This course covers the Common Core Skills and Knowledge for the childcare workforce, which is the required training for anyone wishing to register on the voluntary part of the Ofsted childcare register (vOCR). The Common Core Of Skills and Knowledge for Ofsted registration is a set of principles and values. It sets out what basic skills and knowledge are needed by people whose work brings them into regular contact with children, young people and families.
The common core training is for those childcarer a or nannies who wish to be on the OFSTED voluntary register and is therefore aimed at 0-8years. It is useful for those who work with over 8’s particularly in terms of multi agency working and child protection and so you may find those who run After School clubs for example are interested in attending. Childminders would also be encouraged to attend and this would ensure they again are working to meet legislation requirements as carers of 0-8’s.
The way the Common Core is planned is to ensure all home carers meet a certain level of knowledge which is recognised by OFSTED.
•The course covers the 6 main skills set out in the Common Core:
•Effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families
•Child and young person development
•Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child
The course is taught by Hazel Cokeley is an experienced First Aid Instructor and Assessor, Safeguarding Child Protection trainer and BTEC diploma tutor. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Education and certificates in adult learner support, counseling and food hygiene. She ensures that all trainees leave the course with a thorough understanding of the skills essential to support children who are unwell and/or have long-lasting medical conditions. By the end of the course, students will have gained a practical knowledge of how they should apply those skills in real-life situation.
‘Early Potty Training (18m+) is a Continuing Professional Development course which focuses on the philosophies and developmental processes around potty training.
This sessions covers the broad approach to potty training that parents are likely to come across when looking for advice – on books, online and from health visitors and doctors. You will find out where the approach comes from and the concerns that lead to such radical change in the first place. You then approach potty training as a developmental process, covering how to start ‘early’ and still have confidence that it will end well, explaining the decision to others, and how to give everyone realistic expectations for how long it will take and how reliable the child will be. You will also get pointers about night training and advice on how to waterproof the bed in case of accidents.
Jenn Philpott is a mother of four and baby-led potty training enthusiast. She came across the technique when her eldest daughter was 6 months old, and the evolutionary and cultural history immediately appealed to her. She tried it out, was delighted to find that it worked, and never looked back. She used a potty from birth with her next 3 children and has been teaching parents how to get started themselves for over seven years. Jenn explores the philosophy and developmental processes surrounding potty training and infant hygiene with learners while giving practical tips and tricks. Her enthusiastic and interactive teaching style makes what can be a daunting topic approachable and fun.
Autism and Behavioural Issues is a specialist Continuing Professional Development course which focuses on the characteristics of conditions on the autistic spectrum and strategies used when working children and families.
The course gives an overview of the characteristics of conditions on the autistic spectrum, and other conditions with autism. It focuses predominantly on the teaching methods, behaviour management strategies and communication skills used when working with children with autism. Challenges such as sensory input, feeding, sleep and play are also covered.
Additionally the course explores a wide range of social, emotional and learning difficulties that children experience at various stages of their development. The holistic and detailed overview of different behavioural issues that children signalize will provide students with essential knowledge and useful tips on how to identify any potential abnormalities in children’s behaviour.
The course is taught by Michelle Plevin. Michelle has provided services to parents of children with Autism and SEN for a number of years. Attending meetings and signposting parents to relevant information, which can ensure children receive the best support possible. The training Michelle offers can either be general or child specific. Michelle is a highly experienced qualified general nurse and specialist public health nurse(Health Visiting), who’s experience spans over 20 years. During this time Michelle has further specialised in Autism having completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Autism (Children). In addition to extensive professional experience Michelle can also offer a personal perspective as a parent of a child with Autism for 16 years. This places Michelle in the unique position of being able to give an insight into both professionals and parents experience of the SEN process and living with Autism.
Managing Behaviour – 4-11’ course is a Continuing Professional Development course focusing on the expected behaviour of children aged 4-11, and the strategies that can be used to manage behaviour in this age group. Using a hands-on approach, including role plays, this course will deepen your understanding of children’s behaviour and equip you to offer parents powerful and appropriate techniques to deal with challenging behaviour.
Managing Behaviour – 4-11’ is aimed at anyone working with children aged 4-11, including nannies, childminders and au pairs, and is particularly interesting for anyone wanting to move into consultancy work. It may also be of interest to parents and grandparents wanting to explore different aspects of behaviour management.
The course covers expected behaviour, including challenging behaviour issues, in children aged 4-11. It examines common pitfalls in talking to children and how to avoid them and positive skills for improving behaviour, motivation and self-esteem. It will help you teach children to express their feelings in words rather than in their actions and deal with anger, frustration and tantrums. Throughout the course there is a focus on working in partnership with parents.
The course is taught by Miriam Chachamu, family therapist, parenting consultant and the author of the high acclaimed book ‘How to Calm a Challenging Child’ (Foulsham, 2008). She is a member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP), a trained systemic family therapist, holds an MSc from The Institute of Family Therapy and is a qualified human givens practitioner and supervisor.
‘Learning Through Play’ is a Continuing Professional Development course looking deeper in the role of play in children’s learning and how childcarers and parents can promote this. It will help you tune into a child’s learning style and introduce activities appropriate to their age.
Anyone working with children will find this course interesting and enlightening, including nannies, childminders, au pairs, nursery workers and preschool leaders.
The course starts with the fundamental principles of how children learn through play and how play influences all aspects of child development. It explores the role of a childcarer in supporting and developing play, tuning into play, identifying learning opportunities and learning styles, different theories about play and planning appropriate activities in the home and outside. Finally it covers how you can communicate effectively with parents about learning objectives and progress.
Julie Heginbottom is an experienced nanny, maternity nurse and sleep consultant. She holds an NNEB and a degree in Early Years.
This is a Continuing Professional Development course which looks at how to provide a healthy diet for children and dealing with common problems around food. There is plenty of time to ask questions and reflect on current practice, benefiting from the presence of our highly qualified trainer.
The course is suitable for all nannies, au pairs, maternity nurses, childminders and nursery staff as well as parents and grandparents who want to learn more about child nutrition.
The course addresses the problems with young children’s diets today and current nutrition guidelines. You will then practice planning a healthy menu for a young child and deepen your understanding of food labeling. Combining your theoretical knowledge with practical situations the course then looks at how to make healthy choices, which children can be fussy about food and how you can manage this. Recipes and cooking tips are also included.
Julia Wolman is a registered nutritionist specialising in baby and child nutrition. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Human Nutrition and a Masters in Psychology & Health and is registered with the Association for Nutrition as well as being a member of SENSE. Julia’s passion for promoting healthy eating in children has seen her working with the NHS to deliver healthy eating projects for families and training schools, nurseries and children’s centres, co-develop the internationally successful obesity prevention programme for 2-4 year olds with MEND Central and write for publications such as Nursery World, Practical Professional Childcare and Practical Parenting. In 2011 Julia founded Teeny Tummies which focuses on supporting parents through weaning, fussy eating and other child nutrition issues. Julia effortlessly transmits not only knowledge but also a passion for healthy eating in her training sessions for HATA.