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COVID-19 PATA Training Update: 20th March 2020

Currently everyone is facing a lot of uncertainty and challenges with regards to COVID-19 coronavirus and the Government advice and guidance is changing daily. We are therefore reviewing our training events on a daily basis and in light of the decision by Government to close Schools and Early Years settings, we have taken the decision to postpone any training events between 20th March and 22nd May.  We will decide about the training that is scheduled for after May Half Term in the coming weeks.

Over the coming weeks we will be in touch with you with regard to new dates for courses scheduled between this period of time.  Please also refer to our email correspondence ‘20 March 2020 COVID-19 PATA Training Update 1’.

    • 03 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    • On-line
    • 4
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    FOCUS GROUP - MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING TRAINING (FREE EVENT)

    Are you a PATA Member and interested in helping shape PATA’s On-line Training during the current period?

    You can still undertake study whilst furloughed and due to requests for on-line training we are looking at our current offer. 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, including:

    • Separation Anxiety - of being away from staff and peers and worry about transitioning back to setting
    • Loneliness - of being away from peers and prolonged periods indoors with direct family
    • Dealing with Bereavement - from a child and adult perspective (distinct from each other)
    • OCD – there is the potential for these behaviours to increase and for ritualistic patterns to develop

    Can you help us?

    We will be holding a Zoom Focus Group on Friday 3rd April 10:30am to discuss training needs and would love ten of our members to join us. This session is free but please be aware that we cannot give advice during this session, it is around facilitating discussion to best target help and support for the children and practitioners in your settings.

    If you are interested in joining us on Friday book your free place here. 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 address' (of the person taking part) to ensure we send the Zoom Invitation to the correct email address.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, Counsellor and Child Behaviour Specialist

    Date: Friday 3rd April

    Time:  10.30am - 11:15am

    Venue: n/a

    Cost: Free (for PATA Members only)

    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 7
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    Supporting the Wellbeing of Your Team (Part 2)

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    Please note only the same named attendees of ‘Supporting the Wellbeing of Your Team, Part 1’ can attend this course or those who attended Workplace Wellbeing on either the 20th November 2019 or 23rd January 2020.

    Please note this course was originally advertised for 18th March but has been changed to 22nd April.

    Course Aim: To increase knowledge of mental health conditions and consider practical ways to support staff showing signs of mental health conditions.

    Course Information: During this workshop, we will:

    • Discuss in more detail mental health conditions and how they may present in the workplace;
    • Have the opportunity to discuss how and where they may see mental health conditions in the work environment;
    • Discuss how to confidently start a discussion with somebody who may have mental health conditions;
    • Practice techniques discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 to reinforce learning on how to best support your team member showing mental health conditions.

    Delivered by: Colette Etheridge, a counsellor and parenting practitioner, owner of Small Steps Counselling Service and Child Behaviour Solutions.

    Suitable ForAnyone responsible for the general and emotional wellbeing of staff members including Managers and Committee Members.

    Date: Wednesday 22nd April 2020

    Time:  6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

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

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.
    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 8
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    Autism - An Introduction to Autism and Supporting Behaviour

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    Course Aim: To develop an understanding of how autism can present itself in young children and to explore ways of managing the child's needs and behaviour positively.

    Course Information: 

    During the session we will consider the following:

    · What is autism?

    · Communication: theirs and ours.

    · Sensory Issues: how these can affect the child's behaviour.

    · Managing challenging behaviour.

    · Going on Trips; avoiding pitfalls and achieving positive outcomes.

    · Supporting the family.

    Suitable For: Anyone who works or volunteers with children and would like a better understanding of what to look out for and how to support children with autism.

    Delivered by: Sara Watters, Lead Practitioner and Senior Learner Support Worker, HLTA and QCF Assessor for The Milestone School.  Sara has 20 years of classroom experience, 15 of which have been at The Milestone School.   

    Date: Wednesday 29th April             Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre

    Cost: £53.00 for Members / £63.00 for Non-Members

    • 04 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 11
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    Taking A Risk With Resilience

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    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.

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

    Date: Monday 4th May

    Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (please note these times have changed from those advertised in the Spring Training Programme)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre

    Cost: £28.00 for members / £38.00 for non members

    • 05 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 12
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    Embedding Phonics in the EYFS

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    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

    Delivered by: Laura Gallop, an EYFS Specialist.

    Suitable For: Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers      

    Date: Tuesday 5th May

    Time:  6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

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

    • 11 May 2020
    • 18 May 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
    • 6
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    Makaton - Level 1 and 2

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    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 two days. 

    The Level 1 and Level 2 training in Makaton covers Stages 1-4 of the Core Vocabulary over two sessions. (Please note attendance at both 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:  Monday 11th and 18th May Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR

    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 4TH MAY

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

    Members:  £110 (includes a Makaton workbook)

    Non Members  £135 (includes a Makaton workbook)

    • 11 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gloucester - to be confirmed
    • 0

    An 'Adventure Island' Masterclass with Greg Bottrill

    Rescheduled from Monday 11th May to Monday 23rd November.  To book please click on this link https://www.pataglos.org.uk/event-3658710

    Course Aim: This course will help you develop your outdoor play and unlock the magic of your children’s imaginations whilst developing your role as a co-player.

    Course Information:  Adventure Island, the creation of Greg Bottrill, is an exciting and immersive approach to play and childhood that is based around the idea of 'The Collective Imagination', a concept that offers huge potential to develop your children's language skills, social play and early mark making. Join Greg on the adventure and discover its magic for yourself - perfect for Early Years of all ages.

    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: Monday 11th May

    Time:  6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Venue: Gloucester - to be confirmed.

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

    • 14 May 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • PATA UK, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
    • 16
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    Network Meeting 5 - Topic to be confirmed

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    Date: Thursday 14th May

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm* 

    Venue: PATA Office, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR

    Cost: Members  £10


    • 19 May 2020
    • 02 Jun 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 14
    Register

    Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (Accredited course)

    This course is run in conjunction with Envesca

    This event has been postponed until further notice - we will contact those who have already booked once we have a new date confirmed.

    Course Aim: The aim of the course is to provide anyone who handles, prepares or cooks food to understand the key aspects of food hygiene including how to identify and minimise food safety hazards. The course will ensure your employees understand their individual legal responsibilities and what they need to do to ensure they comply with the law. 

    Course Information:  During the course we will cover:-

    • Understanding food safety law and regulations. 
    •  The role of enforcement officers and local authority powers. 
    • Possible consequences of non-compliance with food safety. 
    • Why food safety is vital. 
    • The consequences of poor standards of food hygiene. 
    • The benefits of good food safety practices. 
    • The use of a documented food safety management system. 
    •  How to maintain high levels of personal hygiene. 
    • The risk food handlers impose on food safety. 
    • The different food safety hazards and how to prevent them. 
    • Understanding, taking and recording of temperatures. 
    • Refrigeration, chilling and cold holding of foods. 
    • Cooking, hot holding and re-heating of foods. 
    • Principles of safe food storage and how to apply them. 
    • Stock control procedures. 
    • The importance of cleaning in food premises and cleaning schedules. 
    • Effective cleaning methods to ensure premises and equipment are always kept in clean working order. 
    • Acceptable methods of storing and disposing of waste. 
    • How to identify, prevent and control pests. 
    • Essential first aid equipment requirements for food premises.
    •  Equipment standards required in food safety

    Candidates will be assessed by a multiple choice examination, where they must answer at least 12 out of 20 questions correctly.   The examination will take 45 minutes to complete (at the end of the second session and successful completion will result in Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering certificate. 

    Delivered by:  Envesca

    Suitable For: Anyone who handles, prepares or cooks food within a setting

    Date: Tuesday 19th May and Tuesday 2nd June

    Time:  6.00pm - 9.00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

    Cost: £75 for members / £95 for non members

    (This is a special rate for PATA as the cost of this course is normally £108 (including VAT))

    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 13TH MAY.

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



    • 20 May 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Children's Scrapstore Bristol, BS2 9LB
    • 15
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    Making Connections:

    A collaborative event for Playwork Managers

    Join us on Wednesday 20th May from 10.30am to 1.00pm for this free event held at Children's Scrapstore Bristol. 

    This is what we hope will be the first in a series of events across the Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire areas to support Playwork Manager's through networking and training.  If you are a manager of a Playwork setting please join us at this first meeting in Bristol.

    "Part of the Manager’s role in a play setting is to support their staff team in a variety of ways so they can do their job well. At times this can include support with their personal issues too which can increase the Manager’s own stress and feelings of being overloaded or overwhelmed. Over time this affects resilience levels and the ability to cope."

    In a short session Fenella from BAND will share a few practical tips on how managers maintain their own sense of wellbeing and reduce the stress response when working under pressure.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and networking with other Playgroup Managers from across the region.

    The event is open to all Playwork Managers across Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North Somerset. 

    This is a collaborative event by Children's Scrapstore, PATA, BAPP and BAND

    Date: Wednesday 20th May

    Time:  10.30m - 1:00pm

    Venue: Children's Scrapstore Bristol

    Cost: Free

    • 22 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TBC - Gloucester Venue
    • 0

    Anna Ephgrave's Planning In The Moment 

    Rescheduled from Friday 22nd May to Monday 19th October. To book please click on this link https://www.pataglos.org.uk/event-3658636

    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.

    Course Information:  The course will cover:-          

    • Rationale and Complexities of Child-Initiated Play 
    • Planning and Teaching in the Moment    
    • Role of the Adult
    • Paperwork required

    It will also touch on:-         

    • Literacy and Numeracy in Early Years 

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

    Date:  Friday 22nd May 2020 Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Venue: TBC - Gloucester

    Delivered by: Anna Epghrave

    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 14TH 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

    • 09 Jun 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 15
    Register

    Roles and Responsibilities: Key facts for your Committee

    At the current time we are asking people to register their interest for this course by joining the waiting list on our booking system to see if there is enough interest in running this course. 

    Course Aim: Are you a Committee member and would like some guidance and support with understanding your role?  This course will provide committee members with the confidence to manage, influence, challenge and support their playgroup, pre-school or out-of-school setting. 

    Course Information: This relaxed and informative session is ideal for all new and experienced committee members and/or setting managers to exchange ideas and feel more confident in their role. 

    This session will:

    • Give an overview of a committee’s roles and responsibilities
    • Provide the tools needed to tackle unexpected and/or challenging issues - for instance: management concerns, complaint handling, safeguarding issues, Ofsted visits.
    • Have a chance for questions and answers from staff from our Support for Settings Team who also have extensive experience as a committee chairperson and as a manager of an early years setting. 

    Suitable For: Those involved in managing and leading settings – parents, committee members and managers.  

    Date: Tuesday 9th June

    Time:  6:30pm - 9.00pm (please arrive by 6:20pm)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester. GL4 6PR

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

    • 15 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gloucester - to be confirmed
    • 27
    Register

    'Playful Brains - The Neuroscience and Evolution of Play' with Ben Kingston-Hughes

    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: Monday 15th June

    Time:  6.00pm - 9:00pm

    Venue: Gloucester - to be confirmed.

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

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • PATA UK, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR
    • 16
    Register

    Network Meeting 6 - Topic to be confirmed

    Date: Monday 29th June

    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm* 

    Venue: PATA Office, Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR

    Cost: Members  £10


    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Churchdown, Glos
    • 16
    Register

    Forest School Taster Session

    Further details to follow

    Date: Tuesday 

    Time:  1pm - 3pm 

    Venue: Churchdown, Glos

    Cost: £15 for members / £20 for non members

    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • TBC - Gloucester Venue
    • 12
    Register

    Anna Ephgrave's Planning In The Moment 

    Rescheduled date of Monday 19th October (from Friday 22nd May)

    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.

    Course Information:  The course will cover:-          

    • Rationale and Complexities of Child-Initiated Play 
    • Planning and Teaching in the Moment    
    • Role of the Adult
    • Paperwork required

    It will also touch on:-         

    • Literacy and Numeracy in Early Years 

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

    Date:  Monday 19th October 2020 Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Venue: TBC - Gloucester

    Delivered by: Anna Epghrave

    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 14TH 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

    • 23 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Gloucester - to be confirmed
    • 7
    Register

    An 'Adventure Island' Masterclass with Greg Bottrill

    Limited places remaining.  

    New date of Monday 23rd November (rescheduled from Monday 11th May)

    Course Aim: This course will help you develop your outdoor play and unlock the magic of your children’s imaginations whilst developing your role as a co-player.

    Course Information:  Adventure Island, the creation of Greg Bottrill, is an exciting and immersive approach to play and childhood that is based around the idea of 'The Collective Imagination', a concept that offers huge potential to develop your children's language skills, social play and early mark making. Join Greg on the adventure and discover its magic for yourself - perfect for Early Years of all ages.

    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: Monday 23rd November

    Time:  6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Venue: Gloucester - to be confirmed.

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

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