Watch and Wonder - Train the Trainer

Training to be a Watch and Wonder (formerly known as 'Baby Watching') Leader is held via Zoom, 3, 3-hour after school sessions with a little home-study in between.

See our training pages for dates this term (must be able to attend all 3 sessions to complete course) 

We are providing the opportunity for 10 schools per term to access this training and mentoring offer for free.

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Course outline

Every session gives plenty of time to discuss and see how theory actually relates to our own settings and the children we work with.

Session 1 - Introduction, Attachment, Qualities of a Group Leader

  • Attachment theory as it relates to Watch and Wonder
  • Considering how attachment affects how we learn
  • The difference between genuine resilience and the ‘adapted’ child
  • Considering presenting behaviours in the classroom
  • Considering the qualities of a good Group Leader – PACE model

20 minutes of watching videos for home-study needed to prepare for Session 2.

Session 2 - Empathic Listening and Reflecting and Introduction of skills. How does Watch and Wonder work?

  • Introduction of core skills - empathic listening and reflecting within a Watch and Wonder context.
  • Use of Naming and the importance of this reflecting skill.
  • Introduction to the Babywatching model.
  • Delivery changes to manage post Covid 19
  • Question Technique.
  • Development of empathy in practice

20 minutes of watching videos for home-study needed to prepare for Session 3.

Session 3 - Getting started and problem solving

  • Practicing Questioning technique
  • Practicalities of starting a group
  • Managing behaviours in a Watch and Wonder session
  • Post session resources
  • Working virtually
  • Using evaluations - SDQ’s and Altruism Measure
  • The Importance of having a mentor
  • Safeguarding
  • Membership
  • Self-care