Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Childcare Professional Development Training Programmes. In Dudley we recognise that continuous professional development is vital in improving quality and outcomes for children.
Our training programmes are available to all Early Years and Childcare Practitioners within Dudley. Our training calendar is coordinated well in advance to enable you to plan essential training for you and/or your team. We welcome any invitation to meet with you at your settings to discuss any element of training and development. We are also happy to engage with others working in the EYFS and childcare sector outside of the borough.
We endeavour to observe our trainers when they are first commissioned (and periodically thereafter) to confirm their suitability and that the course content, activities and handouts meet participants' needs and are in line with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the EYFS.
The Safeguarding and Welfare Training Programme is coordinated by our Childcare Workforce Officers. Our officers have a wide variety of experiences and qualifications in both training and the childcare sector. This experience also includes working with registered childminders, community groups and other agencies.
For more information please contact the childcare workforce officer.
For all of our policies on Childcare training courses including attendance and cancellation please review here.
There are an enormous range of easy to access e-learning opportunities online provided by training providers, colleges, universities and many more - some free of charge.
Managers would benefit from trialling programmes to ensure that they are of good standard before enrolling staff, as there are many that are of poor quality, limited in terms of meeting learner needs or provide incorrect or out of date information.
There are some aspects for you to consider when viewing online courses:
Details of a range of e-learning providers and further information on the advantages and disadvantages can be found below. Please note we have not commissioned or recommended these providers. You are responsible for ensuring that they meet your needs and those of your staff team.