Early years training courses

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Local authority managed courses and network meetings

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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

Building on the success of the forums held last year this forum will provide an opportunity for the designated safeguarding lead to network, receive updates on NCC, MASH, prevent duty and an e-safety presentation.

Who is it for?

Designated safeguarding leads.

Course objectives

Objective 1

Update providers on local safeguarding topics - signs of safety, changes to referral processes.

Objective 2

Opportunities for providers to network and discuss support needed to enable the DSL to fulfil their role.

Objective 3

Discussions about future forums.

Support for designated safeguarding leads, early help and signs of safety and a DSl forum on the same day at Kettering Conference Centre.

Course Code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD118​30th April 2019​9.30-12.00pm​Towcester
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A 2-hour bitesize course designed to enable designated safeguarding leads and practitioners to explore the referral routes to accessing early help support. Delegates will hear all about Signs of Safety methodology and learn how they can use the tools within the setting to support vulnerable children and families.

Who is it for?

This course is for designated safeguarding leads and early years practitioners who are supporting vulnerable children and families working in early years settings and nursery units.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To understand what ‘good’ early help looks like and how to identify children and families that need early help support.

Objective 2

To understand the route to access to support, and to develop confidence in early help assessment.

Objective 3

To learn about signs of safety methodology, and practice using some of the tools.

Course Code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD119​30th April 2019​12.30-2.30​Towcester
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Who is it for?

These sessions are an opportunity for SENCOs / Managers / Childminders in EY Settings to meet representatives from the Early Years Improvement Team and colleagues from SEND Support Services. SEND Support Service colleagues may also be available at some sessions for unnamed consultations.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To provide Key updates on current National and NCC priorities for EYFS.

Objective 2 

To provide an opportunity for delegates to review SEND / Inclusion training and support in EYFS within Northamptonshire, and to shape CPD opportunities for 2018 to 2019. 

Objective 3 

To share good practice and network with colleagues from settings in the local area in supporting children with EAL.

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.

Who is it for?

Reception teachers.

Objectives

Objective 1

To make consistent and accurate judgements against the 17 early learning goals.

Objective 2

To moderate with other practitioners.

Objective 3

To be familiar with the assessment and reporting arrangements for 2019.

Objective 4

To be aware of the moderation visit process for the EYFS profile 2019.

Course Code​Date​Time​Venue
EYWFD113​1st May 2019​1.30pm-4pm​Northampton
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​This course is currently unavailable. To register your interest please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

This twilight session is for headteachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants and early years practitioners who are considering, or who have recently started, taking two year olds into school. 

You will have the opportunity to discuss two year old development, the statutory progress check at age two and the implications in terms of practice and provision of taking two year olds.

Delegates will be provided with a pack of resources.

Who is it for?

Headteachers, senior leaders, nursery and reception teachers, teaching assistants and early years practitioners in schools.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To consider the implications of taking two year olds in school.

Objective 2

To develop practitioners knowledge and understanding of two year olds.

Objective 3

To develop an understanding of the statutory Progress Check at age two.

A maximum of two delegates per school.

This course is currently unavailable.  To register your interest please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

This two hour session is designed to enable childminders to explore the referral routes to accessing early help support. Delegates will hear all about Signs of Safety methodology and learn how they can use the tools within their practice to support vulnerable children and families.

Who is it for?

For all childminders.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To understand what 'good' early help looks like and how to identify children and families that need early help support.

Objective 2

To understand the route to access to support, and to develop confidence in early help assessment.

Objective 3

To learn about signs of safety methodology, and practice using some of the tools.

Requirements

Registered childminder.

This session is fully funded but limited to one delegate per childminder.

 

This one day course is for early year's practitioners, teachers and teaching assistants in PVI settings and schools who are new to working in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 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.

Who is it for?

Early years practitioners, nursery and reception teachers, and teaching assistants in PVI settings and schools.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To have a thorough understanding of the statutory requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Objective 2

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.

Objective 5

To identify the different ways children learn and to reflect on how adults engage in the learning process.

Requirements

New to working in the early years sector or for practitioners wishing to refresh their knowledge.

​Course codeDate​Time​Venue​Cost
​EYWFD11228 June 19​9.30am to 3.30pm​Northampton​£70
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This course is currently unavailable. If you would to register your interest, please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk.

Who is it for?

Out of school providers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCo) and inclusion co-ordinators / 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 provision.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To understand the responsibilities of the OOS provision to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Objective 2

To implement the Code of Practice 2015 requirements and guidelines.

Objective 3

To understand the importance of working in partnership.

Objective 4

To introduce simple processes that support the child with SEND to be fully included.

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​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​EYWFD116​16th May 2019​9.30-3.30pm​Northampton​£70
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This course is currently unavailable. To register your interest, please email:
earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Who is it for?

This course is for practitioners who have previously completed safeguarding training and feel they need to refresh their knowledge.

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 a child.

Objective 5

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

 

Who is it for?

This course is open to teachers and teaching assistants working in Reception classes (in maintained schools or academies).

Course objectives

Objective 1

To understand the roles and responsibility of practitioners in supporting the early identification of a child with SEND.

Objective 2

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

Objective 3

To gain confidence in how to support children with SEN through the graduated approach.

Objective 4

To understand developmental processes in order to be able to identify small step targets for children with SEND.

​Course Code​Date​Time​Venue​Cost
​EYWFD115​30th April 2019​1-4pm​Northampton​£50
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​This course is currently unavailable. If you would like to register your interest, please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

This half day course is for early year’s practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, childminders and early years out of school care providers whose role involve them in helping to support children through the transition processes.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the key principles underpinning successful transition for all children, including those with special educational needs and / or disability (SEND) as well as examine some practical approaches to supporting a smooth transition for all children.

Who is it for?

Early year’s practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, childminders and early years out of school care providers.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To understand the importance of effective transitions.

Objective 2

To explore effective transitions for all children with a focus on those children with SEND.

Objective 3

To consider the importance of the role and responsibilities of all adults involved in the transition process.

Objective 4

To develop a shared understanding of school readiness and how this is communicated between settings, parents, children and schools.

​This half day course is for early year's practitioners and communication champions who are passionate about developing children's speech, language and communication skills. It will give you an understanding of typical language development and the opportunity to explore factors that impact on children's speech, language and communication.

The training will enable you to discuss the crucial role of parents and will equip you with tools, ideas and strategies to give out as a training package to parents back in your setting.

Who is it for?

Early years practitioners, communication champions.

Course Objectives

Objective 1

To understand typical language development in children 0 to 5 years.

Objective 2

To explore factors that may impact on a child’s language development.

Objective 3

To consider the role of parents in supporting their children’s speech, language and communication development.

Objective 4

To have a clear understanding of practical activities and strategies to support parents to help develop their children’s language skills.

Requirements

Early years practitioners and communication champions that are willing to deliver key messages to parents to support their children’s speech, language and communication.

Maximum of 2 delegates per setting.

(Participants to attend one session only).

Course codeVenueDateTime
EYWFD114bNorthampton8 May 20191 to 3.30pm
EYWFD114dNorthampton9 May 20191 to 3.30pm
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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.