Information for professionals
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.
If you are a childcare practitioner in the target group, you'll find the latest information on early years and childcare courses below.
Our aim is to continue to support you to make a difference for children, young people and their families, improve outcomes for children and to develop diverse, high quality childcare provisions across our county with relevant and appropriate training.
Training and development opportunities (TADO)
These training and development opportunities include a selection of courses from our Language for Life Strategy, Special Educational Needs Training Certificate and Buddying Opportunities as well as additional courses to support the implementation of the Two Year Old Pilot.
Keep checking for new courses!
Please read the application process guidelines before submitting your application.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an ongoing and planned learning and development process.
It focuses on what you learn and how you develop but may include a formal process of recording it (through supervision, submission of assignments, etc.).
Peer to Peer Support Buddying
An alternative way to undertake training or CPD
The Peer to Peer Support Buddying Programme shares best practice, skills and knowledge from our experienced quality assured workforce across the county, and aims to provide a shadowing, mentoring and networking opportunity which allows you to:
Observe best practice
Further understand the roles of colleagues
Work in partnership
Access information and new learning
Develop a language rich environment
Support the work we do with our parents as partners.
A wide range of reading resources and research is available which will assist you in your role within the early years and childcare sector.
There are also Owner/Manager Briefings and Early Years Foundation Stage Networks to ensure that you are kept well informed with current changes to legislation and key matters.
For your own ongoing CPD, it is advisable to attend regular training to keep up-to-date with developments and practice.