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Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to deliver short bursts of learning, keeping you up to speed with all the latest legislation and good practice, while also adding to your CV and furthering your career.

Online CPD

Our short courses are all completed online, in your own time. Learning can happen wherever you have access to the internet, so it can fit around your busy schedule and there's no need to attend a college or training centre after work.

Whether you're looking for a new job, or you're hoping to progress in your current workplace, our short courses will help you get to where you want to be.

There are so many reasons to keep improving your knowledge and skills.

Career Progression

Nothing shows your commitment to career progression like a continuous record of training and personal development. The ultimate effect is that you deliver better care for the children in your setting.

Our courses cover a wide range of topics and are all written specifically for childcare professionals. Whether you are new to childcare or have been running a setting for years, there will be something here that will interest you.

Assessment

Assessment is by multiple-choice quiz at the end of the course. If you don't pass first time you can go back over the course and then try the test again, at no extra charge. On passing you can download and print a Laser certificate or pay a little extra and order a CACHE certificate for those courses that are endorsed by CACHE, denoted by an asterisk * against them.

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Please note

These courses are evidence of your continuing professional development. They are not qualifications nor are they a licence to practise.

 

Community Playthings - Childcare Courses

Childcare

Business

Care

 


Level 2 Award in Food Safety - This course will give learners a good understanding of basic food hygiene practices. It covers food poisoning, bacteria, contamination, temperature control, preparing and presenting food, spoilage and prevention, delivery and storage, personal hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, food pests, premises and equipment & food safety control. Assessment is via a multiple choice question paper.

Standard Price: £30.00

Understanding the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (ELP) - This short course is suitable for new early years practitioners as well as those who are familiar with the original EYFS. The course provides a brief background to the EYFS before going on to look at the revised EYFS in more detail. Practitioners will be encouraged to explore the Statutory Framework and the accompanying guidance documentation through a combination of guided reading, video clips, practical activities and PowerPoint presentation. Recommendations for further study and reflection are also included. A work placement is not essential for completion of this course.

Standard Price: £30.00

An introduction to Nannying (ELP) - Developed in association with the British Association of Professional Nannies (BAPN), this course introduces learners to the key aspects of working life as a nanny. Learners will explore the role and responsibilities of a professional nanny, the main elements of working with children, and the health and safety considerations involved when working in the family home. Intended as a general introduction to the profession, this course will give learners a real flavour of what’s involved in being a nanny. Assessment consists of four sets of ten multiple-choice questions. Learners do not need to be currently working with children to complete this course.

Standard Price: £30.00

Babysitting (ELP)Parenting (ELP) - This course, aimed at potential babysitters of any age, looks at the essentials of babysitting. It explains the responsibilities of both parent/carer and sitter. It looks at the importance of continuity of care, child safety and the setting of boundaries for both the children and the babysitter. It also offers an introduction to child development and care activities for young children.

Standard Price: £30.00

Parenting - This course, aimed at parents of any age and those considering becoming parents, looks at the essentials of parenting. It explains the responsibilities of the parent. It looks at the importance of good health and nutrition, and the dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs. It also offers an introduction to common childhood illnesses, child development and child safety.

Standard Price: £30.00

Level 3
Business

Health and safety in the workplace -This course, aimed at employees across a broad range of workplaces, looks at the importance of health and safety. It explains the responsibilities of both employer and employee. It offers an explanation of the roles of risk assessments, first aid at work, harmful substance and fire safety in keeping a workplace healthy and safe. It will also introduce the learner to the legislation for health and safety and the work of the Health and Safety Executive.

Standard Price: £30.00

Digital marketing -This short course looks at how digital marketing has changed marketing and the marketing mix. It introduces the learner to digital marketing, digital channels and the marketing mix.; Learning outcomes: Learners will be shown how marketing products and services have changed dramatically over the last sixty years.; Learner will be introduced to the mix of different channels and processes now used, and how digital channels support print advertising.; Advantages of this course: ; This course offers information to those with who want to know more about modern marketing.; With people getting used to 24 hour a day access to information, knowing how to get products and services to the attention of the correct target audience is becoming increasingly important.; Website and video resources are utilised to explain the information further.; Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning.; There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Standard Price: £30.00

E-Safety -This lesson is aimed at anyone dealing with children andyoung people accessing the internet, and aims to raise awareness of the risks,as well as the benefits, of technology. This lesson explores the terminology used when discussing e-safety, and offers practical advice for keeping children and young people safe online.

Standard Price: £30.00

Communication Skills -Communication skills : This short course, aimed at employees across a broad range of workplaces, looks at the factors affecting how information is communicated within an organisation, the benefits of effective communication, barriers to communication, and the importance of ensuring everyone feels like they have been given clear direction and their views are being listened to and valued.

Standard Price: £30.00

Produce minutes -This short course, aimed at professionals with a responsibility for minute taking, considers the primary objectives of minutes, different types of minutes, and the importance of accurate minute taking in a business environment.

Standard Price: £30.00

An introduction to conflict management -An introduction to conflict management: This short course is aimed at individuals in a position of responsibility who will need to identify, manage, and resolve conflict in teams as a part of their role. The course explores several methods of conflict management, and gives guidance on how to approach potential conflict issues.

Standard Price: £30.00

Appraisal skills -This short course is aimed at individuals in a position of responsibility who are responsible for performance appraisals. This course looks at a key part of performance management: appraisal skills. The course looks at different appraisal methods and the benefits to staff and an organisation of effective appraisals, it also gives guidance on conducting a performance appraisal.

Standard Price: £30.00

Reception - This short course is aimed at individuals who have a responsibility for reception duties. This course outlines the importance of a receptionist to an organisation, looks at the tasks a receptionist may be asked to complete, and gives guidance on how to perform those tasks effectively.

Standard Price: £30.00

Time management - Time management: This short course offers guidance on how to make the most of your time at work, and outlines the personal benefits of good time management.

Standard Price: £30.00

An Introduction to Team Leading - This short course, aimed at team leaders, will consider the role, responsibility, and skills required of an effective team leader. Learners will gain an understanding of team development and consider how their values and beliefs could affect their actions. Finally, learners will gain an insight into how to quality assure the performance of a team.

Standard Price: £30.00

Supporting Remote Teams -This short course, aimed at professionals who support remote teams / individuals, considers the benefits and challenges posed by members of staff working virtually or remotely. This course outlines the importance of effective communication and the role planning and technology can play in this, and how an understanding of cultural differences and the working practices of different countries is vital in order to effectively support team members. Furthermore, upon completion of the course you will gain an understanding of how to set and manage health, safety, and welfare policies and procedures for remote staff.

Standard Price: £30.00

Equality and Diversity -Equality, diversity and inclusion are not just words. They are also ways of thinking and acting that welcome and celebrate difference. These principles should underpin all aspects of every organisation and every work role. This short course looks at the key terms of equality, diversity, inclusion and discrimination, and how they affect everybody. It looks at equality legislation, explains ‘protected characteristics’ and the impact of workplace discrimination.

Standard Price: £30.00

Level 4

Events Management -This short course looks at reasons for holding events and the stages of event planning. It looks at legislation, insurance, project management; it explains each stage that needs to be considered when organising an event. Learning outcomes: In this lesson you will learn why organisations hold events; You will learn about the different types of internal and external events; You will learn about the planning involved in managing an event. Advantages of this course: This course will offer useful information for those who are looking to start organising events; Written by an experienced event manager, the course offers a guide to writing an event plan with all the different areas that need to be considered from venue to budget, from food and drink to insurance and security. Books and websites are utilised to explain some further information on health and safety, legislation and project management; Videos look at evaluation and feedback after the event – things that are often overlooked; Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning; There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Standard Price: £30.00

Managing Health and Safety in the Workplace - This short course looks at health and safety from the view point of the manager or employer in an organisation. Ultimately it is the employer who has overall responsibility for the health and safety of themselves, their workforce and any visitors to their organisation. It introduces, and provides links to, the different pieces of legislation that impact on a workplace. Learning outcomes: In this course you will learn that the employer has overall responsibility for health and safety in the workplace; You will learn about the legal requirements of health and safety; The course introduces information about risk assessments, insurance, and health and safety policies. Advantages of this course: This course is aimed at those in a managerial role in an organisation, or the person who employees a workforce, or a person who is self-employed; It looks at how to put in place or oversee health and safety policies and procedures, legislation for first aid at work, and how to report accidents at work, for example, and provides links to official websites; Video resources look at some of the statistics for health and safety in the UK and about writing a risk assessment; Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning; There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Standard Price: £30.00

Advanced Conflict Management -  This short course is aimed at individuals in a position of responsibility who will need to identify, manage, and resolve conflict in teams as a part of their role. The course takes an in-depth look at managing conflict at work, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Standard Price: £30.00

A green, sustainable workplace: This short course, aimed at employees across a broad range of workplaces, provides the learner with practical advice on how to go beyond compliance with environmental law and reduce the negative impact of work activities on the environment. The course outlines the benefits to the organisation of environmentally-friendly work practices, and looks at how to engage staff in green issues.

Standard Price: £30.00

This short course is aimed at a health and social care professional who offers support and care for people with dementia. It would also be of benefit to any person trying to gain a better understanding of the ‘dementia journey’. This course will help you learn how to recognise and understand what dementia means, to see the person and not the illness, and to find ways to help people live well.

Standard Price: £30.00

Community Playthings - Childcare Courses

A Good Place to be Two - Being two isn’t easy; at times you feel big and strong, and other times you feel small and vulnerable. Working with two-year-olds isn’t easy either; one minute they are endearing and trustful, the next they are throwing their weight about. This short course looks at how to set up the physical environment to support children in this unique and seemingly contradictory stage.

Standard Price: £30.00

I Made a Unicorn - Play, for children, is not just recreation – it’s their approach to life! Every action is undertaken with the whole being: mind, body, and spirit. Play is basic to children’s well-being; it’s their way to discover the world around them and to express how they feel and, sometimes, to cope with difficulty. Because of all this, children’s play must be respected. This course looks at how children play, and how adults can interact with and support them.

Standard Price: £30.00

What Happens in the Baby Room - Baby room practitioners have a uniquely significant role, because they influence sensitive human beings during the most formative period of life. This is a tremendous responsibility and privilege. This course looks at some of the special traits and complex skills a baby room practitioner needs to develop.

Standard Price: £30.00

The Irresistible Classroom - In every classroom, the child does the learning, the teacher facilitates that learning, and the environment must support them both. This course looks at how Reception and Key Stage 1 classrooms can inspire education.

Standard Price: £30.00

Lighting the Fire - The current emphasis on test scores and league tables induces many schools to rely on formal teaching methods. But is this how children really learn? In order to learn education must come alive! If interest is kindled, children take initiative and make the knowledge their own. In the rest of this course, we'll look at key ways in which you can help that to be the case for the children you work with.

Standard Price: £30.00

Childcare

Observing Children -Learners will explore the observation cycle and the types of observations they might choose to carry out on a child. They will, by the end of the lesson, be able to define what makes an effective observation and how it might be used to decide on a child's next developmental milestone. The lesson will also cover rules relating to observation and confidentiality. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

An Enabling Learning Environment  -Learners will gain an understanding of the areas of learning that they should find in any good play environment. They will explore how these areas promote learning and development and the part that they as practitioners may play in this. They will learn how to create a room to learn for themselves using a planned approach and learn how to adapt their plans according to children's needs, wishes and desires. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Partnership with Parents 
-In this lesson learners will explore the importance of the partnership they create with parents. They will learn how to make the partnership work effectively and how to deal with conflict when it arises. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Managing Behaviour  - Learners will explore definitions of good behaviour and gain an understanding of how broad a spectrum this definition might be and how it is dependent upon the age of the child, cultural situation and tolerance levels of staff. They will look at reasons for poor behaviour and explore strategies for improving behaviour. They will evaluate the benefits of working with outside agencies and identify which agencies may be most appropriate. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings. A work placement is not essential for completion of this course.

Standard Price: £30.00

Child Development  - In this lesson learners will gain an understanding of the concept of child development and how important it is to the work that we carry out with children. They will look at child development theories and learn how to apply them to situations within their setting. They will look at aspects of development including brain development and from this understanding will then consider how best to prepare activities for children and guide their learning. A work placement is not required to complete this course and the learning is appropriate for childcare practitioners from a range of settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Fulfilling the Role of the Key Person   - In this course learners will be taught about the role of the key person and the relationship the key person needs to build with the child's parents. They will learn how to promote a child's personal, social and emotional development and gain a better understanding of what this means in day-to-day practice. They will look at factors that affect a child's ability to develop loving, secure relationships and look at children's key emotional needs. They will also explore how children develop friendships. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Self Evaluation
  -Learners will look at the self evaluation model and explore how to evaluate objectively. They will learn how to set targets for their personal development and how to source learning opportunities. They will look at implementing change effectively and how to review their progress. This course also touches on the Ofsted Self Evaluation Form. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Inclusion 
- In this lesson learners will explore the meaning of inclusion and gain a better understanding of its scope. They will look at the barriers to inclusion and explore resources for inclusion. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Cultural Awareness  - In this lesson learners will explore the meaning of cultural awareness and gain a better understanding of why it is important within the workplace setting. They will explore how they can promote inclusive practice and how they can plan for diversity and inclusion. They will also explore the challenges to inclusion and how these might be overcome. This course is generally intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

KEEP, The Key Elements of Effective Practice  - Learners will explore how this document was written and the research that underpins it. They will identify and define the main points of the document and how it relates to the EYFS Statutory Framework. Learners will then look at how the KEEP document might relate to their practice and how practitioners might use it to reflect on the practice in their setting. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Introduction to Safeguarding  - In this course learners will be given a general introduction to the concept of safeguarding and its importance in a childcare setting. The course will focus on:when to be concerned, i.e. what is abuse, how to spot possible signs of abuse, understanding setting policy for reporting concerns i.e. settings own policy and procedures and link to local safeguarding procedures, basic knowledge of the document ‘What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused’, i.e. what it is and what it contains, whistle-blowing, i.e. importance of raising concerns about poor practice within own setting. The course provides an ideal background for learners going on to study the QCF unit as part of the Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce, or is useful as stand-alone training. The course is intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Recognising and Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)  -Children with special educational needs (SEN) have the right to be educated alongside others and the right not to be at a disadvantage because of their needs when accessing services. With the right support and well-planned provision, children with SEN can thrive and achieve their full potential. In this short course you will explore the topic of special educational needs within a childcare setting. You will learn about Down’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s Syndrome as examples of common learning disabilities creating special educational needs, as well as the key legislation governing practice in this area. We will look at the role of the setting SENCO and how you too can understand, support and provide for individual children with SEN in your care. This course is intended for practitioners working in a range of childcare settings.

Standard Price: £30.00

Nutrition in the Early Years  - This course, aimed at childcare practitioners and others involved in the nutrition of children, looks at importance of giving young children a good start in life through nutritious food to enable them to grow, develop and have a healthy life. Learners will be introduced to the components of a healthy diet, including protein, vitamins and minerals. The importance of giving a portion of food reflecting the size of the child and of being very careful with food allergies and intolerances is also explained. The course also looks at food phobias.

Standard Price: £30.00

Asperger Syndrome  - This course, aimed at anyone dealing with individuals with Asperger syndrome, looks at how having the syndrome will affect the individual. It introduces the learner to the areas that a person with Asperger syndrome might struggle with, and provides resources to help understand how they interact with and interpret the world around them.

Standard Price: £30.00

The Prevent Duty  - This short course aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of ‘The Prevent Duty’, and is suitable for those working in schools and childcare settings. Prevent is part of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy, preventing people from becoming involved in, or supporting, terrorism. This course explains what the Prevent duty means for practitioners, how to comply with the duty, and the advice and support available for protecting children and young people from the risks of radicalisation.

Standard Price: £30.00

ADHD  - This short course aims to increase understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and is suitable for those working with children and young people. This course explains the difference between ADHD and ADD and helps you to spot the signs and symptoms of ADHD, understand the causes, and provide children, young people, and their families with accurate information and guidance.

Standard Price: £30.00

Outdoor play  - This short course, aimed at those working with children and young people, explores play and learning opportunities that can be facilitated outdoors. This course outlines the benefits of outdoor play to a child’s life, provides ideas for activities, and explains how to encourage children to expand and develop their imaginative play outdoors. Additionally, you will learn how to review your current outdoor play provision, plan a new space, and help children to manage risk.

Standard Price: £30.00

Communication and the EYFS  - This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores one of the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Communication and language. This course outlines the importance of good communication skills to a child’s life, and how to build children’s confidence with language and show them that what they have to say is important and valued. It will consider the key role you play in this and how to role model effective communication. Additionally, you will learn how to reflect on how well you are communicating with children and others in your setting.

Standard Price: £30.00

Developing Self Esteem in Young Children  - This short course, aimed at those working in an early years setting, explores the answers to the following questions: What is self-esteem, why is it so crucial to children’s development, and how can you contribute? This course outlines the characteristics of a child with healthy self-esteem and compares this to characteristics of children with low or poor self-esteem. You will learn what you can do as a childcare practitioner to support the development of children’s healthy self-esteem.

Standard Price: £30.00

 

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