Course Introduction

Course curriculum

    1. Getting Started

    2. Finding Your Way

    3. What to Expect

    4. Assessing Learning

    5. Extend & Contextualize

    6. Let's Go!

    1. Welcome to our learning space!

    2. Introducing Module 1-5

    3. Introducing Module 6 - 10

    4. Course Timings: Planning Your Time

    5. Tool: Learning Log

    6. Research References

    7. Resources Slides: Introduction

    1. What does neuroscience and research tell us?

    2. What do we know about child development?

    3. Within the Child Lies the Fate of the Future!

    4. The Arenas of Early Childhood Practice

    5. Learning Log: Process, Reflect and Apply

    6. Resource: Understanding Early Years and How Children Learn

    1. Chalk Talk Protocol

    1. Curriculum in the Early Years Context

    2. What do we want children to learn?

    3. Curriculum Implementation

    4. Supporting Progress

    5. Learning Log: Process, Reflect & Apply

    6. Resource: Curriculum Progression in Early Years

    1. Pedagogy as the Vehicle for Learning

    2. 5 Ways Learning and Teaching Happens

    3. The Importance of Child Led Learning

    4. Child Led Adult Supported Learning

    5. Learning Log: Process, Reflect and Apply

    6. Resource: Effective Pedagogy in Early Years

About this course

  • 76 lessons


Who is this course for?

  • Early Childhood Educators

    Early childhood educators who want to build their practice in an international school setting to support students to develop a global outlook alongside social, emotional, and cognitive skills.

  • Cross-Division Educators

    Primary and early childhood educators who work across divisional transition years.

  • Instructional Teams

    Early childhood teams of leaders, coordinators, teachers, and teaching assistants may benefit from this course.

Learning Outcomes

What will you be able to do upon course completion?

  • Identify essential characteristics of early childhood teaching, learning, to provide the most effective conditions and approaches to support Early Childhood development and progress.

  • Apply practical routines, strategies, and tools to support the progress of all aspects of children’s learning and development through child owned and adult led approaches to teaching and learning tailored to an international context for learning with a global outlook, such as strategies for promoting the development of language development in English as an international language, and the child’s home language.

  • Explore approaches to effective provision that include supporting the acquisition of knowledge alongside developing skill and embedding critical learning behaviours through individual visible thinking and learning journeys for students in multilingual and multicultural environments.

  • Directly impact your practice to inspire your early childhood students and support their development and overall wellbeing and development and progress.

Impact on Learning

How will this course have a positive impact?

This course is grounded in the key features of effective practice for early childhood teaching and learning, inclusive of what is best for every child, high-quality care, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, self-regulation, executive function, and partnerships with parents. You will have the opportunity to reflect on the extent to which your own practice is based on the crucial areas identified and how to enhance them within your day to day proactive and development strategy.

Meet the Course Designer

Jan Dubiel

Jan Dubiel is the Director of Early Years at AISL Harrow International Schools and Bilingual Kindergartens and is a nationally and internationally renowned specialist in Early Childhood Education. Recently recognised by the Times Educational Supplement as one of the ten most influential people in British education, Jan has developed a global reputation as a conference speaker, consultant and trainer. He has written widely on different aspects of Early Years policy, pedagogy and practice, and his first book, Effective Assessment in the EYFS, was published in 2014. Following roles as an Early Years Consultant and Senior Adviser, he was appointed by the then Qualifications and Curriculum Authority QCA to lead on the management of the (Early Years) Foundation Stage Profile. Most recently, he was the Head of National and International Development at Early Excellence, responsible, among other things, for developing EExBA, used by 12,000 schools as a Baseline Assessment.


What are you still wondering?

  • Is this a certified course?

    Yes. Certification is awarded by MiniPD, from Faria Education Group.

  • What do I need to do to gain my certificate?

    You will need to complete all modules, learning activities in practice, and checking for understanding final assessment.

  • What certificate will I receive?

    You will be awarded the Certificate of Completion in 'Early Childhood Teaching and Learning in International Schools.'

  • Can MiniPD courses count towards my continuing education requirements?

    MiniPD is partnering with Kent State University, a R1 university in the United States, to grant graduate credits for completing MiniPD courses. To receive graduate credits, the learner must complete a required number of MiniPD Core or MiniCourses, and submit the completed MiniPD Learning Logs for each course. Details of the credit application process can be found at Please check with your license issuing authorities for details on the number of credits needed for your license renewal.

  • How can I continue learning?

    You will be presented with suggested pathways to support continued learning. These will include carefully designed resources, MiniCourses, and personalized coaching conversations.

  • How can my school leverage the learning and amplify impact?

    We can support you to implement this course in your own school with suggested approaches for interleaved professional development days, professional learning communities, and ongoing job-embedded peer learning structures.

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