Leadership and Management Courses

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

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This online course supports nursery owners and managers to reflect and review their financial processes.

It provides them with an awareness of the financial implications placed upon them and how to ensure they meet the necessary legal requirements.

It includes guidance and tips to help promote a proactive business and understand effective methods of recording information for bookkeeping and accounts.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Appreciate legal and compliance requirements
• Understand why and how to keep financial records
• Be better informed about their own business performance
• Understand the importance of integrity and control procedures
• Recognise the benefits of using financial management software
• Understand sustainability indicators
• Know where to go for funding
• Be able to manage bad debt.

Who should complete this course?
This course is primarily aimed at nursery owners, managers and those with a financial responsibility for running a childcare setting. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

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This online course supports nursery owners and managers to reflect and review their business planning and expansion plans. It is aimed at up-skilling leaders and managers.

It provides them with an awareness of the business planning processes required and provides the tools to develop a comprehensive expansion plan.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Appreciate the need to look at a change approach to running a business
• Understand why and how to develop a robust business case to plan for growth
• Be better informed about their own business on how to expand their provision
• Appreciate the importance of working in partnership to deliver more places.

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This online course supports nursery managers to understand why it is critical to have robust policies and procedures for the recruitment process, to support the safeguarding and welfare of children in the nursery.

Learners will follow best practice guidelines and will be able to understand their responsibilities as an employer.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Have knowledge of the recruitment process from developing a job description, to advertising, short-listing, interviewing and selection
• Be able to implement and review recruitment policies and procedures
• Have knowledge of employment laws relevant to a nursery business
• Develop a greater understanding of grievance procedures.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is primarily aimed at nursery owners, managers and those with a responsibility for recruiting nursery staff. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

This course provides an insight into the process of evaluating practice in your setting.

In the course, you'll learn about the key principles of evaluative practice, with models to follow and tools to support you.  You'll also learn about the measurement of impact on your practice as a result of evaluating and implementing improvements.

Who should complete this course?

The course is suitable for anyone working in early years who has a need/desire to evaluate their practice, but in particular is aimed at owners, managers, room leaders and childminders.

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This online course supports nursery owners and managers to manage effectively and provides them with an awareness of leadership and management techniques.

By the end of this course learners will:

•  Outline the key skills of being an effective leader and manager
•  Have knowledge of and be able to apply leadership and management techniques
•  Be able to reflect on and implement the key elements essential to lead quality improvement
•  Identify ways to motivate others and develop team spirit
•  Be able to provide clear feedback and address performance issues
•  Identify ways to develop the workforce.

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This online course encourages nursery owners and managers to support and engage their staff on the positive methodology behind the appraisal system.
It highlights the benefits of conducting appraisals for individuals and the organisation.
It also provides good practice advice and tips to help managers prepare their staff for the appraisal process and ensuring appraisals are conducted in a consistent and competent manner.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Understand the purpose and benefits of appraisals 
• Improve their knowledge of the appraisal process
• Be able to conduct appraisals effectively and consistently
• Contribute effectively and encourage staff to contribute to appraisals 
• Communicate ideas constructively and effectively regarding appraisals.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is primarily aimed at nursery owners, managers and those with responsibility for conducting staff appraisals. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

This online course provides nursery staff with an awareness of time management tools and techniques to improve their working routines.
Learners will be able to understand different personality styles and how this affects the way people manage their time.
It also provides learners with methods to prioritise work and set realistic and relative priorities for themselves and others to enable them to work effectively.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Have knowledge of time management theories
• Understand different personality styles and how these affect the way people manage their time
• Understand time management tools and techniques to help them prioritise work
• Be able to prioritise work and set realistic and relative priorities for themselves and others.

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Who should complete this course?
This course is primarily aimed at nursery owners, managers and practitioners who want to improve their time management and managerial skills. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

This online course will help you develop an effective marketing strategy for your nursery business. The course covers the key principles of marketing to maximise sales opportunities. It provides an awareness of the marketing principles and techniques required to market a nursery business.

Learners will be able to identify marketing and sales opportunities for their own business and implement these to maximise sales.

By the end of this course learners will:

• Understand the importance of marketing and sales for business sustainability
• Have knowledge of marketing and sales strategies
• Identify marketing and sales opportunities
• Be able to develop a marketing and sales plan for their nursery
• Identify your nursery's unique selling point (USP)
• Have knowledge of methods to evaluate marketing and sales strategies.

Who should complete this course?
This course is primarily aimed at nursery owners, managers and those with responsibility for budgets and business planning of a childcare setting. This course provides you with three guided learning hours which contributes towards your Continuous Professional Development.

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This course is for Early Years Professionals (EYPs) responsible for supporting practitioners to raise their knowledge, skills and confidence levels. It will help you to consider the different learning requirements within a team and organise your training to meet your learning outcomes for each session. There are four modules in this course, covering:

  • Learners' expectations
  • Teacher training cycle
  • Equality and diversity
  • Barriers to learning
  • Course and lesson design
  • Assessment and feedback

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