Training for Professionals
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.
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, secure information, advice and training for providers in the following areas:
• 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 safeguarding and child protection.
Good quality early years and childcare provision can have a significant impact on children’s development, performance at school and their future life chances. It is important that the childcare workforce have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to support children’s learning. Furthermore, it is essential that the workforce constantly seek to develop their skills and understanding that in turn will have a positive impact on the early education they provide.
Research shows that only good quality experiences in early years and childcare will improve outcomes and close the gap for children and young people who are disadvantaged. The Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Service places positive outcomes for children at the heart of their work and to this end work closely with settings to support them to have high expectations of children and to develop their learning.
This Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Service therefore provides continuous professional development across the sector. It also includes an offer of support for providers with on site 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. The programme is informed by recommendations from Ofsted inspections, feedback from the sector, training requests, statutory
Requirements, analysis of data (e.g. EYFSP), legislation and local priorities.
The Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Service Continuous Professional Development programme (CPD) is designed to be delivered at our training venues or in house.
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
A variety of experienced trainers provide engaging, interactive high quality learning opportunities, and evaluations from previous CPD programmes show that their teaching styles were highly effective, stimulated learning and have had lasting impact that affected positive change in practice.
Bi-Borough Childcare and Early Education Training Brochure
The Autunm training brochure will be published here in September 2020.
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 (add hyperlink). 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:
If you wish to require any inset training you may have, or to book an in-house training half day/day course or an interactive event for the following term then please do contact the Bi-borough Childcare Training team.
Inset training and interactive event confirmations will be made by the Early Years and Inclusion Advisors on individual basis. Please note that inset training courses will be limited to a maximum of 10 attendees. Any inset training required for a bigger groups can be discussed with your Early Years and Inclusion Advisor, but the costs may increase dependent on the number of trainers/facilitators/recourses required.
If you have any further queries please contact:
Childcare & Early Education Training Officer
Childcare & Early Education Service
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.
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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 Westminster.
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.
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Bi-borough Autism Team Leader: Christa.Morley@rbkc.gov.uk
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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 Bi-Borough can help you and your business with a range of regulated qualification courses, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4 Awards where available. We also run a two hour food hygiene refresher and/or awareness talk to groups. These are run as open courses near Earl’s Court. In addition, on-site training may be provided no matter where you are located (subject to criteria).
We can help your business or organisation with award-winning training on Food Safety and Health and Safety:
- Food Safety training
- Health and Safety training
- Allergen Control training
- Health food and special diets training
- HACCP training
- Fire Safety training
- Personal License Holders training
- Customer Service Training
Environmental Health Department Council Offices
37 Pembroke Road
London, W8 6PW
Contact: Euan MacAuslan
Telephone: 020 7361 3002 - For course bookings and advice
Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) is an award scheme sponsored by the Mayor of London which supports and recognises achievements in child health, wellbeing and education in early years settings. Building on the success of the local Healthy Early Years programme, HEYL will help to reduce health inequalities by supporting a healthy start to life across themes that include healthy eating, oral and physical health and early cognitive development. HEYL complements and enhances the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage framework, adding to the focus on children, families and staff health and wellbeing.
Health Education Partnership have been commissioned to provide free training and support to participating settings in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. Training courses include:
- Achieving the HEYL Bronze award
- Achieving the HEYL Silver and Gold awards
- The Eat Better Start Better Guidelines and menu planning in the early years
- Step into Purposeful Physical Play
- A whole setting approach to emotional wellbeing
- Promoting good oral health in the early years (in partnership with CLCH oral health team)
- Plus more!
For more information contact:
Healthy Early Years Lead
Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster
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 will be a charge for private and independent providers.
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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. Downloads available.
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
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?
All those that are working in Early Years - Early Years Practitioners, Teachers and Musicians working or wishing to work in EY.
Cost of sessions:
Professionals connected to, or working with, state-maintained settings/arts organisations within one of three boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham; Kensington & Chelsea; Westminster:
- One day course: £70
- Half day course: £30
For all other professionals outside of the three boroughs:
- One day course: £90
- Half day course: £50
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/