Training Overview

We design and offer a range of in-house training to support the training and devlopment needs of your setting. Our service is unique to you, which means we will be flexible in our approach. This could involve settings joining together to share the cost of training, it could be delivering full and ½ day training sessions, it could be one to one sessions, it could be attending staff meetings or sessions delivered at weekends and evenings. Our support can be as short as a one-off meeting or could be a succession of training and support sessions.

If you would like to book in-house training for your team please email

Outlined below are some examples of courses we can offer:

Leadership and Management in the Early Years (6 hours)

This course is aimed at new and existing leaders and managers wanting to develop their knowledge and confidence in leading an effective team. Learning Objectives:
  • To understand different leadership and management styles and skills
  • To explore the dynamics and facilitation of team roles and their performance
  • To develop good practice in time management
  • To clarify how to conduct effective meetings
  • To develop strategies for dealing with under performance
  • To explore conflict resolution
  • To understand how to develop a learning culture that influences team practice

Integrated working with Vulnerable Families

This course will support you in developing a more joined up approach to working with and meeting the needs of children and families in your care Learning Objectives:
  • To explore what integrated working is and why early intervention matters
  • To clarify the key elements of integrated working
  • To consider different ways of identifying individual needs of children and families (identifying vulnerable families)
  • To understand roles and responsibilities within your setting
  • To explore different models of integrated working

Communication and Language Friendly Environments

This course will enable practitioners to explore different ways of supporting communication and language within their setting and explore how to develop a language friendly environment. Learning Objectives:
  • To explore how babies and young children develop early language and communication skills
  • To explore how practitioners can support children by providing communication and language rich environments
  • To identify problems that pre-school children may experience regarding communication and language and what these might look like within your setting

Understanding the Unique Needs of Babies

This course will support baby room staff to gain an in-depth knowledge about the unique needs of babies.   It will explore the importance of quality interactions, communication, routines & the environment. Learning Objectives:
  • To explore why a good knowledge of child development is vital in understanding how babies learn  & develop
  •  To understand attachment theory and its importance for practitioners working with babies
  •  To understand the unique need of babies in day-care settings
  •  To explore key issues of working with babies & the importance of quality care routines
  •  To identify aspects of a quality learning environment for babies and explore appropriate resources and activities to support babies learning and development

The Importance of Positive, Quality Interactions

This course will explore the importance of quality interactions and look at the role of the adult in supporting children’s emotional well-being and learning & development Learning Objectives:
  • To discuss what quality interaction looks like in practice
  • To discuss the qualities and attitudes of adults supporting children’s learning & development
  • To consider the importance of quality communication and active listening
  • To explore how quality interactions support positive conditions for learning

Understanding Children’s Play through Schemas

This course will give practitioners an introduction to schema theory and explore the different types of schemas. It will support practitioners’ understanding of children’s play and help them to identify schemas (repeatable patterns of behaviour) and look at how to plan for these to support children’s individual needs. Learning Objectives:
  • To discuss what is ‘schema’ theory
  • To explore examples of different types of schemas
  • To practically experience different types schema play
  • To consider ways to support and plan for schemas

Aiming High in the EYFS

This course will explore some key aspects of the EYFS and support you to ensure changes within the EYFS are embedded into practice at your setting. Learning Objectives:
  • To  identify how we use the characteristics of effective learning to support children’s learning
  • To describe practical ideas in involving parents as active partners in children’s learning
  • To understand how the quality of interactions can be supported through joint observations of activities and care routines
  • To explore the prime & specific area of learning and review how they are used to support children’s learning
  • To discuss expectations in relation to assessment and the recording of children's progress.

Tracking and Evidencing Children’s Learning

This course will look at ways of tracking and evidencing children’s progress within the EYFS. It will help you at your Early Years Ofsted Inspection to demonstrate clearly the progress that children are making. Learning Objectives:
  • To clarify why it is important to review and track children’s progress
  • To identify ways of gathering information on children’s learning and development
  • To describe how to evidence individual children and cohorts of children’s progress
  • To understand how Ofsted will evaluate children's progress at inspection

Characteristics of Effective Learning

This Course will consider the changes within the revised EYFS by exploring the characteristics of effective teaching and learning within a positive environment that supports children’s learning and development. Learning Objectives
  • To discuss the value of play and identify important characteristics of how children learn
  • To identify how we use these characteristics to support children’s lifelong learning
  • To clarify the difference between what and how children learn
  • To consider how practitioners can effectively guide children’s development

Engaging Parents in Home Learning

This course will support practitioners to establish effective partnerships with parents and carers and enable them to work collaboratively to develop children’s progress, learning and development at home. Learning Objectives:
  • • To identify the importance of effective partnerships with parents and carers • To examine different methods for engaging with parents and to identify what good practice looks like • To share practical ideas to support home learning • To identify possible barriers and how to overcome these • To consider ways in which effective partnerships with parents can be further developed to ensure children’s learning and development is supported at home

Preparing for your Inspection

This course will describe the changes in the Ofsted early years inspection framework and help you prepare for your inspection. Learning Objectives:
  • To describe the purpose and process of inspection.
  • To describe the key features of the new inspection.
  • To define how evidence is collated and judgements are made.
  • To discuss ways in which you can prepare and get the best from the inspection process.

Tremendous Two Year Olds

This course will give you an understanding of the unique needs of two year olds and how practitioners can support their learning and development in settings Learning objectives
  •       To discuss and describe the typical stages of development, characteristics and unique needs of two year olds.
  •       To identify and discuss the ways in which two year olds engage with their environment and to consider the impact the environment has on them.
  •       To understand the importance of forming secure attachments with two year olds to promote their well-being.
  •       To identify ways in which practitioners can support and promote the learning and development of two year olds.

The Two Year Progress Check

This course will enable practitioners to carry out a progress check at two and have a clear understanding of it's purpose. Learning objectives
  • To explore the aims and principles of the progress check and understand the requirements of the EYFS
  • To define the process of the check and explore how this can be implemented into practice.
  • To explore ways of involving parents, children, practitioners and other professionals in the assessment process.

Behaviour Management

This Course will look at good practice dealing with children’s behaviour focusing on social development through play using the behaviour management pyramid. Learning Objectives:
  • To discuss what we mean by behaviour.
  • To explain how play promotes social development .
  • To reflect on the impact of routines and organisation on children’s behaviour.

Behaviour Management and Development of Behaviour Plans

This Course will look at good practice dealing with children’s behaviour focusing on social development through play using the behaviour management pyramid. It will support you in considering strategies to manage children’s behaviour. Learning Objectives:
  • To discuss what we mean by behaviour & how play promotes social development.
  • To reflect on the impact of routines and organisation on children’s behaviour.
  • To develop strategies for the promotion of positive interaction.
  • To develop effective strategies to manage children’s behaviour considering behaviour plans.

Safeguarding - Level 1

This course will prepare participants to recognise early signs of child abuse and help improve safeguarding practices in your setting. Learning Objectives:
  • To identify possible signs of neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse
  • To explore personal and organisational good practice to safeguard the welfare of children
  • To recognise signs of inappropriate adult behaviour
  • To clarify good practice that keeps practitioners safe from unsubstantiated allegations

Observation, Assessment & Planning

This Course will give practitioners a deeper understanding of the importance of observation within the EYFS and how observations can support planning. Learning Objectives:
  • To recognise the importance of observation within the EYFS.
  • To consider how different types of observations can be used to understand children’s individual needs and support planning.
  • To clarify the child’s perspective within the observation process.

Self-evaluation and the Ofsted SEF

This course will explore the process of self evaluation and support you in completing the Ofsted self evaluation form. Learning Objectives:
  • To understand why self evaluation is important
  • To identify different ways of reflecting on practice
  • To understand how to record measurable evidence
  • To understand the importance of strong leadership and management
  • To participate in the Ofsted self evaluation process
  • To explore how the SEF is used for the purpose of inspection

Gender Differences and Valuing Different Learning Styles

We often reflect upon the difference between boys and girls in our settings. But what does this actually mean for our practice? Are boys one thing and girls something else? Are boys and girls driven to certain behaviours and activities because of the provision we make for them? Learning Objectives::
  • • To reflect upon what differences between the genders are observed in daily practice • To consider the implications for practice that gender difference may present • To identify where the ne3eds of both genders differ and are similar so we can make the best possible provision • To consider the interests of all children in order to enhance practice and the development of all • To explore a range of practical strategies for use in settings to ensure a balance across setting provision.

Introduction to attachment theory and the role of the Key Person

This course will consider the importance of attachment relationships for children in the EYFS and how this relates to the role of the key person. Learning Objectives:
  • To recognise the key concepts in attachment theory.
  • To identify the benefits of the key person approach for children, parents and practitioners.
  • To explain how the key person approach can be implemented.

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

This course will enable practitioners to support and develop children in the outdoors, it will look at the importance of outdoor play and identify how to provide an outdoor area that encourages risky play. Learning Objectives:
  • • To recognise the importance of outdoor play for the under fives at all times • To make links with the EYFS an identify elements of practice in order to enhance provision • To explore the challenges and barriers to outdoor play • To give practical ideas and inspiration to enhance the outdoor areas • To look at what risky play is and look at how this can be encouraged within your outdoor settings

The Quality Learning Environment

This course will look why it is important that the environments that babies and young children are in have the right ingredients that support their holistic development and allow them to thrive. Learning Objectives:
  • To explain the 3 key aspects of the learning environment within the EYFS.
  • To identify aspects of a quality learning environment.
  • To recognise the importance of continuous provision to support learning.

Child-Led Displays: How to Value and Evidence Children’s Creativity

This course will help you excel at displays. It will help you celebrate children’s work, whilst being educational, informative and help brighten up your learning environment Learning Objectives:
  • • To describe what being creative is all about • To make links to the EYFS • To identify good practice in displays • To describe different ways of evidencing children’s learning

Equality and Diversity

This course will help you understand why equality and diversity is an integral part of quality provision and to understand how you can make a difference. Learning Objectives:
  • To understand terminology
  • To clarify the role and responsibilities of practitioners working with children in the EYFS
  • To understand the effects of, and know how to respond to discrimination
  • To identify good practice and ways of reflecting on the environment and  what we do
  • To examine and solve potential barriers/challenges

Induction, Supervision and Appraisal

This course will support leaders and managers in conducting professional and effective support and supervision systems which impact on the practice of staff. Learning Objectives:
  • To understand your role in relation to the requirements of the EYFS and Ofsted framework
  • To clarify the purpose of the different formats
  • To identify ways to prepare and collate evidence of practice
  • To explore different methods in conducting staff performance
  • To identify ways to measure the impact of support and follow through identified issues

Safer Recruitment in Early Years

This course is aimed at staff with particular responsibility for ensuring that robust systems for safer recruitment are implemented consistently to support the safeguarding and welfare of all children. Learning Objectives:
  • To understand safe, legal and successful recruitment and retention
  • To demonstrate a safe, legal and robust process for the recruitment and selection of suitable staff
  • To explore the process of application and recording of the Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS)
  • To clarify the purpose of an induction and probationary period and consider strategies to improve staff retention
  • To identify how Ofsted make judgements on practice
  • To explore responses to allegations made against staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead

This course will prepare participants to recognise early signs of child abuse, increase confidence in participants role in safeguarding children and help to build networks of support Learning Objectives:
  • • To describe the role of the designated person and key areas of responsibility • To identify key legislation and guidance • To explore what action to take when informed of a range of concerns about a child • To understand the issues in connection with recording, sharing information and confidentiality • To take part in the referral process • To describe the role your setting has in the multi-agency child protection process

How to be Outstanding

This course will explore and identify what outstanding practice looks like and what the key points to success are. Learning Objectives:
  • To identify the judgements that inspectors make at inspection and the evidence they gather 
  • To discuss and unpick the grade descriptors for outstanding in the Ofsted evaluation schedule 
  • To discuss, reflect on and provide ideas for those who are striving for excellence within their team 
  • To look at and describe examples of outstanding practice

Developing your team through Effective Coaching

This course is aimed at staff with supervision responsibilities and will define how coaching will be used to enhance the performance of the staff team. Learning Objectives:
  • To clarify the purpose of coaching and how it supports the delivery of effective supervisions
  • To identify practical skills and techniques in facilitating the development of others
  • To describe how to challenge practice, give effective feedback and agree actions for improvement
  • To understand how Ofsted make judgements on your performance management processes