In person woodwork CPD – open to all EYFS/KS1 staff

2023 Dates open to all:

Note: The majority of my training sessions are directly commissioned by local authorities and schools.  If you would like CPD/INSET training for your school or local authority these can be booked directly via the contact form. If you would like specific training organised in your area I suggest you contact your Early Years LA team and ask them to host specific CPD

The open CPD training sessions listed below are available to everyone and enrolment is via the links provided below. or you can email me at and I will send an invoice.

BRISTOL 19 May, 9.30-3.30 at the Children’s Scrapstore

NEWCASTLE 12 June, 9.30-3.30 at the Heads Training Centre

Cost £95 plus VAT (£114 with VAT)

Learn everything you need to know in order to safely embed creative woodwork in your pre-school, reception class or Y1/2.

Tutor: Pete Moorhouse

Day overview:

The historical and current context of woodwork. Equal opportunities.

Theory: Associated learning and development in relation to EYFS/KS1

Introduction to tools, wood, resources and workbenches

How to set up a woodwork area and manage the provision

Health and safety and risk assessment. Parents

Longer term and collaborative projects, primary progression, makerspaces


Practical sessions: 2 practical sessions offering hands-on experience

There is something really special about woodwork. The smell and feel of wood, using real tools, working with a natural material, the sounds of hammering and sawing, hands and minds working together to express imagination and solve problems, the use of strength and coordination: all go to combine captivating young children’s interest. It provides a truly unique experience. Woodwork is hugely popular with children, providing a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. It is truly cross-curricular embracing so many areas of learning as well as building on children’s dispositions for learning. The impact is profound and long term.

This practical workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your school. We will look at the theory and the associated learning and development relating to the EYFS and KS1. There will be explanations of the most suitable wood and tools for children and instruction on how best to use them. We will look at the stages of children’s progression in woodwork. Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up and manage a woodworking area. I emphasise open-ended exploration and also provide examples of possible longer term projects. There will be practical sessions for teachers to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

From this course you will:

Understand the value and theory of woodwork especially in relation to EYFS/KS1

Learn about the current and historical context of woodwork

Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking

Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment

Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them

Be confident to develop a woodworking area

Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials


The venue is the legendary Children’s Scrapstore in Bristol. There will be opportunity to visit the scrap warehouse and arts shop and there is a great cafe in the building for lunch. (not included).

Arrive 9.15 for prompt 9.30 start

Scrapstore House, 21 Sevier St, St Werburgh’s, Bristol BS2 9LB



Bertram Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6PY

Drinks provided, bring a packed lunch.

Arrive 9.15 for 9.30 start