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Communication Trust

What Works training database

The Communication Trust has developed a new micro site for the What Works training database. The database brings together evaluated speech, language and communication training programmes to enable professionals to find out more about the evidence behind the programmes. You are able to view who the training programme was written by, who the training is aimed at and how it has been evaluated.  Submissions of training programmes are welcomed; details on how to submit are available on the site. If you have any queries about making a submission, please do contact us at [email protected]


Early Education

The final report from the Learning Together About Learning project notes that after initial focus on the mechanics of Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding process, systems are bedding in and practitioners are now able to focus more of their energies on thinking about how to use the funding strategically for a long term impact, especially through staff development and working with families on the home learning environment.  Early indications were that settings within the project were able to make progress towards closing the equity gap for eligible children. The report is now available to download here.

It includes recommendations for practitioners, local authorities and government on increasing the effectiveness of Early Years Pupil Premium Funding.  Other resources from the project are also available for free download, including the booklet Practical Tips on allocating Early Years Pupil Premium funding.

Settings interested in undertaking an EYPP review to audit their processes and practice are invited to contact [email protected] or see here.

Publications and Resources

Browse our publications and resources here. Read an excerpt online from Jan White’s latest book, Every Child a Mover, and buy your copy today.


Family Action

Developing inclusive childcare practices for 0–5s with SEND

Are you looking to develop inclusive practices for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within your setting?

The Learning Exchange website offers a wide range of case studies, tip sheets, templates and other resources to help you:


National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

Online safeguarding training

NDNA’s ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection – An Introduction’ online training course is ideal for all childcare practitioners that need basic safeguarding and child protection training. NDNA knows how busy childcare professionals are and don’t always have time to leave the setting for training, with this online course you can access it anywhere and at any time.

Perfect for new starters or your whole team, NDNA’s most popular online course covers all of the requirements in the EYFS and now includes updated information regarding the recent ‘Prevent Duty’ (Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015).

Purchase one from £24.00 or purchase NDNA’s multipack offer (including 15 courses) and save a whopping £60!

Find out more


National Literacy Trust

Now available, Early Words Together is a targeted programme to support parents with children aged two to five so they can help with their child’s early learning at home.  The National Literacy Trust trains practitioners to work with volunteers who then work directly with families, empowering parents through peer support.

The programme;

  • Develops children’s literacy and language and contributes to school readiness
  • Empowers parents to support their child’s learning, improving the home learning environment by including positive literacy behaviours in daily interactions with their child.
  • Engages volunteers in promoting the importance of literacy, empowering them within their own communities

For more information on the effectiveness of this approach click here

Or to find out how you can run this programme contact [email protected]  or call 020 7587 1842


Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Early Intervention Project

Over the course of this project it became clear that there was no single place to find out about support for children with learning disabilities whose behaviours are described as challenging.  On March 15th 2016, to address this gap, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the Council for Disabled Children launched a new website:

The website provides families, professionals, staff, and commissioners with information about how to provide better local support for children with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. It includes the video we produced after consulting children and young people.

Resources on the website include stories about what families have found helpful, case studies and examples of good practice to inspire commissioners and professionals to develop better services, as well as other tools, information, and resources. The site also contains a blog which is being updated regularly with new project information, new resources, and developments around early intervention. The resources on the website are free to download.  As it is a new site we will be reviewing it next month to check you are able to navigate the site and find what you need.  If you want to contribute to that review please fill in the short survey on the site or email any comments to [email protected]



Learn Explore Debate

4Children is currently planning the next round of Learn Explore Debate (LED) events in partnership with the Department for Education. Please note the upcoming dates for these events and keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more details, including how to book your place.

Monday 11 July 2016 – Bristol Tuesday 12 July 2016 – Leeds Wednesday 13 July 2016 – London Friday 15 July 2016 – Manchester


Healthy Children, Bright Futures: Addressing Key Health Issues for Under 5s

With responsibilities for public health now in the hands of local authorities, and a greater emphasis on joint working between health and children’s services, early educators and practitioners have a key role in promoting healthy diet and exercise, and contributing to tackling the obesity crisis.  Join us at this exciting one-day conference on 16 June in London and hear how you can help to support your children to be healthy.

Speakers Include:

  • Jane Ellison MP, Minister of Public Health, Department of Health
  • Alison Burton, Head of Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England
  • Elizabeth Peat, Oral Health Improvement Manager, NHS
  • Dr Patrivcia Mucavele, Head of Nutrition, Children’s Food Trust


Book by Friday 27 May and save 25%. Call 020 7522 6904 and quote the word ‘HEALTH’ to get your tickets at £190 + VAT.

SEND Workshop for Childminder Agencies and Nurseries

This free London-based workshop will focus on how managers can support practitioners working with children with SEND. It will provide an opportunity to explore the following:

  • an in depth review of the toolkit, SEN and Disability in the Early Years
  • how managers can support practitioners with best practice
  • strategies for disseminating information from the toolkit to practitioners
  • the role of the practitioners in supporting children with SEND

Date: Monday 13th June

Time: 1pm to 4pm (registration will open at 12.30pm)

Where: Danubius Hotel, Regents Park, NW8 7JT

Please RSVP by Friday 3 June 2016 to [email protected]


National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

NDNA conference

Time is running out to book your place at the NDNA Conference 2016 on 1 July.

Book now to get the latest funding updates and put your questions and concerns to the Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah.

Find out all about the new Millie’s Mark standard in Paediatric First Aid direct from Joanne Thompson of Millie’s Trust, and get a wealth of insights and new ideas to help you run your nursery in the conference leader stream.

Tickets are selling fast, so book your place now, from just £230 per person.


British Heart Foundation

Early movers practitioner training

This half day (3½ hours) course is ideal for anyone working in an early years setting who provides care to children from birth up to the age of five. The course is especially suited to those who would like to learn more about the importance of physical activity in the early years and how to engage babies and young children in more physically active play.

Aim of the training and summary of content

Attending this training will help early years practitioners develop a better understanding about the importance of early movement opportunities for the 0-5 age group and raise confidence to organise enabling environments for physical activity for the children in their care. Specifically the course covers:

  • the importance of physical activity for the early years
  • the UK early years physical activity guidelines
  • translation of the physical activity guidelines into practice for both children that can walk and those that can’t yet
  • inclusion and meeting the needs of all children
  • how physical activity links to other areas of the UK early years curriculums.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • understand the importance of physical activity in the early years
  • learn about the physical activity and sedentary guidelines for early years
  • adapt their delivery to plan and cater for the needs, interests and developmental stage within groups of children they care for.

Locations and dates can be found here

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