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    • 26 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 4
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    Performance and Management (Part 2) - Performance Improvement Plans

    Course Aim: This course will provide managers with the next steps in managing performance in order to reach business goals.  This course will provide: the paperwork to accompany the meetings; the knowledge on what can be asked and documented; and the confidence to keep challenging weak performance.

    Course Information: One-to-ones and supervisions provide the framework for strong teamwork, communication skills and an environment looking to improve.  However not all improvements are instant, understood or desired by every member of the team.

    This informative and relaxed session will provide an overview on:

    •          Brief review of One-to-one / supervision documentation and SMART objectives
    •          The reasons behind the failure of team members to achieve their SMART objectives
    •          The difference between Conduct and Capability
    •          Implementing a Performance Improvement Plan
    •          What options are available to mangers when improvements don’t happen
    •         How to prepare for the potential of disciplinary action being taken.                                 

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

    Please note: This course builds on knowledge learned during the Performance Management - Supervision and Appraisals workshop (being held on Monday 5th February).  It is possible to attend this workshop, as a stand-alone course, if you consider your one-to-one meetings to be adequately documented in order to support moving towards performance investigations. 

    We are also delivering Performance Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and Disciplinary Meetings on Monday 19th March.

    Date: Monday 26 February 7:00pm - 9:30pm (please arrive by 6:50pm)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

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

    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 12
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    Using Signs to Support Communication

    Course Aim: To support carers, settings and early years practitioners in understanding the benefits of using signs to support and aid children's language development and communication.          

    Course Information: This introductory course will provide you with an overview of the benefits of using signs alongside spoken language for key words to support children's understanding of language and communication.  Learners will be taught a good number of signs relevant to children's everyday lives in the home and educational settings.   

    On completion of this course you will have gained an overview and understanding of:

    • the different signing systems used with children and their similarities and differences
    • the benefits of using signs with spoken language to support communication and language
    • those children who may benefit from the use of signing to support their language and communication
    • key words and the different levels of understanding
    • a vocabulary of Signalong signs that you can take away and use to support children's communication.

    The course fee includes a Signalong manual with over 200 signs which normally retails at £16

    Suitable For: Those working with children with speech, language and communication difficulties in Early Years and Key stage 1, including Early years practitioners and school support workers (Teaching Assistants/Lunch Time supervisors/Classroom volunteers/OOSC staff)

    Delivered by: Naomi Webber - registered Signalong Tutor and Speech and Language Therapist with experience working with children aged 0-7 years with and without complex needs.  

    Date: Thursday 1st March from 10.00am-2.30pm

    VENUE: Chequers Bridge Centre

    COST: £55.00 for members / £90.00 for non members

    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 0
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    Roles and Responsibilities: Key facts for your Committee

    Course Aim: To provide committee members with the confidence to manage, influence, challenge, and support their 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 an HR consultant with extensive experience as a committee chairperson and from PATA's CEO who has extensive Early Years working knowledge.     
                               

    Suitable ForThose involved in managing and leading settings – parents, committee members and managers.      

     

    Date: Monday 5th March from 7.00pm-9.30pm (please arrive by 6:50pm)

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

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

    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 5
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    Planning for OFSTED

    Course Aim: To support settings and practitioners in preparing for inspection in order to help raise or maintain current Ofsted ratings.

    Course Information: This updated course will provide you with an overview of the Common Inspection Framework 2015 as well as to consider the current practice within your own setting in line with the four inspection categories and the self-evaluation process.

    On completion of this course you will:

    • be able to identify the significant changes to the inspection framework
    • gain an understanding of the four inspection areas
    • reflect on your setting's current provision and identify areas for development
    • have an awareness of Ofsted's requirements regarding safeguarding, Prevent Duty and Fundamental British Values.
              

    Suitable For: Anyone working within an early years setting and/or responsible for ensuring the quality of provision within an early years environment, including Staff, Committee members and Childminders as well as individuals seeking career development opportunities.     

    Please note that the requirements for Out of School Clubs to be delivering the EYFS learning and development areas have been removed. 

    Date: Monday 12th March from 10.00am-2.30pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £45 for members / £80 for non members

    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 3
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    EYFS in Action

    Course Aim: To understand and employ the skills to observe, plan and evaluate the EYFS in action.

    Course Information:  

    During the session we will discuss the EYFS in depth - the standards of learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.  Our guest speaker, Laura Gallop, an EYFS local School Teacher will be present to answer any questions you may have.

    We will consider the following areas:

    • Planning to ensure progress for every child.
    • Observation methods explored and how to identify appropriate next steps.
    • Implementing challenge.
    • Cohort Tracking.

    Suitable For:  Any Early Years Foundation Practitioners and Managers

     

    Date: Thursday 15th March                                        Time: 7:00pm-9.00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

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

    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 11
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    Promoting Physical Development in the Early Years

    Course Aim: To ensure that Physical development is implemented successfully in your setting

    Course Information:  A recent report has highlighted that British children exercise less everyday than prisoners!  It's vitally important that physical development is successfully promoted in your setting so during this session we will:

     

    • Consider the foundations of physical development.
    • Baseline the children and asses their basic foundations of movement.
    • Look at getting active and modelling good physical development.
    • Discuss ideas to support and develop your practice.                   

    Suitable For:  Any Early Years Practitioners

     

    Date: Friday 16th March                                           Time: 10:00am - 12noon

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

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

    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 7
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    Performance and Management (Part 3) - Conducting Investigations and Disciplinary Meetings

    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 and managers and committee members.

    Please note: This course builds on knowledge learned during the Performance Management - Performance Improvement Plans workshop (being delivered on Monday 28th February); however, it is possible to attend this workshop, as a stand-alone course.   

    We are also delivering a Performance Management Supervision and Appraisals course on Monday 5th February.

       

    Date: Monday 19th March 7:00pm - 9:30pm (please arrive by 6:50pm)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

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

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
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    Learning More About Tapestry

    Course Aim: To provide an overview of some of the functions Tapestry has outside of the basic Learning Journal.  This will include Cohort Tracking and setting overviews.

    Course Information:  

    Tapestry is an innovative, interactive online learning journal which helps practitioners to capture children's experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal can be shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress.

    During the session we will consider the additional ways in which Tapestry can help you as a setting.  Please bring along any questions you may have regarding Tapestry's functions.   

    Suitable For:  This is suitable for anyone who has attended the 'Introduction to Tapestry' course on Monday 20th February or anyone who is already using Tapestry but who would like more in-depth knowledge.

    Spaces on this course are limited.  Please contact the office if you require additional places.

    Please note that this course will be led by an experience practitioner who has extensive experience of using Tapestry but is not an official Tapestry endorsed training event.

     

    Date: Tuesday 20th February from 7.00pm-9.00pm

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

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

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 16 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 6
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    Functional Skills Level 2 ICT

    Course Information: 
    • Do you or anyone in your setting require Functional Skills L2 ICT qualification? 
    • Do you wish to up-skill your previous qualifications (O'Levels/GCSE's) with a more up to date qualification?
    • Do you wish to develop your existing ICT skills or just refresh your current knowledge?   
         

    Dates: 

      

    Week 1,  Wednesday 18th April                            9.30am – 11.30am

    Week 2,  Wednesday 25th April                            9.30am – 11.30am

    Week 3,  Wednesday 2nd May                              9.30am – 11.30am

    Week 4,  Wednesday 9th May                               9.30am – 11.30am

    Week 5,  Wednesday 16th May                             9.30am – 11.30am

    Week 6,  week commencing 21st May                 Exam - date and time to be confirmed

            

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £150 (includes above sessions, exams and certification)

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