‘How to Become an Expert in Early Years Imaginative Play’ is an online CPD course brought to you by Pyjama Drama Learning – experts in imaginative play.
The magic of Pyjama Drama has been witnessed in countless nurseries and schools across the UK since 2005, and more recently in Australia, California and Malaysia.
Now you too can learn the simple, but incredibly powerful Pyjama Drama techniques that will capture children’s imaginations, unlock their learning potential and transform your practice!
“I know what many readers will initially be thinking,” says co-founder, Sarah Owen.
“‘Drama!? Nope, that’s not for me.’ But the point is that if you can make a young child laugh by pulling a funny face or engage them in a story by putting on different voices, you can ‘do drama’.
“Everyone working with children of this age knows the value of learning through play but what we do is show them how to teach children through imaginative play – and it’s so much more powerful.”
And if recent feedback on the course is anything to go by, it seems practitioners agree.
The course has been described as “truly transformative”, “inspirational” and “exceptional”, with a recent practitioner thanking Pyjama Drama Learning and saying, “I feel as though I have blossomed within 2 weeks” – high praise indeed.
This is an online, prerecorded course which can be watched at the pace that’s right for the individual, from the comfort of their own home or workplace.
Accessed via an online learning hub, progress is easily tracked and accompanying resources downloaded.
To watch in one sitting, the course takes approximately two and a half hours, but each lesson is typically only 5 minutes long, breaking learning down into manageable chunks – perfect for the busy world of early years.
“We’ve had a real mixture of practitioners taking the course in the UK so far,” continues Sarah Owen, “from undergraduates at the start of their careers in early years, to nursery managers who’ve been working in the field for decades – and they’ve all given incredible feedback.”
Pyjama Drama Learning makes the bold promise of offering a 30-day money back guarantee (which, they hasten to add, they haven’t had to honour as yet!), and practitioners have lifetime access not only to the course itself, but to an online private support group.
“Plus, we run tutorials every month that practitioners can join at a time that suits them where they can ask questions, share experiences and develop their understanding,” explains Sarah.
And that’s not all. You can also book a one-to-one tutorial with a local play expert, an invaluable added extra – at no additional cost.
“What we know is that for many people, starting to use an imaginative approach in their practice can be daunting or take a little practise, it doesn’t always come overnight. For us it’s crucial that practitioners feel supported, and part of a network of like-minded individuals.”
Budget is of course always a factor in early years, and Pyjama Drama Learning offer an extremely competitive price, especially when compared to the cost of more traditional CPD courses.
“We’ve priced the course at £80 for individual practitioners (such as a childminders), and £330 for an early years setting (for up to eight people),” fellow co-founder, Rachel McKenna explains.
“This is to ensure that, wherever possible, everyone on staff can take the course so that the children in their care benefit from a cohesive, consistent approach. When the ethos of learning through imaginative play is woven into the very fabric of a setting – that’s when you see really incredible results.”
“We’d ask anyone reading this to come and give the course a go, you have the money back guarantee after all,” explains Rachel McKenna.
“One of the things we’re most proud of is that we have shown that through this carefully structured course anyone can develop these professional skills and see amazing results in their settings - the little people you work with will thank you for it!”
Watch an extract from one of the online lessons, delivered by co-founder, Sarah Rijnen:
‘How to Become an Expert in Early Years Imaginative Play’ – an online CPD course for anyone who works with (or wants to work with) children aged 3-5
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