Free training for nursery practitioners in Scotland

Thousands of practitioners in private and third sector nurseries across Scotland can benefit from free training before the end of March 2016.

NDNA in partnership with BNG Training will be delivering four different courses in many locations and online over the next few weeks.

The four courses are Building the Ambition – National Practice Guidance on Early Learning and Childcare;  Pre-Birth to Three; Curriculum for Excellence; and Getting It Right for Every Child.

All deal with giving children the best start in life, promote the value of formative years and will fulfil a need for further support within the nursery sector for continuous quality improvement.

This need has been identified by NDNA through active engagement with member nurseries, Scottish Government, local authorities, Care Inspectorate, Education Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council.

NDNA, a charity and membership association promoting quality and early learning in nurseries across the UK, is a strategic partner to the Scottish Government, supporting policy development and implementation of early learning and childcare strategy.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to announce that our partnership with BNG Training is now providing free essential training to the nursery sector in Scotland.

“We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through grant funding.

“We would encourage all nurseries to participate and take advantage of this really valuable opportunity to access an excellent free training resource.”

BNG Training has been delivering high quality apprenticeships and training for over ten years. Their highly skilled training team have a wealth of experience and knowledge within the early years profession and delivers a broad range of professional development training. The aim of these courses is to increase the level of quality within nurseries, support the workforce in implementing best practice guidance and develop staff understanding of the essential elements of child development.

The partnership between NDNA Scotland and BNG Training has been delivering a range of training courses for the sector since the summer.

Susan McGhee of BNG Training said: “We’re delighted to continue to support thousands of learners in the early years.  As a sector, we all play such an important role in making Scotland the best place to grow up and our training courses will help early years practitioners implement best practice and guidance into day to day activities.”

The face to face Building the Ambition course will be carried out in Scottish Borders, East Lothian, Edinburgh, North and South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway and Dundee with the other three online courses accessible via the NDNA website.

The courses will be free until the end of March 2016. To sign up, go to:

Course titles and descriptions are as follows:

Building the Ambition – National Practice Guidance for Early Learning and Childcare
- face to face group training for half a day, giving delegates an understanding of why the document was created and looks at the terminology and practices to ensure practitioners are doing their part to make Scotland the best place to grow up.

Getting it Right for Every Child – an online course through the NDNA website highlighting practitioners’ responsibilities and duties in ensuring children in Scotland have the best start in life and are given the right help at the right time.

Pre-birth to Three
– an online course focussing on the value of formative years for younger children and having a positive influence on a child’s development.

Curriculum for Excellence – an online course which gives practitioners an understanding of the principles behind the implementation of the curriculum.

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