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Two-Year-Olds Learning, Playing and Interacting


To enable practitioners working with two-year-olds to:

  • understand more about the development of two-year- olds’ brains and bodies and the impact on their behaviour and learning;
  • explore the implications of child development for practice and provision – particularly in the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development;
  • use the EYFS Development Matters guidance in everyday practice and to inform the summative assessment required for the two-year-old progress check.


  • Sessions will be a mix of input and active learning, including video clips and case studies, enabling participants to gain new knowledge, work with colleagues and reflect on their own practice. 
  • All participants will have tasks to complete between sessions to help them improve their practice and deepen their understanding of the needs and entitlements of two-year-olds.


  • Structured reflection  within activities including self-evaluation of  current strengths, areas for development and next steps 
  • Gap tasks between sessions
  • Participant identification of changes introduced in settings, and 
  • reporting of impact on parents and on children’s progress
  • LA course evaluations

Course length: 1 full day + 4 half days or 3 full days. A shorter version of this course can also be offered over 2 full days with a gap task in between


Early childhood development