Early Years training offer

In response to Covid-19, the Early Years Support Team are providing an online training programme (via Microsoft Teams) during 2020/21.

We are able to adapt many of our courses to deliver online to whole settings – please talk to your Area SENCO if you wish to arrange this. 

Training offer - Autumn 2020

The online training offer for settings is detailed as follows.  A copy available to download.

  • Play Interaction
    Wednesday 4 November
    9am to 12.30pm

    Play Interaction is part of a continuum of provision to develop children’s social communication skills, along with Fun Time and Circle Time.  This enhanced level course develops practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of Play Interaction, including information on strategies to support children who have communication and interaction needs and advice on planning and running Play Interaction sessions.

  • Setting-based SENCO
    Wednesdays 11, 18 and 25 November, 2, 9 and 16 December (6 sessions)
    9.30am to 12.30pm

    This six-week course is for early years practitioners who are taking on the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) within their setting. Practitioners will become familiar with the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 - 25 as well as the guidance and processes within Leicester City.  This will include developing an understanding of roles and responsibilities relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND), learning how to identify and assess children who may have special educational needs and developing an understanding of what provision needs to put in place. Participants will learn how to write and review plans for children with SEND and how to involve and refer to other agencies.

  • Get Going with Communication
    Mondays 16, 23 and 30 November, 7 December (4 sessions)
    1pm to 4pm

    This universal level course develops practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of how children’s communication and language skills develop and explores why language is an essential life skill. It provides practical ideas to enable practitioners to promote the language skills of all children and to support children who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

  • Making Sense of Autism - (Autism Education Trust, AET 1)
    Friday 27 November
    9.30am to 11am

    This course is for raising awareness of all staff in early years settings, whether or not they work directly with children with autism. It gives an outline of the ‘four areas of difference’ within autism and gives an overview of support that can be put in place within these areas.

  • Good Autism Practice - (Autism Education Trust, AET 2)
    Tuesdays 24 November, 1, 8 and 15 December (4 Sessions)
    9.30am to 12.30pm

    This course is for all practitioners who work regularly with children with autism. It looks in more detail at the ‘four areas of difference’ and provides practical ideas and strategies of how to support children who have a diagnosis of autism or who have communication and social interaction needs and where a diagnosis is being considered.

  • Get Going with Visuals
    Thursday 26 November
    9.30am to 11.30am

    This course provides an insight into the use of visual cues to support children’s communication, language and learning.  It discusses strategies and provides examples of a range of resources, including visual timetables, choice boards, cue cards and labelling the environment. 

Future training events

Information on online courses in spring and summer 2021 will be provided after half-term.

Contact us

For further details about the training opportunities email early.years.sen@leicester.gov.uk


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Early years support service