Introduction to Floorbooks
This course is designed to give you a practical knowledge of Floorbooks and supports you to use Floorbooks as an innovative child-led approach to documentation to support the cycle of observation, assessment and planning
‘Introduction to Floorbooks’ is aimed at all professionals working within Early Years Childcare and Education, who have an interest in supporting child-led learning. This is an introductory course and therefore no pre-requisite learning is required.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Document a child’s voice in Floorbooks
- Demonstrate how to set up your Floorbook and use it in your planning cycle
- Describe how to obtain breadth and balance in your planning and documentation
This Online Learning provides 60 minutes of professional development.
Training Provider Overview
Mindstretchers is a training consultancy based in Perthshire, Scotland. We believe that children should have access to natural learning resources and that they should be able to lead their own learning. Through our training and resources we hope to share this philosophy with anyone working with children. All of our training can be applied to children from birth to 11. Above all else, we want to see children receiving the best education possible in a multi-sensory environment. We hope to share our positive attitude.
Our underlying philosophy has been developed by Claire Warden, an international speaker, educator, and director of the company. The majority of our training has been developed by Claire and mostly cover the Talking and Thinking Floorbooks Approach®, nature pedagogy and outdoor learning through our Journeys into Nature™ courses, or courses designed to raise attainment. We also offer coaching in context, in which one of our trainers will come to your setting and help you improve your practice.
The philosophies for our training have been developed at Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, our outdoor centre for excellence, winner of NMT’s Learning Environment of the Year 2016 and finalist for Nursery World’s Nursery of the Year 2016. You can now visit Auchlone on our Nature Kindergarten Days.
To support training we also offer a key range of products at our Shop. This ranges from our iconic Floorbook™ (and the rest of the Floorbook Approach) to outdoor products such as wood whittlers and fire strikers. You will also be able to find books and publications written by Claire Warden.
To further support your learning we offer short online training courses which should take roughly one hour.
Training Provider Contact Details
Provider Name: Mindstretchers Ltd
Telephone: 01764 650030
Quality management and quality assurance
The quality and effectiveness of our training resources are achieved through an experiential understanding of adult learning and its application.
- We nurture and support learning through our training and products.
- Our course content is evidence based.
- Our values are based on principles of equal opportunity and sustainability.
- We take account of statutory quality requirements.
- Our network of Trainers are hand-picked for their qualifications, experience and skills.
- We promote continuous improvement in line with expectations of quality enhancement.
- We actively involve students and customers who use services in feedback and the process of course delivery and quality enhancement.
- Our courses are consistent with legislative changes, curricular requirements and inspectorate standards.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. We limit access to personal data to employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have an essential business need-to-know. They will only process personal data on our instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We seek feedback for all of our training courses and use this data to inform improvements to service delivery. Our Client Charter sets out a range of commitments to make the learner feel welcome and supported throughout their experience with us. The charter covers customer service response standards to maintain excellent telephone, voicemail, e-mail and website services. We update our website regularly and invite feedback on all sites and services. Our online modules have a range of formative and summative feedback processes.
Mindstretchers Ltd is committed to diversity and providing equality of opportunity for everyone who is employed by, or takes advantage of our services, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political persuasion or trades union activity.
Complaints and consistency
We are committed to open and accountable quality service for all, which is enshrined in our Complaints Policy. We continue to improve by listening and responding positively to all complaints, by putting mistakes right, and by taking steps to prevent further occurrences. We aim to ensure that making a complaint is as easy as possible and is responded to in a timely and consistent way.
Our Complaints and Appeals approach includes a process of escalation. For the project concerned we would report all formal complaints or appeals to the agreed representative within an agreed timescale for resolution. In exceptional cases, if there is need for external adjudication, we would agree an appropriate party for this.