The Power of ‘Why?’! Innovation and inquiry-based learning for the Early Years Foundation Phase

  • The Power of ‘Why?’! Innovation and inquiry-based learning for the Early Years Foundation Phase



PMA is a UK based, internationally operating organisation providing worldwide consultancy to stand alone and start up schools, nurseries, school groups and Ministries Of Education. The organisation is sought after for its highly professional, ethical and expert support, guidance, applied expertise and innovative ideas. PMA prides itself on working with each client as unique and individual, tailoring support according to need and responding flexibly to changing circumstances. The consultancy offer is wide ranging and includes; direct, in school or nursery review and support, professional development courses, conference keynotes and specific expertise in all aspects of early childhood education and care.

Pam Mundy is currently Director of Pam Mundy Associates and a renowned international speaker, author and consultant. Pam is also a qualified CIS Team Leader, an Early Years Inspector skilled in supporting schools and settings toward and through inspections and is an Early Years/Primary Specialist. She is a passionate advocate for teaching, learning and leadership – and the significant impact that the earliest years have on children’s life, learning and their future world. She holds a variety of international Board Roles and is a Director of Ready Generations focused on the cultural and holistic life of the child, an Education Advisory Board member for NEOM, a new city in KSA and Chairs the Advisory Board for the Chatmore British International Schools in Bermuda.

Pam provides professional development, challenge, support and strategic guidance for a wide range of K-12 schools, Early Childhood settings, government agencies and Ministries of Education nationally and internationally (currently in the United States, Kazakhstan, Brunei, South America, Chile, South Korea, South East Asia, China, Africa, India, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Indonesia, Europe and the United Kingdom). Her focus is on early childhood leadership, learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment. Pam ensures that she spends time learning directly from children and the adults who support their learning – the most inspirational aspect of her work!

As an international Early Years consultant, working across the globe, Pam has the privilege of supporting Early Years Leaders as each country responds to the Covid 19 pandemic and the unique position of being directly involved as Nurseries and schools locked down, transitioned to online learning (a complex challenge with very young children) and now begin to return … to different interpretations of what ‘the future’ may mean! Based, as always, in practical, research-based and guidance and first-hand experience, this programme is designed to provide direct and relevant support and challenge for Early Years leader as they navigate, strive (and thrive!) in this new territory. It includes an opportunity to access individual support and ‘bolt-on’ opportunities to design in-school ‘live’ follow up sessions for Early Years Teams if requested. own lives and positively influence our students and our colleagues.

Programme Overview


Early Years
Delivery Model

A four-week programme, with a 60-minute live session each week, plus relevant follow up activities for action learning in participants’ own time will be set at the end of each session.

Additional option to book an individual one to one session and/or team meeting with Pam during or post course

  • AED 630 per delegate including VAT
  • Additional session AED 262.50 including VAT
  • Booking Deadline: New Autumn Term date coming soon
  • Discount for group bookings of five or more staff from the same school


Dates & Times*
Face to Face Online sessions 4 hours programme (plus professional activity time) breakdown
  • Session 1: New Autumn Term date coming soon
  • Session 2: New Autumn Term date coming soon
  • Session 3: New Autumn Term date coming soon
  • Session 4: New Autumn Term date coming soon
  • 4 hours online facilitation
  • Participant self-directed activity time (based on identified aspect) during Session 3 and 4.
Times are Dubai Time and calls last 1 hour


Programme Details:

A dedicated Early Years ‘best practice’ course, tailored to both group and individual needs, exploring authentic inquiry focused learning and innovative teaching, supporting EY leaders and practitioners in implementing new approaches, based on international best practice.

Live Sessions using ZOOM

Session 1: What? How? Why? Where?

Inquiry focused learning and the power of ‘Why?

Session 2: i-Learner? The Child That ‘MAC’ built!

Exploring innovative approaches to inquiry-based learning and STEAM

Session 3: Head Space? Powering Up The Possibilities…

Auditing STEAM and inquiry focused learning – gathering evidence

Session 4: Innovation Central?

Quick-fire ‘swap shop’ session – the best CPD!


Programme Context:

Children in the Early Years are born with an insatiable curiosity about the world and an innate desire to investigate and inquire as they pursue the passion of learning. Engaging and stimulating their curiosity (the ‘why?’) is a challenge for the adults working with them –particularly in light of the rapidly changing and challenging world in which we live and where technology has recently taken centre stage! There is also an increasing emphasis for schools to place greater emphasis on innovation and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and as the UAE and other parts of the Middle East turn their attention this way – Early Years teachers are best placed to ‘fire up’ and ‘connect’ children’s deep learning in these areas!

This course explores the impact of today’s world and the latest innovation in pedagogical practice and provision on children and teachers in the Early Years, supporting STEAM and exploring what this means in the earliest years. The course offers opportunities for Early Years leaders and teachers to explore the latest UK and international developments through a combination of stimulating ideas, interactive sessions and professional exchanges and discussions. The day will include reference to the UAE National Agenda and offer support in implementing new strategies whilst complying with the expectations of KHDA and other inspection systems. We intend that delegates leave the course energised, inspired – and ‘ready to rock’ inquiry based Early Years learning!

Who Should Attend?

Early Years Leaders, Reception and Nursery teachers,

Please note that this course is NOT suitable for NQTs or those new to the Early Years

Intended Outcomes
  • To know about the international focus on inquiry based and STEAM learning in the Early Years, toward the UAE 2021 Vision
  • To explore a range of innovative strategies for auditing and developing inquiry and ‘STEAM’ based learning and to have shared ‘best practice’ in networked sessions
  • To be able to access and apply UK and international Early Years developments as appropriate to the context of the school and the demographic.


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Feedback from some of Pam’s F2F sessions.

“Pam was very inspirational, and it was clear she is knowledgeable in this area. She made sure she catered for everybody there and constantly referenced different ideas which would benefit individual needs of schools. I would highly recommend both Pam and the course to my colleagues and hope to join another course soon.”


“The course from Pam was inspirational. She provided excellent ideas and concepts and she communicated in a way which I feel are achievable in the classroom. Weaknesses: N/A. I have rated this programme as Excellent. Thank you for this fantastic day, I feel inspired to take these ideas to the classroom and to my team.”