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Safeguarding and Welfare Training

A wide variety of Childcare training courses are put on throughout the year in Dudley to help you build on your professional development and ensure you are delivering the best service for children and families. The training calendar is co-ordinated well in advance to enable you to plan essential training for your team or yourself.

You are supported in your training requirements by the childcare training officer who:

  • helps you and your staff identify training and development needs

  • continues to develop training networks to support and extend existing skills of childcare workers, playworkers and childminders

  • enhances the awareness of relevant issues affecting all childcare workers

  • builds on existing strengths in providing opportunities to access training which meets the needs of new and existing childcare and playworkers

  • supports all registered providers with development opportunities to meet quality standards

  • offers guidance on the provision of the national qualifications framework

  • ensures that relevant training is available to enable practitioners to meet Ofsted Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

We would welcome an invitation to meet with you at your settings or opportunities to discuss any element of training and development.

Training Providers

Our trainers are selected depending upon the following:

  • their knowledge, qualifications and working experience of their subject area
  • their understanding of the issues and difficulties involved in working in childcare provision and in different settings
  • their training methods and activities used; we prefer experiential, active learning experiences and not 'chalk and talk'
  • value for money
  • reliability


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.

Childcare Training Team

The Safeguarding and Welfare Training Programme is co-ordinated by the Childcare Workforce Officers. The two officers have a wide variety of experiences and qualifications in training and in the childcare sector. This experience also includes working with registered childminders, community groups and other agencies.

Current priorities are to:

  • Provide sufficient training courses to support all safeguarding and welfare requirements in relation to the Early Years and Childcare Registers.
  • Develop Early Years and Childcare Practitioners skills, attitudes, values and behaviours in relation to their safeguarding role so that they can better support children in prevention from harm, abuse and neglect and taking appropriate actions should safeguarding concerns arise.
  • Increase the percentage of registered early years and childcare practitioners with a level 3 qualification.
  • Promote pathways to higher education and Early Years Teacher Status.
  • Promote, advise on and signpost to opportunities to improve Maths' English and Science skills to GCSE grade C or above.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and abilities to care for and educate children aged under 3 by providing specific training, information, advice and guidance.
  • Develop a strategy for E-learning including webinars, blended learning, stand alone modules, signpost to IT qualifications.
  • Improve Health and Wellbeing outcomes for children by the provision of education, advice, guidance and information encompassed in the Health and Wellbeing tool.


For more information please contact the childcare workforce officer.

Contact Details

  • Name: Caroline Mills, Childcare Workforce Officer
  • Address: 3-5 St James Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone: 01384 813359
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