In any early years setting training is absolutely essential. It is recommended that childcare practitioner spends on average 25 hours of training or refresher training each year.
But where should you concentrate your 25 hours with the wide range of available training courses for the childcare sector?
Check out the list of the top 5 courses that every childcare practitioner should be certified in.
From September 2016, newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualifications must have a full paediatric first aid certificate to be included in ratios. The benefits to a safer environment for children are obvious.
OFSTED recommend a two-day paediatric first aid course for people who look after children under the age of eight.
Child protection or safeguarding training can support practitioners in recognising signs and symptoms of potential abuse and reporting concerns correctly.
It is important that all practitioners are aware of the safeguarding policies and procedures within the nursery to uphold the safety of all children. The setting’s Designated Safeguarding Lead will need to complete further training to fulfil this role.
Our Child Protection Training Courses will teach anyone working with or coming into contact with children through work the fundamentals of safeguarding and protecting children.
The setting’s Designated Safeguarding Lead will need to complete further training to fulfil this role.
The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children Act 2004 and ensured every organisation had a “named person” for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer. The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.
The Level 2 Advanced Safeguarding Children course ensures you understand your legal responsibility and know the appropriate actions to take if you have any concerns about a child’s welfare.
It is essential that any childcare practitioner that prepares or handles food in the nursery must hold a certificate in Food Hygiene. Those in charge of preparing and handling food must have an understanding of food storage, cross-contamination and good hygiene practices.
In most settings, one or two people are responsible for preparing the food however other practitioners may then serve or have contact with the food and they also should receive training.
The fire safety awareness course is designed to instruct staff how to prevent a fire from starting as well as what actions to take if a fire does break out.
Fire safety training is a legal requirement. Without fire safety training your insurances may not be valid and your staff and children are left vulnerable.
The courses above are not an exhaustive list of training courses recommended for early years settings and childcare practitioners but are the top 5 we recommend.