Early Years Best Practice Courses

Please see the individual courses listed below for more information, learning objectives and who the courses are suitable for.

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By the end of this course learners will:

• Understand different theories relating to play, learning and development and schemas and how these link to current practice
• Recognise the types of schematic behaviour you may see in a child in your setting
• Understand how to support schematic behaviour with the enabling environment in your setting
• Understand how to support schematic behaviour with the positive relationships in your setting
• Gain ideas and knowledge about how to support parents with schematic behaviour in the home learning environment.

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Who should complete this course?
Suitable for all practitioners working with young children. It covers the different theories relating to play, learning, development and schemas and how these link to practice.

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By the end of this course you will be able to: 

  • Outline how science in the early years manifests itself through play and exploration
  • Describe how scientific opportunities can support children's development across all areas of learning
  • Create sensory opportunities for younger children
  • Design an environment that provides provocation for children to learn about science and the world around them.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is suitable for individuals working with children in early years, e.g. nursery practitioners, pre-school practitioners, playgroup practitioners and childminders. The content is tailored to early years frameworks within the Home Nations.

Motivated boy looking strongWhat will I learn? 

This short online course will support practitioners with how boys learn. It covers how to plan your environment to ensure it excites and motivates both genders. 

Boys learn differently to girls and early years practitioners can play a key part in reducing the achievement gap. The course includes lots of practical ideas and activities. 

Key topics include: 

•  Why there is a need to focus on boys? 
•  Plan your environment to excite and motivate both genders 
•  The impact of a female dominated profession 
•  Gender differences and brain development 
•  Boys motivations and what motivates boys in your setting 
•  Ways to engage boys in literacy through play 

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The aim of this course is to further develop your knowledge and understanding of healthy, balanced and nutritious foods and drinks. This will support your practice and enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of your healthy eating policy. The knowledge gained will ensure you can reflect on and review your practice to further promote the health and well-being of children throughout your nursery.

The course cross-references the legal requirements, best practice food and drink guidelines and nation specific resources and information. This gives you the reassurance that you are meeting all of the legal duties and implementing the very best practice based on research.

The course covers why healthy eating is important, key legislation, healthy eating including all the different food groups, nutrients, oral health and drinks, diets and allergies, menu planning and food hygiene and resources and further information.

Interactive games and quizzes are also included to keep practitioners engaged and to test your understanding throughout.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Understand the value of healthy eating
• Appreciate their role in having a positive influence on the nutrition of young children
• Understand the legislation around food and nutrition (appropriate for each nation)
• Be able to develop the knowledge and attitudes of children towards food and healthy eating
• Understand how to engage parents and carers and to extend the principles of good nutrition into the home environment
• Be able to develop a food and nutrition policy
• Be aware of a range of activities to promote healthy eating within an early years setting.

This course is no longer being sold. Please look at the new course delivered by our partner here www.safernutritionawareness.co.uk/ndna/.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is aimed at all practitioners including cooks and chefs, as everyone has a responsibility to support the health and well-being of the children they care for. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

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By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by 'Outstanding Practice'
  • Identify the key areas that contribute to outstanding provision
  • Understand the importance of leadership in providing a clear vision and the steps to getting there
  • Understand the role of evaluation and reflection in becoming and outstanding practitioner
  • Describe how to evaluate and improve your early years environment
  • Understand the importance of partnerships
  • Identify the impact of practice on outcomes for children.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is suitable for individuals working with children in early years, e.g. nursery practitioners, pre-school practitioners, playgroup practitioners and childminders. The content is tailored to early years frameworks within the Home Nations.

By the end of the course you will be able to: PPB Course Cover

  • Define what we mean by behaviour and examine how behaviour is learnt
  • Identify the key theories of behaviour and relate these to everyday practice
  • Demonstrate the importance of the role of the adult in supporting and promoting positive behaviour
  • Apply positive environments for children to play, learn and reach their full potential within
  • Distinguish the behaviours children may exhibit at different stages and consider the  possible reasons for that behaviour
  • Interpret strategies to promote positive behaviour and deal with challenging behaviour
  • Identify different strategies that can be used to support positive behaviour.

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Who should complete this course?
This is suitable for anyone who works in early years who works with children in their setting, e.g. nursery practitioners, pre-school practitioners, playgroup practitioners and childminders.

UN FlagThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is social policy drawn up in 1989. It is an international agreement protecting the rights of children up to the age of 18.

We will introduce all the UNCRC Articles that shape children’s rights. Then identify Articles that are specifically related to childcare and explore opportunities to promote and embed children’s rights into your everyday practice.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is suitable for anyone that is studying a childcare qualification or working with children.