The Power of Reading in the Early Years - London

6th December, 2022 - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm
31st January, 2023 - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm
21st March, 2023 - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm
27th June, 2023 - 10:00 am to 16:00 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map
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The Power of Reading in the Early Years is CLPE’s proven programme that supports Early Years staff to develop an excellent language and literacy curriculum with high quality books and creative teaching approaches. It supports staff to develop a broad, rich literacy curriculum, strengthening language and vocabulary development and engagement and attainment in reading and writing to prepare for transition to Key Stage 1.

This training has been developed from the success of our flagship Power of Reading training to address the unique teaching and learning requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and offers in depth training in areas including talk and story, rhyme and song and outdoor texts.

This 4 day training programme, uses high quality children’s literature and proven creative teaching approaches to help teachers to plan and deliver an engaging literacy curriculum. The Power of Reading is a long standing programme which was first developed in 2005. It has a rich evidence base and has raised achievement in more than 5000 schools. 98% of teachers saw improved engagement in children’s reading and 97% saw an improvement in children’s writing. Children who are part of the programme make an additional six months progress compared to their peers. 

Find out more about the impact of our programmes.

What you will learn:

This 4 day course, delivered at our Centre in London, is underpinned by extensive research and is designed by our highly experienced team of teachers who bring their professional knowledge and teaching experience to the Power of Reading training. The training meets all requirements of the EYFS 2021 Statutory Framework and covers:

  • Improving knowledge of children's literature and its role in developing children's literacy;
  • Choosing and using high-quality children’s literature to build an English curriculum in the Early Years;
  • Developing a reading for pleasure culture in the Early Years;
  • Improving the reading environment and access to texts;      
  • The role of reading aloud in developing children as readers and writers;
  • Planning an delivering text based units of work;
  • Exploring a range of creative approaches and their role in engaging children in literacy;
  • Embedding reading skills and strategies in the whole class teaching of English;  
  • Using quality texts to teach language, vocabulary and grammar in context and develop greater depth in writing;
  • Exploring the development of language and ideas for writing;
  • The role of storytelling in developing children's understanding of narrative;
  • Using role-play and drama to engage children in the world of story and improve comprehension and composition;
  • Using non-fiction to build on children interests and to develop context and purpose for writing; 
  • The importance of rhyme, song and poetry in developing children's phonological awareness and knowledge and understanding as readers and writers.

What participants will receive?

As well as 4 full days training, all participants will receive two Power of Reading book packs: one containing 12 tried and tested high-quality children’s books, appropriate to the EYFS with accompanying teaching plans; and one containing 4 titles to develop participants knowledge and understanding of children’s literature. All texts are chosen by the CLPE teaching team. There will also be the opportunity to meet leading children's writers such as Ed Vere, Ken Wilson-Max, Emily Hughes, Atinuke and Chris Haughton.

Participants will also receive a CLPE School Membership for 12 months. This membership gives whole school access to our Power of Reading teaching sequences for every year group from Nursery to Y7, as well as examples of how teachers have implemented their training back in the classroom and access to home learning activities.

Your CLPE School membership will be activated upon payment of the course and will run for 12 months.

Schools who book more than one attendee will have a discounted price of £995 on every additional place. The discount will be automatically applied in the cart.

​Consortium or school groups booking 10 places will pay just £1000 per place. Please email to find out more.

Bringing the Power of Reading in the Early Years to you:
We can deliver the project to groups of schools in a local area. For more information about commissioning a local project please email:


There is a high level of engagement and interest. Independent writing increased in my literacy area. Children are relating the story to their own experiences.

Early Years teacher, Eastbury Community School, Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years training 2019-20


The children have enjoyed the texts, learning facts & exploring new characters. Children are beginning to find meaning in the writing activities. They are starting conversations in role play areas.

Early Years teacher, Old Bexley C of E Primary School, Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years training 2019 -20


More children join in during the class talk/carpet time. There is lots of talk about the subject and making predictions. The book corner is very busy and the children read to each other. The children want to write and access free-independent writing.

Early Years teacher, Shackleton Primary School, Closing the Vocabulary Gap in the Early Years training 2019 - 20