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Training opportunities being promoted locally and nationally.

October 31, 2023

Solihull Leaders and Managers

This news article includes a collection of training opportunities being promoted locally and nationally.

 New Early Maths module added to DfE’s Online Child Development Training

The Department for Education has added a new Mathematics module to its Early years child development training. This free online training has been developed with early years experts and intends to provide a greater understanding of child development, giving practical advice for supporting children in early years settings. The training can be accessed in any order and paused and restarted at any time. A certificate of achievement is awarded on completion of each module.

FREE to access, government funded CPD for early years practitioners and childminders starting this January. Limited availability.

Forming part of the Government’s Early Years Education Recovery Package to support the early years sector post-pandemic, the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) is an opportunity to access free CPD for early years practitioners and childminders in England. The EYPDP supports practitioners with the practical skills and tools to support the unique development needs of children aged 2-4 years through a combination of self-study learning and live webinars. Recruitment for the January cohort of the programme is now open with places filling fast. Settings can register their interest. This has a focus on early PSE, speech and language and mathematics development. It also has some funding for cover costs or extra funding to complete the training. You may want to put your setting forward for support from DfE experts and mentors [child minder link / group-setting list].  You can also sign up for Best Practice Level 3 SENCo training or NPQEYL- Early Years Leadership course which Tudor Grange Teaching School is supporting alongside others.

SLCN – launch of the Solihull pathway [link]

The above training is included in our list of speech, language and communication training on offer to Early Years providers. You can find the full list here – Solihull SLCN training recommendations.

We are planning an official ‘launch’ of the Solihull SLCN pathway on 20th November. You will be able to hear from some of the people who are helping children get a super start with a focus on language. 20th November is World Children’s Day and has a focus on Inclusion, for every child. It is followed by World Hello Day celebrated 21st November with 2023 being the 50th year. Greet ten people in a friendly and kind way- recognising the many different languages people use to communicate a hello.

You will notice we post occasional ‘special’ training events you can access in Solihull:

Early Years Physical Activity Training – Health Movers is almost full and includes training including how to use some resources which you can take away and use in your setting –

Those of you who sign up to our text notifications will be aware of the Marvellous Music sessions running here in North Solihull Libraries in November and December –

Our full CPD Training brochure is here- ….we have added a childminder briefing 20th November with a focus on SEND. Many child minders have requested further training at our termly networks. There is also Equality training 6th November.

Leaders of group settings in Solihull can join the EY Leaders Network hosted by Tudor Grange Academy 8th November 2023- 5pm-6pm [please register and join either through Microsoft Teams or in person]  Click here to book   [the teams link is within the booking form]. As you are aware we have changed our offer for group based settings to focus on developing leadership skills and for those wanting to focus on core EYFS practice. Thanks for the positive feedback on these more in depth opportunities. We will be recording a new spring briefing which will include the outcomes of the DfE consultation on the EYFS and available 24th January 2024.

Our Maternity and Early Years Strategy in Solihull helps promote success for today, prepared for tomorrow We hope that you are able to take the opportunities offered across Solihull to continue to reflect upon practice in your setting. We know that many of you have already completed the Dingley’s Promise Inclusion Modules which are currently free to Solihull Early Years practitioners. What are you doing 20th November in support of Inclusion, for every child and World Children’s Day? Perhaps pencil in some time to watch our recorded messages to support the SLCN Pathway launch. 😊 goodbye and we hope to see you soon.