Teaching Writing in the Early Years

A Good Place book cover
5th November, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Early Years


Early Writing Writing


Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Explore the key experiences and teaching approaches that support writers in Nursery and Reception.

What you will learn:

  • what to expect of writers at the beginning of their writing journey and how to support progress and achievement in the Early Years;
  • meaningful contexts which support young children to be curious, engaged and motivated to mark make and write for purpose and pleasure across the provision;
  • how to use quality texts to exemplify authentic writing voices, provide language models, enrich vocabulary and inspire opportunities for writing; 
  • teaching approaches that best support oral language development and vocabulary acquisition and composition of imaginative ideas for writing;
  • how to enable children to use and apply growing phonic knowledge to segment and spell words in real contexts;
  • the enabling experiences in which to develop gross and fine motor skills and encourage fluency and stamina.

All elements of the training are in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

This one-day course is one of four Teaching Writing courses tailored to the needs of children from Nursery to Year 6. Leaders might undertake one course on its own or attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will receive:

  • a full day training, refreshments and lunch;
  • a handout of the presentation slides;
  • a high-quality text and associated Power of Reading teaching sequence to support immediate implementation in the classroom.

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.

CLPE courses can be delivered to a whole school, academy trust, teaching school alliance or consortium. Find out more about a group booking at Face-to-face INSET | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (clpe.org.uk)


I am inexperienced - I was introduced to a great deal of new content, mainly to do with how to help children build frameworks in anticipation of writing. I will try to linger longer on texts to ensure that children feel secure before asking them to compose.

Teacher on Teaching Writing in EYFS, 2024

It was like having our teaching (of writing in early years) brilliantly rebooted - exactly what I was looking for. Feel much more confident and empowered to inspire my team.

Teacher on Teaching Writing in EYFS, 2024

I think our children need this focus on vocabulary and book talk. They will be more motivated to write and be enthused about books. I think children will love focusing on human based books that they can see themselves in.

Teacher on Teaching Writing in EYFS, 2024

Re-inspired by the power of beautifully written books. Making sure the classroom is full of rich fiction and non-fiction texts - I want the children to feel how excited and inspired I felt after the training. Hopefully tapping into the motivations of the children will invite more of the class to write during their play. More examples of hand written sentences or words in the environment.

Teacher on Teaching Writing in EYFS, 2024