Details of one-off meetings and training events will be updated below.
We offer a range of training opportunities to support the on-going professional development of practitioners.
School-based settings can also find training opportunities on the Solihull intranet Solgrid site. You will need your Solgrid password to access this page.
If you are a new provider looking for support in setting up a business, or an existing provider wanting to improve your business skills, Blue Orchid can provide free workshops or 1-1 support. Enterprise for success
Information about Ofsted and details of the registration process can be found here.
If you would like to register as childcare on non-domestic premises please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
Childminder Registration Process
We would like to share some information with you about registering as a childminder to support you in considering the role and the initial financial costs involved. We hope this will enable you to make an informed decision as to whether you want to continue and attend the introduction evening. Childminders can registered with Ofsted or a Childminder Agency. Childminder Agencies were introduced in 2013 as an alternative to registering with Ofsted. Childminder Agencies offer support and advice to the childminders registered with them. For further information about Childminder Agencies click here.
Prospective childminders are required to attend a childminder briefing session. The briefing session is free of charge. The next Childminder Briefing session will be in the summer term. Please email email@example.com to express an interest.
Dingley’s Promise held a webinar to introduce their free, online, Early Years SEND training programme for all practitioners working in Solihull. Early Years Inclusion Training Programme Overview - YouTube
Please see the fliers below with information about the first two courses.
- Introduction to Early Years Inclusive Practice Leaflet 2022
- Early Years Transitions Leaflet 2022
- Early Years Inclusion Programme Questions & Answers Training
Complete Dingley's Promise registration form to sign up.
Leaders and managers
- Babies in mind: why the parent’s mind matters
- Free staff well-being online course from NDNA
- Ages and Stages Questionnaire e-learning module
- Early years team work and leadership – Free training
- Oxford Brain Story – Building brains for lifelong health
Learning and development
- The Communications Trust – Free online training – An Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication
Safeguarding and welfare
- Information sharing matters
- Prevent government training
- Home Office FGM online training
- Keeping children safe – NSPCC
Excellent pedagogical leadership is vital in improving the quality of provision, and all early years practitioners can aspire to be pedagogical leaders.
Foundations for quality: The independent review of early education and childcare qualifications (2012)
Leaders, Managers, Owners, Registered providers in PVI settings
Overview of meeting
- updates on early years issues such as Ofsted, legislation, funding etc.
- sharing of best practice and research
- networking opportunities
We offer a choice of two dates per term. Please complete a booking form with your preferred choice of date and return it via email or post as stated on the form.
Please note that this training is provided by First Response First Aid Company, Solihull’s preferred provider
For information and guidance when attending First Aid Training please see the delegate information document here. Delegate Information
At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. The certificate must be for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in Annex A. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a full current PFA certificate. PFA training must be renewed every three years and be relevant for workers caring for young children and where relevant, babies. Providers should take into account the number of children, staff and layout of premises to ensure that a paediatric first aider is able to respond to emergencies quickly. All newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce who have completed a level 2 and/or level 3 qualification on or after 30 June 2016, must also have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in the required staff:child ratios at level 2 or level 3 in an early years setting. Providers should display (or make available to parents) staff PFA certificates or a list of staff who have a current PFA certificate.
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021
The Paediatric First Aid 12 hour course is primarily aimed at those working in childcare settings, but it will be useful for anyone with responsibility for caring for infants and children.
This training is for settings who are registered/ registering with Ofsted on the Early Years or childcare registers to provide early education and care in Solihull.
The Paediatric First Aid course is a two-unit award, comprising: Unit 1: Paediatric Emergency First Aid Unit 2: Managing Paediatric Illness and Injury
Please Note: Unit 1 of this Paediatric First Aid course meets the requirements of the 1 day emergency first aid course. Page 11
Unit 1 covers the following topics:
- the role of the paediatric first aider
- dealing with emergencies
- management of an unconscious casualty
- management of a casualty who is not breathing normally CPR (baby, child & adult procedures)
- management of a casualty who is choking
- recognition and management of anaphylaxis
- management of a casualty who is in shock
- management of a casualty who has a bleeding wound
It also provides the opportunity to practise the skills needed to administer first aid to an infant, child or adult who is:
- not breathing
- bleeding from a wound and in shock
Unit 2 covers the following topics:
- dealing with chronic medical conditions and sudden illness
- sickle cell
- dealing with the effects of extreme heat and cold
- heat exhaustion
- heat stroke
- management of casualty with suspected fracture and dislocation
- management of casualty with head, neck or spinal injury
- dealing with conditions affecting the eyes, ears and nose
- dealing with minor injuries
- dealing with electric shock
- dealing with burns and scalds
- dealing with poisoning
- dealing with bites and stings
- records and reporting
It also provides the opportunity to practise the skills needed to administer first aid to an infant, child or adult who:
- requires a support sling
- requires an elevation sling
- has a suspected spinal injury
Please complete a booking form with your preferred choice of dates and return it via email or post as stated on the form.
Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe. No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
All practitioners who are new to safeguarding or who require a short refresher session, including apprentices, room leaders, key person, kitchen staff, and cover staff.
- What is safeguarding?
- Why do we need to safeguard children and young people?
- Categories of child abuse and neglect
- Recognise and act on concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people
At the end of the course, participants should:
- understand the importance of keeping the child at the centre of thinking
- be able to identify factors that may indicate a child who is at risk of harm or suffering harm
- know what action to take to support children for whom there are safeguarding concerns
Please complete a booking form with your preferred choice of date and return it via email as stated on the form.
Thursday 12th May 6:30pm - 8:30pm Fully Booked
Thursday 7th July 6:30pm to 8:30pm Fully Booked
Early years settings, schools and further education and skills providers should be safe environments where children, learners and vulnerable adults can learn and develop. Inspectors should consider how well their leaders and managers have created a culture of vigilance, where children’s and learners’ welfare is promoted and where timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken for children or learners who need extra help or who may be suffering, or likely to suffer, harm.
Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings, updated 2021
Designated leads for safeguarding in PVI early years and childcare settings, registered providers, proprietors, committee members.
- The legal requirements for Early years and Childcare settings with regard to child protection and safeguarding
- The updated Ofsted inspection framework for inspecting safeguarding
- Awareness raising of specific safeguarding issues
- Using the LSCB thresholds to support decision making
At the end of the course, participants should:
- understand the child protection and safeguarding requirements for leaders and managers
- know about the role of the registered provider, proprietor or committee
- know about local arrangements for protecting and safeguarding children
- be aware of specific safeguarding issues that practitioners need to recognise
- be able to use the LSCB thresholds to support decision making to meet children’s needs
Please complete a booking form with your preferred choice of date and return it via email or post as stated on the form.
This course is for EYSENCOs working in PVI settings who are new to the role or looking to refresh their skills and knowledge.
Overview of meeting:
The role of the SENCO as provider or facilitator of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for SEND
The aims of this training are to:
- Use the NASEN training materials to support early years providers to continue improving their approaches to professional learning in order to maximise the benefit to staff and the children you work with who have special educational needs and disabilities
- To discuss referral for SEND funding for settings supporting individual children's needs
Please complete a booking form and return it via email or post as stated on the form.
Special Educational Need Briefing –
Focus: A chance to explore effective practice in EYFS schools and settings – to consider EYFS, DfE and Ofsted guidance for behaviour and effective practice to avoid off-rolling.
Booking: complete a training booking form https://www.solgrid.org.uk/eyc/training/booking-procedures/ and see terms and conditions
Next Date: EYC SENCo Briefing leaflet Su 2022 PVI
Length: 1hr 30mins
About the workshops:
These short workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for professional development for all practitioners in the setting. The benefits of training within the setting mean that practitioners have an opportunity to work together in the context of the environment and resources that are used by children on a day to day basis. The workshops can be delivered at a time that is suitable for your setting. Settings with multiple locations may join together in one venue if that is more convenient. Childminders may wish to join together with other childminders if a suitable venue can be sourced (we are happy to hold training in a childminder’s home), or alternatively may wish to ask a local setting if they can join their training session.
The minimum number for a workshop is 5 people.
Workshops currently available:
- Child-initiated learning
- Communication, language and literacy development
- Learning, playing and interacting
- Marvellous maths
- Prime areas*
- Teaching in early years
*Please note there is an additional charge of £12.50 for the Prime areas workshop as this requires a preparatory visit to the setting prior to delivery.
If there is a specific workshop you would like us to develop, please contact the early years team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to book:
To book a date for your setting, please email email@example.com with your preferred first and second choice date and time. Please note that the date is provisional until you have completed a booking form and received e-mail confirmation of the booking from us.
How to pay:
Once a date has been agreed, please complete a booking form with names of all practitioners who will be attending the workshop. We will invoice the setting for payment following the workshop. If your setting is school-run, payment can be made via a journal. The booking form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Awareness training- new for 2021, this is a powerpoint presentation
Letters and Sounds presentation-this is a PowerPoint presentation
Natter Matters-this is a PowerPoint presentation
Personal, social and emotional development this is a powerpoint presentation - PSED Supporting links - Extract from Social and Emotional Aspects of Development
Maths language training for early years settings -this is a PowerPoint presentation