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(UK) N. Yorkshire: Free training for adults working with disabled children

Oct 17, 2022, North Yorkshire County Council: Help on offer for young children with SEND

N. England

People working with babies and young children are being invited to sign up for free training in supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

We are rolling out the Early Years Inclusion Project run by the charity Dingley’s Promise in order to increase the number of young children with SEND accessing early years and childcare places. The course is designed to provide people working in the early years sector with the confidence and skills to support children with a wide range of additional needs.

The training programme, funded by Comic Relief, is free and looks at how children’s environments enable learning, how to consider different developmental levels and learning styles and how staff can work together to offer all children opportunities for learning.

Although it is aimed at early years practitioners, it is open to anyone who works with children aged from birth to five and can be completed at any time, from any location in North Yorkshire. There are a total of four courses with a further six to be developed over the next five years. The courses result in the setting receiving a Kitemark to show they are an inclusion friendly setting and the individual learner will receive a certificate of completion to use in career development….

Brougham Street Nursery, in Skipton, is on the steering group which will help oversee the roll-out of the training across North Yorkshire.

The nursery, which was this year shortlisted for the Early Years Foundation Stage Setting Of The Year award in the Times Educational Supplement Schools Awards 2022, has a large percentage of children with additional needs.

About 40 per cent of children at the nursery have additional needs, meaning they have significant difficulty with their learning and need extra support throughout their day and 25 per cent with complex needs – meaning they have an illness, disability or sensory impairment which needs a lot of additional support on a daily basis….


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