Early years training courses

If you are new to early years you will need to complete our professional development profile form before you can access our training courses. 

Local authority managed courses and network meetings

Select a course below to find the course and booking information:

Payments

An invoice will be raised for the full cost of the course. Course fees are non-returnable.

Confirmation of your booking

For all bookings you will receive a response within 3 working days.

You will receive a reminder 14 days before the course (unless your booking is received within this period).

Cancellation and charges

Sometimes, for reasons beyond our control, we may not be able to run a published course.

If we cancel a course

We will endeavour to tell you one calendar month before the course and offer an alternative date or reimburse the course fee.

If you cancel a place

Course fees are non-returnable. All cancellations must be emailed to:

earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Who is it for?

Designated Leads working in PVI and Out of School. Updates about NCC safeguarding, discussions about future forums, opportunity to hear about a new safeguarding book from the University of Northampton.

Course objectives

Objective 1

Update providers on local safeguarding topics.

Objective 2

Opportunities for providers to network.

Requirements

This session is fully funded but limited to one delegate per setting, who must be the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Course code Course venue Course date​Course time

​EYWFD69

​University of Northampton
Bougton Green Road
Northampton
Northants
 NN2 7AL

Wednesday 16 May

​6:30pm to 8:30pm

How to book

Please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk with the details below.

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting email and telephone number
  • name of delegate

Who is it for?

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile Training and Agreement Trialling is for practitioners responsible for the completion of the EYFS profile. During training, exemplifications of national standards are used to ensure national consistency with regards to the principles and processes of EYFS profile assessment and the accuracy of judgements.

Course objectives:

  • to make consistent and accurate judgements against the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELG)
  • to moderate with other practitioners
  • to be familiar with the assessment and reporting arrangements for 2018
  • to be aware of the moderation visit process for the EYFS Profile 2018

Pre-course information

Please bring the following to the training sessions:

  1. 2018 EYFS Profile handbook.
  2. 2018 Assessment and Reporting Arrangement.
  3. Exemplification handbook.
  4. Evidence for 3 children representing the range of attainment in your class for literacy - Reading ELG and writing ELG.
  5. Evidence for 3 children representing the range of attainment in your class for physical development - Moving and handling ELG and health and self-care ELG.
  6. A printed copy of the evidence form for literacy and physical development (may be completed in advance or during the training session).
Course code Course venue Course date​Course time

​EYWFD71

​Southfield Primary School Banbury Road Brackley NN13 6AU

26 April 2018

​1:15 to 4:15pm

How to book

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting email and telephone number
  • name of delegate

This course is currently unavailable. Please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to register your interest.  

Who is this course for?

This network meeting is for NQTs and teachers new to teaching in Reception to help prepare for the Summer term EYFS profile moderation visit.

Overview

The aim of the session is to enable practitioners to be fully aware of the statutory assessment requirements in relation to the EYFS Profile. There will also be the opportunity to discuss how to use observations and assessment data effectively in order to maximise children's progress.

Course objectives

Objective 1

Preparation for the EYFS Profile moderation visit.

Objective 2

To feel confident to articulate children's attainment and ensure judgements are accurate and consistent.

Objective 3

To network with other teachers new to the EYFS.

Pre-course information

Please bring the following to the session:

  • EYFS Profile handbook
  • exemplification materials
  • a learning journey for one child

Practitioners please bring your own refreshments as these will not be provided.

This course is currently unavailable. To register your interest please email:

earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Who is it for?

SENCo and Inclusion Co-ordinators new to their jobs. Maintained nursery units and nursery schools may also access this training. 

Course objectives:

Objective 1

To understand the roles and responsibilities of a SENCo or Inclusion Co-ordinator for Early Years in a PVI or maintained setting.

Objective 2

To develop confidence in your role as SENCo.

Objective 3

To understand and be able to implement the Code of Practice 2015, the requirements and guidelines for Early Years Practice for children with SEN and Disabilities.

Objective 4

To understand and be able to implement the Northamptonshire Descriptors for children with SEN and Disabilities.

Course description

This course aims to enable SENCo and Inclusion Co-ordinators to understand their roles and responsibilities and the statutory duties of the SENCo and Inclusion Co-ordinator in an early years setting. 

It is an expectation that practitioners attend all sessions and will receive a certificate of attendance at the end.

Requirements

  • Participants must have at least a relevant level 3 qualification.
  • The participant will complete a gap task and short assignment involving working with a member of staff within the setting between the initial two day training and the follow up session.
  • Participants will be required to document and feedback on how they collaborated with a member of staff to support the best outcomes for a child with an additional need or at risk of delay.

Pre-course information

This is a 2 and a half-day course and there is an expectation that practitioners attend all sessions. Practitioners will need to bring their own lunch as it will not be provided.

This course is currently unavailable. To register your interest please email:

earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Who is it for?

This an introductory course for new practitioners who have not attended an initial safeguarding course.

When completed, this course allows learners to:

  • state the categories of abuse
  • describe signs and indicators of abuse or neglect
  • examine current relevant legislation and local guidelines
  • state what actions to take if concerned about a child in Northamptonshire
  • identify what actions to take if concerned about the behaviour of other members of staff or if an allegation is made against them
  • recognise the importance of information sharing and interagency working
  • consider the implications of serious case reviews
  • describe the impact of abuse on children
  • appreciate why children don’t tell
  • describe how we can encourage children to keep themselves safe

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at the designated safeguarding lead who is new to the role. This is not a refresher course. The course explores roles, responsibilities and knowledge needed to fulfil the role as a new designated safeguarding lead practitioner. If you are a childminder this course is only suitable if you work with assistants.

Course objectives:

Objective 1

Recognise the  importance of keeping abreast of national and local developments.

Objective 2

State current legislation and guidance relating to safeguarding children.

Objective 3

Compare the role of the DSL and the role of others.

Objective 4

Describe the referral process for Northamptonshire.   

Objective 5

Identify essential resources to support their role.

Objective 6

Describe how to support staff and create a safe culture.

Objective 7

Recognise the importance of child protection policies and procedures in a setting.

Requirements:

  • a maximum two learners per setting and must be new to the role
  • practitioners are asked to bring their own lunch as it will not be provided
Course code Course venue Course date​Course time Cost
​EYWFD67One Angel Square​Wednesday 6 June9:30am to 3:30pm​£70

How to book

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk:

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting email and telephone number
  • name of delegate

Face-to-face refresher training delivered by the Early Years team is currently unavailable.

If you access training delivered by another training provider ensure local procedures are covered.

Online training the can be accessed through the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board, details can be found on their website.

External early years and childcare courses

The course(s) listed below are not provided by the local authority.

​Course Who is the course for?Course description Funding Local training providers
​Level 2 Early Years Education and Care​Early years practitioners with little experience ​This qualification will support learners to work with children between birth and five years, with knowledge of children up to seven years.  Practitioners who are awarded this qualification may be counted in ratio at level 2.

​Grant funding is currently unavailable.

Individual training providers may be able to offer funded or subsidised courses such as Apprenticeships.  You may also be able to access the Advanced Learning Loan with some providers such as local further education colleges.

​Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE)​Early years practitioners wishing to gain a level 3 qualification​This qualification will prepare learners to become Early Years Educators (EYE), enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.
It will require learners to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years and care. To count in ratio at Level 3, those with an Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above.

Grant funding is currently unavailable

Individual training providers may be able to offer funded or subsidised courses such as Apprenticeships.  You may also be able to access the Advanced Learning Loan with some providers such as local further education colleges.

Foundation Degree in Early Years​Level 3 practitioners employed in early years settings

​Foundation Degrees are designed to provide a work-based route to higher education qualifications for practitioners who are currently employed in an early years setting. The Foundation Degree in Early Years provides recognition of your knowledge, skills and competence as a senior practitioner and a basis for progression to full Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

​Grant funding is currently unavailable please contact GOV.UK: Student Finance
​Early Years BA Hons (top up)Practitioners who hold a Foundation Degree or a similar level 5 qualification

The BA Hons (top up) is designed to allow practitioners to progress to an honours degree.  Progression to Early Years Teacher Status can follow this.

​Grant funding is currently unavailable please contact GOV.UK: Student Finance
​Early years teacher status (EYTS)*​Early Years Foundation Stage Graduate Leaders​Early Years Teachers are specialists in early childhood development, trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from birth to the age of five. They are graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high-quality teaching practice in early years settings.
The graduate entry employment-based (part-time) route is for graduates working in an early years setting who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).
​Funding is accessed through the training provider
​Early Years MAEarly years graduates​An MA offers
opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills and gain a level 7 qualification.  Please contact the providers for more information about individual courses.
​Grant funding is currently unavailable please contact GOV.UK: Student Finance

How can I check my qualification?

If you are delivering the early years foundation stage, you can check if your qualification is full and relevant on the Department for Education qualifications list.

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