Early Years Courses

Our Early Years courses are usually delivered by Becky Watanabe (Early Years Trainer & Consultant) or Laura Andrews (Senior Early Years Manager), both of whom have been instrumental in achieving 'Outstanding' across all areas in settings they have managed.

With courses that help delegates with creating enabling environment and invitations to play, to courses that help delegates understand how children learn, we are confident that you will be able to find something that meets your needs in the Early Years. Almost all courses utilise a practical, hands-on approach to training, and usually take place in a training room full with inspirational ideas to take back to your setting. 

On occasions, Acorn Training welcomes experts in the field to deliver engaging and inspiring courses, such as our Planning in the Moment course delivered by Anna Ephgrave. 

To see a list of our Early Years courses, please click here


First Aid Courses

Acorn Training works with expert and experienced first aid trainers to deliver its series of Paediatric First Aid and Activity First Aid training courses, all of which meet the requirements set out by Ofsted and the Forest School Association.

To see a list of our First Aid courses, please click here.

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Forest School Qualifications

Acorn's Forest School Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications are accredited by Laser Learning Awards, and meet the requirements set out by the Forest School Association. With exceptional feedback and a qualification pass rate of 100%, we are confident in our ability to provide an enjoyable, supportive, and high-quality forest school training experience. 

For more information on each of our Forest School Qualifications, please click here.  


Forest School and Outdoor Learning Short Courses

Our forest school and outdoor learning short courses are delivered by our experienced forest school leaders, who have a passion for learning through the natural environment. With over 20 short courses and workshops available, we are confident you will be able to find training that suits your needs, whether you are an experienced forest school leader or a professional wanting to develop your understanding of forest school and/or outdoor learning. 

To see a list of our Forest School and Outdoor Learning courses, please click here


Safeguarding Courses

Acorn Training works in collaboration with Tammie Redman, an expert and experienced safeguarding trainer and consultant, to deliver the most comprehensive safeguarding training programme in our region.

Our safeguarding training programme is suitable for childminders, early years settings, schools, and many other organisations that work with children. 

The training programme considers the individual safeguarding policies and procedures of a variety of different local authorities, including Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, among others. 

To see a list of the Safeguarding courses that we offer, please click here.


SEND Courses

Acorn Training works in collaboration with Sue Swann, an expert and experienced SEN consultant to deliver a wide range of specialised SEN courses, in addition to our popular ttwo-day SEN Lead Practitioner (SENCo) course.

We also with Claire Findlay & Davinder Phull to provide other engaging training courses relating to some of the additional learning needs of children. 

All our courses are suitable for Early Years settings, schools, and other people/organisations working with children from the early years to primary years.  

To see a list of the SEND and ALN courses at Acorn, please click here.