CPD opportunities

Our training service aims to support childcare settings in Leicester City with raising quality through workforce development by offering continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.

We provide the following CPD courses which support the requirements within the Early Years Foundation Stage, the regulatory framework inspected by Ofsted. 

Quality Curriculum

This course will give you an opportunity to explore what a quality curriculum should include and empower settings to begin to reflect and establish a high- quality curriculum, that can be articulated and justified.

It will also consider how the curriculum fits into the 3 III’s and the language around the EYFS that’s supports this.

This deep dive into curriculum exploration will give practitioners the tools and confidence to deliver a purposeful curriculum that keeps the child at the centre. A must for those getting to grips with the revised EYFS.

  • Course Code: QC01
  • Date: Monday 6 February 2023
  • Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Delivery method: Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Maximum Numbers – 2 per setting
  • Cost: £20.00 per person, invoiced at time of booking, non-refundable.

Holistic Approach to Child Development and the Prime Areas

Recent Ofsted trends would indicate that there in a need for increased knowledge and understanding of child development within the sector. This echoes the information stated in the Statutory Framework for the early year’s foundation stage:

“Learning and development considerations ‘Practitioners working with the youngest children are expected to ensure a strong foundation for children’s development in the three prime areas. (Statutory framework 2021- 1.11)”

A Holistic Approach to Child Development and the Prime Areas has been created to target this area of focus.

The course provides an opportunity to unpick what expected development would look like in each of the prime areas of the EYFS 2021 and explore tools and resources, including the new 2 year old progress check, that will aid practitioners in their observation and assessment of children; to inform planning and to support them in seeking external support if needed for a child.

Learning intentions - Practitioners will:

  1. Leave with the skills to use a variety of tools to support with observations and assessments.
  2. Have the opportunity to practice using the tools and apply their knowledge of child development to case studies.
  3. Be able to use a holistic approach to complete a referral to external agencies.
  4. Be able to use a holistic approach to child development and apply this to observations they make of children in all 3 prime areas.
  • Course Code – HA01
  • Date: Wednesday 15 February 2023
  • Time: 6pm – 9pm
  • Delivery method: face to face
  • Maximum Numbers – 2 per setting
  • Venue – Beaumont Leys School Anstey Lane Leicester LE4 0FL
  • Cost: £30.00 per person. Invoiced at time of booking, non-refundable.

Speech, Language and Communication Workshop

Practitioner support for effective communication – Vocabulary

This interactive online workshop will explore how to support and extend a child’s vocabulary and the impact this can have on a child’s communication.  

The session will support practitioners to model vocabulary and explore nouns, verbs and adjectives and target vocabulary.

Experienced EYFS practitioners will be sharing a range of practical strategies and reflecting on how this has supported the development of children’s speech and language in their own settings.

  • Course Code - SLC01
  • Date: Tuesday 28 February 2023
  • Time: 10am – 12noon
  • Delivery method: Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Maximum Numbers – 2 per setting
  • Cost: £20.00 per person, invoiced at time of booking, non-refundable.

How to book

To book please send an email to EEDteam@leicester.gov.uk with the course title and course code in the subject bar.

Please confirm the name of the practitioner requesting a place, the setting they are from, a contact number and email address. For online courses, be sure to detail the email address for which the meeting link needs to be sent.

Each person must make a separate booking and log into the session on a separate device due to break out activities – those that have not made a separate booking will not be permitted to partake in the training.

To enable us to meet demand, we are limiting bookings to a maximum of two practitioners per setting. Should you feel that you require more, please contact the EED team and request to be added to the waiting list.

Active Together - Early Years Physical Activity Training 

Active Together have a range of FREE workshops on offer for anyone who is working with children under the age of five.  Please see the Early Years Workshop brochure for full details of the events.

Numbers are restricted so please sign up via our booking system www.active-together.org/bookit

Statutory Training

For information about the Safeguarding Competency framework visit the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Board