CHILDCARE SHORT COURSES

A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop

This CACHE endorsed course was developed for teachers and practitioners by Professor Pat Preedy and Rosie Hamilton Mc Ginty. This online course is designed to support parents of children up to 7 years of age in developing their personal, social and emotional development. The course provides you with the knowledge and materials needed to deliver the workshop effectively in your school or setting.

It covers:

  • Understanding parenting;
  • Meeting children’s emotional needs;
  • Code of conduct, behaviour and manners;
  • The Importance of play and using the play partners method;
  • Organising A Winning Attitude parent workshop.

All of the materials required to run the workshop are provided, including the ebook Parent Guide to Childhood Issues and the Parents and Carers as Play Partners booklet developed by Professor Pat Preedy and Dr Kay Sanderson.

Price: £75


An enabling learning environment

This CACHE endorsed short course will explore the areas of learning that should be found in any good play environment. Explore how these areas promote learning and development and the part practitioners may play in this. Learn how to create a room to learn using a planned approach and learn how to adapt your plans according to children’s needs, wishes, and desires.

This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that in a richly resourced environment, children will learn naturally from all that is around them
  • You will learn the importance of providing children with opportunities to learn independently and interact with their peers with minimal adult intervention
  • You will learn to consider the possibilities for creating a flow between the indoor and outdoor areas of the setting so that children can move freely between them

Advantages of this course

  • The learning in this course reflects the fact that children are naturally curious and want to explore and learn
  • The course covers how to plan a room for learning, how to designate responsibility to staff, how to link the areas for learning and planned activities to the Early Learning Goals, and how to ensure that the learning environment meets the needs of all children, including those with special needs
  • In planning and creating an enabling learning environment, this course also looks at ways of keeping costs low
  • Video examples of effective enabling environments based on jungles and space are included
  • This course also looks at the importance of including the outdoors, as well as the indoors, in the learning environment; introducing the idea of Forest Schools
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £35


An introduction to safeguarding

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This CACHE endorsed short course explores safeguarding and its importance in a childcare setting. Learn about the types and possible signs of abuse, the importance of policies for reporting concerns, whistleblowing, and explore the document ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ (DfE). The course is intended for learners working in nursery settings, or with school-aged children and young people.

The course is intended for learners working in nursery settings, or with school-aged children and young people.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn about basic issues relating to safeguarding that can cause settings to be judged as ‘inadequate’ by inspectors
  • You will learn the aspects of running a setting that needs to be focused on to promote safeguarding
  • You will learn why having a basic understanding of safeguarding is one of the first things you should study when working with children and young people

Advantages of this course

  • Safeguarding is an essential area of knowledge for those working with children and vulnerable people
  • Through this course, you have access to up to date resources from the UK government and child protection agencies offering advice and legislation on safeguarding
  • The course also identifies the different signs, symptoms and effects of abuse and neglect, and the different kinds of abuse
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15

 


Asperger Syndrome

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This  short course will explore the effect of the syndrome on the individual who has it. It introduces you to the areas that a person with Asperger syndrome might struggle with, and provides resources to help understand how they interact with, and interpret, the world around them. This course is intended for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the syndrome.

This course is intended for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the syndrome, or supports a child or young person with Asperger syndrome.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn about the ‘triad of impairments’ that cover the three main areas an individual with the syndrome may struggle with
  • You will understand how Asperger syndrome affects individuals from all nationalities, religions, cultures, and social backgrounds
  • You will understand the importance of being aware of the different ways that an individual will interact with and interpret the world around them

Advantages of this course

  • As the syndrome is a hidden disability, and is often slow to be diagnosed, knowing how it impacts on an individual is invaluable knowledge
  • There is no specific treatment or cure but this doesn’t mean that you can’t help someone with Asperger’s. There are therapies, approaches, and interventions that can improve quality of life and this course will outline some of them.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on our learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Causes and spread of infection

You have a duty of care to protect the people you work with from harm from infectious disease. In order to do this, you need to understand the causes of infection and how infection is spread. Know the differences between bacteria, fungi, parasite, and viruses, the conditions they need to grow, and the infectious diseases they cause. Understand how pathogens are spread and the chain of infection.

Learning outcomes

  • You will know which diseases are notifiable to the Local Authority under the Health Protection Regulations 2010
  • You will be able to spot infection risks and poor practices that may result in infection and disease
  • If there is an outbreak of a disease where you work, you will know who to tell and how you can stop the spread of infection

Advantages of this course

  • Anyone who works with someone who is susceptible to infection should understand the actions that may make infection more likely and how a disease is transmitted. The consequences of poor practice are extremely serious when you work with older people, babies, children, and people with lowered immunity. Some infectious illness is life-threatening, especially when the person who contracts it is considered to be high risk
  • Infection that has spread through the body to several organs in different systems is called a ‘systemic infection’. Learn about the different types of infection, colonisation, and pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Child development: 0-5 years

This CACHE endorsed short course explores the concept of child development and how important it is to the work that we carry out with children. Discover child development theories and learn how to apply them to situations within your setting. Study aspects of development, including brain development, and consider how best to prepare activities for children and guide their learning.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that children’s development begins from the moment of conception
  • You will learn that a child’s development is influenced by the adults who care for them
  • You will learn to be aware of a child’s needs covering all five outcomes mentioned in Every Child Matters
  • You will learn that individual children develop in different ways and that it is extremely important that every child is treated as an individual

Advantages of this course

  • This course looks at child development theories and theorists, and why it is important to know how children develop when working with them
  • It is important to understand the areas of child development to offer appropriate learning experiences and levels of support for each individual child
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Understanding the revised EYFS

This short course is suitable for new early years practitioners, as well as those who are familiar with the original EYFS. The course provides a background to the EYFS before going on to look at revisions to the EYFS in more detail. Practitioners will be encouraged to explore the Statutory Framework and the accompanying guidance documentation. This course has been updated to include information about the most recent changes to the EYFS.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn about the formation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • You will learn about the key changes made to the EYFS for 2012, 2014, and 2017
  • You will learn about the prime and specific areas of development
  • You will learn about the formal assessments required by the EYFS

Advantages of this course

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage was introduced in 2008 and sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth to five. It is mandatory for all early years providers: maintained schools; non-maintained schools; independent schools; all providers on the Early Years Register; and all providers registered with and early years childminder agency.
  • The course introduces the themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and explains how they can be put into practice. Taking the themes of ‘A unique child’, ‘Positive relationships’, ‘Enabling environments’, and ‘Learning and development’, you will be directed to the official resources supporting EYFS and videos which give more information on the principles
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


The role of the SENCo

This short course is suitable for a SENCo in an early years setting, or a practitioner who is working towards the role. Learn about the role and responsibilities of the SENCo, early identification and intervention, strategies for supporting children and their families, and the guidance and legislation relevant to SEND. This course is also suitable for childminders and parents/carers who want to learn more about special education provision in England.

Learning outcomes

  • You will know what is meant by Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
  • You will understand the importance of early identification and intervention for children with SEND
  • As a SENCo in an early years setting, you are responsible for ensuring children with SEND are getting the support they need and having their needs met. There may be times when the support the child needs is more than the early years setting can provide. This short course will describe the action you will need to take when this happens, the type of professionals you may need to work with outside of the setting, and how EHC plans work

Advantages of this course

  • All early years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support children with SEN or disabilities and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care. This course will help learners understand special education provision in England, and the principles, guidance, and legislation that underpins the work of the SENCo
  • This course will explore the strategies and techniques for supporting children and their families, including the local offer, Education Health and Care plans (EHC plans), and the graduated approach
  • The work of an early years SENCo is important, varied, and requires excellent leadership and partnership working skills – if you are interested in taking on this role then this course will outline the tasks and responsibilities that you may be expected to take on
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


The role of the key person

This CACHE endorsed short course explores the role of the key person and the importance of the relationship between the key person and the child’s parent / carer. Learn how to promote personal, social, and emotional development and gain a better understanding of what this means in day-to-day practice. Look at factors that affect the ability to develop loving, secure relationships and study children’s key emotional needs.

This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that it is important to develop a good relationship with the children in your setting
  • You will learn about the attributes of a practitioner who cares well for others
  • You will learn how to show wisdom and skill in deciding when something that is said to you should remain confidential and when it should be passed on

Advantages of this course

  • This course looks at the importance of the role of a key person in a childcare setting. The role is a legal requirement in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and is crucial in a child’s personal, social, and emotional development. A key person, working in partnership with parents/carers, can support a child to relate well to others, make friends and feel secure.
  • Gain access to resources to support starting and building upon a relationship with both the child and the parents, and find out more about attachment theory
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Parenting

This course, aimed at parents of any age and those considering becoming parents, looks at the essentials of parenting. It explains the responsibilities of the parent, discusses the importance of good health and nutrition, and considers the dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs. It also offers an introduction to common childhood illnesses, child development, and child safety.

Learning outcomes

  • You will be knowledgeable about how to keep children safe and healthy
  • You will understand their responsibilities with regard to smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs
  • You will be knowledgeable about what to expect from the children they are responsible for

Advantages of this course

  • This course offers information to both experienced parents and grandparents, and also to those experiencing it for the first time. Information about illnesses and health issues are included in this course – such as smoking, drinking, and drug usage that affects both adults and children; which are also areas where the advice changes regularly
  • It is important for anyone looking after children to be aware of the latest information about safe sleeping and how to spot signs of illness in a baby and young child which you will also cover in this course
  • You will also find out more abou the UK government’s definitions of parental rights and responsibilities
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £20


 

INTERNET SAFETY

This short course explores some of the safety issues relating to the use of the internet, particularly by children. Internet usage has increased enormously, but so have reports of the safeguarding issues linked to abuses of internet communication. You will be introduced to some of the risks and dangers, and how to deal with them – including where to report online concerns and risks.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that it is important to be aware of the risks as well as the benefits in technology
  • You will be able to talk to children about keeping themselves safe online
  • You will become aware of how important it is to know what children are doing online

Advantages of this course

  • This course offers information to parents, grandparents, or anyone who may be concerned about risks a child may encounter on the internet. Many of the dangers online have only existed for a few years, and it is easy to be unaware of terminology and technology that children use every day.
  • An internet safety checklist is included which suggests how internet activity should be approached with children of different ages
  • The course includes a description of what is meant by such terms as ‘cyberbulling’ and ‘online radicalisation’, together with information on the organisations that exist to tackle these issues
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Please note, the course title on your certificate will be ‘Keeping children safe on the internet’.

You may also be interested in our short course: Safeguarding: The Prevent Duty

Price: £15


Cultural awareness

In this course, explore the meaning of cultural awareness and explains why it is important in the workplace. Explore how you can promote inclusive practice and how you can plan for diversity and inclusion. Investigate the challenges of inclusion and how to overcome them. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that cultural awareness is an important and integral part of supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion
  • You will learn that being aware of a person’s culture means understanding not only the outward expressions of that culture, but also the social aspects, intrinsic values, morals, and challenges of adapting to a different country and culture
  • You will learn that the awareness of cultural similarities and differences are important within the childcare setting and are a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Advantages of this course

  • Cultural awareness is an important and integral part of supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion. It is at the heart of ensuring that all children and their families are valued and respected. In an early years setting, understanding other cultures will inform inclusive practice and meets on of the standards of the EYFS.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

In this course, learners will consider both their own CPD and that of their team members. Explore preferred learning styles, learning opportunities, and how to plan and evaluate learning. Learn how to help others set up a CPD file and how to lead others to develop professionally. Discover the learning cycle and how full and valid qualifications fit in to this learning process.

You do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course but should be working as a member of a childcare setting team.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that good practitioners will always be looking for ways to improve and develop their practice
  • You will learn how to reflect on your professional development needs
  • You will learn that practitioners who value personal development will have more opportunities for training and development

Advantages of this course

  • The learning experience, and ability to learn, does not end when you leave full-time education. It is a continuous process and can greatly benefit your personal and professional life. This course will explain the importance of finding time to self-evaluate learning and development needs, the ways in which you can reflect on this, and how to identify opportunities at work.
  • All practitioners should have a plan for their development and feel motivated to achieve it. A supportive working environment, manager / supervisor, and colleagues will positively contribute to this process. In the presentation section of this course, the concept of planning for learning and development (specifically a personal development plan) is explained in detail.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Communication and the EYFS

 

This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores one of the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Communication and language. Learn the importance of good communication skills to a child’s life, and how to build children’s confidence with language and show them that what they have to say is important and valued. Consider the key role you play in this and how to be a role model effective communication. Additionally, you will learn how to reflect on how well you are communicating with children and others in your setting.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn to communicate with children in a way that supports the development of their speech, language, and communication, as appropriate for their age and stage of development
  • You will learn to understand you are a role model for young children and as such, should be positively interacting with those around them
  • You will learn how to support children’s speech, language, and communication development in line with statutory guidance for England

Advantages of this course

  • Communication and language is a prime area in the EYFS and this course will help early years practitioners build their knowledge in this area and increase their understanding of the importance of being a role model for effective communication
  • You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own speech, language, and communication skills and how effective you have been in supporting young children with their development in these areas
  • You will be given a number of suggestions for communication and language activities, along with advice for encouraging children who are not confident communicators
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Developing self-esteem in young children

This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores answers to the following questions: What is self-esteem, why is it so crucial to children’s development, and how can you contribute? This course outlines the characteristics of a child with healthy self-esteem and compares this to characteristics of children with low or poor self-esteem. You will learn what you can do to support the development of children’s healthy self-esteem.

Learning outcomes

  • You will gain an understanding of the value of healthy self-esteem to a child’s life, and how this is crucial to their personal, social, and emotional development
  • You will learn to work in partnership with parents and carers to build a child’s self-esteem
  • You will learn how to encourage children’s positive self-esteem, use praise carefully, and add in elements of choice during activities

Advantages of this course

  • Self-esteem is an important part of personal, social, and emotional development and in the early years, a confident child will be more willing to communicate their likes, dislikes, needs, and feelings to an early years practitioner
  • You will explore a number of key interventions and activities that can boost a child’s self-esteem
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Health and safety in the early years

This course will teach you how to establish a safe and secure environment for children using risk assessments to raise everybody’s awareness of potential dangers. Look at ways in which leaders maintain a healthy, safe, and secure environment for children and, in particular, look at hygiene practices. Learn how to supervise procedures for accidents, injuries, illnesses, and other emergencies.

You do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course, but should be working in a childcare setting.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the skills required to support children’s health and safety
  • You will learn that a key factor in protecting children from accidents and injury is to understand what the risks might be
  • You will learn the importance of encouraging children to manage risk for themselves, and the impact of this on their future well-being

Advantages of this course

  • All schools and Ofsted registered early years settings have to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). One of the guiding themes of the EYFS is the importance of an ‘enabling environment’ and the safety and security of an educational space is central to this. Every child has a right to feel safe in their learning environment and this course will outline how you can ensure that they do, from planning a safe educational visit to keeping a record of accidents and injuries.
  • Should a child become ill at the setting, it is imperative that staff working there can identify the common signs and symptoms of illness and take action to promote recovery. Illness and injury is covered in the first section of the course, and ways to minimise the risk of illness, such as basic hygiene, is explored in the reading section.
  • As a practitioner, it is your responsibility to protect children from accidents and if an accident and/or injury does occur, respond appropriately. In this course, you will learn how to conduct a risk assessment and the actions to take if an accident does occur.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


KEEP – The Key Elements of Effective Practice

Explore how this document was written and the research that underpins it. Identify and define the main points of the document and how it relates to the EYFS Statutory Framework. Look at how the KEEP document might relate to your practice and how practitioners might use it to reflect on the practice in their setting.

This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn about the 6 Key Elements of Effective Practice
  • You will learn the importance of reflecting on your practice
  • You will learn that it is important all staff really appreciate that developing their knowledge, skills, and understanding is an essential part of their learning journey

Advantages of this course

  • This course looks at the ‘Key Elements of Effective Practice’ (KEEP), which was published by the DfES in 2005 and still has an influence on childcare practice today. This document, which looked at the impact of practitioners on effective practice in early years, found that through initial and on-going training and development, practitioners need to develop, demonstrate and continuously improve their:
    1. Relationships with both children and adults
    2. Understanding of the individual and diverse ways that children develop and learn
    3. Knowledge and understanding in order to actively support and extend children’s learning in and across all areas and aspects of learning
    4. Practice in meeting all children’s needs, learning styles and interests
    5. Work with parents, carers and the wider community
    6. Work with other professionals within and beyond the setting
  • The course also looks at other studies into early years provision, which are also useful resources to help practitioners reflect on and develop their practice
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Literacy and the EYFS

This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting or those with young children, explores how to encourage early literacy. It looks at how literacy and communication skills are central to children’s intellectual, social, and emotional development, and how the world of literacy begins at a very early age.

Learning outcomes

  • You will see how important verbal communication is to literacy skills
  • You will find out more about the key skills needed to assist children to become motivated and independent readers
  • You will learn how early literacy starts with mark marking and emergent writing, alongside drawing
  • You will discover how to support reading development

Advantages of this course

  • Literacy is crucial part of intellectual, social and emotional development
  • You will be shown a number of suggestions for key interventions and activities that can develop a child’s literacy
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Managing behaviour

This short course explores definitions of good behaviour. Gain an understanding of how broad a spectrum this definition might be, and how dependent it is upon the age of the child, cultural situation, and tolerance levels of staff. Explore reasons for poor behaviour and strategies for improving behaviour. Evaluate the benefits of working with outside agencies and identify which agencies may be most appropriate.

This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that all settings are required to have a positive behaviour policy
  • You will acknowledge the important role that parents/carers play in helping children to behave appropriately and be emotionally stable
  • You will understand that helping children to interact appropriately with others is a vital role for practitioners
  • You will be able to help children to develop their understanding of meeting others’ needs by encouraging them to do things for others

Advantages of this course

  • This course identifies that most children, on most occasions, want to behave in a way that is reasonable and acceptable. However, there are always occasions when children may lack the emotional, social, or behaviour skills to cope with conflict and challenging situations. Occasionally, if a child has not had the opportunity to form an attachment to a parent/carer or has experienced harsh or neglectful parenting, the child might display anti-social behaviour. Behaviour can also be affected by diet, tiredness, and illness.
  • The learning in this course emphasises that positive behaviour should be encouraged, and defines inappropriate behaviour as that which affects others in a negative way. However, expectations of behaviour should be realistic. Age and stage of development should be taken into account, as should social and cultural background.
  • The course recommends that positive attention should be the reward for positive behaviour
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Managing people

Explore leadership styles and gain an understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of focussing on developing the team and getting the task done. Learn more about the role of a manager and ways in which managing effectively involves helping team members to learn from their experiences. In particular, this course will look at Kolb’s learning styles and how this research and the further work of Honey and Mumford enables team members to develop their skills in the workplace. You will learn how to give and receive feedback assertively and how to define non-assertive and aggressive behaviour. Finally, you will look at the skills that are required to manage change effectively.

This course is aimed at learners who are currently working in a managerial or supervisory role in a childcare setting.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that managing people requires skill, patience, and a level of sensitivity that enables them to pick up how people are feeling
  • You will learn about the role of the manager and their responsibilities
  • You will learn about Kolb’s Learning Circle
  • You will learn how coaching can provide people with more skills and knowledge that enables them to take on new roles

Advantages of this course

  • This course offers information about the learning cycle and learning styles, coaching and feedback – invaluable resources to those managing people
  • It also introduces other parts of the role of a manager, including monitoring performance, appraising staff, and keeping them motivated
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Nutrition in the early years

This course, aimed at childcare practitioners and others involved in the nutrition of children, and looks at the importance of giving young children a good start in life through nutritious food to enable them to grow, develop, and have a healthy life. You will be introduced to the components of a healthy diet – including protein, vitamins, and minerals. Understand the importance of giving a portion of food reflecting the size of the child and of being very careful with food allergies and intolerances. The course also discusses food phobias.

Learning outcomes

  • You will be knowledgeable about what makes a healthy diet
  • You will understand a well-balanced meal
  • You will understand the importance of portion control

Advantages of this course

  • It is important that anyone caring for children is knowledgeable about what makes a healthy diet, from the food groups that make up a healthy diet to portion control
  • This course includes aspects of nutrition from weaning onwards, introduces proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and looks at the latest legislation on food allergens and the food standards for schools
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Price: £15


Observations

You will explore the observation cycle and the types of observations they might choose to carry out on a child. You will, by the end of the course, be able to define what makes an effective observation and how it might be used to decide a child’s next developmental milestone. You will also cover rules relating to observation and confidentiality.

This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn that all children have unique qualities and needs
  • You will learn that it is important to seek permission before doing observations and there are many factors to take into account when doing observations
  • You will learn that there are two types of assessment – formative and summative

Advantages of this course

  • This course looks at how much information can be gleaned from observing children when looking at their stage of development and their developmental needs. Children are unique and each one develops in a different way; observation enables effective planning so they can make progress. Observation takes place to:
    1. see if a child is making progress
    2. check a child’s overall development
    3. learn more about a child’s particular needs
    4. resolve a particular problem
    5. evaluate activities, routines or strategies used with children
    6. inform planning
    7. report to parents
  • Factsheets are included on methods of observation, as well as links to information on the development stages of children from birth to 60 months, and the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Outdoor play

This short course, aimed at those working with children and young people, explores play and learning opportunities that can be facilitated outdoors. Discover the benefits of outdoor play to a child’s life, gain ideas for activities, and understand how to encourage children to expand and develop their imaginative play outdoors. Additionally, you will learn how to review your current outdoor play provision, plan a new space, and help children to manage risk.

Learning outcomes

  • You will gain an appreciation of the outdoor environment and the opportunities it offers for healthy development
  • You will know how to encourage children and young people to develop their imaginative play outdoors
  • You will be able to review their current outdoor play provision and identify improvements

Advantages of this course

  • It is often reported that children nowadays are spending less time outside than ever before, and so this course will help practitioners to encourage children and young people to spend more time playing and exploring in a natural environment
  • Discuss the benefits and necessity of outdoor play, and feel confident in passing this on to children, young people, and their families
  • You will be given a number of suggested outdoor activities, along with advice for balancing risk and opportunity when planning activities
  • Websites and video resources looking at outdoor play are included in this lesson
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


Partnership with parents

Explore the importance of the partnership with parents and carers in a childcare setting. Learn how to make the partnership work effectively, how to engage with new parents and carers, and how to deal with conflict when it arises.

This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the importance of partnership with parents and the many references to how childcare practitioners should engage with parents
  • You will learn about seeking new ways of bringing the home into the settings and enabling the setting to reach into the home
  • You will learn the reasons why people complain, together with practical skills to deal with concerns when they are received

Advantages of this course

  • The course looks at the importance of the two-way process that is a partnership with parents in childcare. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) stresses the importance of this partnership, which means not only giving information to the parents but asking for and listening to the parent’s views and knowledge.
  • Parents ‘are the child’s first and most enduring educators’ (to quote the EYFS), have a unique knowledge of their child, and are also a great potential resource for setting
  • The course also looks at how to deal with occasions where parents express a concern or raise a complaint about something that has made them unhappy. Communicating well with parents and managing complaints in such a way that they do not damage the partnership with parents is important.
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.

Price: £15


The baby room

Baby room practitioners have a uniquely significant role because they influence sensitive human beings during the most formative period of life. This is a tremendous responsibility and privilege. This course looks at some of the special traits and complex skills a baby room practitioner needs to develop.

Learning outcomes

  • Tasks and responsibilities of the baby room practitioner will be outlined to learners, an important one of these being communicating with parents and carers
  • The learner will gain an understanding of how children start learning from birth, and how the first years of life are the most crucial in development of mind, body, and spirit
  • This course will give learners an overview of all of the ways that a young child learns – through tactile and sensory play, music, repetitive movement, motor activity, and communication with parents / carers and peers. The learner will gain an appreciation of play as a way for young children to develop an awareness of the world around them
  • The importance of sleep and rest for babies is stressed to learners and the concept of outdoor sleep is discussed

Advantages of this course

  • Babies engage life actively with all of their senses and emergent physical abilities. This is their way of learning about the world and much of their play consists of practising newly discovered motor skills. This course will outline the different types of play and give learner’s some ideas for stimulating play activities for babies.
  • As a practitioner, you are a valuable resource for the developing child. This is a big responsibility, especially given the significance of the first few years of a child’s life to their future wellbeing, and this course will help you to feel prepared for caring and supporting the healthy development of young children; as well as giving you a pool of activities and knowledge to draw on when required.
  • Reading texts, website, and video resources are utilised to explore the baby room in more detail and additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning.

Price: £15


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