University of Edinburgh

Early Years Developmental Journal

Presented on 8 June 2010 at Cardenden

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 19
Number of Respondents: 19

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
Will help to give me a better understanding of Visual Impairment (VI) at a younger age.
I already use the Developmental Journal (DJ), but now feel that I understand the reasoning behind it more.
Be more confident in using the DJ and indeed advising others, parents in particular, how to work with sections of the DJ.
Discuss with colleagues/gradually introduce to service.
I will use cards and DJ to develop practice within school.
There are lots of interesting ideas in the pack, which I will be able to use with the various children I visit.
Have a child with VI and can see how I could practically use lots of ideas.
The cards with the activities will be extremely useful when I move to working with younger pupils. They will give me ideas of activities to use with children and also to pass onto parents.
Use the DJ as a reference point when working with babies and children with VI. Encourage parents to use the Journal.
I will use it for my own training as a VI teacher and I will use it whenever I am working with the appropriate age groups in the future.
In the Functional Vision Assessment & Developmental Vision clinics – in collaboration with the VI teachers.
Individually in eye clinic when parents ask me "How can I stimulate my child's vision?" I would use the cards. Also as a team with CVISTA (Children’s Visual Impairment Services Tayside Agencies) group/functional vision clinic.
To guide my intervention with pre-school children.
To guide my assessment of babies and young children and to provide activities.
Background information to inform current practice. It will help me build a more 'whole picture'.
To enhance my assessments of children I work with developmental needs. To offer support and guidance to their parents.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Enjoyed all course events. Contents of the course were well enhanced.
I liked the fact that we weren't always just listening; we also got to work in groups, which I think is a much better way to learn.
Time to focus on the DJ.
My first input on DJ – very informative guide on how to use it.
Pace was not too intensive, set just right for audience. Participation was encouraged.
The speaker was clear and kept me interested in the topic.
Practical tasks where we became familiar with DJ and find our way around it.
The resources, the chance to use some of them in context.
The provision of the Journal itself.
Activities, which involved discussion and investigation of the Journal. Receiving my own copy of the Journal. Meeting staff from different regions and different professions.
All very interesting and useful. Not previously aware of the DJ but feel it is a useful tool.
Practical activities.
Useful tool with practical examples of application.
Practical examples from video.
Getting the chance to look through the Journal throughout.
The Journal itself; what a superb resource. It will provide a framework and structure to work from when I get sent out on peripatetic contact.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Nothing, everything paced well.
Sharing of ideas for extending the activity cards ... ie loads more of ideas if possible, specially to certain points in the DJ.
Overhead projector/whiteboard clarity/lighting. (5)
More practical examples actually using the sheets.

Any other comments regarding the course?
It would be good if the DJ could be extended to include older children.
Very interesting and not too heavy.
A lot of information to give in such a short time.
Very well presented.
A useful overview and opportunity to revisit DJ materials and discuss their use with working team. Well presented – thank you!
Shorter lunch break would have allowed more practical time.
Very good and informative!

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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (1)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (8)
Colleague. (9)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
As I am doing my VI Diploma at the moment I feel that this is enough just now.
Assessment resources and strategies training.
Technology – training in use of and observation of it actually being used.