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.

Download a Training Flier 

See the new Watch and Wonder Website including feedback from the Cornwall course held last term. 


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
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