Continuous Professional Development
Children's Links has developed a variety of on-line training courses specifically for anyone involved in childcare provision including childminders, practitioners, committee members and management, These courses are available for both Early Years and Out of School settings helping them to deliver quality childcare. Courses cover a range of subjects that help meet EYFS welfare standards, develop businesses and support partnership working.
Learn in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace with our range of online training at only £25 per course. (£20 for members) Subjects include:
Introduction to Childminding
This course helps people make a decision about becoming a
childminder and get started.
- Regulation and legislation
- Policies and procedures
- Children’s wellbeing
- Providing a safe and stimulating environment
This course will provide settings with the tools they need
to be able to recruit good quality staff in line with best practice.
It offers practical help with drafting job descriptions and
advertising and interviewing staff. It also covers legal requirements around
Delivering EYFS in a safe environment
This course will enable all providers to create safe and secure
environments that offer opportunities for ‘risky’ and creative play that
promote children’s learning.
Topics covered include
- Relevant legislation
- Principles of risk assessment
- Record keeping
- Practical procedures
This course will enable a better understanding of how to
plan for, and effectively manage, change.
It covers change management skills, leadership, coaching,
staff motivation and succession planning.
This course will help providers to ensure they have robust
policies that continue to be fit for purpose in an ever changing policy
It covers the principles of good policies and practical ways
of staying up to date.
Meeting employment obligations
This course provides a range of robust and achievable tools
that will help providers meet their legal and Ofsted requirements.
Topics covered include
- Employment law
- Performance management
- Discipline and grievance
- Financial obligations eg pensions
Planning for the future
This course enables providers to feel more confident using a
range of business planning tools to help them run a successful setting.
It helps providers take a business approach and provides
tools for financial planning.
Collaboration and Partnerships
This course helps providers engage successfully with a wide
range of partners.
It covers the principles of partnership working and provides
practical ideas about how to engage with key partners.
If online training isn’t for you then we provide a range of workshops, which can be purchased by individuals, settings or groups of settings.
Here is a list of some of our current workshops:
- Succession Management
- Role of the Key person
- Risk assessment and Risk and Challenge in Childcare
- Skills in observation
- Managing safely
- Budgets and Finances for managers / committees
- How to be an effective committee
- Playwork Theory and Practice
- The Developing Brain - a series of short courses
Don’t forget we are also able to produce and deliver bespoke training to meet your needs, so it is always worth contacting a member of the training department to discuss other possibilities.
If you would like further information on any of the courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01507 520 300 (opt.5)