Why is this workshop important for me?

Teachers from your school may have already attended, or will in the near future, attend TRC”s Early Childhood Education-Certificate Programme (ECE-CP). In your role as Head of a pre-primary or early primary (Classes 1 and 2) school, it is of vital importance that you understand the basics of early childhood education (ECE) so that you can better support your teachers and create a strong foundation for the children in your school. “Leading the Way” will give you an overview of the year-long ECE-CP. You will learn about Child Development, The Importance of Play, The Importance of Health, Nutrition and Safety, and Engaging with Stakeholders in a Meaningful Way.

What are the course objectives?

This course will equip you to make more informed choices about the purchase of early years” resources, such as furniture, books, educational resources and toys. You will be better able to recruit the right kind of teachers, discuss children”s issues with their parents, and discuss the National ECE Curriculum with your teachers and monitor and support them. In short, this course will tell you what you need to know about teaching and learning in the early years and help you become an effective educational leader.

An overview of the course modules and components:

Child Development
– the characteristics of development from birth to eight
– the impact of child development on early childhood classroom practices
– developing self-esteem and self-reliance
– managing behaviour
– the implications for planning and assessment

Play Experiences
– the history and theory of play
– types of play
– the role of adults in facilitating children”s learning

Approaches and Frameworks
– developmentally appropriate practice
– child-centred/adult-centred approaches
– the National ECE Curriculum: Ministry of Educ., Govt. of Pakistan

The Learning Environment
– the concept of quality learning environments
– organising the indoor and outdoor environment to support active learning
– daily routines and transitions
– understanding safety issues
– the importance of displays

Observation and Zet natuurlijk ook nooit meer geld in dan u kunt missen en dat u in combinatie met uw beschikbare speelgeld in staat stelt om een langere tijd online live roulette spelen te kunnen. Assessment
– the purpose and value of observation
– the techniques of observation
– developing manageable assessment and recording systems
– standardised tests: strengths and weaknesses
– the principles of summarising a child”s learning

Meaningful Interactions
– the importance of effective communication between principal/parent; principal/teacher and principal/child
– developing parental partnerships
– time management

Health and Nutrition
– the relationship between health, safety, nutrition and environment friendly practices
– the importance of each of the above for children”s holistic development

The Influence of Media

– the role of media in children”s lives
– the relationship between children, media and education
– managing the negative effects of media exposure on children

Children”s Literature
– the role of children”s literature in the early years” classroom
– evaluating children”s literature
– designing a literate environment

– designing developmentally appropriate admission tests
– admission and settling in procedures
– factors to consider when recruiting staff

From Principles to Practice
– establishing principles
– defining a belief system

How is the course structured?

This will be a participative, hands-on workshop with brainstorming, interactive lectures, role play, pair and group activities. The course will be held once a week, in the afternoons. You will be given simple assignments, such as observation in classrooms, discussion and development of plans with your staff, reading and reflective writing assignments. These will help you to practice and clarify your learning; to ask more questions in class, and to keep you in touch with your learning during the week.

Who will facilitate the workshop?

Judith Bradshaw has a B.Ed. (Hons.) degree from Wales, U.K. and an
Ad. Dip. in ECE from Cambridge University, U.K. She has over 20 years of teaching and management experience, both in the U.K. and Karachi. Since 2001 she has worked as an educational consultant and conducted workshops in ECE. She is now the Principal of Pathways School and a TRC Workshop Leader.

Where: TRC- Institute of ECE
Fee:Rs. 13,500 (for TRC members)/ Rs. 16,875 (for non-members)
Registrations will be done on a first come, first served basis. The registration form and fee should reach TRC latest by Tuesday, September 16, 2008. We will register only 20 participants and may have to close registrations well before this date.


October: 09, 16, 23, 30
November: 06, 13, 20, 27
December: 04, 11, 18
January: 08, 15, 22, 29, 31
All classes are on Thursdays from 2:30 – 5:30 pm except January 31st whichis a Saturday. Extra classes may have to be scheduled on Saturdays. These will be negotiated with you, in advance.