Training for professionals
Please find in the sections below information about training opportunities for professionals:
A range of courses are available on topics such as employment law, sources of funding and marketing.
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The Family Healthy Weight Care Pathways are an aid for healthcare professionals and those who work with children to provide obesity prevention and weight management support to those aged 19 and under in RBKC.
Offers an excellent range of continued professional development for educational settings, parents and a wide range of partner services.
This includes seminars delivered by our advisory teachers and therapists as well as some of the most experienced researchers and practitioners in the world of SEND. The service facilitates a range of SEND whole school approaches e.g. SCERTS, TEACCH, Protective Behaviours, Elklan and MindUp.
Schools and Early Years settings have regular opportunities for sharing good practice through SENCO Forums.
From September 2019 this support will be extended to the Bi-borough under one management structure. This will include joint working with RBKC Autism and Early Years Intervention Team and RBKC sensory impairment advisory teachers.
All courses and events are promoted bi-monthly through School Bulletin and Local Offer.
For current annual CPD offer click here
Federation of Westminster Special School Training and Outreach Service
QEII Jubilee School
London W9 3LG
Telephone: 020 7641 5825
Head of Service: email@example.com
Bi-borough Autism Team Leader: Christa.Morley@rbkc.gov.uk
Bi-borough Sensory Impairment Team Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Training Enquiries: email@example.com
Early Years practitioners must complete an approved 12-hour Paediatric First Aid Course every three years. Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education service offers Paediatric First Aid courses, but where not possible to attend, please contact the following training organisations to enquire about more first aid courses:
Kensington and Chelsea College, www.kcc.ac.uk,
Tel: 020 7573 3600
Tel: 0844 770 4800
Tel: 0844 871 8000
Safe and Sound, http://www.safeandsound.uk.net
Tel: 020 8445 8998
The Healthy Early Years programme and award scheme is funded by the Public Health team for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The programme has been based on the success of the Healthy Schools programme across the three boroughs and started as a pilot programme in 2014. The programme is open to all early years settings including Children’s Centres and nurseries, and its main aim is to support and encourage settings to develop and deepen their focus on health and wellbeing for the children and families they work with.
How the Healthy Early Years awards work
Awards are given to settings to recognise their achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of the children and families they work with. There are four levels of award:
First Steps: this award is given in recognition of the settings engagement/interests and registration with the Programme.
Bronze: Settings will need to complete the Healthy Early Years Bronze Review Tool to demonstrate that they take a whole setting approach to health and wellbeing including physical activity, nutrition, oral health, emotional wellbeing, safety and immunisations.
Silver: Once a setting has achieved the HEYL Bronze award it can move on to the Silver and Gold Awards which consists in creating an action plan and implementing it.
Gold: this award is about the sustainability of the Silver project and then designing additional two projects.
Please download the awards information sheet for more detailed information.
FREE support available to registered settings
Health Education Partnership: Health Education Partnership has been commissioned to provide free support to settings working towards the Healthy Early Years awards. Within the team, Viktorija Zdanoviciute can provide free support to settings to complete award applications at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. In addition, Kim Lambden can provide free support on "Purposeful Physical Play" including staff training, development visits and parent workshops at Silver level.
MyTime Active: MyTime Active has been commissioned to provide support to settings on the Healthy Eating and Physical Development aspects of the Healthy Early Years Awards. They offer opportunities for you to provide the best food possible and fun active play for the children in your setting through advice, signposting and training. They can assist with snack ideas, planning menus and training on nutritional guidelines for 1-4 year olds.
How to take part
The first step is to register with Healthy Early Years by completing the online form. Online Registration Form: Registration. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation including details of the free support available and information on how to begin working towards the Bronze award.
For further information visit the Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) website
Upcoming training (click in the links below):
For further information about training (dates, times and booking) please visit: http://services2schools.org.uk/Training
If you have any questions, please contact:
Healthy Early Years Lead
Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster
The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on English local authorities to provide information, advice and training to childcare providers (section 13). The requirements for early years providers, where applicable, may include participating in training or other quality improvement programmes. Availability of information, advice and training is focused on childcare providers identified as needing to improve the quality of their provision and should promote high quality provision.
The Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Consultancy Service is committed to improving outcomes for all children who live in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and City of Westminster. Training advice and guidance will ensure that providers are:
- meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage;
- meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged children; and
- effective in safeguarding and child protection.
The Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Service provides continuous professional development across the sector. It also includes an offer of support for providers with onsite visits, bespoke action plans, preparation for inspection support, role modelling, developing positive learning environments, as well as provider forums, networking events and up to date advice and guidance on policies.
Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Training Offer
The CPD programme is designed to help Ofsted registered early years and childcare providers (including childminders), children’s centres, schools and independent sector providers, meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted minimum requirements.
Courses are aimed at:
- School staff working within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Day nursery, and pre-school staff
- Playworkers in after-school, breakfast, holiday clubs/playschemes
- Owners and managers
- Governors, headteachers
Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Training Brochure and Calendar
Please have a look at the Autum 2020 'CPD Training Programme' brochure and the 'Training Calendar' in the Downloads section of this page.
Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Training Booking Information
Specified courses are listed within the early years training brochure on a termly basis. Please find relevant brochure for this term here. In order to book onto a course, whether as a member or on a pay as you go basis, you will need to log into https://services2schools.org.uk/Services/4706 and book the training through the website. Log ins will be emailed to all RBKC and Westminster settings, and can also be requested from the online system or by emailing:
Enquires regarding individual inset training for your setting or any other queries please email.
If you have any further queries please contact:
Childcare & Early Education Training Officer
Training email: Bi-BoroughChildCareTraining@rbkc.gov.uk
Training is available for all early years providers. For more information, full details of training available, full price list, membership offer, terms and conditions please download the brochure.
Training offer available here: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/lscb/training-and-resources
with courses such as:
- Introduction to Safeguarding Children (level 1)
- Multi-Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection (level 3)
- Awareness of Harmful Practices
- Safer Recruitment
- Meet the LADO
- and many more, please see the link above.
All of the LSCB courses are open to practitioners in Westminster, RBKC and Hammersmith and Fulham. Free for local authority staff, childminders and voluntary sector.
There is a charge for private and independent providers.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MEND offers a rolling programme of training for professionals who work with children to support them and their families to achieve positive healthy eating and physical activity habits.
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What are Short Breaks?
Short breaks enable disabled children, young people and adults to have time away from their carers, explore new opportunities, have fun and broaden their social networks whilst promoting independence. They can provide families with an opportunity to have a break from their caring responsibilities, and can last from a few hours to a few days, evenings, overnight and weekends.
St Quintin's Centre for Disabled Children offers training for carers on short breaks programmes.
The training runs as a series of sessions across the year. The topics of the training days include:
- Understanding of learning and disabilities, including supporting challenging behaviour, personal care, and sensory processing
- Makaton training and engaging with children
- First-aid, risk assessment and fire evaluation
- Safeguarding, and data protection
- Help dealing with difficult situations, building resilience, and stress-management
- Equality, diversity and mental health awareness
The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service is provided by Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH).
The service provide assessment for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or problems with eating, drinking, and swallowing. Following diagnosis, the service may provide therapy for children and young people whose difficulties have a significant impact on their functional, everyday communication skills.
The aim is to make sure that children and young people reach their speech, language and communication potential, whatever their level of ability and preferred communication method.
The service is delivered on the principle that all children and young people’s communication skills are best developed through interaction with the people who are most familiar with the children and young people, and in their everyday situations and environments. There is also a strong focus on early identification and intervention.
Team members work collaboratively with parents and carers, as well as education, early years, and health colleagues. They provide training and advice for parents/carers and key staff, and work alongside others in the children’s workforce to create communication supportive environments and to support individual children. This is to ensure a whole system approach to meeting speech, language and communication needs.
A range of training options are available to schools and early years settings to help support all children and young people’s communication. Further details about the training available and costs involved can be found in this Summary of Training Options document.
Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Training Courses
This is a three-part training course offered by the CLCH, aimed at early years practitioners and other staff working with children in the early years.
Foundation Training- this one day introductory course will provide early years practitioners with an overview of speech, language and communication development from birth to five years.
Advanced Training – Communication Partners: Developing Language Skills in Small Groups: Level 1- this 2 ½ hour course will provide early year practitioners with an overview of how to plan and run language groups to support children’s speech, language and communication development.
Advanced Training – Communication Partners: Developing Language Skills in Small Groups: Level 2 - this 2 ½ hour course will provide early practitioners with an opportunity to build on knowledge already acquired from Level 1 to learn about a wider range of activities to support language development.
Who to contact: Speech and Language Therapy Service
Telephone: 020 8102 4009
Where to go: Speech and Language Therapy Service
Parsons Green Centre
Information about all training opportunites for Early Years professionals are provided below.
Please contact the Childcare and Early Education Service if you would like to advertise any training opportunites for Early Years Practitioners.
Should you have any queries, please contact the BBCEES Training Coordinator
The Tri-borough Early Years Music Consortium (TBEYMC) is currently building on the success of phase 1 of the Tri-Music Together (TMT) workforce development project that took place 2016-2018. In phase 2 of the TMT project (2019-2021) we are continuing to offer a range of CPD opportunities for musicians and Early Years educators.
We encourage anyone interested - EY educators, SENCO, School-based Music Teacher, Curriculum Leads, Childminder, Freelance Musicians etc. - to register themselves at this link: https://tbmh.wufoo.com/forms/q12lv94y1rbwcls/. This new online database will help keep everyone connected with information about the opportunities for CPD and other aspects for networking
Who are our courses for?
In summary, all that are working in Early Years - Early Years Practitioners, Teachers and Musicians working or wishing to work in EY.
Cost of sessions:
For the first year (2019) of this Phase 2 project it is FREE to anyone working within the Tri-borough area (Hammersmith & Fulham; Kensington & Chelsea; Westminster) whether as an EYP; School-based teacher; Musician; or Childminder.
Anyone external to the Tri-borough Area can access the training by paying one-off session fees – please see course details for costs.
For information about courses and booking procedures, please visit: https://www.triboroughmusichub.org/early-years/tri-music-together-training/
One legacy of the TMT project is Musical Development Matters in the Early Years – FREE guidance, available to download here: https://www.early-education.org.uk/musical-development-matters
If you have any questions, please contact:
Nicola Burke, EYFS Strategic Lead, Tri-Music Together
Telephone: 07782 244 056
Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/TBEYMCmusic @TBEYMCmusic
Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TriMusicTogether
Visit the website http://www.triboroughmusichub.org/early-years/