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Workshops for childcare professionals

We support staff from Ofsted registered settings in Surrey with training.

Training in the 2018 spring term

Safeguarding training for new practitioners

Group settings

It's the Designated Safeguarding Lead's (DSL) responsibility to make sure that all staff in their setting are up to date with their knowledge and awareness of safeguarding children and young people.

New staff can complete the e-learning Working Together to Safeguard Children (eWTSC) as part of their induction. The eWTSC can be found on the Surrey Skills Academy (SSA) website which is run and administered by the SSA team within Surrey County Council's Learning & Development Training Team. If you have any questions or queries regarding this workshop then the SSA can be contacted by phone: 0208 541 7213 or email: You will need to complete safeguarding refresher training every three years.


Childminders will complete safeguarding training as part of their Childminding Introduction Programme. You'll need to complete safeguarding refresher training every three years.

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Safeguarding refresher training for childcare professionals and home-based childcarers

This is a three hour refresher workshop for existing childcare professionals and Ofsted registered home-based childcarers. It aims to give you the opportunity to develop your awareness and update your knowledge of what to do if you have concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Workshop contents:

  • recognise abuse and understand the impact of abuse
  • understand guidance and law relating to safeguarding children and what has changed
  • identify what children and young people want and need to feel safe
  • understand what multi-agency working means
  • know what individuals need to do about reporting concerns, including other colleagues
  • understand the importance of safe working practice.

Group settings: Book your place on Safeguarding refresher training. There is a £25 charge for this workshop, so remember to have your debit/credit card handy.

Home-based childcarers: Book your place on Safeguarding refresher training . There is a £25 charge for this workshop, so remember to have your debit/credit card handy.

Please note, you need to update your safeguarding training every three years by attending a refresher.

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Designated Safeguarding Lead - combined new to role and refresher training

This one day workshop is aimed at those new to the role of designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or if you're in need of updating your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) knowledge on child protection and safeguarding issues.

Workshop content:

  • the role and responsibilities of the DSL including sharing training with all setting staff
  • policies, procedures and legislation and what has changed
  • reporting concerns, whistle blowing and safe working practice
  • dealing with allegations against staff and the role of the local authority designated officer (LADO)
  • child protection plans and core groups.

DSLs must have completed the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) Working Together to Safeguard Children e-learning course. And if not already done so must attend or be booked on to the SSCB Multi-Agency Core Training, Foundation Modules 1 and 2.

Book your place on DSL training. There is a £50 charge for this workshop, so remember to have your debit/credit card handy.

Please note:

  • This workshop is not open to you if you work in a local education authority school.
  • You need to update your DSL training every two years, by attending a Designated Safeguarding Lead workshop.

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Designated Safeguarding Lead Information Workshop – Operation Encompass

For nurseries, full day care, pre-schools and sessional settings.

To attend this Designated Safeguarding Lead Information Workshop, you must be the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or deputy DSL at your setting who will take on the role of the 'key adult' in the delivery of this project.

The DSL/DDSL must be available at 10am every Monday to Friday to receive emailed notifications. You will need a DSL@ secure mailbox, provide evidence of your most recent safeguarding training and be prepared to sign a confidentiality contract at the workshop you attend.

As well as explaining the criteria for the project in more detail the workshop will also include domestic abuse training delivered by ESDAS (East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services).

Book your place on Operation Encompass Workshop.

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Designated Safeguarding Lead Briefing – Signs of Safety

For all Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Signs of Safety is a new approach being used across Surrey to protect and safeguard children and young people and is one of the protective strands that comes out of Safer Surrey.

It will imbed a more constructive culture and way of working that uses the three houses risk assessment tool that looks at House of Worries, House of Good Things and House of Dreams to develop a safety plan.

This workshop looks at the language we use and record, what makes a good danger statement and how we should score these to determine the level of support a child or young person needs.

Book your place on Signs of Safety Briefing .

REMA Hear Our Voices

English as an Additional Language Training

Do you work with children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL)? If so you are invited to attend the EAL training for Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Nursery and Preschool settings.

The focus this term will be on: Hear Our Voices

  • Welcoming new bilingual children and families
  • The importance of using first language
  • Building positive relationships with parents
  • Developing strategies, activities and resources for promoting communication and language

To find out upcoming course dates please email either or

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Summer term Early Years and SENCO Networks

Early Years Network

Managers, Owners, Early Years Teachers- come along and meet your local Early Education and Childcare Advisors and network with other local early years settings. Topics will include: Updates from the team, Quality improvement tools, GDPR information, networking time.

SENCO Network

SENCO's please come along and meet your local SEND Team. You will also have the opportunity to network with other SENCO's in your area, and hear from a range of SEND professionals

Book your place on the Summer term networks.

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SENCO - new to role training

Are you a new Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or a SENCO that needs to update your knowledge? Then book on to our FREE three day SENCO workshop this summer term, it's suitable for all SENCOs working in early years settings.

  • Day one – early identification and intervention, focuses on observations, assessment tools, working with parents and interventions, including how to write an Individual Support Plan (ISP).
  • Day two - SEND processes, focuses on specific processes within Surrey to implement a graduated response. This includes, reviewing ISPs, inclusion fund and discretionary funding processes and applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment.
  • Day three – Person Centred Approaches. Half day.

There are four workshops in summer 2018, one in each of the four Surrey quadrants. You can choose to attend in any of the areas but you must commit to attending all three days of your chosen workshop.

Training in the North East of Surrey

  • Dates: Monday 11, Thursday 21 and Wednesday 27 June 2018
  • Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm. On day three the time is 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Venue: Molesey Youth Centre, Ray Road, Molesey KT8 2LG

Training in the South East of Surrey

  • Dates: Wednesday 27 June, 9.30am – 2.30pm, Thursday 5 July 9.30am – 3.30pm and Thursday 12 July 9.30am -12.30pm 2018
  • Times: Please see the individual times for each date above.
  • Venue: Lingfield College, St Pier's Lane, Dormansland, Lingfield RH7 6PN

Training in the South West of Surrey

  • Dates: Tuesday 15 May, Thursday 24 May and Wednesday 6 June 2018
  • Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm. On day three, the time is 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Venue: Ash Youth Centre, Ash Hill Road, Ash GU12 5DN

Training in the North West of Surrey

  • Dates: Thursday 7, Thursday 14 and Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm. On day three, the time is 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Venue: Sheerwater Youth Centre, Blackmore Crescent, Woking, GU21 5NS

Book your place on SENCO New to Role.

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Play work: The Role Of the SENCO in Play work Settings Workshop

Are you a new Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or a SENCO working in a playwork provision or a SENCO that needs to update their knowledge? Then book on to our FREE half day SENCO workshop this Summer term 2018. This training is suitable for SENCOs working in playwork provisions only.

The training will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a SENCO in playwork
  • Early Help Intervention
  • Working with Parents
  • Behaviour and Sensory Needs
  • Support Plans
  • Health Care Plan

The details of the training workshop are:

  • Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Time: 10am- 1pm
  • Venue: Ashstead Youth Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashstead, Surrey KT21 2DA

Book your place on the Play work SENCO Workshop

Files available to download

  • Learning Agreement (179.5 KB)
    This Learning Agreement applies to practitioners going on training