Drama and imaginative play training for early years educators
How it works:
1. Learn: Watch lessons online, in your own time and at a pace to suit you. Gradually advance your skills by learning basic, intermediate, then advanced drama techniques
2. Practise: Try out what you learn and practise your new skills as you go along – at home or in your setting
3. Make a difference: Boost imaginations while developing children’s core life skills – the skills they need to deal with the challenges and demands of daily life.
Watch to find out more!
You will learn:
Six Pyjama Drama techniques that will develop children’s life skills. Skills that will help them:
Make new friends
Manage conflict in relationships
Communicate their ideas, thoughts, and feelings
Manage their emotions
Understand others’ emotions
Concentrate at home, nursery or school
Solve simple problems for themselves
Make decisions with confidence
Our techniques and games will also build children’s self-esteem and target the development of their physical skills.
Learn how to:
Lead groups of children in imaginative play
Lead groups of children in music and movement activities
Manage your classroom with positivity and fun
Watch a snippet from a lesson…
47 short online lessons each lasting approx. 5 mins
Ongoing support via email, and our online support group
16 challenges – try out what you learn at home or in your setting
Downloadable workbook containing step-by-step guides
Downloadable pack of drama games
Bonus teacher demonstration videos
Certificate of completion
Apply for Bronze accreditation at no extra cost
How long is each lesson?
Each lesson is around five minutes long.
Do I receive a certificate?
Yes, just complete the course and your certificate of completion will automatically become available to download.
How do I become Bronze accredited?
Simply complete and upload two assignments for a Pyjama Drama expert to review – a video of yourself using one of our techniques and an evaluation (either written or verbal). You will receive proof of accreditation upon passing your assignments. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll send you detailed feedback so you know exactly what to do when resubmitting your assignments (at no extra cost).
I don’t want to become accredited, is that OK?
There is no obligation to become accredited and you will still receive your certificate of completion.
Do I have to complete any assignments?
Only if you wish to apply for accreditation. However, you will be set simple challenges as you go along, for example, playing a game in your setting or practising a new skill at home.
How long will it take to complete the course?
This depends on how much spare time you have. Some people decide to take the course in less than a month, and others take much longer.
As an example, if you took the course over 16 weeks you would:
Spend a maximum of 10 minutes watching pre-recorded lessons
Complete one challenge (this would take approximately 15 minutes to plan and 15 minutes to complete)
Is there ongoing support?
Yes. You’ll automatically be added to our online support group when you sign up for the course. Here you can chat with Pyjama Drama experts, teachers, childminders, and parents – ask questions, share ideas, seek support, and get inspired!
Do I have lifetime access to the course?
Yes! Revisit lessons whenever and as often as you like
Do I need drama experience to take this course?
No, the course will help anyone working with preschool children provide exciting learning opportunities, no matter what their experience of drama.
Who is this course for?
Anyone working with preschool children!
How does the course support the EYFS?
The techniques you will learn in this course will enable to you provide stimulating experiences for preschool children that help children work towards their Early Learning Goals in all six Areas of Learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
In addition, our course meets the Department for Education’s Professional Development Standards, the department responsible for education in England. Find out how by watching the video below!
What other training and resources are available?
Browse our full offering, from our monthly subscription service to regular online training opportunities and anti-bully curriculum for primary schools here: https://tinyurl.com/2p9csspe
Exceptional ‘The online lessons were fantastic. Exceptional.’ Varvara, Montessori teacher
Related really well to EYFS ‘The online lessons were brilliant. The online tutorials were really informative. They related really well to the EYFS.’ Amanda Cornish, Nursery Manager
Brilliant ‘Brilliant. The lessons are informative, lively, straightforward, entertaining, concise, to the point and VERY watchable.’ Stephen Waldron, retired Deputy Head Teacher
A self-esteem booster for sure! ‘I have absolutely loved the course. My fear when becoming a teacher was that I wouldn’t be confident enough to be big and silly and find ways to engage the children within their play and learning, so to have these games and ideas to support the children is amazing. The course is incredible, massively supportive and a self-esteem booster for sure! I would highly recommend for any new and aspiring teachers or any experienced teachers that want to connect with new ways to engage their children, brush up their skills and encourage the lost imaginations of children.’ Millie Tyerman, BA Early Childhood Studies, Northampton
A transformative approach ‘Wonderful course, which has led to a reframing of how I would approach different areas of Learning – this is a transformative approach!’ Gillian Hoult, student (Early Years Initial Teacher Training Course)
Part of the community ‘The supporting tutorials were really useful and helpful as they made me feel more of a part of the community. I was able to ask questions and see others talk about their experiences. It kept me focused on the course. Taking the course has helped me think about my overall approach in my setting, how I speak to the children and engage with them.’ Judith Wood, Childminder
Gave me confidence ‘I thought the lessons were amazing. I am only just starting my PGCE course and was quite nervous about going back into the classroom. The lessons not only have me new techniques but also gave me confidence in using this more ‘drama’ based approach.’ Demetra Tzamarias, PGCE In Early Childhood Education and Care 0-5
I’m so grateful ‘Practical and creative ideas that don’t require specific resources that take extra time. My children are so engaged with the activities and songs. I’m so grateful to Pyjama Drama Learning for improving my teaching.’ Hannah
Very effective ‘The tutorials were very effective as they gave opportunities for questions. In particular, I found listening to other practitioners and their experiences of carrying out activities particularly helpful.’ Naomi Breslin, Deputy Manager and Preschool teacher
10/10 – would recommend ‘BEST CLASS EVER! It can be very awkward and out of your comfort zone to play pretend in front of adults, but trust me, it is FUN and you learn by doing! If you are a teacher, take this class. Practice at home. Your kids will love everything you bring back to them. I have nothing but great things to say about Pyjama Drama and the instructor, Sarah. 10/10 would recommend!!’ Cici
Inspired and excited ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed this training opportunity. I am so very excited to use Pyjama Drama in my daily practice. I am inspired and excited! It has helped me to rethink how I actually model to the children and how I will interact with them in the future. Thank you so very much!’ Abigail Brana, Nursery teacher
Supported my confidence ‘The tools that I have learned through the Pyjama Drama Learning workshops have supported my confidence in engaging with imaginative play and with children I work with. Play is the best way to learn.’ Laurinda Wagner
Really useful ‘I found the lessons really useful, I have implemented a few in my sessions and have found they have been really effective.’ Anne Marie Hepworth, EYFS teacher assistant