This is an online course comprising of pre-recorded lessons, Pyjama Drama resources, access to live tutorials, and outstanding ongoing support.
- A flexible course that can be completed at the pace that’s right for you and that fits around other commitments
- Supports the DfE standards for professional development (certificate included)
- Shortlisted for a Teach Early Years award 2020 and 2021!
- Co-written by Pyjama Drama founder, Sarah Owen
Who is this course for?
This training is for you if you work with (or are learning to work with) 3 – 5-year-olds and want to integrate a more drama-based, imaginative approach to all aspects of your practice, no matter what your experience of drama or leading imaginative play. This course is also a great way for those who have taken our introductory training, ‘An Introduction to Imaginative Play’ and wish to further develop their skills, or parents and carers who’re looking for simple ways to get involved in their children’s imaginary worlds.
Designed for the non-drama specialist, you don’t have to be ‘good at’ or experienced in drama to quickly see the benefits of drama and play for children’s physical as well as social and emotional development. ‘How to Become an Expert in Early Years Imaginative Play’ will benefit people such as, but not limited to:
- Nursery workers
- Playgroup leaders
- Preschool leader
- Nursery/Reception teachers
- Teaching assistants
- Students studying for childcare/early years qualifications
- Students studying primary education with QTS, including PGCE
What you will learn
You will learn how to use six Pyjama Drama techniques to facilitate imaginative play with 3 – 5-year-olds, even if you have no prior experience of drama, or consider yourself to be naturally shy. You will learn how to use these techniques to:
- Create imaginary worlds for children to explore
- Improve children’s social, emotional and physical well-being
- Boost key skills, including language and communication
- Develop a more playful, play-centred, imaginative approach
- Adopt positive classroom management strategies
- Adapt what you learn to different topics
- Address cultural capital deficit
- Deliver a range of original, Pyjama Drama games and music and movement activities
Who we are
This course has been created by a British company made up of three ex-teachers: Sarah Owen and Rachel McKenna from the UK, and Sarah Rijnen from California (your course leader). Sarah Owen founded Pyjama Drama Franchising, a network of franchisees across the UK, and in Australia and Malaysia, in 2005.
Watch a lesson below and ‘meet’ your course leader!
Watch Sarah deliver a Pyjama Drama game (using just some of the Pyjama Drama techniques you’ll learn in this course) to a group of three-year-olds at our Head Office in Wales, and see how the children respond…
How long does the course take to complete?
Take this course over a period of time that suits you and your other commitments. Lessons are typically less than five minutes long and because you have lifetime access, you can revisit them at any time. Watching all the lessons in one sitting would take you around 2.5 hours but this, of course, is not the intention because to gradually build your skills and confidence, we also ask you to complete simple challenges as you work your way through the course.
It’s possible to complete the course including all the challenges in as little as four weeks, but if you’re fitting your learning in around lots of other commitments, you may wish to consider taking over a longer period of time. If, for example, you decided to learn over sixteen weeks, each week would look something like this:
- Spend a maximum of 10 minutes watching pre-recorded lessons
- Complete one challenge in your setting, allowing 15 minutes to plan and 15 minutes to complete each challenge. Please note, 14 of your 16 challenges are designed to be completed in your early years setting (or with your own children), the remainder at home.
44 lessons across 8 Modules which include lots of teacher demonstrations delivered by our American colleague, Sarah Rijnen. Sarah’s friendly, down to earth approach will leave you smiling, and excited to get going!
Expert advice and support. Everyone who takes the course will have a direct line via email to our co-founders who will be on hand to offer advice and reassurance for as long as you need. Plus, join our online support group ‘ where you can share experiences, ask questions and benefit from regular online tutorials to support and extend your learning.
Learning plans. To help you plan your learning over the length of time that’s right for you (8 or 16 weeks).
Challenges. We promote active learning, so set a series of 16 challenges throughout the course. Try out what you learn, either at home or in your setting.
Workbook. Our downloadable workbook outlines all of our drama techniques and gives step-by-step guides to facilitating our drama games and classroom management strategies. There’s also space to take notes.
Drama games. The course includes an additional downloadable pack of ten original Pyjama Drama games. Have fun playing with your early years children once you have mastered our drama techniques.
Bonus videos. Seven bonus teacher demonstration videos show you how to apply our techniques to multiple themes.
How we meet the DfE Professional Development Standards
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