Apr 28, 2021

Staff Training Update: April 2021

The Salt Box Music Company staff at nursery

Welcome to our training update.

The Old Station Nursery Group is committed to the continuous professional development of our teams. We encourage regular training and the building of knowledge and skills internally, through mentoring, coaching and access to a range of training resources. We also provide opportunities for training with leading experts externally. This term, our teams from across the group have attended the following training courses:

How to Explore Race with Children in the Early Years Setting

In April, we were lucky enough to secure a few spaces for this is an exceptionally popular training course, ran by Liz Pemberton from The Black Nursery Manager. The course included: exploring ethnicity, race, culture, and racism; the 4E’s of Anti-racist practice – Embrace, Embed, Ensure and Extend; having meaningful conversations with children about race and why this matters; and making sure our resources are inclusive, supportive and meaningful.

Anti-Racism practice is going to be a key focus for training over the next year and the team will have the opportunity to access a range of webinars and training courses, including Exploring Race with Children, Inclusion in Role Play for Under 5’s and Black Boy Joy.

Child Protection Awareness and Designated Safeguarding Leads

As part of our core training programme, all staff receive regular Child Protection Awareness training and our nominated Safeguarding Leads for each nursery receive Designated Safeguarding Lead training. This term, we have introduced a new training provider (EPC Limited) to compliment training provided by local authorities and to ensure we have many training opportunities and high levels of knowledge and skill when it comes to keeping children safe.

Special Educational Needs and Disability and Behaviour Management Training

This term, we have also been focusing on refreshing our training in both of these specialised areas. Teams from across the group have attended a range of courses from SENDTAC including, Improving Autism Practice, Early Identification of SEND and Understanding Behaviour. We have also have a number of team members sign up for the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Level 3.

We hope that this has been a helpful insight into training and we look forward to updating you again on training soon.

Emma Pittam, Head of Quality and Training

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