University of Edinburgh

Early Years Developmental Journal

Presented on 8 June 2010 at Cardenden

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 11
Number of Respondents: 11

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?
For reference. For practical work with families. For INSET with other pre-school colleagues.
I will introduce the developmental journal to a few 'select' families within Child Development centres and encourage them to work through it with my support - a joint venture.
I can identify a child who I am working with that I could use the Journal alongside the parents - so very useful both for ideas and identifying areas requiring more work.
It will help me to prepare for visits to very young children  It will support me with the writing of reports afterwards. Additional info will help to develop my knowledge and skills about developing vision. Getting stuck - good support when things don't quite go to plan.
I will use the records with far greater background knowledge and understanding, as well as what’s relevant for parents - step-by-step approach.
Just started working with 2 babies. Will use it to evaluate what they 'should' be doing and as useful activities for parents to use.
Primarily as a reference tool. I work with various children for whom this will help.
Implement into my practice particularly when working with children in development centres and at home.
A useful tool in working with young VI children and their families. The Journal has lots of practical ideas.
Having more understanding of individual children's needs. Practical ideas on how to work with child.
It's an excellent addition to material already available - lots of questions with suggestions.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Information. Relaxed and efficient delivery.
Gaining a better understanding of the Journal.
Resource to take away.
Time to share experiences/ask questions - which we all agreed were around similar experiences/issues in implementation/practical use/home visit advice.
Well presented and prepared.
Opportunity to look at the materials as the information was being expounded.
It was very relevant to the work I do (which a lot of courses aren't!)
How it relates to my own experiences with individual children. Confirmation of my own ideas/feelings.
Could relate to description of children/events/parents to own experience - gave rise to questions of own - could I have tried that - will do!

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Slower paced so more time allocated.
I felt parts were a bit rushed. However, as I have the Journal I will be able to spend time myself finding it more about its contents.
Perhaps a whole day dedicated to the training to enable participants to look in more depth at records and activity cards.
Correct mix of giving us time to look through Journal and telling us about it.
Gaps for discussion would have been helpful.
More time required to fully take in all information received.
Maybe more 'real life' examples. (2)
More time - very interesting.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Very well presented - clear, concise information.
Thank you, Lorna.

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How did you hear about this course?
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (9)
Colleague. (1)   
No response. (1)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
How to teach Braille to young learners.
Counselling for supporting parents at point of diagnosis/following traumatic events.

Outcomes Assessment
Chartered Teacher Standard components:
Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes