Get clued up…train to be smart!

Continued Professional Development CPD includes a wide range of support and resources that are put in place to ensure the professional growth of Early Years practitioners with the intention of securing and sustaining the very best outcomes for all children. Training is one the major and important element of that support and resourcing. Therefore, it is important to invest wisely into the type of training that is accessed.

All of our courses are developed to ensure that practitioners can:
        √   easily and effectively demonstrate the impact that training has; as well as
        √   how to easily embed, extend, sustain and monitor that impact

It is really important to make clear your arrangements for CPD that are informed by robust supervision processes

You’ll notice you’ve got a choice between:

…but which training is the right one?

It is the responsibility of the provider to demonstrate effective training arrangements.  The EYFS does not stipulate what type of CPD training must be undertaken.  CPD training is appropriate if it meets its intended outcomes, this is why we always make explicit links to the EYFS and make this clear on all of our certification and standardisation.  This also ensures that you are accessing relevant, quality Early Years courses that help you to effectively evidence your commitment to CPD during an Ofsted inspection.

Furthermore, the EYFS does not tell us whether we should attend face-to-face training or if it is okay to access online training.  Again, it is the responsibility of the provider to decide what type of training is needed.  If a provider can demonstrate that an online training has met the intended learning outcome and can evidence impact, then an online course is fine.  Very often, face-to-face training is preferred because it is thought that more in-depth learning can take place but again but this depends upon what is to be achieved. 

Live webinars offer the same level of interactive learning as a face-to-face course, along with many other learner benefits that have been feedback to us i.e. learners could concentrate more without hearing others discussions all at once.  For this reason, Live webinar certificates do not state ‘online course’ they are issued as if the practitioner has attended a normal face-to-face course as this reflects the type of learning achieved.  Often, Similarly, our online course certificate do not have ‘online course’ written on them, this offers providers with the opportunity to shape and illustrate their setting’s own training portrait as they so wish; It is the provider’s responsibility to make clear the type and impact of all training accessed. providers choose online courses to compliment and/or build upon face-to-face courses.

How often should training courses be renewed?

Providers must set their own rationale for how and when training is renewed. For example, a LSCB may recommend that safeguarding training is renewed every three years (there is no set renewal date in the EYFS) however, a provider may decide to renew everyone’s training on a 2 year cycle and ensure that they refresh their knowledge with an online course on alternating years. On a particular year there may be a revision to safeguarding legislation and the provider may therefore make arrangements for staff to access training in relation to how this impacts upon practice

How often should providers refresh Health & Safety Training?

This is one of the questions we are asked most often and I’m afraid there’s no perfect answer. All recent health & safety legislation tend to leave decisions such as this to the employer. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) generally only gets involved when there’s an incident.  They would consider, as part of any investigation, both the effectiveness and frequency of training.