Promoting high quality teaching for 0 – 8 years. Inspiration and support for early years learning.

Cambridge Early Years Teaching School is a collaborative group of six nursery schools in Cambridge and Huntingdon who work with early years experts and associates to offer high quality services throughout the early years sector. We work with nurseries and schools in maintained, private, voluntary and independent settings. We also provide ideas, activities and information for parents.

New online Makaton training opportunities

Makaton signs and symbols help children and adults communicate successfully. Communication and language skills are the key to learning. Makaton is valuable for all young children developing language including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language.

Cambridge Early Years are fortunate to have Serga Collett delivering our training. Serga is a qualified Makaton Tutor and works as a teacher at Histon Early Years Centre, Cambridge.

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Signing with serga

Makaton helps children and adults take a more active part in life through better communication.

Makaton Level 1 and Level 2 Courses

These courses takes place over over three weeks. Serga trains in small groups of around eight people which is ideal for personal learning and small group discussions. Next Level 2 course three consecutive Wednesdays 5-8pm. Starts on 23 June 2021. Book here.

Makaton Taster Course

This course will be of interest to early years practitioners and others who would like an insight into the Makaton Language Programme. It is fascinating how it can transform communication for all children developing language, EAL, parents and babies and intergenerational conversation for all ages.

Find out all about Signing with Serga courses.

Serga Collett – Certified Makaton Tutor

EYITT course – to qualify as an early years teacher

In September 2020 Cambridge Early Years took on a cohort of students who are working hard to qualify as specialist teachers in early years. The course is in partnership with Essex SCITT and is led in Cambridge by Kay Blayney and Kay Dimelow. The student teachers are working hard towards their qualifications whilst all settings are having to cope with the challenges of Covid-19.

Training and resources for practitioners

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Home learning activities for families

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