Christian Distinctiveness in Early Years

Exploring ways to enhance and develop Christian Distinctiveness across Early Years settings this course will equip staff and volunteers.

Taking time to explore the importance of the:

  • Environment – what it means to uphold a Christian ethos in YOUR environment.
  • Wellbeing – the importance of self-care, networking opportunities and how to access resources.
  • Religion and Belief – the opportunities and signposting to resources.  How discussions and engagement with activities can provide a starting point for an individual’s exploration.
  • Prayer -exploring your perception of prayer, the importance of prayer and ways to introduce in YOUR setting/classroom.

Location: on line via Zoom

Duration: Two hours

Suitable for: Early Years practitioners – Leaders of Toddler groups and creches, Managers and Deputy managers of Pre-schools, Qualified staff in Reception classes

Facilitator: Ruth Everett and Ann Sharp


27 June 2024, 1pm - 3pm

Course facilitator

Ruth Everett

Ruth is a School Adviser and RE Lead. She has worked in Education since 1984 with the majority of time spent teaching in Essex Primary Schools in a variety of roles, leading a wide range of subjects including English and RE and Senior Leadership.

She has also spent time as a Primary Literacy Consultant involved in local and regional work on phonics and most recently involved in leading a school from special measures to good. Ruth is a qualified SENCO an area of interest that continues to be explored through the teaching of RE and working with Governors. Her experience of working with Governing bodies includes being a staff member, LA Governor and more recently a Chair of Governors on a Local Governing Body.

Ruth has served on Governing bodies as a staff member, LA governor and recently taken up the position of Chair in a local school.

Education for Ruth has always been an ongoing learning journey and in Autumn 2017 she began a research based Masters in Religion, Society and Christian Education.

Ruth particularly enjoys participating in variety of forms of worship including singing, playing a selection of musical instruments. She spends what little time she has left with family, friends, walking, reading and cross stitch.

Ann Sharp

Ann's work involves supporting church pre-school or churches in the Diocese that has under-fives. This may mean working with a new or existing toddler group, a pre-school that has a strong Christian ethos or any other group that may need new ideas to support young children.

Ann finds that working with under-fives is a rewarding career, and one that should be recognised as so very important. Our youngest children are inquisitive and eager to learn - how great is that! They soak up information like sponges and these early years groups and activities can define their social and independence skills for later life.


No charge for this course.


27 June 2024, 1pm - 3pm