CPD Sessions

Continual Professional Development

Booster Sessions and Short Courses, underpinned by DfE Professional Standards. Check out the new Nurturing Children range of Ongoing CPD Courses.

Underpinned by the DfE Professional Development Standards, each session is structured to offer you the knowledge, understanding and support you need to re-examine your practice with confidence.
With activities for you to work through, and questions to challenge your current thinking, it will help you to reflect.
And as you work through the sessions and participate in discussions you will come to realise the practices you need to celebrate – and gain the help you need to challenge others.

Certificate of Attendance available for completion of every course

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Developing School Readiness...  And bringing parents along for the ride

Whether you hear the term School Readiness as a buzz-phrase coming down from head office, or something every parent seems to want to know about, equipping children with all they need during the early years as about more than preparing them for their transition into a school classroom.  It is about preparing for all their tomorrows – wherever that may take them.  But sometimes, for some people, this needs a wider perspective and somewhat of a rethink.

Ongoing CPD
Nurturing Children

Understand the core child development knowledge and key processes behind how a child’s mind and body grows during these foundational years. And be supported as you use this to root all your practical decisions, environments and engagements. Ensuring the child, rather than any other factor, is at the core of all you do.

Consisting of 5 sessions, written to offer you all the knowledge, understanding and support you need. Designed to be delivered over five evenings of CPD or a couple of days training, collectively learn, discuss and develop throughout your practice.  And with direct links to the Parent Courses, you can work with your families to offer your children the experiences and understanding they need to flourish. Both in their early years and as they become all they can be.

The Nurturing Children range of individual courses is intended as an introduction to the Nurturing Childhoods Accreditation. If you are already working towards your Accreditation, please select a different course. Alternatively, you can upgrade this course on completion to become accredited while you put your new skills into practice.”

Ongoing CPD
Nurturing Secure Children

In this 5 session course,  you and your team will gain the core knowledge you need to manage children’s emotions and the behaviours they prompt.

Managing emotions and behaviours is something children deal with every day. Because of this, their emotions will be experienced positively through happiness, love, and joy.  They will also be experienced through negative emotions of fear, anger and jealousy.

When children feel these emotions at the right time, and to the right extent, they are a natural, healthy, and necessary part of growing up.  The trouble comes however, when these emotions are not being well managed.

You can find out more about this course through the link.

Ongoing CPD
Nurturing Happy Children

This 5 session course offers you and your team the core knowledge you need to be mindful of children’s happiness and well-being.

We all want children to be happy, to be confident and resilient. But for some this can be more difficult than others. And for children, who do not always know what is going on, a feeling of lost control can only serve to make matters worse.

Through these sessions you will learn how to help children feel competent, confident and worthy. You will gain a greater understanding of a child’s self-esteem, and the signs of anxiety. And you will gain the support you need as you manage and nurture all your children.

Find out more about this course through the link.

Ongoing CPD
Nurturing Learning Children

In this 5 session course, you and your team will gain the core knowledge you need to focus children’s learning in the early years.

It can be difficult managing expectations of children’s learning. Whether this is concern for their Learning Goals or a parent’s unrealistic expectations of what their child should be doing.

Learn to focus on the deep impact you are having on children’s learning and development; through all the age groups. Understand the important processes of learning establishing in the early years. And value this time in its own right; not as preparation or acceleration into stages yet to come.

Ongoing CPD
School Readiness and Learning to Read

This course consists of 6 sessions, all helping you to explore where the confusion surrounding school readiness has come from.  Allowing you to refocus attention back on the formative growth and development occurring during the early years and helping you to refocus your attentions – and that of your parents – back where it needs to be. 

With sessions focused on the development of school readiness in the baby room, the toddler room and in preschool, it will explore how learning is a fundamental part of life from day one. And looking to nurture all the skills this requires in the months before school is leaving things years too late.

This Ongoing CPD course comes complete with action plans to drive improvements throughout the setting, handouts to support communication with your parents, and certificates for completion.  Giving you all you need to make a real difference in your setting.  And as a great introduction to the Nurturing Childhoods Accreditation, you can upgrade this course on completion and start working towards becoming a Nurturing Childhoods Accredited Setting.

CPD Booster
Introduction to Birth to Five Matters – EYFS guidance written by the sector, for the sector.

Written by one of its authors.  While you may be familiar with the tagline, in this training session we will be exploring the benefits that came from all the collaborations.  And how you can benefit from the processes involved in the writing of the document, and the quality of the materials that have been produced.

CPD Booster
“Learning to read” - The steps you can, and should be taking to enhance children’s reading.

Influenced by social media and big business, parents wanting the best start for their children can become misguided into thinking that accelerated learning is the best learning.  That with encouragement, time and devotion, you can ensure their children are getting the head start they need.  But the best form of learning is rarely the most accelerated form of learning.  However, when properly guided, you can have a huge difference on the learning process and this begins right from the start, in the baby room.

CPD Booster
"Getting mathematical" - The steps you can and should be taking to enhance children's maths.

A big part of being human is our ability to think mathematically.  Animals communicate, they use tools and problem solve, but they cannot do symbolic manipulation.  So, if this is so important to us, why do so many grow up to be completely put off the whole idea? In this session you will learn to recognise and promote the practices that support children’s later mathematical abilities.  As you identify where you could use some further consideration – and celebrate what you didn’t realise you were doing so well!

If you would like to find out more about our CPD sessions, please get in touch.