Welcome to CAS Early Years
If you teach computing in an Early Years setting across the UK we’re here to help you.
From this page, you can reach everything CAS has to offer, including access to free high-quality resources, support and guidance from our communities and a carefully curated set of links to trusted organisations.
Looking for free high quality resources? Look no further...
CAS is a vibrant community of members supporting one another. One way in which members like to offer support is by sharing resources. Over time CAS has built up a collection of thousands of member-created resources, which can all be accessed for free.
Our library of CAS resources includes lesson plans, teacher-focused subject knowledge enhancers, assemblies, parent workshops... the list goes on, and on!
Barefoot is CAS’ primary-focused partner project which provides free resources and CPD workshops for teachers across the UK. Barefoot includes resources specific to the Early Years settings and offers a free teacher CPD workshop dedicated to Early Years. To date, Barefoot has trained up over 90,000 teachers and reached over 3 million pupils with its workshops and resources.
Looking to chat with someone for help and guidance? Our communities can help with that...
Primary Thematic Community
Our core communities are open to anyone across the UK with a shared interest around a theme. Volunteer leaders of these communities schedule the content of the meetings considering ‘hot topics’ around the theme and the needs’ of community members.
Our Primary Community often covers topics relating to Early Years.
CAS has a network of local communities across the UK run by our volunteer Community Leaders and specialising in offering relevant local support to teachers.
Communities can either be primary (including Early Years) or secondary specialised, or focus on both – called ‘Mixed Communities’.
Connect with us on social...
Check out the links below for further ways you can connect with us
Another way to connect with our community is via our CAS Primary Facebook group. At the time of writing, the group has over 800 members sharing resources, support and guidance on all things computing related in primary schools, including in the Early Years setting.
Our YouTube channel has over 350 videos covering a wide range of topics around computing education, including computing in the Early Years. In fact, we’ve got a whole playlist of EYFS related videos which you can watch here.
Another way to connect with the CAS community is via our weekly Twitter takeover in the form of #CASChat via @CASChat_UK which happens every Tuesday at 8pm.
Each week a set of 5 questions is released with everyone diving into a discussion organised using #CASChat. No invitation necessary so feel free to jump into the chat at any time or just lurk and learn.
Other CAS Links & Resources
Click the links below to join the EYFS discussion and access CAS toolkits:
Early Years Discussion Forum
Join the discussion and access suppoprt from teachers in our EYFS community
CAS Wellbeing Toolkit
Access mental health and wellbeing support, and useful links to external resources
Talk to our friends...
Here is a selection of trusted organisations who will also support you in teaching computing:
- Barefoot – Our primary-focused partner project offering free resources and CPD workshops on teaching computing in the Early Years
- UK Safer Internet Centre - Charity dedicated to empowering the safe and secure use of technology. Organisers of annual Safer Internet Day
- ThinkUKnow - CEOP Education team is a part of the National Crime Agency which run ThinkuKnow to educate pupils on online safety suitable for younger pupil.
- Project Evolve - Provides free resources for teaching E-Safety and broader digital literacy knowledge and skills mapped to Education for a Connected World.