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

This course is currently unavailable. If you would like to register your interest please email 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.

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.

Sessions are limited to one delegate per setting. 

​Course code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD127​29 July 2019​10am to midday​Northampton
​EYWFD128​1 August 2019​2 to 4pm​Northampton
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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.

​Course code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD129​5 August 2019​7 to 9pm​Northampton
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There are 6 early year (EY) provider events planned and arranged over the next few months. These are scheduled in Northampton and Kettering at different times of the day so as to be accessible for the EY sector.

Please be aware that the content of the following meetings will be the same in Kettering as in Northampton, so EY providers will only need to book on once for Session 2 in either Northampton or Kettering. This will also apply for Session 3 meetings:

Session 2 – includes EYWFD122c or EYWFD122d courses.

This will focus on similar content to the 2 last meetings in Kettering and Northampton, including:

  • Review of EYSFF Planning and Process
  • Next steps for 2020-2021 Budget setting
  • Current Payment processes
  • Payment of Deprivation Supplement

Session 3 – includes EYWFD122e or EYWFD122f – Kettering or Northampton.

EY settings will not be able to book more than one place on each set of the sessions to ensure that as many settings as possible can attend the meetings in Kettering and Northampton.

​Course code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD122d​12 September 2019​2.30pm to 4.30pm​Northampton
​EYWFD122e​17 October 2019​2.30pm to 4.30pm​Kettering
​EYWFD122f​12 November 2019​7pm to 9pm​Northampton
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​The new education inspection framework 2019, sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings.

The Network meeting will be presented by the EY Improvement Team and will be based around information from an Ofsted Presentation.

The Network meeting will cover the key changes to the framework and support settings to understand how their settings will be inspected from September 2019.

Settings are able to book one place on one of the sessions of their choice, so that as many settings as possible are able to attend.

​Course code​Date​Time​Venue
​EYWFD121b​11 July 2019​4.30pm to 6pm​Northampton
​EYWFD121c11 July 2019​7pm to 8.30pm​Northampton
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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 code​Date​Time ​Venue​Cost
​EYWFD125​23 Oct 2019​9.30am to 3.30pm​Northampton​£70
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This course is currently unavailable. If you would like to express 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 is for SENCo / Inclusion co-ordinators new to post in early years settings including maintained nursery units and nursery schools. It aims to enable SENCo / Inclusion co-ordinator to understand their roles and responsibilities and the statutory duties of the SENCo / 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.

This course is pitched at a level three qualification due to the previous knowledge, skills and understanding that participants will need.

There is an expectation that the SENCo / Inclusion co-ordinator 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.

Requirements

This course is pitched at a level three qualification due to the previous knowledge, skills and understanding that participants will need. It is recommended that the delegate has a level 3 qualification that is full and relevant to early years in order to access the course. This is a 2 and a half-day course and there is an expectation that practitioners attend all sessions.

This course is currently unavailable. If you would like to register your interest please email earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk   

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

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.

 

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 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).

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.