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The Looking Glass Centre

The Looking Glass Centre is an inspirational meeting place and training facility to support and develop pedagogy and reflective practice in Early Years Foundation Stage settings.

The Looking Glass Centre is a venue for some of our training sessions.  It has a separate training room offering space for a number of workshops with the added benefit of the Looking Glass exhibition to immerse you in your training experience. 

The Looking Glass Centre supports early years educators through regular exhibitions to promote and challenge current thinking. Please note all visits to exhibitions must be pre-booked by emailing us.

Dudley Early Years Educational Advisory Service: Looking Glass Centre Focus

Time to Close the Word Gap

The term ‘word gap’ is typically used to refer to children in early years settings’ or entering primary school with a vocabulary far below aged related  expectations.  This word gap can be present throughout a child’s education and beyond.

‘If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary and knowledge at aged five and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn twenty new words every day’ - Why Closing the Word Gap Matters  - Oxford Language Report

  • Are you providing a talk-rich environment for young children?
  • How do you ensure you expose children to diverse language opportunities?
  • How are parents/carers supported to develop their child’s language skills?


To book a place please email us:

  • Early Years Training


  • The Looking Centre based at: Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre
    Off Pavillion Gardens
    Dudley Wood Road
    DY2 0DB