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Courses for nursery, daycare, out of school providers and childminders


Book one of our early years courses, suitable for anyone working with young children in a school, nursery, childcare or childminder environment.

 Training is delivered free of charge for PVI early years practitioners within the County Durham Local Authority, unless otherwise stated in the course outline. There is a charge for nursery schools and schools; please contact us for details.

Courses this Spring 2021 term will be delivered online, with the majority of the live sessions being held through Microsoft Teams.  See Education Durham courses - terms and conditions for more information.

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form.

Teaching and learning through play

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU803).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Teaching and Learning in the Early Years: The curriculum should be designed to engage children in activities that promote depth in learning, supporting them in acquiring knowledge and skills, and applying those skills across a variety of contexts. 
This workshop allows participants to reflect on the impact of practice to be confident to articulate the curriculum on offer.
Facilitated by Sue Rounce.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners, Deputy Managers.

Course date and time: 12 January 2021, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Webinar. Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 hour CPD training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key resources of safety - display packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners.

Course date and time: 14 January 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Webinar. Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 hour CPD training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key resources of safety - display packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners.

Course date and time: 15 January 2021, 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table: North and East Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS700).

Description: Round table discussion. This seminar offers leaders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and provides a forum for sharing practice and ideas.
It allows leaders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance. 
Facilitated by Sue Rounce.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers.

Course date and time: 18 January 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table: South and West Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS701).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. This seminar offers leaders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and provides a forum for sharing practice and ideas.
It allows leaders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance.
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers.

Course date and time: 19 January 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table: Childminders

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD700).

Description: Round table discussion. This workshop offers childminders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and provides a forum for sharing practice and ideas. 
It allows childminders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance.
Facilitated by Karen Milner.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 19 January 2021, 6.15pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Autism Education Trust - making sense of autism 

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - SEN502).

Description: Webinar - presentation with questions. This webinar will support practitioners in gaining a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects children in early years settings. 
Practitioners will explore the importance of understanding the individual child on the autism spectrum and their profile of strengths and weaknesses
Facilitated by Gill Briggs.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers, SENDCo, Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: 27 January 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with: behaviour that challenges

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - SEN503).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. This seminar gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.
This seminar will focus on behaviour that challenges and will be led by a member of the EY SEND, Equalities and Inclusion team.
Facilitated by Chris Taylor.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. SENDCo, Managers, Deputy Managers

Course date and time: 1 February 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with: behaviour that challenges

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD701).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. This seminar gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.
This seminar will focus on behaviour that challenges and will be led by a member of the Early Years SEND, Equalities and Inclusion team.
Facilitated by Chris Taylor.

Who's it for: Childminders

Course date and time: 1 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Cut the cost of the pre-school day - poverty laid bare

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS702).

Description: Workshop - interactive. In County Durham, approximately one in four children under the age of 4 live in poverty. The ripple effects of Covid-19 on family circumstances mean that further children and families may be living in, or be a meal or two away from poverty.
Join us for this awareness raising session which will make visible the issues and impact of children living in poverty, dispel some common headline myths and provide sector specific tips and strategies to be able to further support  families during these very difficult times.
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads.

Course date and time: 2 February 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


An introduction to the EYFS reforms

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU907).

Description: This webinar introduces early years teachers, leaders and practitioners to the revised statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (statutory from September 2021) and the non-statutory development matters document following their publication in 2020.
A walk-through of the document will highlight the principles that remain the same, as well as changes that have been made so that delegates begin to feel confident and prepared for implementation in September 2020.  
This webinar will be recorded and available to purchase after the event as part of our wider EYFS reforms package. Delegates will be asked to consent to this and may choose to turn off their camera if they do not want to be filmed.
Facilitated by Kate Gingles.

Who's it for: Schools, Private and Voluntary Settings, Childminders, Out of School Providers. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, SENDCo, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: 2 February 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Responding to Ofsted: Childminders

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD702).

Description: Responding to Ofsted. Seminar - discussion with focus points. This seminar is designed to support childminders to prepare for inspection and to share insights from past inspections. 
This session is run as a seminar to allow delegates to raise their own questions and concerns.
Facilitated by Sonia Berry.

Who's it for: Childminders

Course date and time: 2 February 2021, 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Responding to Ofsted (Early Years)

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS703).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. This seminar is designed to support early years leaders to prepare for inspection and to share insights from past inspections. 
This course is run as a seminar to allow delegates to raise their own questions and concerns.
Facilitated by Sonia Berry.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers

Course date and time: 3 February 2021, 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Are boys really boisterous...or just a little misunderstood?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS705).

Description: Understanding the developing boy. Boys often bring a very different dynamic to their play...and there are many good reasons for this. Understanding these reasons will lead to a shift in thinking, expectations and offer for boys. 
This two-part workshop will discuss what goes on beneath the surface of boys' play as a result of their developing brains and bodies, strategies for more effective interactions/engagement and an opportunity to put strategies into practice and then reflect on and share what went well in part two.
Facilitated by Debby Shaw.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers. Room Leads, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: Attendance at both sessions is required:

  • 4 February 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am (Workshop - interactive. Reflecting on shifts in practice.)
  • 5 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am (Workshop - interactive.) 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Difficult people - effective strategies

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - LEA541).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop will provide an insight into some of the traits of difficult people and how it can add to underperformance in the workplace.
Through a combination of face to face training and a self-reflection work-book, strategies will be given to recognise and deal with people and circumstances that are more challenging to support you in working to change behaviours and enable improved working relationships.
Facilitated by Phil Hodgson.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Maintained Nursery Schools. Managers, Deputy Managers

Course date and time: 4 February 2021, 2.30pm to 4.00pm. 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Small businesses managing change: doing it right, not like a big company

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS706).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop provides directors, owners and senior leaders in childcare settings with the tools and techniques to plan how to manage the changes needed to cope with the HR issues that will arise as we move on from Covid-19. Whether it be a restructure or redundancy, advice will be given around what steps to take to follow a fair and legal process that can be objectively justified, with minimum pain for people, and least disruption for the business.
Facilitated by Peter Hammond.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers. Directors, Owners and Senior Leads

Course date and time: 3 February 2021, 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Cut the cost of the childminder day - poverty laid bare

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD703).

Description: Workshop - interactive. In County Durham, approximately one in four children under the age of 4 live in poverty.
The ripple effects of Covid-19 on family circumstances mean that further children and families may be living in or be a meal or two away from poverty.
Join us for this awareness raising session which will make visible the issues and impact of children living in poverty, dispel some common headline myths and provide sector specific tips and strategies to further support families during these very difficult times.
Facilitated by Debby Shaw.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 8 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table: Out-of-school providers

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS707).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop will offer out-of-school provision leaders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.
It allows leaders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance. 
Facilitated by Karen Milner.

Who's it for: Out of School Providers. Managers

Course date and time: 9 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Are boys really boisterous...or just a little misunderstood?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD704).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This programme will provide room leaders with an insight into the mechanism of lines of enquiry in the new Ofsted framework.
The sessions will focus on intent, implementation and impact as outlined by the framework. Each session is linked by intersessional tasks.
All three webinars must be attended.
Facilitated by Sonia Berry.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners

Course date and time: Attendance at both workshops is required:

  • 10 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm. (Workshop - interactive. Understanding the developing boy.)
  • 8 March 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm. (Workshop - interactive. Reflecting on shifts in practice.) 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Ofsted: the 3 I's

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS708).

Description:  Webinar - presentation with questions. This programme will provide room leaders with an insight into the mechanism of lines of enquiry in the new Ofsted framework.
The sessions will focus on intent, implementation and impact as outlined by the framework. Each session is linked by intersessional tasks.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners

Course date and time: All three Webinars must be attended - presentation with questions:

  • Intent: 10 February 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm. 
  • Implementation: 9 March 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm. 
  • Impact: 14 April 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm. 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


An introduction to the EYFS reforms

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU908).

Description: This live webinar introduces early years teachers, leaders and practitioners to the revised statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (statutory from September 2021) and the non-statutory development matters document following their publication in 2020.  
A walk-through of the document will highlight the principles that remain the same, as well as changes that have been made so that delegates begin to feel confident and prepared for implementation in September 2020.  
This webinar will be recorded and available to purchase after the event as part of our wider EYFS reforms package. Delegates will be asked to consent to this and may choose to turn off their camera if they do not want to be filmed.
Facilitated by Kate Gingles.

Who's it for: Schools, Private and Voluntary Settings, Special schools, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, SENDCo, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: 11 February 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Oh to be 2!

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU909).

Description: Workshop - interactive. The developing two year old, an enabling environment for two year olds: This two-module training course has been devised with a focus on what practitioners will need to provide high quality experiences for two year olds.
The workshops will be a combination of a variety of techniques to inspire, explore and reflect on current practice. The workshops will challenge thinking around the needs of two year olds with a focus on rich learning environments, development, communication and behaviour.
Facilitated by Sue Rounce.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners, Room Leads

Course date and time: 12 February 2021, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Course date and time: 24 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Connecting with nature - the magic of winter

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS709).

Description: Workshop - interactive. As the seasons move on, join us to continue the journey exploring the power and potential of the natural environment.
This workshop will explore, consider and reflect on the unique learning opportunities and the magic of nature-based practice during the winter months.
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers. Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners, Managers, Deputy Managers

Course date and time: 23 February 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Connecting with nature - the magic of winter

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD705).

Description: Workshop - interactive. As the seasons move on, join us to continue the journey exploring the power and potential of the natural environment.
This workshop will explore, consider and reflect on the unique learning opportunities and the magic of nature-based practice during the winter months.
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 23 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Observing and evaluating children's well-being using sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being scales (SSTEW)

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU910).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop provides leaders and practitioners with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills on how to utilise the SSTEW scales within settings. This enables participants to reflect on the quality of provision and practice related to sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being and how using tools such as the SSTEW scales enhances the monitoring process, helping drive improvement forward.
Facilitated by Kelly Maitland.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings, Childminders, Out of School Providers. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners.

Course date and time: 24 February 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 hour CPD training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key resources of safety - display packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners

Course date and time: 25 February 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 hour CPD training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key resources of safety - display packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners

Course date and time: 25 February 2021, 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Autism Education Trust - making sense of autism 

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - SEN504).

Description: Webinar - presentation with questions. Making sense of autism - raising awareness training. This webinar will support practitioners in gaining a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects children in early years settings. 
Practitioners will explore the importance of understanding the individual child on the autism spectrum and their profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Facilitated by Chris Taylor.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings, Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, SENDCo, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: 25 February 2021, 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Autism Education Trust - making sense of autism 

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD706).

Description: Webinar - presentation with questions. Making sense of autism - raising awareness training: This webinar will support practitioners in gaining a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects children in early years settings.
Practitioners will explore the importance of understanding the individual child on the autism spectrum and their profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Facilitated by Gill Briggs.

Who's it for: Childminders

Course date and time: 25 February 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Observing and evaluating children's wellbeing using Leuven scales

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU911).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop provides practitioners with an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding on how to use the Leuven scales to ensure the right emotional environment for learning to take place is supported. The course supports practitioners to be self-reflective and analytical in their thinking to improve practice.
Facilitated by Kelly Maitland.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Room Leads, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners

Course date and time: 25 February 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Mix it Up! 2, 3 and 4 year olds together

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU912).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Benefits and challenges of working with mixed age. This programme will be delivered via our new online Virtual Learning Centre, with live discussion sessions through Microsoft Teams.

A blended learning package of 3 modules to support practice and reflection and enable you to revise and implement strategies to support mixed age groupings. It will provide theory and guidance to upskill knowledge and implement support for effective practice. 
Pre-module reading offers research and theory on the implications, successes and challenges of teaching across mixed age and enables practitioners to join this course with an understanding of the alternative viewpoints of working with mixed age groups. 
Online discussion compares theory to practise, reflecting with course peers on own approaches. Discussions spotlight the challenges for children and adults working with mixed age groups and investigate the benefits of working with mixed age groups.
Facilitated by Sue Rounce.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. Room Leads, Experiences Practitioners, Novice Practitioners, Deputy Managers

Course date and time: Attendance at all three sessions is required:

  • 26 February 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am. (Workshop - interactive. Benefits and challenges of working with mixed age)
  • 26 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am. (Workshop - interactive. The developing child)
  • 16 April 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am. (Workshop - interactive. Differentiation, scaffolding learning and challenging thinking) 

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with: working with parents

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - SEN505).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. Working with parents. This seminar gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.
This seminar will focus on working with parents and will be led by a member of the EY SEND, Equalities and Inclusion team.
Facilitated by Gill Briggs.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings, Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers, Experienced Practitioners

Course date and time: 1 March 2021, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with: working with parents

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD707).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. Working with parents. This seminar gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.
The seminar will focus on working with parents and will be led by a member of the EY SEND, Equalities and Inclusion team.
Facilitated by Gill Briggs.

Who's it for: Childminders

Course date and time: 1 March 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Communication: what comes before the chatter?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS710).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop provides practitioners with the opportunity to increase knowledge of the approaches and techniques that can be used to support the development of speech, language and communication in children birth to three.
The workshop will look at the typical development phases children move through and will help practitioners in recognising effective practice to support pre-verbal and verbal development.
This compliments the 'Communication: what comes after the chatter' course for those working across a mixed age group.
Facilitated by Sonia Berry.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Novice Practitioners, Experienced Practitioners

Course date and time: 2 March 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Communication: what comes before the chatter?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD708).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop will provide childminders with the opportunity to increase knowledge of the approaches and techniques that can be used to support the development of speech, language and communication in children birth to three.
The workshop will look at the typical development phases children move through and will help childminders in recognising effective practice to support pre-verbal and verbal development.
This workshop compliments the 'Communication: what comes after the chatter' course for those working across a mixed age group.
Facilitated by Sonia Berry.

Who's it for: Childminders

Course date and time: 4 March 2021, 6.15pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Childminder briefing

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD709).

Description: Briefing - presentation only. 
So much happens in the childminder world, so why not join us for our termly briefing to find out all about it!
Whether you are a brand-new childminder just starting out on the childminding journey or you have been a childminder for years, there's something for everyone. 
Grab your breakfast and a coffee and come and join us whilst we share what's going on in Durham and beyond. There will be lots of opportunities for sharing and questions while we explore everything that's important to you and your work right now. Your attendance at events like this is vital to us - your contributions help us to shape and develop our future support offer for you.
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 6 March 2021, 9.30am to 12.00 noon.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Communication: what comes after the chatter?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU913).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop provides practitioners with the opportunity to increase knowledge of the approaches and techniques that can be used to support the development of speech, language and communication in children three to five years.
The workshop will look at the typical development phases children move through and will help practitioners in recognising effective practice to support verbal development, communication and language skills.
This workshop compliments the 'Communication: what comes before the chatter' course for those working across a mixed age group.
Facilitated by Joanne Watson.

Who's it for: Schools, Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings, Private and Voluntary Settings. Novice Practitioners.

Course date and time: 9 March 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Early Years briefing for leaders

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS711).

Description: Briefing - presentation only. So much happens in Early Years world so why not join us for our termly briefing to find out all about it! Grab a coffee and come and join us whilst we share what is going on in Durham and beyond.
 There will be lots of opportunities for sharing and questions while we explore everything that is important to you and your work right now. Your attendance at events like this is vital to us - your contributions helps us to shape and develop our future support offer for you.
Facilitated by Sue Rounce.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers.

Course date and time: 10 March 2021, 9.30am to 12.00 noon.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Communication: what comes after the chatter?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD710).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This workshop will provide childminders with the opportunity to increase knowledge of the approaches and techniques that can be used to support the development of speech, language and communication in children aged three to five years.
The workshop will look at the typical development phases children move through and will help practitioners in recognising effective practice to support verbal development, communication and language skills.
This workshop compliments the 'Communication: what comes before the chatter' course for those working across a mixed age group.
Facilitated by Joanne Watson.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 11 March 2021, 6.15pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Safeguarding network

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS704).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Safeguarding is a broad term which covers everything done to keep children safe; from the risk assessments carried out to reduce hazards and prevent accidents, knowing how to respond to concerns about the welfare of a child to knowing how to respond to concerns about professionals looking after children. 
Our Safeguarding network will provide a valuable forum for practitioners in their role as Designated Safeguarding Lead. 
Together we will explore 'all things safeguarding' and use the session to keep up to date with changes in policy and procedures. There will be opportunities to share good practice, develop professional knowledge and think about Ofsted inspections too!
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Designated Safeguarding Leads, Leaders, Owners, Directors.

Course date and time: 16 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Webinar: Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 Hour CPD Training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key Resources of Safety - Display Packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners

Course date and time: 18 March 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Firstforemost: Child safety: Unintentional injury training

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: Webinar: Across County Durham approximately 69 children aged 0-5 attend accident and emergency departments every day with injuries following accidents at home; some of which would be preventable. 
This exciting training is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People.
What is on offer:

  • 2 Hour CPD Training 
  • Leaflets and handouts for the quarterly campaigns covering lithium batteries, hair straighteners to name a few, all with TV and radio coverage to share with families and help us get the message out there.
  • Key Resources of Safety - Display Packs to use in your settings.

Facilitated by Carol Hewison.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers, Childminders. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, Practitioners

Course date and time: 18 March 2021, 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table : South and West Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS713).

Description: Round table discussion. This seminar discussion with focus points will offer leaders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and will provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.
It allows leaders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance. 
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers.

Course date and time:  18 March 2021, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Small businesses managing change: doing it right, not like a big company

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS714).

Description: Workshop - interactive. This seimar provides directors, owners and senior leaders in childcare settings with the tools and techniques to plan how to manage the changes needed to cope with the HR issues that will arise as we move on from Covid-19. Whether it be a restructure or redundancy, advice will be given around what steps to take to follow a fair and legal process that can be objectively justified, with minimum pain for people, and least disruption for the business.
Facilitated by Peter Hammond.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings, Out of School Providers. Directors, Owners and Senior Leads

Course date and time: 19 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Early Years SENCO business meeting

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS715).

Description: Seminar - discussion with focus points. These seminars are for Early Years SENCos to explore and share new legislation. It is also an opportunity for SENCos to receive regional and national updates and will be led by the EY SEND, Equalities and Inclusion team.
Facilitated by Fiona Callaghan.

Who's it for: Private and Voluntary Settings. SENDCo

Course date and time: 19 March 2021, 9.30am to 11.00am.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Childminder safeguarding network

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD711).

Description: Network: Safeguarding is a broad term which covers everything done to keep children safe; from the risk assessments carried out to reduce hazards and prevent accidents, knowing how to respond to concerns about the welfare of a child to knowing how to respond to concerns about professionals looking after children. 
Being the Designated Safeguarding Lead as a childminder might sound a little bit daunting, but it really doesn't have to be.
Our Safeguarding network will provide a valuable forum for childminders in their role as Designated Safeguarding Lead. 
Together we will explore 'all things safeguarding' and use the session to keep up to date with changes in policy and procedures. There will be opportunities to share good practice, develop professional knowledge and think about Ofsted inspections too!
Facilitated by Kirsty Wilkinson

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 22 March 2021, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round table: Childminders

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - CMD712).

Description: Workshop - interactive. Round table discussion: This workshop offers childminders an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and provides a forum for sharing practice and ideas.
It allows childminders to share practice and offer support to one another around subjects of relevance. 
Facilitated by Karen Milner.

Who's it for: Childminders.

Course date and time: 23 March 2021, 6.15pm to 8.00pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Autism Education Trust - making sense of autism 

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - SEN507).

Description: Webinar - presentation with questions. This webinar supports practitioners in gaining a better understanding and awareness of autism and the way it affects children in early years settings. 
Practitioners will explore the importance of understanding the individual child on the autism spectrum and their profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Facilitated by Chris Taylor.

Who's it for: Schools and Private and Voluntary Settings. Managers, Deputy Managers, Room Leads, SENDCo, Experienced Practitioners, Novice Practitioners.

Course date and time: 25 March 2021, 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Format: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Safeguarding courses

Durham Safeguarding Children's Partnership have a range of safeguarding e-learning courses available for you to access at a time to suit you. To access the e-learning courses go to Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership elearning courses.

Contact us
Early years
03000 268 917
Our address is:
  • Early Years Workforce Development Team
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • DH1 5UJ
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