August 2023 staff training days! As part of our commitment to the development of our staff, we hold four training days every year, covering a variety of sessions that develop skills, knowledge confidence and provides up-to-date changes within the Early Years sector. This year, we held a training day on Wednesday 2nd August for our Northamptonshire & Bedfordshire nurseries and another on Thursday 3rd August for our nurseries in Milton Keynes. Thank you so much to all our trainers who provided very thought-provoking, inspiring and engaging sessions for our staff! Across these two days we welcomed… Kym Scott, who delivered a reflective course on why interactions matter and what quality interactions look like Vanessa Dooley, who delivered a course on how to add impactful practices into daily routines, leading to outstanding results Tigerlily Training, who delivered paediatric first aid training with EFAW Ellie Collar, who delivered a course on a basic introduction to safeguarding and child protection, as well as a full day course dedicated to the Code of Practice Alan from Famly, delivering a session to our administrative staff We also held sessions delivered by our internal trainers. Here are some of them: Becky Watanabe (our Early Years Manager & Trainer) who delivered a course focused on the knowledge and skills needed to help provide an enabling environment that promotes positive behaviour and helps to support children to calm big emotions, as well as a course focused on understanding what British values are as detailed by Ofsted and how to promote and value equality and diversity Laura Tingey (our Head of Early Years & Compliance) who delivered a course on the characteristics of effective leadership, exploring what it takes to be an effective leader in an early years setting, compliance and ratio building, the art of delegation and how to nurture and support members of the team, who need it the most! As well as a course on how multi-agencies work together to safeguard children and developing an understanding of the referral procedures Kim Langstaff (our Early Years Manager), who delivered a course focusing on implementing effective observation and assessment cycle to support children, particularly exploring intent, implementation and impact of activities and experiences that help children to reach their full potential! Kim also delivered a course on compliance in the baby room Santa Svike (our Sustainability Lead), who delivered a session focused on exploring the deeper meaning of sustainability and why it matters within the early years, as well as providing a chance to exchange and put in practice ideas that work towards sustainability within the nursery context Elaine Linnie (our Health & Safety Manager), who delivered a course on identifying hazards and potential accidents before they occur, as well as instilling our practitioners with confidence in how to handle choking incidents, sleep checks, mealtimes and epi-pen use What fantastic two days of our summer training complete! To find out about the courses we offer, click here.