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Seminar: Creating a Classroom Environment to Meet the Needs of All Preschoolers

Neuroscience and attachment theory have provided us with a window into the preschooler brain, allowing us, now, to have a better understanding of what they need from adults in an educational setting to thrive and grow. This presentation will delve into the brain development of young children ages 3 to 6, provide key observable signs of maturation and describe the classroom conditions best suited to creating an environment that enhances natural growth and development. This includes providing structure and routine, building a strong attachment with adults, and allowing ample time for play.

Dates:21 Nov 2024 (Thu)
Time:9.00am – 12.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi

Eva de Gosztonyi, MA, psychologist, OPQ has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. For the past 20 years she was the provincial resource person for the English School Boards of Quebec through the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, helping adults in the school setting provide effective developmental interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Her guiding principles are that we must value the natural maturational processes of our children and youth, respect their immaturity and vulnerability, and understand that safe and caring attachments with adults are essential for their optimal growth. Grounded in a robust theory, the interventions that she recommends to schools are practical and doable and go deeper than just managing symptoms. Her understanding of child development is primarily informed by the attachment-based developmental paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Interventions are also guided by neuroscience, are trauma-informed and trauma-responsive, and are attachment-based and developmentally friendly. Eva is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.

Course Outline
  1. Key components in brain development in the preschool years
    • how the brain develops
    • conditions for ideal brain development
    • what can interfere with development
  2. Common mistakes NOT to make
    • pushing independence
    • expecting good social skills
    • expecting preschoolers to solve their own problems
    • focusing on performance rather than process
  3. Interventions that respect the nature of young children
    • building attachment
    • providing structure and routine
    • encouraging ample time for play
Course Objectives

Learner will be able to:

  1. identify the key developmental characteristics of children ages 3 to 6 and those whose development is delayed.
  2. explain the role of attachment and play in brain development.
  3. describe the role of play in terms of the development of the self.
  4. create conditions within a classroom to foster emergent play.
  5. describe how to set up a classroom environment best suited to the young child
  6. describe appropriate developmental interventions for all young children.
Who Can Benefit?

Preschool educators

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) /pax
20 Sep 2024 160
Normal Till Full 190