‘How to Become an Expert in Early Years Imaginative Play’

Only £90 for comprehensive training plus resources for early years practitioners

How this course works:

1) In your own time, gradually build your skills as you learn basic, intermediate then advanced drama techniques

2) Practise your new techniques as you go along – at home or in your setting

3) Ignite children’s imaginations and target the development of their key skills through play

‘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)

Who’s it for?

Anyone working with children aged 3 – 5: Early years practitioners, childminders, and teachers looking for exciting, effective ways to target the development of their children’s key skills.

We pride ourselves on creating training and resources that anyone can deliver – from the most theatrical among us to those who would consider themselves naturally shy.

What skills will children develop?

Using the drama techniques you learn in this course, playing our games and leading our activities, will target the development of children’s keys skills helping them to:

  • 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

What will I learn?

Six powerful techniques that will ignite children’s imaginations and enable you to:

  • Lead small or large groups of children in imaginative play
  • Lead small or large groups of children in music and movement activities
  • Manage your classroom with positivity and fun

Will taking this course help me deliver the curriculum?

Yes! Complete our challenges, play our games and provide unique opportunities to support the delivery of  EYFS (England), Curriculum for Wales, and Curriculum for Excellence (Scotland). Within the course, you can download documents that outline exactly how the course supports each individual curriculum.

Do I have to be ‘good at’ drama?

If you can pull a funny face and make a child laugh, or put on different voices when reading a story, you already are good at drama! And don’t forget, your subscription includes trainingdemonstration videos and ongoing support so anyone, no matter what their experience of drama, can deliver powerful and meaningful play.

What’s included in the course?

  • 43 online lessons, each lasting approx. five minutes
  • Ongoing support via email, and our online support group
  • 16 challenges – try out what you learn as you go along, at home or in your setting
  • Downloadable workbook containing step-by-step guides
  • Downloadable pack of drama games
  • Downloadable curriculum documents (EYFS/Curriculum for Wales/Curriculum for Excellence)
  • Music
  • Bonus teacher demonstration videos
  • Certificate of completion
  • The opportunity to apply for Bronze Accreditation

How do I gain Bronze Accreditation?

Becoming a Bronze-accredited Pyjama Drama Play Expert is easy; simply hand in two simple assignments after completing the first four modules of the course – one, a video of yourself delivering a Pyjama Drama activity using our techniques and two, a simple evaluation. One of our play experts will review your assignments and provide detailed feedback.

If you don’t pass the first time we will do our very best to support you and make sure you pass the next time, and once you do pass, we will send you a digital media pack so you can share your good news on social media etc.

Watch a snippet from a lesson…

How long will it take me 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:

1) Spend a maximum of 10 minutes watching pre-recorded lessons

2) Complete one challenge (this would take approximately 15 minutes to plan and 15 minutes to complete)

Do I have lifetime access to the course?

Yes! Revisit lessons whenever and as often as you like.

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, educators, and parents of preschool children and ask questions, share ideas, seek support, and get inspired!

Is this course accredited?

Our course fully 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 do you offer?

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

Fun new ways to engage children that work! ‘The course was incredibly easy to navigate, the information was presented clearly and was easy to incorporate into practice and felt empowering. Would highly recommend to people who want to learn new approaches to engage children (in any activity)’ Katrina Stapleford

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

About Instructor

Pyjama Drama

16 Products

+110 enrolled
Not Enrolled
  • £90.00


  • 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 9 Modules
  • 44 Lessons
  • Product Certificate