Local Offer Workshop

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Event description:

This workshop will enable you to clearly communicate your inclusive practice and the support you offer to children and their families. It will focus on how early years settings can contribute to the 'local offer' for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Learning objectives:

  • learn what the Local Offer is
  • discuss ways to write your own Local Offer
  • explore ways to share this with parents


Monday 9th July 2018

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Tuesday 10th July 2018


13:00 - 15:30  

09:30 - 12:30 

09:30 - 12:30

Book on CPD online:

North/West EYC 18/210 

Swale   EYC 18/207 

Thanet  EYC 18/201


30 Hour Delivery Workshop

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This FREE workshop will explore the impact of the 30 Hours and the inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This interactive workshop will reflect on the importance of establishing a meaningful relationship with the child's family and the principles of inclusive practice.

This interactive workshop will reflect on the importance of establishing a meaningful relationship with the child's family and the principles of inclusive practice.Catherine Youngs, our speaker for the evening.

Catherine is a trainer and advisor with 27 years' experience in Early Years and Primary specialising in Special Educational Needs. She works in a range of Early Years and Primary settings to improve inclusive practice for all children. Catherine currently works for the London Borough of Newham. 


Thursday 28th June 2018

Thursday 12th July   2018


7:00 - 9:00

7:00 - 9:00

Book on CPD online:

Canterbury EYC 18/22

Maidstone  EYC 18/223


E-learning now available on Threads of Success

I am delighted to advise you that we are today, launching brand new e-learning training.

The e-learning courses currently available are:

  • Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage for Practitioners
  • Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage for the Registered Person
  • School Readiness

These exciting, new courses have been created by our team of experienced advisers and will enable you to develop a working knowledge of all aspects the Early Years Foundation Stage, enable you to be compliant with all statutory EYFS requirements and will further your understanding of how to support children to be ready for school.

The e-learning training will take approximately 45 minutes and can be done at a desktop, a laptop, or on an ipad – wherever you choose to log in.

There is a sliding price scale, depending on the number of log-ins you need, to make it as cost effective as possible and ranges from £25+VAT for 1 x individual log-in, through to £10+VAT per individual for up to 20 log-ins.

We are currently developing more e-learning courses and will update you when new titles are available.

For more information on all aspects of our e-learning offer and to book your places, please visit the  e-Learning  page on the Threads of Success website.


Kent County Council's 4th Annual Out of School Childcare Conference

The Power of Play

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Oakwood House

Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8AE

Saturday 12 May 2018

09:30 - 16:30

Join other professionals interested in play, playwork and good quality out of school provision. Be inspired by our range of workshops and enjoy the opportunity to listen to our guest speaker, Ali Wood. Ali has been a training consultant for 25 years in play and playwork, chair and co-manager of Meridian Adventure Playground Association, co-author of books on playwork practice, director of a play resource company and a tutor for an online playworker development course. 

Delegates can choose three of the following workshops to attend:

  • Going further with reflective practice
  • Gender and Play
  • Clay Funky Faces
  • Inspiring the power to play
  • It's not rocket science or is it!?
  • Understanding and supporting children's behaviour

Delegates will also have an opportunity to visit a range of market stalls offering advice, support and information.

An early bird discount of 20% will be available until 9 March. 

To book your place visit http://cpdonline.org.uk

EYC 18/118




The Early Years and Childcare Workforce Conference – 14th November (Maidstone)

If you are interested in building your workforce capacity and extending your free childcare offer – then you cannot afford to miss the Workforce Conference.

Taking place at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone, the Workforce Conference aims to enable you to:

to gain an understanding of the changes set out in the Department for Education’s Early Yearsworkforce strategy

to get clarification on delivery of qualifications for early years educators

benefit from the opportunity to discuss the realities of putting the proposed workforce changes into practice

to gain insight from a best practice enhancing quality for young children through continual workforce support and professional development

The Guest Speakers and Workshop leaders, include:

Penny Tassoni-  is the UK's leading author in childcare and Early Years education.  Well known educational consultant, author and trainer, who specialises in the whole spectrum of leadership, learning and play.

Julie Revels-  has an extensive track record of supporting, providing advice, devising and providing training and professional development covering a wide range of aspects in relation to early years

John Warren - John Warren is the Managing Director of John Warren Consultancy. He was voted in 2016 as one of the Top Ten most influential people in childcare by Nursery Management Today and a Director

There will also be a series of business critical workshop sessions, including:

Leadership in a changing landscape:  The change being driven by 30 Hours of Free Childcare?

Developing and Sustaining Diversity in the Workplace:  How strong leadership can support and encourage a diverse workforce, specifically encouraging and retaining more men in the sector.

The Underpinning Principles of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms:  New guidance from September 2017 for local authorities and providers

Building and improving on the Local Offer:  Supporting children with SEND and effective ways of using additional funding

Importance of a robust Performance Management process in Early Years:  Gain insight as to how an established performance management process can support staff motivation and the settings quality improvement agenda

Growing and Developing your Workforce:  Tap into the uniqueness and strengths of your team to build capacity within the workforce

You will also have an opportunity to network with colleagues and visit a range of market stalls offering advice, support and information to delegates.

To book your place please visit http://cpdonline.kentcpdonline.org.ukEYC17/174