6 September 2019
By Heidi Foster

Threads of Success Training Update September 2019

Please find below an update of courses taking place over the next month that still have available places. To read more, or book your place please click on the links below.

Best Practice Guidance Workshop for Early Years Setting

The workshop will provide an introduction to the new updated Early Years Best Practice Guidance (BPG) document. You will find out how to use the document to ensure that young children can fully access and benefit from your provision at universal, targeted and personalised levels. The BPG document is for all early years practitioners and will enable the whole setting to become fully engaged with the expectations set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) and Kent SEND processes.

This event is KCC Funded for PVI Settings within the boundaries of KCC.

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, Dartford, Kent, DA9 9DS

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Ashford Business Hub, Ray Allen Centre, Stanhope Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RN

Date: Friday 11 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Nexus Special School (I), Upper Haysden Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8AA

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: The Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone Masonic Centre, Cornwallis Suite, Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6LF

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: To be confirmed

Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Venue: Ifield Smile, Ifield School, Cedar Avenue, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5JT

Makaton Beginners' Workshop (2 days)

The Beginners’ Workshop provides a practical introduction to Makaton for workers, parents and carers who need to use Makaton in everyday situations, at work and/or at home. You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 of the Core Vocabulary plus the Additional Vocabulary. The course is very practical and interactive.
This is a two day course. Certificates are provided by The Makaton Charity and will be signed by the tutor on completion of each training module.

Pre Course Information:
There is an additional charge of £32 per person for the manual.

Date: Tuesday 1 and Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue: Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4NQ
Individual Price: within Kent; £160.00 +VAT, outside Kent; £170.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; £840 +VAT, outside Kent; £1330.00 +VAT

The Prime Importance of Physical Development

This training builds on practitioner knowledge, understanding and skills at universal level. It will also help you to identify children at risk of delay, and support their physical development through targeted activities and interventions. It will help you to recognise when a referral to other professionals is necessary.

This course is offered free of charge to EY PVI and Childminders within the boundaries of KCC.

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 15:30
Venue: The Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone Masonic Centre, Cornwallis Suite, Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6LF
Individual Price: within Kent: KCC funded; outside Kent: £118.00 +VAT

Early Years Special Educational Needs Coordinator Training for the New SENCo

The Early Years SENCo day one training provides an introduction to the role of setting SENCo. The course is for Level 3 practitioners in a private, voluntary and independent (PVI) setting, who may be new to the SENCo role or for practitioners who plan to be a setting SENCo in the future. It is also relevant to childminders, setting managers and deputy managers.

This course is funded by Kent County Council for delegates from Kent-based PVI settings, including childminders. The course is chargeable to collaborations or when delivered in house at a setting.

Only 1 Delegate per setting may attend.

Date: Thursday 3 October 2019
Time:
09:30 - 15:30 
Venue: 
Aldington Eco Centre, Goldwell Lane, Aldington, Nr Ashford, Kent, TN25 7DX
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £118.00 +VAT
Group Price:
within Kent; £420 +VAT, outside Kent; £665 +VAT

Date: Friday 4 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue: Eastgate, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 8AD
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £118.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; £420 +VAT, outside Kent; £665 +VAT

Date: Friday 11 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue: Riverside Vineyard Church, Thanet Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3JQ
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £118.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; £420 +VAT, outside Kent; £665 +VAT

Date: Friday 18 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 15:30
Venue: Holiday Inn - Maidstone-Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7RS
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £118.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; £420 +VAT, outside Kent; £665 +VAT.

Leadership and Management EIF Workshop

To strengthen leaders' knowledge and understanding of the leadership and management judgement in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF)

Objectives:

  • Reflect on the new grade descriptors for leadership and management
  • Compare your current position with Ofsted’s expectations
  • Identify areas for further improvement to secure a good or better judgement at your next inspection.

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Oakwood House Hotel, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AE
Individual Price: within Kent; £40.00 +VAT, outside Kent; £60.00 +VAT

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019 
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Aylesham Business Hub, Ackholt Road, Aylesham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 3AJ
Individual Price: within Kent: £40.00 +VAT; outside Kent: £60.00 +VAT.

A Successful Charity

The aim of this course is to identify and understand trustee legal commitments, responsibilities and the need to plan for continuity.
Please bring your Constitution or Governing document.

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Venue: Hadlow Manor Hotel, Maidstone Road, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0JH
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £60.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £385 +VAT.

How to Break Even and Avoid Bad Debt

Is your setting financially viable? Are you covering all your costs? Are you accruing or carrying bad debts?
The purpose of this course is, firstly, to understand the break-even process and how you can adjust costs to help your business become self-sustainable and, secondly, to demonstrate the impact on a business of accruing bad debts.

Delegates are requested to bring a laptop with them to the training as there is an activity book to complete during the training. If you are bringing the nursery laptop please ensure that you comply with the relevant GDPR and Ofsted requirements.

If you have any questions about the training please contact Lesley Harvey on 03000 410197.

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Ashford Business Hub, Ray Allen Centre, Stanhope Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RN
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £60.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £385 +VAT.

Marketing and Promotion for Success

The following event is being held on the same day as 'How to Break Even and Avoid Bad Debt', which you may be interested in attending, please book via CPD Online as normal.
PLEASE NOTE: Lunch WILL NOT be provided if you book both events on the same day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Would you like to raise the profile of your Early Years or Out of School setting? This course is an introduction to marketing and how to promote your childcare provision.

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Venue: Ashford Business Hub, Ray Allen Centre, Stanhope Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RN
Individual Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £60.00 +VAT
Group Price: within Kent; KCC funded, outside Kent; £385 +VAT.

Unlocking Outstanding Potential - Pathway to Excellence

This innovative and interactive leadership programme has a variety of strategies and opportunities to facilitate early years and childcare provisions to maintain, strive and sustain outstanding practice and performance.

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 16:30
Venue: Mercure - Tunbridge Wells Hotel, 8 Tonbridge Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4QL
Individual Price: within Kent: £80 +VAT; outside Kent: £118 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £420 +VAT; outside Kent: £665 +VAT

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 16:30
Venue: Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Business Point, Waterbrook Avenue, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LH
Individual Price: within Kent: £80 +VAT; outside Kent: £118 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £420 +VAT; outside Kent: £665 +VAT.

Encouraging Positive Behaviour Training

The workshop will explore positive approaches to the management of behaviour in your early years setting by focusing on appropriate boundaries with all children and how staff work together to support positive outcomes for children.

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 12:30
Venue: Ashford Business Hub, Ray Allen Centre, Stanhope Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RN
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £210 +VAT; outside Kent: £385 +VAT

Quality of Education EIF Workshop

Analyse what the quality of education means for children’s learning and development with the new Ofsted education inspection framework.

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Venue: Holiday Inn - Maidstone-Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7RS
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT.

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Holiday Inn - Ashford Central, Canterbury Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8QQ
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT.

The Thinking Child

This three hour workshop will challenge practitioners to develop skills, knowledge and concepts necessary to support children’s critical thinking and problem solving.

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: The Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone Masonic Centre, Cornwallis Suite, Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6LF
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT

Walking in the Shoes of Giants

Do you remember being fascinated by everything and everyone around you, having that innate urge to explore using your senses? You will have an opportunity to explore and discuss the prime areas for learning and how theory and practice can be combined to provide a stimulating and enabling environment for the two year olds in your provision.

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 12:30
Venue: Aldington Eco Centre, Goldwell Lane, Aldington, Nr Ashford, Kent, TN25 7DX
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £210 +VAT; outside Kent: £385 +VAT.

NEW TRAINING - Entering or Developing? Making Accurate Judgements in the Early Years

This half day course will support you to understand the requirements for assessment in the early years, the importance of ensuring the judgements of 'entering' and 'developing' accurately identify each child's current stage of learning and development and how to ensure judgements are consistent across the whole staff team.

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 9:30 - 12:30
Venue: The Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone Masonic Centre, Cornwallis Suite, Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6LF
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £210 +VAT; outside Kent: £385 +VAT.

Registered Person Role in Quality Assurance

This course is for individuals responsible and accountable for the provision of Early Years Education and Childcare in an Ofsted registered setting who do not manage its day-to-day running. This includes committee members and trustees of a charity, individual owners (e.g. sole traders), partners in a limited liability partnership, directors on the executive board of a registered company.

Entry requirements:

  • understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (previous experience/knowledge or completion of e-learning module)
  • awareness of Safeguarding requirements in Early Years settings
  • overview of the Quality Audit for the Registered Person Part 1 (it will be emailed to delegates prior to the attendance)

This half day training will support you to:
    • explore and define quality practice in settings
    • identify the role of effective leadership in your provision
    • explore strategies to support quality leadership
    • foster a culture of continuous quality improvement.

Up to 25 delegates can attend this event.

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Time: 18:00- 21:00
Venue: The Cornwallis Suite, Maidstone Masonic Centre, Cornwallis Suite, Courtenay Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6LF
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £210 +VAT; outside Kent: £385 +VAT.

Little Scientists

This practical workshop explores the scientific elements within the EYFS. Practitioners will experience hands-on experiments to support young children's learning and development and will strengthen their knowledge to identify science within their settings.

Date: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Venue: Holiday Inn - Ashford North A20, Maidstone Road, Hothfield, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1AP
Individual Price: within Kent: £40 +VAT; outside Kent: £60 +VAT
Group price: within Kent: £210 +VAT; outside Kent: £385 +VAT.

Out of School Ofsted Inspection Framework Workshop

This full day workshop will strengthen knowledge and understanding of the three key judgements for Out of school in the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Venue: Holiday Inn - Maidstone-Sevenoaks, London Road, Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7RS
Individual Price: within Kent: £80 +VAT; outside Kent: £118 +VAT

Global Goals Workshops

Do you know about the new Sustainable Development Framework?
Would you like to know how to integrate Sustainable Development into everyday practice in your setting?
The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals for all countries to work towards a better future and in response we have developed a programme to introduce the Global Goals in an age appropriate way for the benefit of young children and their families.

Why not book onto one of the next practical workshops which are centrally funded and therefore free for up to two members of staff per setting. The next Global Goals Workshop will focus on:

Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time:10:00 - 12:00

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time:13:00 - 15:00

Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
Time:10:00 - 12:00

Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
Time:13:00 - 15:00

Venue: Aldington Eco Centre, Goldwell Lane, Aldington, Nr Ashford, Kent, TN25 7DX

Price: within Kent: KCC funded; outside Kent: £118.00

The Kent County Council funded offer

The Kent County Council (KCC) funded offer via The Education People is available to providers of early education and/or childcare within KCC’s geographical boundaries, registered with Ofsted or the Department for Education and/or with KCC to deliver Free Entitlement places; this includes:

  • Private, voluntary and independent group providers
  • Out of school childcare providers
  • Eligible childminders
  • Schools and academies admitting children under four.

*Please note that non-eligible childminders can access some elements of the offer only.