'Open' Training Courses: dates and locations available

Our childcare open training courses take place on set dates and locations across England, Scotland and Wales.


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Call: 01484 40 70 70
Email: 
training@ndna.org.uk

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Health and Safety and Risk
Assessments

Teddy bear with bandage Explore team roles and responsibilities and the legal requirements for health and safety risk assessments.

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Peer Observations

Two nursery practitioners with folder Methods to support practitioners with observing peers and ongoing observations to support supervisions, appraisals and development.

Inductions, Supervisions and Appraisals

Nursery practitioner with child This course covers how to conduct inductions, supervisions, appraisals and address poor performance. 

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Preparing for Inspection
Man with clipboard

Discover everything you need to get the best Ofsted inspection outcome at your childcare setting with this full day course. 

Leadership and Management
Courses

Two nursery practitioners Discover how to become a confident nursery leader or manager, with NDNA's popular leadership and management courses.

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Observation, Planning and
Assessment

Nursery practitioner with child Discover the effective observation, planning and assessment skills required to meet each child's needs.

Brave
Boys


This course will help you to understand how to raise attainment levels for boys, helping them to become confident, capable and creative as a manager or practitioner.

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Cohort Tracking: Making Sense of it All

Boy on laptop Learn how to collect, analyse and apply data on boys, children with SEND and children from disadvantaged backgrounds with this course.

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Literacy Superheroes

Flying superhero boy This training course will support practitioners to provide inspiring and exciting literacy experiences, helping children to feel as confident as superheroes in reading and writing.

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Play and Creativity for Under 2s

Baby at nursery Discover creative activity and play ideas for under-2s to provide the best learning opportunities to babies and toddlers. 

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Quality Teaching in the Early Years
Nursery practitioner with children

Early Years Practitioners are teachers. You teach children every day. This full day course will help you raise the quality of your teaching and demonstrate its impact at Ofsted inspections.

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Social Media Marketing for Day Nurseries

Social Progress logoThis workshop is the perfect introduction to Social Media for Day Nurseries & the Childcare sector.

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Brilliant Babies – Working with 0-2 Year Olds

This NDNA childcare course will show practitioners how they help babies make sense of the world around them.

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Courageous Conversations
Mother handing baby to childcare practitioner

This course will support practitioners in developing the confidence and ability to have difficult conversations with parents and professionals.

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Outdoor and Risky Play

Nursery child on playground

Develop your knowledge and understanding of outdoor play and discover how to support children to take calculated risks in a safe environment at nursery.

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Play and Creativity in Early Years

Little girl at nursery This in-house training course will help you understand the theories behind play and why it's important for children's development.

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Risky Play

Nursery children playing on a slide A new course from NDNA, helping practitioners to reflect on their own practice in terms of risk experiences and what they offer to children. 

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Supporting Children Through Traumatic Situations

Sad looking girl at nurseryOffer the best support to children going through difficult times with NDNA's supporting children through traumatic situations training course. 

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Characteristics of Effective Learning

Understand the three key Characteristics of Effective Learning: engagement, motivation and thinking, and how they positively impact your setting.

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Developing Outstanding Practice

Nursery practitioner playing in sand box with children Explore the elements of outstanding practice and how you can improve the quality of your practice with this course.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Little girl dancing at nursery Learn how to support the personal, social and emotional development in each unique child.

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Promoting Emotional Well-being and Thinking

Practitioner holding baby Develop high quality interactions to support quality improvement in our Promoting Emotional Well-being and Thinking course.

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SEND Awareness - a Graduated Approach

Little boy smiling at nursery Help all staff become confident in identifying and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with this full day course.

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What It’s Like to be Two

Two year old at nursery   A full day training course for practitioners responsible for the care, education and development of two year olds.

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Child Development and the Role of the Adult

A full day course for early years practitioners to develop an understanding of child development. 

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Early Intervention

A brand new course from NDNA to help childcare practitioners support disadvantaged families.




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Phonics

Letters of the alphabet  This full day phonics course with equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to support children's phonics development at your setting. 

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Promoting Positive Behaviour

Baby at nursery This course for early years practitioners will enable you to promote positive behaviour through strategies and positive role models.

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Self-Regulation - Supporting Well-being

Little boy playing with his ear An introductory course looking at self-regulation, how it is linked to behaviour and emotional development and how it can be supported in your setting.

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Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs

Hands holding drawing of children Gain the skills to be a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), this course also provides resources to deliver safeguarding training to your team too.

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Advanced Safeguarding Refresher

Nursery practitioner holding baby Refresher exploring responsibilities in child protection; possible indicators, suspicions or disclosure and the referral process.

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Basic Child Protection and Safeguarding

Nursery practitioner holding a baby  This course is suitable for all early years practitioners working with young children.

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Safeguarding - Annual Briefing

Adult holding child's hands This course for owners, managers and designated safeguarding leads will provide updates on changes to safeguarding in the early years sector. 

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Advanced Child Protection

 

Advanced Child Protection This course has been created for senior early years professionals in Scotland and explains the key responsibilities to ensure our children and young people are protected from harm and abuse.

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Child Protection - Annual Briefing

Adult holding child's hands This course for owners, managers and designated safeguarding leads will provide updates on changes to safeguarding in the early years sector. 

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Outdoor andRisky Play

Develop your knowledge and understanding of outdoor play and discover how to support children to take calculated risks in a safe environment at nursery.

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Self-Regulation

Self-regulation should now be considered a more important indicator of educational performance than IQ’*.

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Getting Children Fit for 1140 Hours: the importance of physical activity in and outdoors
Children running

Learn how physical activity fits into the Scottish Government’s ‘Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Blueprint’.

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Leadership and Management 

Discover how to become a confident nursery leader or manager, with NDNA's popular leadership and management courses in Scotland.

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Play and Creativity for Under 2s 

Baby at nursery Discover creative activity and play ideas for under-2s to provide the best learning opportunities to babies and toddlers at your Scotland setting. 

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Brilliant Babies

 

Every interaction counts – provide the highest quality care to babies and toddlers in your Scotland setting.





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Making Maths Matter

 

Be confident in supporting children’s mathematical development.


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Promoting Positive Behaviour 

This course for early years practitioners in Scotland will enable you to promote positive behaviour through strategies and positive role models. 


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Characteristics of Effective Learning 

 

Understand the three key Characteristics of Effective Learning: engagement, motivation and thinking, and how they positively impact your setting.


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Observation, Planning and Assessment 

Recap curricular guidance and its influence on how you observe and assess development, and gain best practice pointers.

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Risky Play

A new course from NDNA, helping practitioners to reflect on their own practice in terms of risk experiences and what they offer to children.

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