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 £30 per course. (£20 for members) Subjects include:

Thinking of becoming a childminder?

This course helps people make a decision about becoming a

childminder and get started.

Topics include

  • Regulation and legislation
  • Policies and procedures
  • Children’s wellbeing
  • Providing a safe and stimulating environment

Employing Staff: safer recruitment

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

employment checks.

Planning your risky play

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

Planning for, and managing, change

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.

Creating a policy and procedure

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.

How to be a great employer

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

How to be sustainable

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.

Partnership working

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.

Sign up today and start learning with Children’s Links


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 01507 520 300 (opt.5)