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

If we cancel a course

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
  • 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@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for?

This 2 hour training session is for communication champions who have attended day 1 of DEEL training.

Overview

  • This session will promote the key messages from Read On Get On (ROGO), the gifting of the Bookstart Envelopes.
  • Will provide information on the LRE and early years boxes and the service level agreement for short term loans.

Please note only one communication champion per setting may attend.

Who is it for:

Early Years Foundation Stage 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 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
​EYWFD53a​Towcester Children Centre​27 February 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
EYWFD53b​​Towcester Children Centre​28 February 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53c​Towcester Children Centre01 March 2018​​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53d​Towcester Children Centre​02 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53e​Angel Square​06 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53f​Angel Square​07 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53g​Angel Square​08 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53h​Angel Square09 March 2018​​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53j​Wellingborough Museum​12 March 20181:15pm to 4:15pm​
​EYWFD53k​Wellingborough Museum​14 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53m​Wellingborough Museum​15 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53n​Wellingborough Museum​16 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53p​Kettering Conference Centre​20 March 2018​9:30am to 12:30pm
​EYWFD53q​Kettering Conference Centre​20 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm
​EYWFD53r​Kettering Conference Centre​21 March 2018​9:30am to 12:30pm
​EYWFD53t​Kettering Conference Centre​21 March 2018​1:15pm to 4:15pm

How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

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

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for?

The early years inclusion network meetings are for SENCOs and / or Inclusion Coordinators within EY / PVI settings. Childminders are also able to attend these sessions, and new sessions have been booked in the evenings to increase the choice of times.

This is an opportunity for updates regarding new initiatives, services to support / access the national and local agenda with regards to SEND, as well as inclusion. It will be a forum for colleagues from settings in the local area to network, discuss best practice and support each other. Places are limited to one per setting.

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for:

This course is targeted for Early Years managers and childminders.

Course objectives:

  • key information re: National, Ofsted and Local Early Years agenda
  • Early Years Partnership working re: Early Help, SEND, Virtual School, NSCB
  • data update
  • network and learning exchange focus:
    • Mathematics – focus on the area of learning and some practical ideas to support Early Years providers. Please bring one of your favourite and effective ideas for teaching Maths in your setting to share.

Pre-course information:

Please bring:

  • maths activity as above

Refreshments: Water will be provided during the sessions.

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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@northamptonshire.gov.uk

If there is sufficient interest we will contact you with further details.

Who is it for?

This course is for SENCo and Inclusion Co-ordinators, who are experienced but wish to gain a deeper level of knowledge and practice to support their role within the setting and within the wider community.

It is an expectation of the course that SENCo's and Inclusion Co-ordinators will be prepared to work collaboratively with another setting in order to complete a gap task which will be mutually supportive.

Requirements

  • It is a requirement that the participant is a level 3 SENCo or Inclusion Co-ordinator who has completed qualifying SENCo training. 
  • You will also need to have a minimum of 6 months experience in their role and have experience of implementing and documenting the graduated approach for six months. 
  • You will need to have had experience of leading and chairing review meetings.

Course objectives:

Objective 1

To achieve an advanced level of knowledge and practice to support the role of Early Years SENCo/inclusion Co-ordinator in early Years settings.

Objective 2

To develop higher level skills in early identification, assessment, targeting specific support for children with additional needs and working with staff and parents.

Objective 3

To develop skills in supporting staff, parents and less experienced SENCo / Inclusion co-ordinator, in another setting.

Course description

Course content includes:

  • Understanding and supporting the national picture of Early Intervention.
  • Looking in depth at early development to observe and assess children to inform planning where a child has an uneven developmental profile.
  • An opportunity to explore a range of different tools and approaches to assessment of developmental delay and difficulties.
  • Completing quality risk assessments, understanding the process of PEEPs, PEPs, care plans and EHC's.
  • To understand and support the ethos of multi agency working and liaising with outside professionals.
  • To develop skills in working with adults including supporting staff and parents.
  • To begin to develop a local network and to support newly qualified and less experienced SENCo and Inclusion co-ordinators in their local area.
  • There is an expectation that the SENCo or Inclusion Co-ordinator will complete a gap task and short assignment involving working with another setting between the initial two day training and the follow up session.
  • SENCo and Inclusion Co-ordinator will be required to document and feedback on how the collaboration with another setting has impacted on practice.

Pre-course information

This is a two and a half day course and there is an expectation for practitioners to 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@northamptonshire.gov.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 / 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 two 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@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for?

This is a new course, designed to support the key person who has the day to day responsibility for working with children who may have an emerging special educational need.

This training aims to support practitioners to:

  • Understand their role and responsibility as a key person in supporting the early identification of a child with SEND.
  • Understand developmental processes in order to be able to identify small step targets for children with SEND.
  • Explore the processes and procedures for gaining further support for the child and / or yourself as the professional.
  • Consider how to approach challenging conversations with parents.

There is an expectation that participants will complete a gap task which will involve documenting the identification of a child with a special educational need and setting small step targets, reviewing and evaluating the impact of the planned activities. Participants will share paperwork and feedback at the second session.

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 its implications
  • state what actions to take if concerned about a child
  • 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, why children don’t tell and how we can encourage children to keep themselves safe
Course code Course venue Course date and time Cost per participant
​EYWFD50​Nene Whitewater Centre

17 January 2018

9:30am to 3:30pm​

​£70.00
How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting e-mail and telephone number
  • name of delegate
  • training ID number

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for:

This course is for early years workers who need to refresh their knowledge of child protection. It's recommended they repeat this every 2 years.

Course Objectives:

Objective 1

  • State the categories of abuse.

Objective 2

  • Describe signs and indicators of abuse or neglect.

Objective 3

  • Examine current relevant legislation and its implications.

Objective 4

  • State what actions to take if concerned about the behaviour of other members of staff.

Objective 5

  • Identify what actions to take if concerned about behaviour of other members of staff.

Requirements

Participants must have previously attended safeguarding training. This could have been covered during qualifications.

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

earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for practitioners who are newly appointed to the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead. The course will enable learners to refresh their knowledge of safeguarding issues and to explore roles, responsibilities and knowledge needed to fulfil the role as Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Course objectives:

Objective 1

Ensure their staff embed the child protection processes and consider how to create a culture of confidence in the process.

Objective 2

Be aware of current legislation relating to safeguarding children including categories of abuse and signs and indicators of abuse or neglect.

Objective 3

To define your role and the role of others, including what actions to take if they are concerned about a child or the behaviour of another adult.

Objective 4

To identify essential resources to support your role.

Requirements

  • a maximum two learners per setting must be the designated safeguarding lead and or deputy
  • practitioners are asked to bring their own lunch as it will not be provided

Who is it for?

This course is for setting managers or committee chairs who are responsible for recruiting staff.

The course covers key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people and policies and practices to make workplaces safer

Course Objectives

Objective 1

Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.

Objective 2

Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting.

Objective 3

Review their own and their organisations’ policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer.

Practitioners are asked to bring their own lunch as it will not be provided.

Course code Course venue Course date and time Cost per participant
​EYWFD55​Nene Whitewater Centre

Tuesday 27 February 2018

9:30am to 3:30pm​

​£70.00
How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting e-mail and telephone number
  • name of delegate
  • training ID number

Who is it for?

This course runs over 2 days and is for practitioners who are new to working with the EYFS in the private, voluntary and independent sector. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with the EYFS documents, identify the different ways children learn, reflect on how adults engage children in the learning process and explore effective parental partnerships through a range of practical activities and discussions.

Objective 1

To develop an understanding of the statutory requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

To appreciate the importance of providing a challenging environment in which to facilitate learning and teaching.

Objective 3:

To understand the significance of observing and assessing children as an integral part of the learning and development process.

Objective 4:

To explore parental partnerships and to reflect on effective transitions.

Pre-course information

You will need to bring:

  • The Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (effective from 3 April 2017)
  • Early Years Outcomes
  • Development Matters 2012
  • What to expect, when?

These documents can be downloaded from the Foundation Years website.

You will also need to bring:

  • note taking equipment
  • a packed lunch as this will not be provided
Course code Course venue Course date and time Cost per participant
​EYWFD56

​Nene Whitewater Centre Northampton

​6 February 2018

9:15am to 3:15pm

20 February 2018

9:15am to 3:15pm

​£100.00

How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

  • course code
  • course venue
  • course date
  • setting name
  • setting address
  • setting email and telephone number
  • name of delegate
  • training ID number
  • age of children you work with

You will receive confirmation of your booking. Please see our revised terms and conditions.

​Who is it for:

All practitioners working within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Course description:

The government's first response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, January 2017 sets out a far-reaching programme of work to improve mental health, placing an emphasis on building resilience, prevention and early intervention.

'Happy, Healthy Me' offers practitioners the opportunity to evaluate and develop children's resilience to cope with modern life and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. Helping children to stay mentally well is vital in supporting children's development, including their cognitive abilities, their social skills as well as their emotional wellbeing.

During the course there will also be time to reflect on various influences for establishing and maintaining good physical health including partnerships with parents.

This course is designed to develop practitioner's knowledge and understanding of their role in improving practice to support children's health and wellbeing through a variety of interactive activities.

Course objectives:

Learners will be able to:

  • List current research that has led to recommendations for early identification for long term mental health and improved academic attainment.
  • Identify effective strategies and good practice to support children's emotional security.
  • Reflect on how the environment impacts on children's emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
  • Provide an environment that builds resilience in all children.

Pre-course information:

Length of the course: One full-day and one half-day follow up session. Delegates must attend both sessions.

Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring own packed lunch for first session.

Course code Course venue Course date and time Cost per participant
​EYWFD58

​One Angel Square
4 Angel Street
Northampton
NN1 1ED

Session 1 Spring
​23 February 2018

9:30am to 3:30pm

Session 2 Spring
23 March 2018

9:30am to 12:00pm

​£70.00

How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

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

​Who is it for:

This course is for Out of School Providers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) and Inclusion Co-ordinators or Managers, but would be relevant to all practitioners who work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), in out of school provisions.

It covers the responsibilities for OOS providers to meet the requirements of the SEND code of practice 2015 0 to 25. It also aims to help practitioners consider how best to support children in their care who have an identified special educational need or disability.

Objectives:

  • To understand the  responsibilities of the OOS provision to meet the needs of children with Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND)
  • To implement the Code of Practice 2015 requirements and guidelines
  • To introduce simple processes that support the child with SEND to be fully included
Course code Course venue Course date and time Cost per participant
​EYWFD59​Thrapston Primary School

​30 January 2018

6:30pm to 9:00pm

​£25.00
How to book:

Please complete the details below and email to earlyyearsimprovement@northamptonshire.gov.uk:

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

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 level2

​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 MA​Early 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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