institute in Bangkok in 2013 and in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai in 2014. Michael has a particular interest in supporting children who are quiet and anxious in school.

Michael is the author of : Let’s Get Talking! , Supporting Quiet Children and Let’s Talk About Maths!
published by Lawrence Educational.

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Course Goals
At the end of the course, participants will have increased understanding of:
Why children are quiet in early years settings
Practical strategies and activities for helping them enjoy participating and ‘finding their voice’ in groups
Practical strategies for working with the parents of ‘reluctant talkers’
Activities to support all children’s language and social development including: Bringing story time to life; Linking small world play and mark making; Helping children talk with each other; Sharing books with children to maximise children’s involvement and language development

Course Synopsis
Day #1:
Exploring shyness, high sensitivity, introversion and selective mutism in children and how this influences their social skills and language development. Helping children during the ‘silent phase’ of learning an additional language. Practical strategies to build children’s confidence as talkers in groups. Strategies for linking home and your setting, to increase children’s confidence as talkers when away from home.

Day #2:
Practical activities to support all children’s social skills and language, with particular reference to how adults organise and lead groups. Practical and fun activities to increase children’s participation at storytime and other adult led activities. Activities to support children to talk with each other. Practical activities linking language, mark making and small world play.

Implementable Skills
This workshop was held in Bangkok (2013), Kuala Lumpur (2014), and Dubai (2014). The response of the participants to the question: “What are the theory/skills acquired from this workshop that you can use immediately?” is documented here:
Implementable skills – Developing Confident Talking in Early Years

Workshop Fee
Regular (Register by September 26, 2014)
Course fee: USD 650 per participant
Reduced Fee: USD 585 for 2 or more participants registering together

Early Bird (Register by August 25, 2014)
Course fee: USD 610 per participant
Reduced Fee: USD 545 for 2 or more participants registering together

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (below).
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form after making the payment .

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 66- 81 701 6843; 66 -81 846 5770


Developing Confident Talking in Early Years

FOBISIA – Early Years JAWS, October 16th-17th 2014, BIS Phuket

FOBISIA – Early Years JAWS

Date: Thursday October 16 – Friday October 17, 2014

Host: British International School Phuket, Thailand

Cost: 1,200THB (includes snacks, lunches and transport to/from hotel)


The British International School Phuket (BISP) in Thailand is hosting the next FOBISIA EARLY YEARS JAWS (Job-a-Like Workshop) for Early Years Practitioners on Thursday 16 October and Friday 17 October 2014.

• Tour of BIS Phuket, early years section and an
opportunity to support our redevelopment planning.
• Group processes to explore challenging early
years issues such as:
• Child initiated learning
• Recognising and using schemas
• Freeflow in indoor & outdoor environment
• Continuous provision


Early Years JAWS – in other regions:

Early Years JAWS 2
Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
Venue: BSB Sanlitun, China

Costs: TBA
More details to follow

Early Years JAWS 3
Date: Friday, 13 March 2015
Venue: BIS Jarkarta, Indonesia
Costs: TBA
More details to follow