Teach Dots (3 – 6)
Mindfulness for 3 to 6 year olds
Teach Dots prepares participants who have met the prerequisites to teach the Dots curriculum in schools, pre-schools or other educational or youth-related organisations.
The Teach Dots course consists of real-time delivery of the sessions or parts of the sessions, pedagogy sessions, discussion groups and opportunities to practise guiding the Dots practices and activities with each other.
1. Those applying to train to teach the Dots curriculum must have experience of teaching or working with groups of children in the relevant age group (3 – 6).
2. Particularly when working with younger children, it is important that the Dots teacher is known to the children, and is able to support ongoing embedding of Dots practices and exercises in line with the guidance provided during the training. Dots teachers should therefore also be based in a school/setting where the Dots curriculum will be taught, or be a regular visitor (once a week minimum) to that school/setting. This could include:
- Regular classroom teachers or assistants working with ages 3-6 years.
- Those working with these age groups on a weekly (or more frequent basis) such as Special Educational Needs support workers, Local Authority Provision providers, or parent classroom support providers.
Trainee teachers are welcome to apply if they are training to teach this age group, but must already have some experience of working with 3 to 6 year olds.
3. This course does not qualify those who take part to go on and train others to deliver the curriculum. Nor may they share the teaching resources with others. If your place on a Teach Dots course is going to be funded by your school, setting or other organisation, we recommend you make this clear to them before enrolling for this course. For further information, please see the Terms and Conditions.
At the end of the course, participants will receive six-months free membership to The Hub and all the materials needed to start teaching the lessons:
- How to Teach Dots booklet
- Extensive Teacher’s Notes on each session
- Supporting resources for use in the classroom/setting and at home
- Materials for working with additional adults in the classroom/setting
Potential Benefits For Students
- Promotes well-being and resilience
- Offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life
- Can be individually tailored to suit each child
- Develops many areas of personal, social and emotional development
- Extends the thinking skills learning which is promoted in the national curriculum (such as metacognition)
What are the prerequisites?
Our training is open to school teachers and non-school teachers alike but as with all the main mindfulness programmes, it is expected to be taught only by those who regularly practise mindfulness themselves.
Research shows clearly that mindfulness is more effective when taught by those who embody the particular qualities it develops, such as open-minded curiosity, kindliness, acceptance, trust, patience, and non-striving, and who have skills of focusing, and paying and switching attention.*
Teachers of mindfulness need to be able to model what they are teaching, and to understand and relate directly and empathically to experiences their students may be having from a solid base in their own life. (Similarly, you would not expect a teacher who had never been in water to teach swimming effectively!)
Dots teachers should also be based in a school/setting or be a regular visitor to the school/setting. Particularly when working with younger children, it is important that the Dots teacher is known to the children.
View the full course prerequisites before applying.
* Crane, Rebecca S, Willem Kuyken, J Mark G Williams, Richard P Hastings, Lucinda Cooper, and Melanie J V Fennell. “Competence in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses: Concepts, Development and Assessment.” Mindfulness 3.1 (2012): 76-84. Web.
How much does Teach Dots cost?
This course costs £415.
This course meets the conditions of an exempt supply of education provided by an eligible body and therefore is exempt from VAT. Does it?
We continue to offer supported places to state-funded schools meeting our criteria.
How is Teach Dots delivered?
This course is available as a three-day online course – check our course schedule for upcoming courses.
Ready to Apply?
To view our current list of Teach Dots courses, please visit our course schedule:
The Dots Curriculum
To find out more about the Dots curriculum:
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of questions that regularly come up during our training courses. Please have a look through them on our FAQ page. If you have any further questions, you will be able to ask your lead trainer during your training course or feel free to contact: email@example.com