Training, forums and continued professional development

Dates of upcoming forums and training for those working in City of London early years settings

For more information or to register an interest, please contact:

  • Includes six hours online pre-learning
  • Numerous dates throughout the year 9:30am - 5pm (face to face)
  • First Aid for Life

The City of London Corporation has purchased a limited number of places on this blended course. The course is fully compliant with the Ofsted voluntary register and EYFS requirements. It consists of six hours online pre-learning followed by a six hour practical session at:

First Aid for Life’s training room, 74 Ramsden Road, Balham, SW12 8QZ.

The practical part of the course is held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30am - 5pm

Places are available to staff on a first come, first served basis. 

To book a place, email us with your name, contact details, setting name and role using the below contact details.

Course content for the six hour practical includes:

  • Recovery position
  • CPR: baby, child and adult
  • AED
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Major and minor bleeds
  • Objects in nose, ears or eyes
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Animal bites and stings
  • Burns and electric shock
  • Anaphylactic shock and allergic reactions
  • Poisoning
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Fainting
  • Breaks, sprains and dislocations
  • Asthma, croup and hyperventilation
  • Febrile convulsions and epilepsy
  • Heat stroke, heat exhaustion and hypothermia
  • And much, much more!

Contact details:

Please contact Isabelle Britten-Denniee or Verity Welch using the contact details below if you would like to access any bespoke speech and language training for your setting.

Speech, language and communication in the Early Years:

  • Makaton
  • Child Development
  • Supporting Emotional Literacy
  • Supporting Physical Wellbeing
  • COLTALE in The Home Corner
  • Floor Books
  • Speech and Sound Development
  • Dialogic Reading
  • Under Threes 
  • Under Twos (Babies) 
  • Supporting Speech and Language.
  • Early Phonics
  • Early Mathematics
  • Curriculum
  • Toilet Training for SEND
  • SEND Support

If there are any additional areas your school or setting needs, please let us know. We are able to provide a range of bespoke INSET to meet your whole setting's training needs. Some examples are below.

  • Autism awareness
  • Toilet training children with SEND
  • PECS
  • Makaton
  • ADHD awareness
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Preparing and EHC Needs assessment
  • Applying for SENIF (early years inclusion fund)

Contact details:

Training with the Deaf Children Society can help you build your knowledge and skills in working with deaf children and young people.

The organisation have courses for professionals working in education, health, social care and childcare. They also train sports, arts and leisure organisations on how to make their activities deaf-friendly.

You can take part in one of their scheduled workshops, request bespoke training or complete one of our e-learning modules.

Training workshops
Expert trainers deliver interactive workshops that will help you support deaf children and young people to achieve their potential.

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Bespoke training packages
Deaf Children's Society offer bespoke training packages tailored to your organisation’s needs, delivered online or at a location that suits you.

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The organisation have a catalogue of e-learning modules to support your work with deaf children and young people, which take from 10 - 60 minutes to complete.

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This review expands on key findings and recommendations of this serious case review. The objective is to will enhance information sharing and safeguarding responses

This review was commissioned following Child R sustaining serious physical injuries whilst living in temporary accommodation. Child R and his mother had only recently moved to Hackney, with concerns about domestic abuse and parenting capacity being evident in the family history. In the days immediately preceding the discovery of Child R’s injuries, reports were made to the police about his safety.

The sessions will be delivered by the City of London and Hackney Safeguarding Partnership

For more information:

To register an interest, please contact:

The new National Professional Qualification in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) has launched.

The NPQEYL focuses on the key challenges early years leaders face in their role. This CPD course covers seven topics, with a mix of self-study and group coaching sessions, as well as face-to-face sessions with other participants.

It will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:

  • developing your leadership style
  • delivering high-quality early education and care
  • organisational management
  • giving constructive feedback to parents
  • enhancing the expertise of your staff and supporting their development
  • working with children who have additional and special educational needs

How you and your setting could benefit:

  • Ensuring all children experience success
  • Delivering a high-quality and ambitious curriculum
  • Managing resources and budgeting effectively
  • Knowing what improvement approaches to use
  • Learning with people from different early years settings, allowing you to build your network and share best practice

The National Professional Qualification in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) is a new, DfE-funded, professional development course offered from autumn 2023 to leaders and aspiring leaders of early years settings. It is designed to support early years leaders to develop expertise in leading high-quality education and care, as well as in effective staff and organisational management.

The NPQEYL has been designed with leaders and practitioners in mind, using the latest and best available evidence and collective wisdom of the profession to ensure every child in every setting gets the best start in life.

The NPQEYL is aimed at leaders qualified to (at least) Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification, who are, or are aspiring to be:

  • managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries,
  • headteachers or leaders of school-based and maintained nurseries, or
  • childminders with leadership responsibilities, or
  • other early years foundation stage leaders, such as reception class teachers or early years coordinators.

Early years professionals helped us design this course to fit around busy schedules. On average participants will need to spend between 1 and 2 hours per week working towards this NPQ.

Further information about the NPQEYL is available on GOV.UK

As a high-quality CPD offer, the NPQEYL complements those existing early years qualifications which leaders already hold which are directly linked to ratios. The NPQEYL fills a key gap identified by current and aspiring early years leaders, strengthening early years-specific teaching methods.

Full DfE funding, with no cost to the participant, is available. You are eligible for this course, and funding, if you are a leader, or aspiring leader, qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification.

The NPQEYL is delivered by delivery partners, who can also offer support in deciding whether the NPQEYL is the right choice for you and your setting. If the course is appropriate for you, and with agreement from your chosen Lead Provider, you may be able to self-fund the NPQEYL if you are not eligible for DfE funding.

Transforming early childhood:
Narrowing the gap between children from lower and higher income families:

Nesta and Greater Manchester Combined Authority: Using data in the early years

This training will take place in person dates to be confirmed. 

Dates for spring 2024 are to be confirmed. 

To register an interest, please email:

Supporting Children’s Emotional Literacy

  • To have the tools to support the development of children’s emotional intelligence;
  • To have a better understanding of how to support children’s personal, social and emotional development EYFS 2024

For more information, please contact:

  • Physical Wellbeing
  • Behaviour Management
  • Moderation
  • Communication through literacy
  • Emotional Literacy (PSED)
  • Child Development 
  • Curriculum Reflection (Includes observation and assessment) 
  • Speech and Language Pathway (Includes interactions and supporting communication) 
  • Early Maths - At Guildhall 4-5.30 pm on 9th May 2024
  • ITERS/ECERS - Improving practice through using ECERS/ITERs & SSTEW internationally renowned audits
  • Coltale in the Homecorner
  • Under 3's
  • Babies and Heuristic Play
  • Early Phonics 
  • Resource Making - At Guildhall 
  • Using and making visual props ( SEND) 
  • Autism awareness
  • Toilet training children with SEND
  • PECS
  • Makaton
  • ADHD Awareness
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Preparing and EHC Needs assessment
  • Applying for SENIF (early years inclusion fund)

If you are in a City setting, school, or a practitioner working in the City, contact Verity or Isabelle for more information:

Our Online training for each term will be available from November 2023

A series of short training sessions, including basic awareness of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from the Council for Disabled Children.

Training catalogue | Council for Disabled Children

'Creating Visual Aids and Story Props for your Setting' training feedback:

'I found it useful to have the time to make props. The training was excellent. I'm going to use my ‘now and next’ board when I return to work.'
Julie, Room leader at Smithfield House Nursery

'The workshop was useful. It was led by experienced people and there were available resources to get inspired.'
Candelaria, Teaching Assistant at St Paul’s Cathedral School

'I had a great time. It was an extremely useful session.'
Bayleigh, SEND support at Aldgate School

'As a result of this training, I will use visuals to help children choose songs and rhymes at carpet time.'
Jennifer, Teacher at Aldgate School

Communication and Language - September 2023
Child Development training
Online Early Years Development Training