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: Supporting Quality InteractionsWho 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.

Cancellations are undertaken through your Eventbrite account. To avoid a £50 late cancellation fee, cancellations must be made over 5 working days prior to the start of the event.

Please read the application process guidelines before submitting your application.

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


Childminder Forum



Creating an autism friendly setting

All early years workforce

30/11/2022 (Online) 07/06/2023 (Online)

DSL network (previously Safer Settings)

All early years workforce

21/02/23 (South) 22/02/23 (North) 23/02/23 (Online) 1/03/23 (Online)

13/06/23 (South) 14/06/23 (North) 15/06/23 (Online) 

Note that these online courses are in evenings

Early Identification and Intervention

All early years workforce

8/02/2023 (North) 6/06/2023 (Online)

Extending the Knowledge of the Early Years SENDCo

All early years workforce

10/01/2023 (South) 9/05/23 (Online)

Introduction to Safeguarding

All early years workforce

31/01/2023 (South) 17/05/2023 (North)

Makaton Communication

All early years workforce

18/05/2023 (South) 

Managing Physically Challenging Behaviour

All early years workforce

23/03/2023 (South)

Mathematics in the Early Years

All early years workforce

8/12/2022 (Online) 25/04/2023 (Online)

New to EYFS

All early years workforce

6/06/2023 (Online)

New to the Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead

All early years workforce

26/01/2023 (Online) 27/04/2023 (Online)

Paediatric First Aid Training

All early years workforce

30 November and 1 December 2022 (South)

3 and 10 February 2023 (North)

22 and 29 June 2023 (South)

Phonics in Early Years

All early years workforce

24 January 2023 (South)

Preparing for your Ofsted Inspection

All early years workforce

6/12/2022 (South) 7/3/2023 (Online)

Provider Network Briefings

All early years workforce

23/05/2023 (South) 24/05/2023 (North) 25/05/2023 (Online)

Recognising and Supporting Children with Emerging SLCN

All early years workforce

28/02/2023 and 14/03/2023  (South)

11/05/2023 and 25/05/2023 (North)

(both 2-day courses)

Role of the SENDco

Practitioners new to the role of SENDCo (PVI)

23/02/2023(Online)  21/06/2023 (Online)

Role of the SEND keyperson practitioner

Qualified Practitioners working directly with children with SEND

9/03/2023 (Online)

Safeguarding Refresher

Early Years settings who have completed Introduction to Safeguarding.

22/03/2023 (South) 4/07/2023 (Central)

Sensitive Conversations

All early years workforce

11/01/2023 (North) 2/05/2023 (South)

Sensory Processing needs and Learning Environments

All early years workforce

17/03/2023 (South) 23/06/2023 (South)

Support and Supervision

All early years workforce

1/03/2023 (Central)

Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language

All early years workforce

4/05/2023 (Online)

Supporting Quality Interactions

All early years workforce

4/2/2023 and 18/2/2023 

Two Part course, Saturdays, Kirkby


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