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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Courses for nursery / daycare / out of school providers


Book one of our early years courses, suitable for anyone working with young children in a school, nursery, or childcare environment.

 Training is delivered free of charge for PVI early years practitioners within the County Durham Local Authority, unless otherwise stated in the course outline. There is a charge for nursery schools and schools; please contact us for details.

Courses this Autumn 2020 term will be delivered online, with the majority of the live sessions being held through Microsoft Teams.  See Education Durham courses - terms and conditions for more information.

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form.

Flu and immunisation briefing

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS600).

Description: This session supports the national campaign to increase flu awareness and will provide practitioners with key information to share with families.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 14 September 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Nurturing learning through rich, everyday routines

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS604).

Description: We often rush through the day, giving importance to 'the next thing'...but what if we shifted our thinking, slowed the pace a little and valued our rhythms and routines more? This informal, hands-on session will unpick the raft of learning potential and explore a variety of resources and thinking that can be used to enhance rhythms and routines further. This will form part of your curriculum under the new Ofsted framework. A workbook will form part of the session.

Who's it for: All early years practitioners, including those newly qualified

Course date and time: 23 September 2020, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Brand new or returning to Early Years, working with 3-5 year olds

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU900).

Description: This programme will support staff who are new to early years or who need that important refresher. It will help them to understand the EYFS framework: teaching and learning, assessment and statutory requirements. Key areas that will be explored include effective pedagogy, role of the adult, the observation-planning-assessment cycle and the development of effective, challenging learning environments both indoors and out. The programme will be delivered through a series of live events, interactive online sessions with time for reflection, and question and answer opportunities.

Who's it for: All early years practitioners, including those newly qualified

Course date and time: 23 September 2020, 1 October 2020, 7 October 2020, 15 October 2020 - 3.30pm to 5.00pm all sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Teaching and learning through play - the extraordinary in the ordinary

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS603).

Description: The curriculum is designed to engage children in activities that promote depth in learning, supporting them in acquiring knowledge and skills and applying those skills in a variety of contexts. This session will enable participants to reflect on impact of practice to be confident within their offer.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 24 September 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


SENCo business meeting

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS626).

Description: Network meetings for SENCos to explore and share new legislation. An opportunity for SENCos to receive regional and national updates. 
Autumn 1 - Recovery and review
Autumn 2 - Working with the Educational Psychology Service

Who's it for: SENCos

Course date and time: 25 September 2020 and 27 November 2020 - 9.30am to 11.00am both sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Reflecting on transitions

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS605).

Description: Transitions mean change and for some children change can disrupt their ability to learn. As we continue to navigate our way through COVID19, this session will reflect on the transitions that occur throughout the day, how change can impact on the child's wellbeing and how to support the unique child.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 28 September 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm 

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Connecting with nature - the richness of outdoors

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS606).

Description: As we return to a new normal, many researchers recommend that children spend a greater part of their day outdoors. What are your plans for ensuring  this happens for the children in your settinng and how can we encourage children to foster a love of nature? These sessions explore how the simplest of experiences are rich in learning and focuses on how we can support children to freely play in a natural environment.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 29 September 2020 and 13 October 2020 - 2.00pm to 3.30pm both sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS607).

Description: This session will provide practitioners with the skills and knowledge to support individuals with health and wellbeing and provides information on where to signpost people for help. MECC is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to the physical and mental health and wellbeing. The session will explore: 

  • How to have a conversation 
  • The 4 A's of MECC (Ask, Assess, Advise, Act)
  • Key topics and sources of support (smoking, alcohol, financial awareness, healthy eating, drugs, mental health, physical activity and domestic abuse)
  • Self-care and looking after your own mental wellbeing 
  • Available support

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 30 September 2020, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Early years leaders briefing - Autumn 2020

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS625).

Description: An opportunity for leaders to receive key priorities both at a local and national level.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 1 October 2020, 9.30am to 11.30am

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Back on track, progressive steps in physical development for writing

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU902).

Description: As a consequence of lockdown, children may have missed out on acquiring some of  the necessary physical skills required for writing. This session will provide an overview of the physical skills children need to develop in order to become a writer. The session will enable delegates to understand early physical development for writing, identify gaps across their cohort and provide relevant experiences and activities to support handwriting skills

Who's it for: Early years and infant teachers/practitioners working with 3-5 year olds

Course date and time: 6 October 2020, 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Back on track, phonological awareness

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU901).

Description: As a consequence of lockdown, children have potentially missed out on acquiring some of the necessary phonological skills required to support phonic progression.  This session examines phonological awareness - the building blocks for phonics. Participants will be supported to understand developmental skills, identify gaps and provide appropriate provision to support all learners

Who's it for: Early years and infant teachers/practitioners working with 3-5 year olds

Course date and time: 6 October 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Second hand smoke

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS608).

Description: This session will focus on the impact of second hand smoke on the physical development of young children.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 7 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Supporting Children Looked After in early years settings

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS609).

Description: This session will support practitioners to develop their understanding of their duties and responsibilities to children looked after. The session will be a safe forum for practitioners to develop their understanding of the particular needs of children looked after and share good practice.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 7 October 2020, 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with... a focus on well being

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS610).

Description: This session gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.  This session will focus on the importance of supporting the well being of adults and children as we continue to navigate 'Covid times'.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 9 October 2020, 9.30am to 11.00am

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Back on track, developing understanding number concept

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU903).

Description: As a consequence of lockdown, children may have missed out on acquiring some of the necessary number skills that underpin learning and development in early maths.  This session examines the progressive steps in the development of number concept. Participants will be supported to understand developmental skills, identify gaps and provide appropriate provision to support all learners.

Who's it for: Early years and infant teachers/practitioners working with 3-5 year olds

Course date and time: 12 October 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


An introduction to using coaching to develop teams

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code -EYFS611).

Description: The session will outline the key principles of coaching and how this approach can be used to develop others in your team and who you work with.  It will consider the key skills of coaching and how to develop these skills in your practice - to allow others the space and time to review, reflect and develop their own solutions and ways forward.

Who's it for: Who's it for: Early years leaders and managers

Course date and time: 14 October 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Designated Safeguarding Leads network

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS612).

Description: New!  This session will bring Designated Safeguarding Leads up to date with all recent and relevant changes. The session will focus on Ofsted requirements for safeguarding and welfare, and offer opportunities to share important local and national perspectives.

Who's it for: Designated safeguarding leads

Course date and time: 14 October 2020, 9.30am to 11.00am

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Navigating the leadership journey in challenging times

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU904).

Description: This two part training plus 1-1 support meeting will provide leadership theories and strategies to equip you with the skills and techniques needed to lead teams through changing times - navigating the leadership journey while avoiding the potholes! It will explore tools and frameworks to help understand and refine your personal leadership style. It will support with strategies in facing  workplace challenges, such as having difficult conversations, leading teams through changing priorities and will support driving change and preparing for the future.

Who's it for: Leaders and managers in the PVI sector; head teachers and deputies of maintained nursery schools

Course date and time: 15 October 2020 and 3 December 2020 - 3.45pm to 5.15pm both sessions

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round Table - north Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS614)

Description: This session will offer practitioners an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and will provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners in north Durham

Course date and time: 19 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round Table - south Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS615)

Description: This session will offer practitioners an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and will provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners in south Durham

Course date and time: 20 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round Table - east Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS616)

Description: This session will offer practitioners an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and will provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners in east Durham

Course date and time: 21 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Round Table - west Durham

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS617)

Description: This session will offer practitioners an opportunity to network, reflect and debate current issues and will provide a forum for sharing practice and ideas.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners in west Durham

Course date and time: 22 October 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


The language of feelings, nurturing emotional literacy

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - FOU905).

Description: This interactive two part training, accompanied by supporting materials, will give practitioners opportunity to reflect on how to nurture and support emotional literacy. There will be opportunities to discuss the impact of lockdown on children's feelings and emotions.  The session will look at the link between emotional literacy and mental health and what the impact on mental health and wellbeing can be if we do not support children to recognise and manage their emotions effectively.

Who's it for: Early years and Y1 practitioners, especially those recently appointed

Course date and time: 22 October 2020 and 5 November - 1.00pm to 3.00pm both sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Mix it up! - working with 2, 3 and 4 year olds in the same space

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS619)

Description: A blended learning package of 3 modules to support practice and reflection and enable practitioners to revise and implement strategies to support mixed age groupings. It will provide theory and guidance to upskill knowledge and to implement strategies to support effective practice.  Contact eywfd@durham.gov.uk for further details, including the learning outcomes of each module.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 28 October 2020, 11 November 2020 and 25 November 2020 - 9.30am to 11.30am all sessions

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


The new SENCo

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS627)

Description: These sessions will explore in-depth the role of the SEND Co-ordinator. Participants will have a greater understanding of the relevant legislation and their responsibilities. Participants will be guided through the use of SEND Support Plans and other practices in light of current legislation.

Who's it for: New SENCos

Course date and time: 3 November 2020 and 10 November 2020 - 9.30am to 11.30am both sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Ofsted returning to normal, what can we expect?

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS620)

Description: Inspections will begin again but what will they look like? This session will guide you through what will happen during future inspections. The session will look at the Ofsted framework and focus on preparing leaders for inspection, practice, and action planning.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 4 November 2020, 9.30am to 11.30am

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


An introduction to using coaching to develop teams

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS622)

Description: The session will outline the key principles of coaching and how this approach can be used to develop others in your team and who you work with.  It will consider the key skills of coaching and how to develop these skills in your practice - to allow others the space and time to review, reflect and develop their own solutions and ways forward.

Who's it for: Who's it for: Early years leaders and managers

Course date and time: 18 November 2020, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


In conversation with... 

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS623)

Description:  This session gives practitioners a forum for discussion and provides an opportunity to reflect together on the impact of practice.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 24 November 2020, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


The serve and return of language

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS621)

Description:  This session will explore the serve and return of language and simple strategies for supporting and using language purposefully.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 1 December 2020, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


A view through a global eye in early years - COVID19

To reserve your place on a course, please email eywfd@durham.gov.uk for a booking form (course code - EYFS624)

Description: Reflecting from across the globe lessons learned, priorities and developing a outlook for the future for our youngest learners. This session will enable practitioners to have an overview based on research regarding lessons learned internationally post COVID19 for early years children. This will enable practitioners to reflect on own practice putting it into a local context which is relevant and informative. The impact from this session will be the knowledge, own and other thoughts and developments, with the awareness of the early years sector globally post COVID19.

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date and time: 10 December 2020, 9.30am to 11.30am

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Child safety / unintentional injury

To reserve your place on this course, please email firstforemost@mail.com (course code - Firstforemost).

Description: This exciting new training which is part of the County Durham Strategy for the Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Children and Young People will raise awareness of some of the main causes of accidents to children and will explore how you can promote home safety messages to parents and carers. Practitioners will gain access to a suite of downloadable resources to support the training.  

Who's it for: Early years leaders and practitioners

Course date (please choose one date only) and time: 17 September 2020, 22 October 2020, 19 November 2020, 10 December 2020, 14 January 2021, 25 February 2021 or 18 March 2021 - 6.00pm to 8.00pm all sessions.

Where: Online using Microsoft Teams (link will be sent to join the online session)


Safeguarding courses

Durham Safeguarding Children's Partnership have a range of safeguarding e-learning courses available for you to access at a time to suit you. To access the e-learning courses go to Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership elearning courses.

Contact us
Early years
03000 268 917
Our address is:
  • Early Years Workforce Development Team
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • DH1 5UJ
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