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  1. Peter Pan Training Partnership in conjunction with Bedford Borough Council are pleased to be able to offer free online training. The training is taking place across the Autumn Term and includes: The New EYFS Education Health and Care Needs Assessment Form (ECHNAF) Training An introduction to Environmental Rating Scales Please see attached flyer for full details on each course and how to book. Visit www.peterpantrainingpartnership.co.uk for more information and to book
  2. Moomin96

    Theories on CPD in practice

    Hi everybody, I'm a level 3 practitioner and for a course I'm required to find out other practitioners opinions and theories on CPD and how it all actually works in practice for you all. I personally think that CPD is one of the most vital things you can do as a practitioner and in the ever changing world of early education it is important that we keep our skill base up, especially to prove those 'it's not a real teacher job' people! However I'd like to hear all of your thoughts on how you think CPD is beneficial to you and your staff and practice, and especially if there are any cons to it (like needing time of work, financial costs, time consuming, becoming outdated etc) thank you in advance!
  3. Hello, I hope everyone is coping well. I'm due to start university in September (BA Early Childhood Studies). I purchased two textbooks (suggested purchases from the reading lists) just to start having a read over the summer and get myself back into the swing of 'study' - but I haven't got a clue what I'm doing anymore! It has been a good 10 or 11 years since I completed my level 3 diploma. Everything and nothing seems important haha. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Keeley 😊
  4. Sarah_Church

    Training during closures

    Hi, We are making contingency plans for potential future closures. One of the things we'd like access to is free podcasts and webinars. I know the foundation stage forum have them, I've got YouTube on my list as well as childcare.co.uk. Could anyone let me know where else these things could be accessed? Many thanks
  5. Apprentice Level 2.pdf Position: Pre-School Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship Salary: £5.00 per hour Working hours: Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 3.45 pm (39 weeks, term time only) Staff meetings held on Wednesday 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm (compulsory) Location: Coppice, Oldham Training Provider: Rochdale Training Future Prospects: Full time employment To view job description and apply for this position visit our website https://www.heathcotpreschool.co.uk/job-vacancies/
  6. NEW Training Opportunity - L3 Certificate for SENCOs in the Early Years (CERTSEY) Offered by Bedford Borough in partnership with Eastern Partnership UK (SEND) and accredited by Gateway Qualifications (13 L3 credits) Click attached flyer for more information on the course If you are a setting , located outside of Bedford Borough, please click on the following link to find out more information about the course https://easternpartnership.co.uk/ CERTSEY Flyer - Bedford Borough Council.pdf
  7. enuffsenuf

    Lvl 3 CACHE EYW (EYE) child study

    Two of my ladies are doing the new lvl 3 course and are approaching their "longitudinal" child study section. There were some posts on here a while back about exactly what this entailed and there was a lack of consistent information. It has been suggested by their tutor that they could start their child study this term to give a good time band but as yet they haven't really been given any info on what this entails nor is it clear from their text books as this course has slightly changed in the last year. Has anyone completed this in the last few months and if so what was required from your tutor re the study ie was it just one child over a period of time with 4 observations which you then linked to development etc or was it planning activities for the child study then observing and linking to development etc. When I did my child study (sometime last century!......just kidding but sometimes it feels like that) we had to choose a child and then do a series of different style obs (planned/spontaneous) covering different areas of development in those days using SPICE . We then had to link the obs to child theorists.......for example if my child did X I might say that Freud said this was because ......whilst Piaget said it was because......... and then draw my own conclusions. Is it similar or is it now completely different? Any advice would be useful....but I would like it to be first hand re this course and not anecdotal or what anyone thinks it might be.....Thank you
  8. At Fennies, we pride ourselves on our inspirational approach to Early Childhood Education. We not only uphold the commitments of the EYFS but have also developed a pedagogy which embraces research based approaches: Planning in the Moment, Communication Friendly Spaces™, the Curiosity Approach and the Leuven Scales of Well-Being and Involvement all of which ensure that we offer educational excellence to our children and families. We are now looking for inspirational Early Years Educators to join us on this exciting, rewarding, and challenging journey. If you want to be a part of a team that values and respects your professional skills and knowledge, while knowing that you are genuinely making a difference by leading our children through their incredible journey of learning and discovery, then a career with Fennies could be right for you. We are proud to reward the hard work of our Early Years Educators with competitive salaries and some of the top benefits in the industry. If you are interested in joining one of our wonderful teams and being part of this exciting journey with us, please click on the link below for more details: https://fennies.com/careers/job-search/ We offer an exciting training package, to help you reach your potential. Please click on the link below and take a moment to watch the inspirational video clip for more information: https://fennies.com/careers/training-development/
  9. https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/professional-development/online-short-course/ This is an online course which gives a good overview of how to support childrens speech and language needs, including EAL and identifying emerging speech, language and communication needs. It says it takes about half a day but I did it in less...but may depend on the level of prior knowledge. The Communication Trust has a section for EYFS too https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/early-years/ including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs. Their new microsite is also linked to EYFS and ensuring children get the SLC support they deserve http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/early-years-commitment/ "The Early Years Commitment is a simple approach. It starts from wherever you are now and gives you the small steps you need to help you move forward in making communication a real part of your setting's policy and practice, in the way that works best for your setting, your children and their families. " Cx
  10. Hi does anyone have any sample questions ofsted may ask regarding the care learning and development (education side). Currently putting this together but would value some advice from those whom have recently been through an inspection?
  11. Early Years Educator Location Crodyon, Surrey Salary and benefits Competitive salary: £16,500 - £19,000 per year Up to 25 days holiday Company pension scheme Monthly rewards and high street discounts Refer a friend bonus Up to 40% childcare discounts Free uniform, free training and free DBS check Career Opportunities: Ongoing continuous development and early years quality training and mentoring Overview of the role We are looking for a Level 3 Early Years Educator for our gorgeous Nursery & Preschool in Croydon. You will be a level 3 qualified Early Years Educator with responsibility for supporting the Room Leader in charge of the room. You will assist in the running of the room and the daily programme of stimulating and educational activities. You will be responsible for providing a positive and secure relationship for the children and you will be a Key Person for children and their families and play a significant role in the children’s daily care and development. Qualifications and experience A Level 3 qualification in Childcare such as EYE, NVQ, CACHE or recognised equivalent Up-to-date first aid and safeguarding training Good knowledge of child protection procedures and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Excellent references and a clear enhanced DBS (DBS is paid for by Fennies) Passion for delivering high quality childcare and learning Exceptional communication skills, energy and a positive ‘can do’ attitude Team player Hours 41.25 a week APPLY NOW Please email your CV and covering letter to Kirstie Davis at recruitment@fennies.com
  12. Normanorm11

    New Manager

    Hello Everyone! I have just taken over as a manger in a committee run pack away preschool and would be grateful for any help! My experience is as a manager in a children's home so i'm new to running an educational setting and don't really know where to start. There doesn't seem to be any paperwork in place from the previous manager apart from a safeguarding file which have been done in recent months by our chair person and an employee file. Does anyone have any recommendations about what else is needed? Where shall I start? I like to be very organised and things to have a place to live so at the minute its riving me crazy not knowing where anything is, not being able to access things quickly when needed and trying to learn the job at the same time. Heath and Safety checks / templates would be appreciated. Team meeting minutes templates? Planning documents, Short/Long term Trackers for learning journeys Anything you think will help!! Thanks Kadie
  13. Hi All, I was wondering if anyone could help with my topic question. I'm currently doing some independent research just for fun and wanted to know the impact level 2 and 3 childcare students have on your settings? I currently teach level 2 and 3 BTEC after years of working in nurseries and schools. My own memories of having students are mixed ones- sometimes they were great and you could give them tasks to do, others were not so great and needed a lot of support. Being on the other side now, I hear stories from my learners how they were photocopying all day or washing up all day. Now it's easy for them to say this and as I don't go out to assess them (others staff do this) they assume I'll believe them and find them a nicer place where they can do as they please. I usually take it with a pinch of salt until I contacted a couple of placements just out of curiosity to find some of these stories were true. So what I'm trying to do is to find out how students are used either in schools or nurseries or even child minders. I also want any feedback on the impact these students have on the day to day running and the learning and development of babies and children. Thanks in advance
  14. Bluebell1

    Apprentices? Yes or No

    Hi We are investigating taking on an apprentice. Have heard mixed reviews from employers in other sectors. Does any one have experience good or bad that could help us with the decision. Thanks Ann and Jo at Putnoe Woods Preschool
  15. emmafalconer

    Food Hygiene

    Can I ask if other settings pay for their staff to be trained in food hygiene via external courses or do you send core members of staff who then disseminate the training to other members of staff via in-house training? Thank you in advance!
  16. Forum member WChurchill (she of the wonderful New Zealand blog) has been reflecting on her own professional development and has been considering what she thinks early years priorities should be. We will be posting her thoughts here over the next few days - you will see that there are clear questions for consideration: please go ahead and put your own thoughts and experiences on the thread! I'm excited to see what we all think! An early years practitioner in the Millennium: Challenges of technology, austerity, accountability, and globalisation. One practitioner’s perspective. "I spent over twenty rewarding and stimulating years as a classroom teacher in the North of England and for the most part as a senior manager responsible for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). I delighted in working with children and parents and felt hugely privileged to be able to foster relationships and play a role in such a formative time in their lives. I was immensely proud of my achievements and my work was very much a part of my identity and who I was. I did not aspire to be a Headteacher as I did not feel that management was a route I would take to achieve my goals. It was also possible that this path could be at variance with my evolving teaching philosophy. I always thought I would stay in the classroom but as those of you who were followers of my posts on the forum will know, this intention did not come to fruition for me and reaching for goals can take unknown paths" What are your professional, long and short-term goals? What are your aspirations for the children that you work with? What needs to be accessible to you to achieve these aspirations?
  17. Hello all, I am writing to ask for some advice, I have been in early years for around 10 years it all began when I completed my BA Hons in early childhood studies, I then had the opportunity to complete my EYPS. In order to do this I got a job in a private day nursery, over time I worked up from a nursery practitioner to the settings early years professional overseeing the EYFS and finally the deputy manager. I felt after a few years I wanted to get back into the rooms working with children and was offered an opportunity to go to a special needs school to be their early years teacher due to holding the EYPS. I have been doing this for the last two months and straight away I felt like I was under qualified and felt like I was so out of my depth. I feel so low and every day I hate going to work, I find it so difficult going from working as a team with qualified nursery practitioners to being the only member of staff knowing the eyfs and how to support the children through planning and observing to being the only person who knows the eyfs and can extend their learning. I feel that I don't get to give the children the right support as I have such a high work load making sure all the children are making progress as their are 60 children (30 am/30pm) with 10 of these working to IEP's and EHA plans. When I have spoken to other staff members I was told I had too high expectations, is this the case or have I fallen into the wrong environment? Any support/help/guidance would be highly appreciated. Thank you from a very confused early years enthusiast!
  18. WChurchill, a tutor in Initial Teacher Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, has been awarded a Travelling Fellowship for 2016 to visit Germany and New Zealand to research best practice in early years care and education. She would like our help: The aim of the project is to learn and most importantly disseminate good practice to best effect. W Churchill says "One of my thoughts was to have a two way interaction where FSF members can get in touch with me before and during my travels to enable the project to become a collective adventure. This allows for a multitude of lenses observing and experiencing early years education and care in situ. I will post my thoughts as I go along and the tone would be one of a practitioner rather than researcher learning about other practices to open our eyes perhaps to other possibilities. I have visits to universities, kindergartens and a family to learn not only about the Te Whariki curriculum but also how Reggio Emillia principles have been interwoven with the New Zealand approach to early years education and care. In addition, during my travels I will learn more about a highly successful programme called 'Baby Watching.' It is a schools based programme which reduces children's anxiety and aggression by increasing understanding and empathy. Through the programme the children feel safer, more focused and ready to learn. For me there may also be a research element too" She's very excited ... and so am I!
  19. I placed a status on a facebook page regarding training as was overwhelmed is setting wanting training, there where many comments which I then asked to comment on here, but if they do not have the sign in details as usually would be the manager then they cannot post. Do you have a facebook/twitter Page that is direct to you. There are many setting that are interested in either web training or meeting in local areas together, Can you help with this I understand that some training was delivered in Devon (I think it was.) So can you help with training? if so where will training take place? How do we contact or do we have to source this ourselves?. I love Tapestry but I find the only part confusing is the analysis.
  20. 1Lucyellen

    free prevent duty training

    Hi everyone, I thought I would share this with you. It is a free on-line course on the Prevent Duty, recommended to us by our Early Years Improvement Officer. It can be done in addition to the other courses that you may have accessed already and may be useful for committee members to do too. It takes 45 minutes and can be found on - elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk you need to type in your region and type of setting, ie a school or early years. Hope you find it useful. Lucy
  21. JohnSB

    Sharing resources

    An OMEP book on Education for Sustainable Development is available for free download - click on: Siraj-Blatchford, J., Smith, K., and Pramling Samuelson, I. (2010) Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years, Organisation Mondiale Pour l´Education Prescolaire (OMEP)
  22. After recently completing a foundation degree and BA in early years I have 5 text books I would like to sell. they were extremely helpful throughout the course. Please let me know if you are interested. I'm near Basingstoke.
  23. BedfordBoroughDawn

    EYFS Developmental Milestones

    This ebook explains developmental milestones throughout the stages of the EYFS. EYFS-developmental-milestones-eBook.pdf
  24. Pre-school Practitioner Hours: 18 hours per week, term time only 8.45am – 2.45pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday A fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated, creative candidate/individual who is passionate about Early Years to join the team at this popular Ofsted Outstanding pre-school. You will need a Level 3 or above recognised Early Years qualification and experience working in an Early Years setting. For further details and an application pack please visit www.dolphinspre-school.co.uk Closing date: Monday 20 June 2016
  25. I've reviewed a book that would be incredibly useful if you were thinking of doing some work with your staff on observations, assessments and planning. I think it would be a great purchase. It could be delivered over a series of staff meetings and all the resources, ideas and training materials are either in the book or are downloadable from links detailed in the book. At £20 69 (on Amazon) it's not a cheap book - but if you viewed it as 'training' for a whole staff team it's a bargain! You can read it here
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