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Workshops for childcare professionals

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

Early Years Training for the Summer Term 2019 to be confirmed

Still available -

Early Years Training in the Spring Term 2019


Early Years Practitioner Workshops

Communication and Language Development in the Early Years

"The ability to communicate is an essential life skill for all children and young people and it underpins a child's social, emotional and educational achievement."(Bercow 2008)

Communication and language is a prime area within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is important in helping children to make friends and achieve in life.

This one-day training is suitable for all Early Years practitioners from the key person to the manager and concentrates on the universal level of support. It will enable you to understand the development of language, help you to identify which children are at risk of delay and what you need to do next.

We will also talk about the importance of the practitioner, parents and the environment. We will learn through a mixture of knowledge, activities, DVDs. The workshop costs £50 per person.

  • Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Venue: Imber Court, Ember Lane, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 0BT

Physical Development in the Early Years

Physical Development is one of the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, "crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive." (Statutory Framework for the EYFS, 2017, pg 7)

This one day training aims to make clear how physical development is inextricably linked to all other areas of learning and development. Content includes; How physicality develops before birth and in the early years, the links between movement and learning, how modern lifestyles affect physical wellbeing and the importance of movement spaces and ideology. The workshop costs £50 per person.

  • Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019
  • Times: 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Venue: Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate Hill, Reigate RH2 9PF

Book your place on the Early Years Practitioner Workshops.

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Safeguarding Children for Early Years Practitioners training – including new to role and refresher

Group settings

It's the Designated Safeguarding Lead's (DSL) and manager's 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. This workshop meets those requirements for setting practitioners.

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.

New staff can attend a three hour classroom based Safeguarding for Practitioner workshop which includes Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTSC) or complete the e-learning WTSC as part of their induction.

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

The eWTSC can be found on the Surrey Skills Academy (SSA) website. There is a £12.50 charge for this session, so remember to have your debit/credit card handy.

You will need to complete safeguarding refresher training every three years.

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Safeguarding refresher training for home-based childcarers

This is a three hour refresher workshop for 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.

    Home-based childcarers: Book your place on Safeguarding Refresher for HBCs 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 need to update your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) knowledge on child protection and safeguarding issues.

Workshop content:

  • Key legislation and guidance
  • Identifying concerns, making referrals and working with parents
  • Risk management, disguised compliance and the voice of the child
  • Referral process and core groups
  • Serious case reviews
  • Managing allegations against staff and the role of the local authority designated officer (LADO)
  • Sharing information and record keeping
  • Role of the DSL and policies and procedures

DSLs must have completed the Working Together to Safeguard Children introduction course and if not already done so, must attend or be booked on to the SSCB Multi-Agency Core Safeguarding Children 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, however it is suitable if you are working in maintained or nursery classes attached to a school.
  • You need to update your DSL training every two years, by attending a Designated Safeguarding Lead workshop.

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For DSL/ DDSL – Operation Encompass (OE) Information Workshop:

For children centres and relevant to nurseries, full day care, pre-schools, sessional settings who are claiming FEE/T funding.

Operation Encompass is a national Police project which enables us to inform you if a child who attends your setting has been present when Police have been called to a Domestic Abuse incident at the home. The OE project currently operates term time only.

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

The DSL/DDSL should 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 information workshop you attend.

As well as explaining the criteria for the project in more detail the workshop will also include elements of domestic abuse training.

Book your place on Operation Encompass Workshop. These information workshops are free of charge.

If you have any questions please email earlyeducation.safeguarding@surreycc.gcsx.gov.uk

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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

Each setting is invited to send up to two members of staff.

Book your place on REMA Service Early Years English as an Additional Language training

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Spring 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, OFSTED themes, Supporting Children's Transitions, Promoting Positive Behaviour

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 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 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 Spring 2019, 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. The workshop costs £75 per person.

Book your place on SENCO new to role.

Files available to download

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

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