Early years training

“The people who make up the diverse early years workforce need opportunities to progress in their careers, and to become effective pedagogical leaders who understand the learning and development needs of children and can enhance and extend teaching and learning opportunities.” Nutbrown (2012)

As an Early Years Team, we are passionate about upskilling an Early Years workforce who are equipped and ready to play their part in offering the children of Cheshire East the best possible start in life. We want the sector to have access to a range of learning opportunities that are professionally stretching and challenging, allowing individuals to grow and flourish on their Continuous, Professional Development journey.

Training and CPD is so much more than completing a course and being given a certificate. It’s an opportunity to grow and progress professionally and personally by adopting a ‘blended learning approach’. The blended learning approach relies on professionals having a proactive attitude to their own learning, looking at other avenues to complement face to face training so as to enhance their knowledge and influence their pedagogic practice. For example, accessing webinars, visiting another setting, shadowing another professional, reading a research article etc.

In order to be Outstanding, Ofsted are looking for “Practitioners’ subject, pedagogical content and knowledge to consistently build and develop over time, and this consistently translates into improvements in the teaching of the curriculum” (Ofsted EIF, 2024). We hope that our Training Directory will offer practitioners opportunities to achieve this goal and that the blended learning approach we promote will encourage practitioners to take ownership of their CPD in order to begin a very personal learning journey.

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Further information for childcare providers

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS , including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

Page last reviewed: 03 January 2024

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