The Training School at Little Barn Owls

Our multi-award winning nursery offers a number of professional development opportunities through our Training School opened in May 2015. Our courses have been developed to reflect our unique values and passion for enquiry based learning, the Reggio Emilia approach, outdoor learning philosophies and great leadership. We offer a range of opportunities from visit days for small groups to larger professional development events, as well as short courses and bespoke consultancy. In addition, Hayley often presents work from the nursery at early years events which will be listed on this page too, so make sure you check back in for updates.

Please contact 01403 254413 or email info@littlebarnowls.co.uk for a more information and to be included on our mailing list for upcoming courses and events.


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Professional Development Day – Saturday 10th june 2017
9.30-4pm £90 per person:

Come and see why we won Nursery World’s Enabling Environments Award as well as UK Nursery of the Year 2015! This event is a chance to tour our nursery and gardens and find out more about how our practise has been inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia. The day includes refreshments, buffet lunch and presentations of recent long term enquiries from the atelierista and key pedagogues of the nursery. Call 01403 254413 or email info@littlebarnowls.co.uk to book your place.


The most inspirational training course I’ve ever been to
— Educator from Cheeky Monkey’s, Jersey

I came with lots of questions and I’m leaving feeling very inspired and excited to move forward
— Atelierista, London

The time the team give to support these visits is amazing. Having time to sit, reflect and observe is essential and crucial to underpin the dialogues taking place. This really helps to understand the core ability of the children and how the ethos is truly understood by all
— Professor at the University of Greenwich

The setting is wonderful, you fall in love the minute you walk in.
— Educator, London

Amazing day, we’ve got so much out of it, we’ve booked again.
— Tiny Tribes, Birmingham

I feel like I’ve just seen what the future of Early Years should look like!
— Lottie Child, Artist and Forest School Leader

There are a number of new courses and events being developed for 2016. Please drop us an email so we can add you to our mailing list and let you know these dates when they are available.


Consultation, Visit Days and In House Training Services

We offer small group visit days to our nursery, consultation and training days to other settings keen to develop their Reggio Inspired pedagogy. On a consultation day, our Head of Children and Adult’s Learning will spend time gathering information from you before she visits your setting or school to find out how you want to develop your practice. She can then spend one, two or more days in your setting observing practice and giving practical advise on how to take next steps to develop plans, training systems and practice in dialogue with the management team. The consultation includes a full written report of her time including the steps you want to take going forward. This can be followed up later if you wish to create an ongoing consultancy relationship. 

We also offer group in house development days at your setting. Our Director comes armed with piles of materials, documentation examples and the full days group training features group work, hands on activities and presentations to inspire and activate new ideas in your team.

Visit days to our setting are a chance for small groups to see our Reggio Inspired Nursery in practice. They are held on weekdays with staff and children present and feature tours of the Nursery and Farm School in Horsham, time to observe in places of particular interest (such as in the Ateliers with the Artists at work with children or the Farm School), a buffet lunch and pedagogical discussion time for exploring questions and reflections with our key pedagogues, and a presentation of long term project work in the afternoon.


OUR BOOKS

Landscapes..or how to make yourself as small as a duck – a project working with children researching perception and perspective in digital photography at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This year long project was published as a book and is sold all over the UK directly from Little Barn Owls, by Books Education online and at Educational conferences. Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk

Landscapes..or how to make yourself as small as a duck – a project working with children researching perception and perspective in digital photography at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This year long project was published as a book and is sold all over the UK directly from Little Barn Owls, by Books Education online and at Educational conferences.

Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk

Cake book – a project working with children and artists deconstructing the process of baking through the eyes of 2-4 year olds at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This book is currently out of stock but copies can be ordered on request. Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk  

Cake book – a project working with children and artists deconstructing the process of baking through the eyes of 2-4 year olds at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This book is currently out of stock but copies can be ordered on request.

Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk

 

Worlds in our heads and tunnels in our minds – a long term project with preschool children researching mind, body and identity at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This book is due to be published in June 2017 and will be launched at our next professional development day on 10th June 2017. Copies will be available to buy from June. Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please pre-order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk  

Worlds in our heads and tunnels in our minds – a long term project with preschool children researching mind, body and identity at Little Barn Owls Nursery. This book is due to be published in June 2017 and will be launched at our next professional development day on 10th June 2017.

Copies will be available to buy from June. Copies are £12.50 including postage. Please pre-order by emailing info@littlebarnowls.co.uk

 


our Awards

After a fantastic night of celebrations at the Brewery London for the annual Nursery World Awards the winners were finally announced. We scooped two of the most prestigious awards of the evening, winning UK Nursery of the Year 2015, and the Enabling Environments Award! Well done team!

Nursery World – UK Nursery of the Year 2015/16

Nursery World – UK Nursery of the Year 2015/16

Nursery World – Enabling Environments Award 2015/16

Nursery World – Enabling Environments Award 2015/16

South Business Awards – Innovation 2015/16

South Business Awards – Innovation 2015/16

Business Matters Awards – Overall Business of the Year 2015/16

Business Matters Awards – Overall Business of the Year 2015/16

Business Matters Awards – Innovation 2015/16

Business Matters Awards – Innovation 2015/16

Business Matters Awards – Team of the Year 2015/16 (Judges Recommendation)

Business Matters Awards – Team of the Year 2015/16 (Judges Recommendation)