A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop Short Course by Laser Learning

What is A Winning Attitude for Parents?

Rosie Hamilton-McGinty and Professor Pat Preedy are passionate about the importance of parents or guardians working with practitioners and carers to support children. The first step towards this is often providing parents or guardians with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve this.

A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course is written by Professor Pat Preedy and Rosie Hamilton-McGinty and is designed to train practitioners and teachers to be able to deliver the A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop to the parents or guardians of the children they work with.

We asked Rosie and Pat to explain more about the course, A Winning Attitude, and why they believe this training is essential for ensuring the best outcomes for children.

How did you come up with the idea of A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop?

Rosie: My background is as an author on character and attitude development of people. I organise a range of training with presentations on ‘How to Bring out the Best in People’ for organisations. When Pat and I first met in 2011 at the school where Pat was Executive Principal, she told me how she used quotes from my A Winning Attitude book in her school assemblies.

Pat: Rosie went on to speak at the school’s speech day and to present A Winning Attitude books to the leavers. I had been doing a lot of work with parents and from that time we partnered and developed A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop, with a course tagline ‘How to bring out the Best in your Child’.

What makes you so passionate about the role of the parent(s) in a child’s development?

P: I completed my masters on effective ways of partnering with parents and went on to work with Dr Kay Sanderson on the Parents and Carers as Play Partners Project. There is considerable research available e.g. by Professor John Hattie, that when parents engage with their children by sharing, encouraging and talking about their learning there is an acceleration in academic and personal outcomes for children which can be the equivalent of two years of schooling.

R: Schools have a major role in helping parents to engage with their children. We designed A Winning Attitude course in order that teachers and early years practitioners develop the skills and have the resources to run effective workshops to support parents.

Why did you choose to make this course available online?

R: At the launch of A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop in March 2017 we ran two pilot courses at The Revel School and Pattison College which were extremely successful. The enthusiasm from teachers and practitioners for this new course led us to develop the course further to include an Introduction to the Parent Workshop.

P: Following on from this standpoint we decided to combine the two courses and with the assistance of Laser Learning the online version allowed us to reach schools throughout the UK and internationally. The online course was launched on 1st November 2018. We are delighted that providing the course online enables us to reach many more schools and settings.

Professor Pat Preedy and Rosie Hamilton-McGinty recording for A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop with Laser Learning
Professor Pat Preedy and Rosie Hamilton-McGinty recording for A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop with Laser Learning

Can you tell us a bit more about what you consider to be ‘a winning attitude’?

R: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. One’s attitude, the attitude you adopt when interacting with others, sets an emotional platform for happier and successful relationships to develop. Your interactions and attitude can make a person feel significant valued and loved, which is everyone’s birth right.

What are your hopes for parents who attend a workshop?

P: That every parent leaves the workshop motivated to make positive changes in the way they interact with their children. Parents need to become strong role models if they wish for their children to become well rounded individuals in life.

R: Small changes can lead to a more fulfilling happier relationship.

Can you briefly outline what the course covers?

P: The A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course covers four sessions/modules:

Session 1: Meeting your Child’s Emotional Needs; Making Choices

Session 2: Code of Conduct, Behaviour and Manners

Session 3: Discipline, Children Need Limits, Structure and Consistency

Session 4: Fun, Engagement and Play; Building Strong Relationships

By completing the course, you will also then have access to the resources needed to deliver the Parent Workshop yourself.

What are you most proud of in the A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course?

R: We are both interested and passionate about our work in helping to make a difference by enabling schools to assist parents to realise and bring out the best in their child. We are proud to have written a course that can make a positive difference to children and parents.

P: We understand that teachers and practitioners have very demanding jobs. It is very rewarding to know that the resources we have written are appreciated and enable the parent workshops to happen with the minimum of pressure on staff. 

Any other comments you would like to make?

P: If we can attract funding for this course it will enable us to fund schools in underprivileged areas of the country to receive the course free of charge. We would really like all schools and settings to be able to implement A Winning Attitude for the benefit of their children and parents.

A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course is also a strong contributory factor when inspectors judge the quality and impact of the partnership with parents within the school or setting.


Six Steps to Maintain your Positive Mindset in 2019 by Laser Systems

Six Steps to Maintain your Positive Mindset in 2019

As we approach the half-way point in the first month of 2019, a lot of us will be feeling a real mixture of emotions, whether it’s settling ourselves back in the monotony of every other year or facing up to the goals we set ourselves to achieve within the next 12 months.

Goals are important, but it can be difficult to keep the motivation accompanied by ‘new year, new you’ messages. If you’re feeling a little lost or need some reassurance, here are a few considerations while you look back on the first two weeks of your year as well as forward to the rest of 2019.

  1. It’s only 14 days

Whether you’ve had a productive first two weeks, stumbled slightly, or have been knocked down completely, it’s only been 14 days. In the grand scheme of your entire year, this is the tip of the iceberg so congratulate yourself on what you’ve achieved so far and don’t berate yourself if it’s not been the start you were hoping for.

You’ve still got 351 days to achieve your goals!

  1. You’re not alone

Launching into something new at the start of the year can feel intimidating. If you’re feeling anxious about getting started it can be helpful to discuss your reservations and fears with others in a similar position. It doesn’t have to be your usual support group, and you might benefit from reaching out to a new group who have experienced what you’re feeling.

It’s surprising how often other people can give us the support we need and it’s worth taking the chance to reach out if you’re feeling unsure.

Similarly, if you are in a position to provide encouragement and support to others then this is the time to step up to the plate. By being a source of encouragement, you can boost your own self-confidence and create a positive environment for you to assess your own goals and experience.

  1. Take small steps and celebrate them

Even if you achieve something very small every day of the year, you’ve achieved 365 things, or taken 365 steps towards your goal. That’s a big achievement!

You don’t have to achieve something every day, and you don’t have to always be moving towards your goal. If you need a break or take some steps backwards you can still achieve so much by recognising the small steps and celebrating them as they happen. Doing this also keeps your goals and achievements in a positive light, rather than only celebrating when you reach a certain milestone or at predetermined times.

  1. Keep going – forget failure

When the ‘new you’ feelings start to fade, and January is behind you, it can be difficult to keep motivation. You might make a few mistakes, fall behind, or stop working towards your goals completely.

Whatever you do, don’t look at this as failure.

Every step you take is a learning experience and you can return to your goals at any time. If you start looking at your year as a set of failed attempts, you’re missing an opportunity to pick up the reigns again and carry on. Finding the strength to keep going can feel impossible, but it’s much more productive to dust yourself off and keep going than to give up entirely.

Also consider whether your circumstances contributed to you feeling like you were failing.

  • Did you have enough time to dedicate to your goals?
  • Did you have the support you needed?
  • Was your goal a realistic one?
  • Did you approach it with a positive mindset or were you waiting for the moment you would fail?

If you can make any changes to remedy these circumstances, then make that your priority before getting back to it.

  1. Your goals are more complex than you might think

If your goal is to develop your leadership skills in 2019 by achieving a CPD course, then you are actually working towards a number of new skills throughout the year.

  • You’re developing your understanding of leadership in terms of knowledge which can be used in the workplace as well as in your everyday life
  • You’re developing your leadership skills which can be used in the workplace as well as in everyday life, whether it’s organising social events or taking control of a situation when the moment arises
  • You’re developing your interpersonal skills
  • You’re building your confidence in the workplace either for a role you already have or are working towards
  • You’re opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and evaluating the skills, and knowledge you already have, with the potential to develop these even further in the future
  • You’re discussing ideas with others, developing relationships, and taking on criticism

All of these developments are just as important as your overall goal and each step you take is building your skills, knowledge, and confidence in the workplace and in your personal life.

  1. Your personal New Year’s Day can be any day you choose

It’s easy to get swept-up in the ‘new year, new you’ mindset in January, but it’s important to remember that your new year can start at any time.

If something happens today that means you can’t achieve your goal, give yourself time to recover and start again when the time is right. That might be 3rd February, mid-June, or next year. It might be never as your goals might change entirely!

Every day is a chance to start again and take a tiny step towards a greater goal. As long as you look at your goals as ongoing and remember that you are developing more than one single outcome, you can continue to make positive developments and changes throughout the year and maybe achieve so much more than you initially thought was possible.


New year, new skills, new knowledge, new confidence

Make Personal Development and Learning your Priority in 2019

January arrives on the coattails of December, a month stuffed to the brim in every way possible, whether it’s social engagements, deadlines, or a dinner plate. December can be just as exhausting as it is exhilarating, and January can feel a bit like salvation with its normal everyday routine and the promise of a fresh start.

With January’s resolutions and resolve it can also feel a little daunting when considering how to get your year off to the best start, especially with an influx of marketing messages asking you to ‘change’ in the new year. However, focusing on development rather than complete change is a healthy way to ease yourself into a new year with a positive start.

Developing your skills and knowledge with learning is an investment you will continue to benefit from year after year and is also an investment that doesn’t demand drastic change.

Why learn something new at the start of 2019?

Community learning helps to combat loneliness

‘The culture of adult learning encourages settings and behaviours that favour connection-making. It can be supportive; inclusive; accessible; respectful; positive and forward-looking; collaborative and social. It also provides a common link – a shared interest in a subject or a shared challenge, but in a largely non-competitive and supported environment.’ – TES

If you learn as part of a community or learn alongside others you will reap the benefits of sharing ideas, conversation, and gaining the experience of others. This could be a community both online or offline, and your contributions to the community will help support the learning of others.

Learning can lead to new opportunities

Developing your skills or learning something new can lead to different opportunities. Whether it’s discovering a love for something you never thought about before, making new friends and connections, or building your confidence in new areas, this can all lead to new opportunities in your life.

Confidence in particularly important and learning something in 2019 doesn’t have to mean taking on a big subject. You might want to learn a bit more about something you already do on a daily basis, or perfect a skill you’ve been meaning to revisit for a while. Dedicating time to yourself and your development can build confidence and self-esteem which in turn can lead to opportunities because you feel more positively about things you may not have done in the past.

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Personal development is part of professional development

Traditionally, learning new skills or developing your knowledge is part of building your work resume. Even if you start small, you may find you have a talent you haven’t given the opportunity to blossom, or that you want to go on to learn something in more detail. All of this can lead to further work opportunities or even a new career path.

Don’t be afraid to approach your employer about personal and professional development around your job role. This is an important part of your employment and it’s important your job role gives you the opportunity to develop.

As an employer, January is the perfect time to encourage staff to develop their skills and knowledge whether it’s for personal or professional outcomes.

If you’re looking for some inspiration and ideas of what to learn, you can see a full list of Laser CPD Short Courses on our website.

NEW The Role of the SENCo CPD short course

Early Identification of SEN and Disabilities in Babies and Young Children | Webinar

For our first week back in 2019, our Short Courses Manager, Sophie, discusses what’s involved in the identification of SEN and disabilities in babies and young children as part of our new The Role of the SENCo CPD short course.

Watch her webinar for further information about the importance of early identification of SEN, how to identify SEN, and useful strategies to be implemented in your setting.

Find out more about The Role of the SENCo CPD short course.

See a full list of available CPD short courses.

Laser Systems Office Closing Times 2018

Office closing times

As part of our advent promotion throughout December 2018, don’t forget that you can get a discount on a short course each day until 2nd January 2019.

Follow us on social media to see each course promoted, either on Twitter or Facebook.

Laser Systems Office Closing Times

If you need to contact us over the Christmas period, please be aware that our offices will close on Monday 24th December at 12pm and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January at 8am. If you need urgent technical support, please contact our out of office number 01753 424 525.

As it is a holiday period, there will be limited support on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th December, and Tuesday 1st January.

For queries that are not urgent, please email it@lasersys.co.uk and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We wish you all a peaceful break if you are celebrating the Christmas period and a fantastic start to 2019.