The Early Years Professional Development Centre

The Early Years Professional Development Centre

The Early Years Professional Development Centre

The Early Years Professional Development Centre is here for all early years practitioners to support them in their professional practice.

Our indoor environment areas are packed with inspiring and innovating ideas on how to use your own resources and environment to support children’s learning and development. These spaces are designed to support practitioners to reflect on the development of children from birth to 6 years old. The grounds of the centre are ideal for showcasing learning opportunities in the outdoors and are an integral part of our outdoor training sessions.

Each term we enhance the environment to focus on a specific area of children’s development so there is always something new to for you to see. Wander at your leisure, find inspiration and essential information and take photos to record the ideas you might use in your own setting.

Other services

You can also:

  • borrow books
  • purchase publications
  • attend training
  • hire a meeting room

Plan your visit

We are pleased to announce that you can once again book a visit to the Early Years Centre. Please use the form underneath to arrange your booking.  You will need to give us 72 hours notice to give us time to confirm back to you as quickly as possible.

Due to restricted staffing at the centre, please do not arrive to visit the centre unannounced, as we will not be able to accommodate you and do not want you to be disappointed!

  • You will need to book your visit so we can make sure there will be someone on hand to let you in or lead a tour*
  • You are welcome on your own or with your colleagues. The centre is an ideal setting for groups of childminders or staff teams to meet.
  • Whilst the Covid rules have relaxed, you may still wish to wear a mask, this is entirely your choice; we would ask that you please continue use the hand gel provided to help keep each other safe.

Charge

  • Free for childminder, setting and schools who hold a membership with us.
  • All other visitors £11 per person.
  • *Consultant-led Tours cost £100 for up to 15 visitors in your group

Opening times

We are excited to see you back at the centre. We allocate visit requests on a first come first served basis to ensure the building does not become overcrowded - especially our exciting environments areas! 

Please note that visits are only bookable during term time. 

You can choose a morning, afternoon or evening visit (please be aware that evening visits are only available if the Centre is open and will be confirmed on application only).

  Morning Afternoon Evenings - Limited availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays only
Arriving no earlier than 9am 13:00 17:30
Leaving no later than 12 noon 16:30 20:00

Make a note of the date and time you wish to visit and use the form below to book:

Book a visit

Training room hire

We are pleased to announce that training room hire is available again. 

We have two training rooms - Workshop Room and Training Room. 

Included in your booking:

  • Access to interactive learning environment:
  • Room
  • Equipment
  • Refreshments on arrival, mid morning and mid afternoon (and a buffet lunch if requested)

To make an initial enquiry please email: earlyyearscentre@lancashire.gov.uk

Without lunch but including tea, coffee and cordial

Half day (3 hours) including teas and coffees

£105

Full Day (6 hours) including teas and coffees 

£210

With buffet lunch (minimum 8 attendees) - please let us know of any special dietary requirements when booking.

Full Day (6 hours) including teas, coffees and buffet lunch (up to 15 people)

£300

Full Day (6 hours) including teas, coffees and lunch (up to 30 people)

£450

Contact us

Early Years Professional Development Centre,
Seven Stars Primary School
Peacock Hall Road
Leyland
PR25 1TD

Email: EarlyYearsCentre@lancashire.gov.uk
Tel: 01772 539058

0 to 3 years environment

Our exciting 0 to 3 environment displays include:

  • a space for non-mobile babies, consisting of imaginative, exploratory, physical and comfortable provision
  • examples of continuous provision for toddlers and two year olds

Emphasis is on open-ended resources to meet each child's unique stage of development, sensory and heuristic play and the prime areas of learning development.

Early years 0-3 year olds

Birth to three matters!

The first three years of life are one of the most extraordinary and critical periods of child development. 

At no other time do we see such rapid changes in progression, with children developing from dependent new-borns, to curious, active learners who have a zest for learning, a quest for independence and a can-do attitude to life.

3 to 6 year olds environment

We create an enabling environment for three to six year olds that is child-centred.

The provision is organised to encourage independence and resourced to provide interest and challenge for children across the age phases.

The seven areas of learning and national curriculum subjects are promoted through provision areas that are inviting and stimulating, where children can learn through play.

Early years 3-6 year olds

Environments matter!

Children are unique and holistic learners, thriving within environments that support their individual and diverse motivations, interests and needs.

It is important to give children the space and time to fully discover, test and revisit their ideas and theories.

Outdoor environment

In our outdoor learning environment you'll see a variety of ways in which you can harness your outdoor spaces to provide engaging learning experiences.

The environment includes opportunities for:

  • physical play
  • relaxing quiet play
  • exploration using the senses
  • engaging with nature and the living world
  • experiencing and investigating the elements
  • imaginative and creative play.

We have some defined provision areas such as a mud kitchen, quiet spaces and natural small world areas.

You'll also see a range of storage ideas and collections of open-ended resource ideas that can be easily sourced and used to provide for each child's learning needs.

Early years - outdoors

The benefits of outdoor spaces

The outdoors is an exciting, ever changing environment with huge learning potential.

All children can benefit from having extended periods of time outdoors, it is a place where children can experience awe and wonder and spending time in the natural world supports their all-round development, wellbeing and happiness.