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COVID-19 PATA Training Update: 12th January 2021

All training for the foreseable future will be online.  We mostly use Zoom which is a very easy platform and can be accessed via  a laptop, tablet or even phone.  Please don't let the tech put you off joining - we will help you if we can!  

We will be sending out regular updates about training opportunities so please keep checking our website, our Facebook page and our emails.

    • 03 Feb 2021
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    • 18 Mar 2021
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • On-line
    • 0
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    Makaton - Level 1 and 2 (on-line)

    This course is now fully booked.  Please join the waiting list to register your interest for future dates for this training.

    Makaton is a multi-modal language programme that uses signs, symbols and speech for children and adults with speech, language and communication needs to build on their understanding and use of speech and language.

    These are fun, informal sessions with a chance to practise the signs and symbols taught with each other and learn a new skill. You will receive workbooks, a certificate of attendance and will learn around 250 signs and symbols over the four sessions. 

    The Level 1 and Level 2 training in Makaton covers Stages 1-4 of the Core Vocabulary over four sessions. (Please note attendance by the same person at all sessions is required.)

    The course fee includes a Makaton workbook which normally retails at £35

    Suitable For: Anyone wishing to learn more about Makaton

    Delivered by: Dawn McMullan-Cooper who is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

    DateLevel 1 (2 sessions) 

    Wednesday 3rd and 10th February  Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Wednesday 10th February Time 5:30pm - 8:30pm 

              Level 2  (2 sessions) Thursday 11th and 18th March Time 5:30pm - 8:30pm 

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY MONDAY 25TH JANUARY

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £120 (includes a Makaton workbook for each level)

    Non Members  £140 (includes a Makaton workbook for each level)

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • On-line
    • 3
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    'The Cosy Club' with Greg Bottrill

    Please note the date of this course has changed to 9th March (from the original advertised date of 9th February)

    Course Aim: This course will introduce you to the wonderful 'Cosy Club', a sprinkle of extra magic over Phase 1 phonics created by Greg Bottrill, author of Can I Go And Play Now? and School And The Magic Of Children. With over 100 songs, rhymes, games and 'pop-ups' discover a fresh way of showing children that language is a playground and that phonics is something truly magical.

    Course Information: Cosy Club is rooted in Greg's approach 'Adventure Island'. It is hot off the press and whoever joins in the training will be amongst the first in the UK to discover its possibilities. Greg will talk you through the pedagogy behind Cosy Club and show how phonics is not something to be 'done to' children, but something to be immersed in with them. After the session, participants will be able to download the Cosy Club PDF pack to explore with their team and will for the time being, be the only way to access its content. You will also be able to access a discount code for a year's subscription to the Adventure Island magazine that supports Cosy Club into the home.

    Delivered by: Greg Bottrill, educationalist and author of the bestselling Early Years book ‘Can I Go And Play Now?’ in an exploration of how, why, when and what and where to take your observations and interactions next.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers

    Date: Tuesday 9th March

    Time:  6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: £25 for members / £35 for non members (price includes access to the Cosy Club pack and a discount code to the Adventure Island Magazine Annual Subscription.)

    • Zoom invitations will be sent out 24 hours before the course/meeting starts.  We are unable to send out zoom invitations until payment has been received. Payment is required within 7 days of the invoice date and 24 hours before a course/meeting starts (whichever is sooner).  If this is going to be an issue for you please email training@pataglos.org.uk to agree an extension to the payment date. 

    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • on-line
    • 0
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    Embedding Phonics in the EYFS

    Fully booked - please join the waiting list in case any spaces become available.  We can also gauge whether there is enough interest to run an additional course.

    Course Aim: This course will provide you with the necessary skills to embed Phonics into the curriculum.

    Course Information: During the session we will discuss:

    • Understanding the importance of early exposure to phonics in the Early Years
    • How to use phonics effectively
    • How to promote phonics in your setting and at home
    • Phonics resources to use in your setting
    Whilst we welcome any questions throughout the session, there will be a Q and A session at the end and an opportunity for everyone to discuss what has been learnt.

    Delivered by: Laura Gallop, an EYFS Specialist.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers      

    Date: 10th March 2021

    Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm (Please note the times originally advertised were 6:30pm - 8:30pm)

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: £25 for members / £35 for non members

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • On-line
    • 4
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    NETWORK MEETING 4 (via Zoom)  Navigating the Pandemic: One Year On

    This Network Meeting will mark nearly one year to the day the country first went into lockdown in response to the global pandemic. During this session we’ll reflect on the year, looking at not only our greatest challenges but our greatest successes and how far we’ve come. We may be ‘covid tired’ but we have done amazing things in the sector so bring your party hats and join Debs and Michelle to mark an anniversary we never expected!

     Whilst we will always have a focus to the network meetings, we are also mindful that there may be different concerns relating to a continued evolving situation. The network meetings will therefore always be topical taking into account the current landscape.

    This network meeting is open to Early Years Managers and Deputies in PATA member settings and provides a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from other settings and share experiences and expertise.

    Suitable for: Early Years Managers and Deputies. 

    Date: Thursday 11th March

    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Venue: n/a – the training will be carried out via Zoom

    Cost: £7.50 for PATA Members (book onto 5 meetings during the 2020/21 academic year and receive your 6th meeting free)

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

     If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place to those on the waiting list


    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • n/a - Zoom
    • 4
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    PLANNING IN THE MOMENT WITH ANNA EPHGRAVE: A TASTER SESSION

    This session allows practitioners within your teams to gain an overview about the ITMP ethos from Anna, before either committing to the full day course, or simply to gain insight into why it is an ethos you feel passionate about adopting for your setting.

    This session will provide an overview of what ‘Planning in the Moment’ is and how it could fit into your setting and provide enormous benefits to both the staff team and children. She will be available to answer any questions that you may have.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers who are new to, or who want to find out more, before committing to the full day's training.

    Date: Thursday 11th March

    Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Venue: Zoom

    Cost: £25* for members / £35* for non members

    (*SPECIAL OFFER - Anyone who books onto this session and then the same named person subsequently books onto the full day's training on Monday 10th May will receive £10 off the cost of the full days training if they book by 30th April. The full day training will be held via Zoom.

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PERSON ATTENDING IF YOU NOTIFY US BY MIDDAY MONDAY 8TH MARCH

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE OR 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE (WHICH EVER IS SOONER) BY BACS OR CHEQUE.  


    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • On-line
    • 3
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    Performance and Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and Disciplinary Meetings

    (Bookings for this course will end on Thursday 11th March or when the course is full)

    Course Aim: To provide managers with the confidence to conduct investigations into all behaviour, conduct or capability concerns.  This course will then help attendees identify the best course of action to be taken in order to support sustainable improvements.  The course will provide all paperwork associated with disciplinary hearings. 

    Course Information: This session will guide you through the step-by-step processes of:

    • Understanding capability versus conduct based concerns
    • How to conduct investigations and ensure that all associated paperwork is appropriate and supportive    
    • Who might need informing within external agencies, e.g. safeguarding investigations   
    • All paperwork associated with disciplinaries, from invitation, through the meeting and outcome letters  
    • Appeals – who may be involved
                                   
          
           

    Suitable ForAll individuals in a management position – setting leaders, managers and committee members.

    Please note: This course builds on knowledge learned during the Performance Management - Performance Improvement Plans workshop (being delivered on Thursday 4th March); however, it is possible to attend this workshop, as a stand-alone course.   

    Date: Thursday 18th March (6:30pm - 9:30pm) (We envisage the training finishing by 9pm but would ask that you allow until 9:30pm)

    Venue: on-line - please ensure your invoice is settled to ensure you receive your zoom invitation and paperwork to be sent to you.

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    Additional Information:-

    • Your Zoom invitation will be sent a couple of days before the course start date
    • We will be posting out all the paperwork related to this training a week before the course date.  To ensure you receive the paperwork which is required for the course then please ensure you complete the address as to where you want the paperwork posted to (eg, full setting address or full home address)
    • The paperwork and zoom invitation will not be sent until your invoice has been settled. Payment must be settled by Thursday 11th March.  After this date, no refunds or credits will be offered.

    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • On-line
    • 7
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    Coffee Evening Clinic (for Committee Members)

    Being a committee member can be both challenging and isolating, especially during a global pandemic! Similar meetings have proved an invaluable source of support for practitioners and we would like to extend this to committee members. Join us, via zoom, to talk about your concerns and share your successes in an informal way with other committee members and two of our PATA staff team. It’s a great opportunity to get some much needed support during this ever evolving time. 

    Tea and cake optional and unfortunately you’ll need to bring your own!

    To allow as many groups as possible to participate space is limited to two committee members per group.

    Suitable for: Committee Members

    Date: Thursday 25th March 

    Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

    Venue: n/a – the training will be carried out via Zoom

    Cost: £7.50 for PATA Members

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

     If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place to those on the waiting list



    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • on-line
    • 0
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    Revised Changes to EYFS - Coming soon (date of training session to be confirmed)

    Please register your interest by joining the waiting list. We will then send you further details when we have more details and a confirmed date for the training


    Please ignore the date of 28th March and the timings . 

    Cost of the training will be given when further details are sent.


    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 14
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    NETWORK MEETING 5 (via Zoom)  - topic to be confirmed

     Whilst we will always have a focus to the network meetings, we are also mindful that there may be different concerns relating to a continued evolving situation. The network meetings will therefore always be topical taking into account the current landscape.

    This network meeting is open to Early Years Managers and Deputies in PATA member settings and provides a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from other settings and share experiences and expertise.

    Suitable for: Early Years Managers and Deputies. 

    Date: Thursday 29th April

    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Venue: n/a – the training will be carried out via Zoom

    Cost: £7.50 for PATA Members (book onto 5 meetings during the 2020/21 academic year and receive your 6th meeting free)

    (Please note zoom invitations will be sent out 24 hours before the course/meeting starts.  We are unable to send out zoom invitations until payment has been received. Payment is required within 7 days of the invoice date and 24 hours before a course/meeting starts (whichever is sooner).  If this is going to be an issue for you please email training@pataglos.org.uk to agree an extension to the payment date)

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

     If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place to those on the waiting list


    • 10 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 9
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    Anna Ephgrave's Planning In The Moment (via Zoom) 

    Course Aim: To provide you with the necessary tools to help your children feel confident and independent especially through outdoor play and risk taking play. The course will give delegates the chance to explore the theory and rationale behind child-initiated play.

    Course Information:  Delivered by Anna Ephgrave the course will cover:-   

    • Rationale and Complexities of Child-Initiated Play 
    • Planning and Teaching in the Moment    
    • The Role of the Adult - interacting is your teaching
    • Brain development and levels of involvement
    • Enabling Environments with emphasis on developing an outdoor classroom
    • Planning in the Moment and the paperwork associated with it

    It will also touch on:-         

    • Literacy and Numeracy in Early Years


    Suitable For: Anyone working in Early Years (including Reception) who is implementing, or is intending to implement, Planning in the Moment

    Date:  Monday 10th May  Time: 9:15am - 3:00pm

    The training will be delivered in 3 sessions:-

    • Session 1: 9.30am - 10.45am

    • Session 2: 11.30am - 12.45pm

    • Session 3: 1.30pm - 3.00pm

    Venue: On-line

    Delivered by: Anna Ephgrave

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £95

    Non Members  £120

    If you have multiple members of staff wishing to attend then we may be able to offer you a discount.  Please email training@pataglos.org.uk with the number of people you would like to book onto the course.

    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 14
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    NETWORK MEETING 6 (via Zoom)  - topic to be confirmed

     Whilst we will always have a focus to the network meetings, we are also mindful that there may be different concerns relating to a continued evolving situation. The network meetings will therefore always be topical taking into account the current landscape.

    This network meeting is open to Early Years Managers and Deputies in PATA member settings and provides a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from other settings and share experiences and expertise.

    Suitable for: Early Years Managers and Deputies. 

    Date: Tuesday 29th June

    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Venue: n/a – the training will be carried out via Zoom

    Cost: £7.50 for PATA Members (book onto 5 meetings during the 2020/21 academic year and receive your 6th meeting free)

    (Please note zoom invitations will be sent out 24 hours before the course/meeting starts.  We are unable to send out zoom invitations until payment has been received. Payment is required within 7 days of the invoice date and 24 hours before a course/meeting starts (whichever is sooner).  If this is going to be an issue for you please email training@pataglos.org.uk to agree an extension to the payment date)

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

     If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place to those on the waiting list


    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    THE WORLD IS STILL A SAFE PLACE: SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S WELLBEING DURING THE PANDEMIC

    Please ignore the advertised date - date is not yet confirmed - we are currently asking you to register interest by joining the waitlist for this course so we can gauge interest and then we will contact you with the advertised date.

    Resident tutor, Colette Etheridge is best placed to offer outstanding topical training around the issues that this challenging time may raise for our youngest learners.

    Course Aim: To provide practitioners/parents in early years settings with an understanding of how the Coronavirus pandemic may be impacting on a child and how best to support them.

    Course Information: 

    During this workshop, we will:

    • Think about the child’s understanding and perspective of the pandemic;
    • Consider the potential impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing;
    • Consider how the current situation may impact on a child’s behaviour;
    • Start to think about how to support a child.

    Coronavirus has changed our way of life and we are all having to adapt and respond to this fast-moving situation with unrivalled levels of uncertainty. Understanding how the virus may impact on children will be crucial in any response we offer as both practitioners and parents. 

    Please note that this is a vast subject and we may not be able to cover everything in the allotted time.

    If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place.

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

    Suitable for: Practitioners and Parents.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, Counsellor and Child Behaviour Specialist

    Date: To be confirmed

    Time:  to be confirmed

    Venue: n/a - the training be will carried out via Zoom.

    Cost: £15 (for PATA Members - this includes anyone linked to your setting, so parents, volunteers etc can book but will need to do so via your setting's membership account.)

    £25 for Non-Members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • on-line
    • 0
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    Understanding and Supporting the Anxious Child 

    Course Aim: To provide staff working in Early Years Settings, Schools or Out of School Clubs with an understanding of how anxiety can impact on a child.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    • Explore anxiety and how the brain reacts to it;
    • Have an opportunity to discuss how anxiety manifests in their setting;
    • Consider how anxiety impacts on the behaviour of a child;
    • Start to think about how to support a child with anxiety.  

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Practitioners from support staff to Managers; anyone who works or volunteers with children in either Key Stage 1 or 2 and in a Playwork setting (Out of School Club) including breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.

    Date: to be confirmed

    Time:  to be confirmed

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: £28 for members / £38 for non members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS WITH ANNA EPHGRAVE (PLANNING IN THE MOMENT)

    Aim:- to help practitioners evaluate and develop an enabling environment – a space that is rich and varied and enables children to fully immerse and engage in their learning.

    Course Information: During the session we will cover:-

    • the principles of an enabling environment

    • what these principles look like in your indoor and outdoor spaces

    • a consideration of 'benefit/risk' when making decisions about your environment/resources

    • action planning and prioritising - putting effort into things that will have the most impact

    Within the session we will consider and discuss the merits of plastic and natural resources as well as how to make the most of settings existing resources.

    Suitable for anyone who has attended the full day training of Planning in the Moment.

    Date: To be confirmed

    Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Venue: On-line

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL ?

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE OR 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE (WHICH EVER IS SOONER) BY BACS OR CHEQUE.  


    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    CHILD BEHAVIOUR - UNDERSTANDING THEIR WORLD

    Please ignore the advertised date - date is not yet confirmed - we are currently asking you to register interest by joining the waitlist for this course so we can gauge interest and then we will contact you with the advertised date.

    Course Aim: To provide an insight into why children may be behaving differently following the Coronavirus lockdown and thinking about how best to support those children.

    Course Information: -

    During this workshop, we will:

    • Think about the child’s world and their understanding of what has been happening during lockdown;
    • Look in detail at functional behaviour and understand it as a way of communicating;.
    • Consider how emotions, experiences and processing plays a part in new behaviours;
    • Start to think about useful behaviour management strategies when behaviour has become functional.

    Additional information: – whilst we are focusing on the current situation (i.e. Covid-19), the information on this workshop is applicable irrespective of more challenging times.

    If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place.

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

    Suitable for: Anyone who is wanting to explore the more challenging aspects of behaviour in children.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, Counsellor and Child Behaviour Specialist

    Date: Date to be confirmed

    Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm to be confirmed

    Venue: n/a - the training be will carried out via Zoom.

    Cost: £15 Members 

    £25 Non members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    MANAGING STAFF WELLBEING - FROM A SOCIAL DISTANCE

    Please ignore the advertised date - date is not yet confirmed - we are currently asking you to register interest by joining the waitlist for this course so we can gauge interest and then we will contact you with the advertised date.

    Please note you can still undertake study whilst furloughed.

    Resident tutor, Colette Etheridge is best placed to offer outstanding topical training around the issues that this challenging time may raise for our youngest learners.

    Course Aim: 

    To provide practitioners in early years settings with an understanding of how the pandemic is affecting the wellbeing of your staff.

    Course Information: 

    During this workshop, we will:

    • Consider:

    o the impact on staff who have been furloughed during the pandemic;

    o the impact on staff who are working with children and their wellbeing during the pandemic;

    o how staff returning to work may be feeling;

    • Start to think about how to best support all members of staff, regardless of their current work status

    The course will give you the tools to support your staff.

    Please note that this is a vast subject and we may not be able to cover everything in the allotted time.

    If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place.

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

    Suitable for: Anyone managing staff

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, Counsellor and Child Behaviour Specialist

    Date: Date to be confirmed

    Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm to be confirmed

    Venue: n/a - the training be will carried out via Zoom.

    Cost: £15 (for PATA Members) 

    £25 Non members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • on-line
    • 0
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    'Playful Brains - The Neuroscience and Evolution of Play' with Ben Kingston-Hughes

    Please ignore the advertised date - date is not yet confirmed - we are currently asking you to register interest by joining the waitlist for this course so we can gauge interest and then we will contact you with the advertised date.

    Course Aim: This course will take a fascinating look at the child's brain.  

    Course Information:  "Step aboard the miniature submarine as we prepare to journey deep into the child's brain.  This course takes a practical look at the brain development of children and showcases a series of activities designed to help children build brains.  It takes delegates on a neurological journey into the child's brain through the latest research on neuroscience and a whole range of practical activities.  This workshop is fun, thought-provoking and might just help us build the brains of the future.

    This course also looks at play in children as an evolutionary imperative that we restrict at our peril.  We look back to a time where there was no health and safety, no "Inside voice" and almost every aspect of learning was active rather than passive.  We will look into the catastrophic damage that 21st century restrictions are doing to the emotional, cognitive and neurological development of the child.

    With all this in mind the role of the children's setting as an advocate for play is more important than at any time in history.  What can we do to help children reach their play potential."

    Delivered by: Ben Kingston-Hughes. 

    Ben Kingston-Hughes is a national award-winning trainer and Managing Director of Inspired Children. He has worked with children for over 30 years and has appeared on television.  His transformative training has been mentioned by Ofsted as an example of outstanding staff development and his distinctive blend of humour, neuroscience and real-life practical experiences make his training invaluable for anyone working with children. 

    Suitable For: Anyone who works with children (Early Years, Reception, KS1, KS2, OOSC)

    Date: Date to be confirmed

    Time:  6.00pm - 9:00pm to be confirmed

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: £30 for members / £40 for non members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    STAFF WELLBEING: IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK

    Please ignore the advertised date - date is not yet confirmed - we are currently asking you to register interest for this course so we can gauge interest and then we will contact you with the advertised date.

    Resident tutor, Colette Etheridge is best placed to offer outstanding topical training around the issues that this challenging time may raise for our youngest learners.

    Course Aim: To provide anyone who is currently struggling with the Coronavirus Pandemic a safe space to discuss their concerns; whether they are on a personal or professional basis in a confidential environment.

    Course Information: 

    During this workshop, we will:

    • Consider:
    o  the impact of the Pandemic on us as a Society.


    o the impact on you personally (whether in your personal life or professional life).

    • Start to think about how to best support ourselves during the current Pandemic crisis.

    The course will give you the tools, strategies and techniques to help you cope with any anxieties you may currently be experiencing.

    Please note that everything discussed during the course is in a safe environment and will be confidential. You may also find that many others are feeling exactly the same as you.

    Please note that this is a vast subject and we may not be able to cover everything in the allotted time.

    If all places are taken, please join the waiting list. If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer out your place.

    Please ensure you complete the 'attendee name' and 'attendee email address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

    Suitable for: All Practitioners 

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, Counsellor and Child Behaviour Specialist

    Date: Date to be confirmed

    Time:  6:00pm- 8:00pm to be confirmed

    Venue: n/a - the training be will carried out via Zoom.

    Cost: £15 for PATA Members / £25 for Non-Members

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    Makaton - Level 1 and 2 (on-line)

    Please ignore the advertised dates. The dates for the next Makaton Level 1 and 2 course have not been finalised yet. Please join the waiting list to register your interest and we will be in touch when we have further details

    Makaton is a multi-modal language programme that uses signs, symbols and speech for children and adults with speech, language and communication needs to build on their understanding and use of speech and language.

    These are fun, informal sessions with a chance to practise the signs and symbols taught with each other and learn a new skill. You will receive workbooks, a certificate of attendance and will learn around 250 signs and symbols over the four sessions. 

    The Level 1 and Level 2 training in Makaton covers Stages 1-4 of the Core Vocabulary over four sessions (3 hours each). (Please note attendance by the same person at all sessions is required.)

    The course fee includes a Makaton workbook which normally retails at £35

    Suitable For: Anyone wishing to learn more about Makaton

    Delivered by: Dawn McMullan-Cooper who is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

    Date: tbc

    Date and Time: tbc (please indicate if you would prefer daytime, evening, weekends or twilight (e.g, 4 - 7pm)

    Venue: on-line

    Cost: PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL 2 DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST SESSION BEGINS

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  

    Members:  £120 (includes a Makaton workbook for each level)

    Non Members  £140 (includes a Makaton workbook for each level)

    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • on-line
    • 0
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    BESPOKE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING SESSIONS

    Bespoke training sessions can be held for:

    o    individual settings to enable all staff members to talk about their worries and concerns in a private and confidential environment.  These have been a really good team building exercise in bringing staffing teams together in a cohesive way after such a turbulent year and for staff to understand what their peers might be going through – everyone deals with issues in different ways.

    o    a mixture of Managers from different settings to help them to take care of themselves which in turn has helped them to look after their teams better.

    Please register your interest by joining the waiting list. We will then send you further details.

    Please ignore the date of 4th July and the timings . 

    Cost of the training will be given when further details are sent.


    • 04 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • On-line
    • 0
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    Taking A Risk With Resilience

    Course Aim:  To support practitioners in building resilience in young children and helping them to face future obstacles. 

    Course Information: This workshop looks at how our brain and body respond to stress and will discuss strategies which strengthen our children’s abilities to survive a lifetime of challenges. Resilient children are braver, more curious and more adaptable; they know their limits and are able to push themselves outside their comfort zone.  Resilience is something which can be nurtured in all children.

    Course Information: During the session we will look at the following: 

    • What is resilience and how does it impact on our daily lives?
    • What does a resilient person look like and what does a person lacking resilience look like?
    • What factors may impact on a child’s wellbeing?
    • The importance of risk taking and the impact of helicopter parenting.
    • Strategies and activities to build self-reliance in young children
    • Reflect on our own practice and make changes.

    Whilst we welcome any questions throughout the session, there will be a Q and A session at the end and an opportunity for everyone to discuss what has been learnt.

    Suitable For: Anyone working or volunteering within an early years setting or preschool. 

    Date: to be confirmed

    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (to be confirmed)

    Venue: On-line

    Cost: £25.00 for members / £35.00 for non members

    • 06 Oct 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 20 Oct 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 3 sessions
    • On-line
    • 25
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    Liz Pemberton, The Black Nursery Manager, presents 'Working towards Anti-racist Practice in the Early Years Setting’

    Embedding cultures and diversity within an early years setting is a vital part of the EYFS. Children and their families will feel valued by the setting if resources and displays represent the ethnic, cultural and social diversity in society, and if they can see their own family background and culture represented as well as those of others. True inclusion means your setting will have diversity running through its core regardless of your current make-up of families on role.

    Course Aim: To promote inclusive practice in the Early Years (under 5's) education sector, with a particular focus on how race, culture and anti-racism should be considered in this practice.

    Course Information:  This 3 part course is aimed at practitioners who would describe themselves as beginners in the area of anti-racist practice. Much of the information is very broad and is not just Early Years specific, it can be applied to Reception Teachers, Learning and Participation Artists who work in schools, Youth Workers, Social Workers etc. 

    Session 1 (6th October) Exploring key terminology in anti-racist practice including: white supremacy, white fragility, gaslighting and anti blackness. Defining racism and examining how it can show up in your practice and building confidence to ensure that practice always works towards being inclusive and culturally sensitive.

    Session 2 (13th October) Understanding allyship, how to effectively challenge racism as a white person whilst creating safe spaces for Black and non-Black people of colour and also exploring unconscious bias.

    Session 3 (20th October) How your resources should be audited to ensure anti-racist practice in the setting , engaging parents, carers and extended family in anti-racist practice  and whole team approaches to continuously work towards an anti-racist environment.

    Suitable For: Anyone working with children under the age of 5.

    Dates: Tuesday  6th, 13th and 20th October (3 sessions)

    Time:  7:00pm - 8.30pm

    Venue: on-line webinar

    Cost: Special offer price.  Book by 30th April and the cost is £25 for members/£30 for non-members (for all three sessions).  After 30th April the cost will be £30 for members / £35 for non members (for all three sessions) (It is not compulsory to attend all three sessions, however, the same person named on the booking must attend the session(s))

    PLEASE NOTE PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS BOOKING.  WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS OR CREDITS ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE.  WE CAN, HOWEVER, CHANGE THE NAME OF DELEGATES ATTENDING UP UNTIL MIDDAY TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER.  THE SAME NAMED PERSON MUST ATTEND ANY OR ALL OF THE THREE SESSIONS

    FULL PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE INVOICE DATE BY BACS, CASH (AT THE PATA OFFICES) OR CHEQUE.  


    • 01 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 AM (UTC-00:00)
    • On-line
    • 91
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    ARTEMIS COURSES (ON-LINE)

    Please ignore the start date of 1st January 2022 - these courses can be started immediately or at any time of the year.

    We are able to offer numerous Artemis courses (on-line training which can be taken by individuals at their own pace and at a time convenient to them).

    Once an individual is enrolled on the Artemis programme they can take as many courses as they wish within a 11 month period (at discounted prices):

    COST:

    £25 for two courses (additional fee of £8 will be applied if one of the courses is 'The Children's Workforce Induction Programme'). 

    Subsequent courses are then £10 each (additional fee of £8 will be applied if the subsequent course is 'The Children's Workforce Induction Programme') within a 11 month period.

    PLEASE NOTE YOUR INVOICE MUST BE SETTLED BEFORE YOU CAN BE BOOKED ONTO ANY OF THESE COURSES. PATA'S NORMAL REFUND POLICY DOES NOT APPLY FOR THESE BOOKINGS. WE ARE UNABLE TO GIVE REFUNDS, CREDITS OR CHANGE THE INDIVIDUALS NAME (WHO IS UNDERTAKING THE COURSE) ONCE A BOOKING IS MADE. 


    • The Children's Workforce Induction Programme (CWIP)  (estimated learning time: 7-10 hours)

    CWIP delivers a high quality e-learning package based on the seven children's workforce induction standards developed by the government and acts as a reminder of the 'Every Child Matters' concept. The information is current and up-to-date and will also act as an excellent refresher.


    • Working with Children and Young People with Disabilities (estimated learning time: 1.5 hours)

    This course is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge to provide high quality support for children and young people with disabilities.


    • Information Sharing (estimated learning time: 45 minutes)

    Information Sharing is a high quality e-learning course based on the government's guidance for practitioners and managers on sharing information.The course has been mapped to the following government's induction standards. Standards:-3a, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d


    • Working with Parents (estimated  learning time: 50 minutes)

    We know that becoming a parent is the most important job parents will ever have and it comes with no training. Most parents have to rely on past experiences and their own instinct. Having services in place to support parents in times of need is essential. This introduction will help you understand the networks available, how to manage the initial engagement, positive parenting structures and strategies. This course will help inform practice and promote self-efficacy and positive outcomes for parents and the children and young people they care for.


    • Integrated Working (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    Integrated working is vital for agencies and organisations that are involved with children-s lives. This course aims to provide the children-s workforce the tools to support integrated working and to enable them to use common processes, language and systems to their best advantage for children, young people and their families.


    • Understanding Child Attachment (estimated learning time: 50 minutes)

    The Understanding Child Attachment course is designed to explain the attachment children have with their main carer. Understanding the basics of attachment in children and its various forms and stages through to adulthood can significantly improve outcomes for that person.


    • Child Protection - Level 1 (estimated learning time: 90 minutes)

    The Child Protection course is an introduction to the concept of providing protection to children in your care. The course will cover understanding the concept, the size of the challenge, how to spot issues of concern and what to do about them.


    • Child Sexual Exploitation (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    Sexual exploitation of children has been identified throughout the UK, with both victims and perpetrators coming from a range of social and ethnic backgrounds. It affects boys and girls. It is a form of sexual abuse and can have a serious impact on every aspect of the lives of children involved.


    • Promoting Participation - Supporting Young People's Learning Journey's (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    This course is to help the Children and Young People's Workforce to positively support children and young people in gaining an understanding of the world of work and to gain a greater ability to identify and pursue successful routes into education, training and employment, within the context of the new requirements for young people to continue in education or training until the age of 18.


    • Fire Safety Awareness (estimated learning time: 45 minutes)

    This is an introduction to fire safety. It gives advice on how to avoid fires and how to ensure people's safety if a fire does start.


    • Domestic Abuse (Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation) (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    This course will help practitioners understand more about Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA). It incorporates Forced Marriage (FM), Honour Based Violence (HBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is based on nationally available evidence and good practise and it will also increase understanding of what a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is and what it does.


    • Emotional Wellbeing and Risky Behaviours (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    We all have a shared responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of young people. This course will help you understand why some children and young people (CYP) exhibit risky behaviours and what can be done to keep them safe. We aim to help practitioners learn more about children and young people-s emotional wellbeing and the factors that affect this such as substance use, risky sexual behaviours and anti social behaviour (ASB).


    • Equality and Diversity (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)

    This course is designed to provide employers and employees with the information they need to understand the best practice and responsibilities associated with equality and diversity


    • Safer Recruitment (estimated learning time: 60 minutes)
    This course has been developed to assist you in applying best practice to your recruitment and selection process, as well as safeguarding children and adults at risk. It is important that all organisations have a clear recruitment process, robust policies and procedures which are always followed during recruitment campaigns. To STOP unsuitable individuals being employed within organisations, we need to have appropriate barriers in place. A clear recruitment process is the first step towards safer recruitment, enhancement of equality and to ensure a return on investment.

    Safer Recruitment needs to be run in conjunction with a Safeguarding course relevant to your industry.

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