Supported by Waltham Forest

Past Events & Training

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:30

The course will:
Provide practitioners with the opportunity to evaluate progress of groups of children, compile a progress summary and write an action plan to improve outcomes.
Explore practical ways in which additional funding could be used to improve outcomes.
Support practitioners to develop a case study that shows how data and additional funding was used to improve outcomes.
Develop practitioners’ understanding of “school readiness” and explore practical examples of how this can be promoted through an enabling environment.

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:30 - 16:00
  • Understanding the key areas of responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
  • Ability to evidence compliance with OfSTED requirements to ensure all children are safe
  • Ensuring that all Childminders are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
  • Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention. Staff must be able to identify these at the earliest opportunity and to respond in a timely and appropriate way.
  • Awareness of the process for reporting concerns to Children’s Social Care
  • Understanding the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
  • Learning from serious case reviews to ensure best practice
  • Awareness of best safeguarding practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, whistle blowing, professional boundaries, allegations against professionals and managing disclosures of abuse from children in order to promote the best outcomes for children

Please note - this training meets the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 guidance, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework guidance and the LA's model Safeguarding Policy and Providers must have regard to the Government's statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:30

The training will:
• Enable practitioners to explore theories of autism and consider the implications for practice.
• Provide practical strategies to support practitioners as they develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of effective autism practice.
• Enable practitioners to reflect on their practice and share their enhanced knowledge more widely across their organisation.

This session is suitable for practitioners working with school-age pupils on the autism spectrum in mainstream services. Practitioners in specialist settings who work with pupils with complex needs should undertake the one day complex needs module instead (Friday 10th February 2017).

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:00 - 21:00

Waltham Forest Virtual school will review with participants, relevant legislation, research and guidance in order to support governing bodies to develop best practice and sound policies. Practical strategies for problem solving will be shared.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Gemma White, Early Help, will be in attendance at this session. Find out more about Early Help - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/schools/safeguarding/early-help

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00 - 20:00

This webinar is aimed at self-employed Childminders.

A basic guide to key Tax & NI issues affecting childminders. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:15 - 17:15

Review and refinement of action planning, research and development methodologies, evidence gathering and assessment of impact.
NQTs will partake in structured peer coaching to determine next steps and further target setting.

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00 - 17:00

If you are unsure of the quality of the content of your plan, please come to one of our complimentary workshops and evaluate its effectiveness. The workshops will be held at the Town Hall (Laurel House) on the following dates (16:00 to 17:00):

Monday 6th February
Wednesday 8th February
Tuesday 7th March
Wednesday 8th March
Tuesday 14th March

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:45 - 11:15

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:00 - 15:30

Anna Ephgrave is passionate about the need for children to feel confident and independent in their learning and development. The outdoor learning environment and risk taking play a large part in the experience she suggests children need to complete their learning experience. The focus of this keynote session is exploring adult/child interactions and open-ended questioning which are crucial to the idea of ‘teachable moments’ that occur throughout the day and support children’s progress.

Prospects Services have completed their Universal Health Checks in schools and we learn about the outcomes from this work which offered a unique overview of teaching and learning in the borough. The training schedule detailed on the Hub is a direct response of the UTLHC commission.

Workshops (35 minutes each – everyone will visit each workshop)
The LBWF Early Years team commissioned Speech and Language therapists from NELFT to offer the exciting universal ‘All Talk’ project in schools. We will hear from colleagues about this work and tips on supporting children with early communication skills.

Literacy Champions – we hear from colleagues about how to ensure a broad approach to language and literacy in the early years, supporting families to engage with literacy from the start of their child’s education. This session links with the ‘Literacy Project’ running in the borough which focuses on Year 1 and Year 2.

Self-regulation for young children means that they are able to manage their own emotions and empathise with others around them. The development of self-regulation and executive function is consistently linked with successful learning, including pre-reading skills, early mathematics and problem solving.

A hot lunch prepared and served by WFC students and refreshments are included on the day.

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:30 - 13:00

• Understanding the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and key areas of responsibility
• Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning their organisation’s policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
• Ability to evidence compliance with OfSTED requirements to ensure all children are safe
• Ensuring that all staff in education settings are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
• Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention
• Understanding the barriers that stop staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these
• Understanding of the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
• For the Designated Safeguarding Lead to be actively involved in collaborative decision-making and the process for managing disagreement and or challenge
• Identify training required for staff within their setting to ensure best practice
• Learning from serious case reviews
• Awareness of best practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, transferring records to receiving settings, whistle blowing, professional boundaries and managing disclosures of abuse from children to promote best outcomes
• Strategies to ensure that there are systems in place to monitor and evaluate outcomes for children who are in need or suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm

Please note – Managers & Deputies should not attend together.

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:30

Aims and Objectives
During this session participants will have opportunities to:
• consider how to maximise the opportunities for mathematical learning throughout the environment, both indoors and outdoors
• explore the role of the adult in planning and extending opportunities through adult led and child initiated experiences
• examine how everyday routines and the organisation can support mathematical learning
• explore a range of practical ideas and resources to support, motivate and engage children (and practitioners!)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:15

The Educational Psychology Service is repeating successful training for Early Years Practitioners in PVIs and schools and this is an introductory session into first identifying and then addressing SEN needs

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:00 - 16:00

The course will:

Provide Practitioners with the opportunity to use the grade descriptors from the Early Years Inspection Handbook and practical examples to support self evaluation of:

  • Effective leadership and management – safeguarding, roles and responsibilities, monitoring the quality of provision and positive outcomes for children.
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – teaching and learning, joint observation, assessing children’s learning, involving parents in their child’s learning.
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare – role of the key person, British Values, self care, health and independence, transitions.
  • Outcomes for children – individual children’s progress, progress of groups of children.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:30

This is a 2-part interactive course which will allow practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in ways to promote early language development with 2 year olds. Practitioners will receive practical ideas to take back to their setting.

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:00 - 18:00

Networking forum for school DSLs to keep up to date on the latest safeguarding issues
Receive safeguarding updates and briefings
Network with other DSLs
Reflect on and share best practice
Meet the safeguarding partnership
Receive support and development for DSLs

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:00 - 12:00

The course is designed to:
• Enable governors to identify and understand the three core strategic functions of governing bodies;
• Enable governors to have a clear understanding of their individual and collective roles and responsibilities;
• Review what an effective governing body is and your role in achieving this effectiveness;
• Provide clarity of the strategic role of governors;
• Identify appropriate methods of holding school leaders to account for the school’s performance;
• Facilitate group discussion of ways in which governing bodies are accountable;
• Highlight the importance of attendance at governor training, governing body meetings and link visits to the school;
• To engender confidence in participants so that they are able to fulfil their role as governor effectively.

Please bring copies of your school self-evaluation statement/ school development plan and if possible a recent Headteacher’s report for reference.

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

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