'Open' Training Courses: dates and locations available

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

Book online below, request a quote here or contact our training team on 01484 40 70 70. View upcoming courses by region here

30 Hours Workshop
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Explore the challenges created by the increase to 30 hours early education entitlement and reflect on possible solutions.

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Peer observations

Develop methods to support practitioners with observing their peers and ongoing observations to support supervisions, appraisals and development.

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Health and Safety and Risk Assessments for All Staff

Gain an in-depth look at each team member’s role and responsibilities; raising awareness of the legal requirements for health and safety risk assessments.

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Preparing for Inspection
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This course will help all practitioners to prepare for and build an understanding of the inspection processes.

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Leadership and Management courses

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 

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

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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

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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Promoting Positive Behaviour

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

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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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Developing Outstanding Practice

Explore the elements of outstanding practice and how you can improve the quality of your practice with this course.

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Quality Teaching in the Early Years
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This full day course will enable early years practitioners to raise the quality of their teaching and support children to make the best possible progress across the EYFS 

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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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Outdoor and Risky 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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SEND Awareness - a graduated approach

SEND Awareness childcare course 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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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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Phonics

 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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SSTEW

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Develop high quality interactions using the SSTEW Scales to support quality improvement in our Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing course. 

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Advanced Safeguarding for DSLs

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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Safeguarding - Annual
Briefing

Adult holding child's handsThis 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 and explains the key responsibilities to ensure our children and young people are protected from harm and abuse.

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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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Child Protection Awareness

This training session will give nursery practitioners the essential knowledge they need in child protection to keep children from harm. 
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Pre birth to three

This course created for all early years’ professionals, focuses on how valuable the formative years are for our younger children. 

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Getting it right for every child

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Understand when GIRFEC would be used within our settings and current national guidance.

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Setting the Table

This course highlights the new documentation for healthy eating in the early years. Learn how to embed healthy eating habits and plan menus.

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Higher Order Thinking Skills

Girl playing with blocksUnderstand Higher Order Thinking Skills and use the skills you have gained to develop your questioning of children.

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