Creating Highly Effective Learning Environments by Anne van Dam, Amsterdam


Venue: International School of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: 500 USD if registration and payment before January 31st, 2019. 600 USD if registration and payment after January1st, 2019. Booking for every 5 delegates will receive 1 FREE seat.
Date: 3rd and 4th May 2019

This workshop explores the pivotal role of the environment in young children’s learning. Research informs us that young children primarily learn through their interactions with the social and physical world. A learning environment that supports and extends young children’s curiosity will promote learning in all developmental areas. Open ended materials and spaces, both inside and outside need to be carefully considered and prepared for children’s investigations and learning. The workshop will also explore the use of ‘loose parts’ and how these enhance creativity and opportunities for symbolic representation and expression.

Anne van Dam

Early years education has been Anne’s passion for more than 25 years. She has worked in schools in the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Switzerland as a teacher, PYP coordinator and principal. As a PYP visiting team member and workshop leader, she tremendously enjoys supporting teachers with the implementation of the IB PYP framework.
Her beliefs about learning are centered around relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making teaching and learning visible to others.
Anne moved back to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. Anne has been working on the PYP review focusing on student agency, early years, inquiry and the several aspects of ‘the learning community’. She still works as an IB workshop leader and workshop developer and collaborates with international schools as an independent educational consultant.


This workshop will be suitable for teachers and leaders working in early years education.

Workshop Synopsis:

Indoor and outdoor learning environments are a pivotal part of early childhood education. The ongoing preparation of space and materials, in response to children’s interest and the school’s written curriculum, is one of the roles of an early childhood educator.

Please note although content for sessions are indicated, this may be adjusted in terms of timing and participant needs as the workshop progresses.


Day 1

08:30 – 09:00 Participants arrival

09:00 – 11:00 Session One

Building from the known / Creating a community of learners

  • Ice Breaker
  • Prior knowledge and questions
11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 01:00 Session Two

Role of the environment in young children’s learning

  • Theories about young children’s development and play
  • The role of the environment in learning
01:00 – 02:00 Lunch

02:00 – 03:30 Session Three

Spaces that support play

  • Role of play in young children’s learning
  • Outdoor and indoor spaces that support inquiry
  • Materials that children can act on, supporting development of creative and critical thinking skills

Day 2

09:00 – 11:00 Session Four

A deeper look at the role of dramatic play

  • Role of dramatic play in young children’s learning: language development, social skills, symbolic competence
  • Dramatic play areas –planning and creating engaging play spaces for and with children
11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 01:00 Session Five

Spaces that support children’s developing sense of identity

  • Incorporating culture and multiple perspectives in early childhood environments
  • The role of the arts in early childhood spaces
01:00 – 02:00 Lunch

02:00 – 03:30 Session six

Link between Observation and Planning for Learning Environments and Reflection Looking forward


  • Observation and planning – adapting spaces/ materials
  • Looking forward – Incorporating new learning

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.


Fees include all materials necessary for the workshops, lunches and coffee breaks during workshop days. Workshop fees do not cover transportation or accommodation.


Participants are responsible for any visas.


Payment will be made via bank transfer.
Bank detailed information will be given via confirmation email.
Please indicate participant name and workshop in the transfer reference.
Please also note that all charges are the responsibility of the remitter.
Full payment is due within 4 working days after confirmation of registration.
Spaces are limited. If payment has not been received within the deadline, spaces will be released to other interested persons.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation if done then less than one month of the workshop date.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, 4 Generations 4 Education will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop, 4 Generations 4 Education will reimburse the participation fee, keeping 10% as service charge.

  • 4 Generations 4 Education reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.

  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us