Wellbeing & Involvement: cascade training for experienced practitioners, teachers and leaders

About the programme/course:

This 2 day course is based on the work of Professor Ferre Laevers of the University of Leuven in Belgium who has worked closely with the Kent Early Years team to develop this programme. Schools and settings are asked to send delegates who will learn how to use to Leuven Wellbeing & Involvement Observation Scales and the Leuven Ten Action Points to improve the quality of provision for children in their setting. Practitioners are expected to use the observation tools and action points in their own setting after the first day of training and feedback and contribute to discussion with peers and the tutor on day two. On the final day delegates will be provided with the resources to enable them to cascade this training within their teams.


Practitioners will be able to:

  • Reliably screen children's levels of well-being and involvement
  • Identify children where optimum conditions for their learning are not in place
  • Use the 10 action points to increase and sustain high levels of well-being and involvement for all children so that deep level learning can take place
  • Use the information to inform planning for individuals/groups and develop children's characteristics as effective learners
  • Develop a high level of skill and sensitivity in helping children of all ages form secure emotional attachments and provide a strong base to help them develop their independence and ability to explore
  • Ensure all children become emotionally well prepared to fully access all learning opportunities in their current next stages of their learning
  • Cascade the key principles to their teams so that this can be developed as a 'whole setting approach' to support learning

Target Audience:

Experienced practitioners, teachers and leaders who are able to cascade this training to their teams


2 Days

Follow up workshops: (each a half day)

  • Half day setting visit as a bespoke follow up to the two day course - this could be to support or evaluate implementation with the whole team
  • Box Full of Feelings - use of a package of resources that encourages children to be able to identify emotions a) of their own and b) of others to develop emotional resilience. Links are made with attachment theory, role of the key person and the development of young children's conflict resolution skills
  • Scanning technique - develop skills to evaluate wellbeing and involvement at group level at different points during the day's routine to improve learning
  • Use of the Ten Action Points - to ensure that children are able to access highly stimulating, interesting and challenging experiences in all of the EYFS seven areas of learning