Early Years training offer

Many of our courses continue to be delivered online. We are hoping to offer some face to face courses but this will be confirmed nearer the time.

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

English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Thursday 3 February
9.30am to  3.30pm

This universal level course develops practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of how children acquire an additional language and how to identify special educational needs that children with EAL may have. It provides practical strategies to support the needs of children who are learning EAL and have SEN.

Reluctant Talkers in the Early Years

Thursday 24 February
1pm to 3pm

This course considers the needs of children who are reluctant talkers in early years settings and the link between anxiety and reluctance to talk. It considers how reluctant talkers can be supported to develop their confidence in communicating and provides strategies and guidance in planning interventions for these children.

Play Interaction for Children with Communication and Interaction Needs

Wednesday 9 March
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.

Understanding and Supporting Young Children who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs

Wednesday 16 March
9.30am to 3.30pm

This enhanced course develops practitioners’ understanding of children’s social, emotional and mental health needs and considers the impact these can have on early development and behaviour. It considers a number of models that have been developed as a means to understanding, supporting and managing challenging behaviours.

Fun Time for Children who have Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Tuesday 22 March
9.30am to 12.30pm

This enhanced level course includes a brief recap of the Fun Time intervention, then focuses on adapting Fun Time specifically for children who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It enables practitioners to plan and deliver effective Fun Time sessions within their own setting with a focus on developing children’s listening and attention skills, understanding, vocabulary and expressive language skills. The course involves participating in a variety of Fun Time activities and songs.

Good Autism Practice - Autism Education Trust (AET)

Wednesdays 30 March; 6 April
9.30am to 3.30pm

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.

Future training events

Summer term training offer

Contact us

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

Related link

Early years support service