Early years training courses

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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

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

Who is it for?

For all childminders.

Course objectives

Objective 1

To explain what quality improvement support is available for childminders from Northamptonshire County Council and information regarding the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Objective 2

Professional development around Mathematics.

Objective 3

Professional development around communication and language.

Objective 4

Professional development around Literacy.

 

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

Who is it for?

An event for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) in settings. Updates about NCC safeguarding team, information on signs of safety, discussions about future forums and an opportunity to hear about a new safeguarding book from the University of Northampton. This session is fully funded but limited to one delegate per setting.

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.

Requirements

Places are limed to two per setting and one must be the Designated Safeguarding.

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.

Requirements

These sessions are fully funded but limited to one delegate only, per setting. Priority needs to be given to settings that have not previously attended.

Course Code ​Title ​Venue ​Date ​Time
​EYWFD99​Early Help & Signs of Safety​Corby​20 Feb 2019​4.30 to 6.30pm
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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.

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

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.

Requirements

New to working in the early years sector.

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 ​Title ​Venue ​Date ​Time Cost
​EYWFD100​Designated Safeguarding Lead​Northampton​11 March 2019​9.30am to 3.30pm£70​
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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.

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

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.

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.