Early years education and childcare training

Our aim is to support you, to help you make a difference for children, young people and their families, improve outcomes for children, and develop high quality, inclusive and safe early education and childcare provision.

Please note that as of 1 April 2022 all the safeguarding courses offered on this page will be free of charge to Nottinghamshire Early Years Providers. This will be reviewed on a yearly basis. 

Featured Training: English as an Additional LanguageWho can attend?

The training below is open to practitioners who work in all early years provision in Nottinghamshire. Practitioners working outside the Nottinghamshire are welcome to attend.

We ask that applicants hold dates in their diary at the point of application. To book on an event, click on the event title and then the Eventbrite link. Confirmation of your booking will be sent immediately to your email address.

Please do not show up at an event if you have not booked a place and received a confirmation letter or ticket, unless you are replacing a colleague.

Waiting lists are available for all Early Years courses on Eventbrite.

If the course is full, please add your details onto the waiting list. Once a space becomes available you will receive an email.

You will then have one day to apply for the course, if you do not apply within 24 hours you will lose your place.

We know that you as Early Years providers are committed to the continuing professional development of your staff and take up the offer of both paid for and free training through the Early Years Education and Childcare training page.  Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in non-attendance at our free courses. Whilst we are aware of the pressures that the sector is currently facing in recruitment and retention, we often have a waiting list of providers for these courses. To address this,

If you fail to attend a course that you have paid for without cancelling on Eventbrite 24 hours before the course takes place, or in exceptional circumstances by phone on the day of the course, then you will not be entitled to a refund for the course.

If you fail to attend a course that is free without cancelling on Eventbrite 24 hours before the course takes place, or in exceptional circumstances by phone on the day of the course, then the following will apply.

After the first course that you fail to attend you will receive an email from Early Childhood services and if you fail to attend another course within a 6-month period without letting us know you will be invoiced for a non-attendance fee of £50. Where a setting is part of a group of settings this will be applied to each individual setting not to the group.

Any queries regarding this please contact Early Childhood services earlychildhoodservices@nottscc.gov.uk

Our expert team of Early Years Specialist Teachers and Early Years Advisors are able to offer training to settings on a broad range of topics in support of raising the quality of provision and the attainment of children aged 0-5 years.

Please contact us by email at earlychildhoodservices@nottscc.gov.uk  for more information and to book in-house training. Costs for in-house training will be based on:

  • £175 for up to 8 staff, plus
  • £15 per additional participant up to a maximum charge of £400

Should you have any other training needs that our current training programme does not cover, please contact us by emailing earlychildhoodservices@nottscc.gov.uk and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

 Most of our courses have a charge. The charges vary and are outlined in the details of the individual event. Payment for all courses is by using a debit/credit card at the time of booking. Fees will be non-refundable in the event of non-attendance or late cancellation.

The following costs apply to all of our training courses:

  • Early years providers, including childminders online courses: £15.00
  • Early years providers, including childminders face-to-face courses: £30.00

Online training provided by an external facilitator may be charged at a higher cost.

The charge for each course is outlined in the details of the individual event to which it applies. Courses are payable by credit or debit card at the time of booking. Please follow the instructions on Eventbrite. Invoices will not be sent for these courses.

Training courses

Please click on the course title for more information, or to book.


Course Title

Target Audience


Babies: Getting it Right from the Start

All early years Settings

31/01/2024 (Online) and 7/02/2024 (County Hall) - Two Part course

10/06/2024 (Online) 17/06/2024 (Mansfield) - Two Part Course

Creating an Autism Friendly Setting

All early years Settings

30/04/2024 (Online)

DSL Network

Designated Safeguarding Leads

26/02/2024 (North) 27/02/2024 (Online) 1/03/2024 (South) 4/03/2024 (Online)

Early Identification and Early Intervention

All early years Settings

8/01/2024 (Mansfield)  4/06/2024 (Online)

Early Years COVID-19 Recovery: Experts and Mentors programme

EY Settings with SEND children


Extending the Knowledge of the EY SENDco

SENDCos in Early Years settings

09/01/2024 (Online) 09/05/2024 (North)

Introduction to Safeguarding

All early years Settings

12/03/2024 (North) 14/05/2024 (South)

Mathematics in Early Years

All early years Settings

 23/04/2024 (Online)

New to the Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead

New Designated Safeguarding Leads

23/01/2024 (Online) 24/04/2024 (Online)

Paediatric First Aid

All early years Settings

17/01/2024 and 24/01/2024 (South)

Two part course

Phonics in the Early Years

All early years Settings

18/01/2024 (Mansfield)

Preparing for your Ofsted Inspection

All early years Settings

 5/03/2024 (Online)

Role of the SEND Keyperson Practitioner

All early years Settings

21/02/2024 (Online)

Role of the SENDCo

All early years Settings

6/03/2024 (Online) 18/06/2024 (North)

Safeguarding Refresher

Early Years settings who have completed Introduction to Safeguarding.

19/03/2024 (South) 25/06/2024 (North)

Sensitive Conversations

All early years workforce

25/04/2024 (North)

Support and Supervision

All early years workforce

29/02/2024 (North)

Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language


All early years workforce


01/05/2024 (Online)


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