Early education and childcare training

The Early Education and Childcare Team provides information, guidance, support and a range of appropriate, high-quality training and networking opportunities relating to early years continuing professional development (CPD).

Our training helps upskill and support staff to meet the needs of our youngest residents. With training in all areas from inclusion to child development, networks and support groups, we hope you find everything you need.

We want you to share your learning with your wider team to implement it throughout the setting.

Who is the training for?

Our training is for people working with children in an Ofsted-registered early years setting, working with children from birth to the end of nursery in the borough.

Our training is available across the sector for:

  • Childminders
  • Pre-school playgroups
  • Day nurseries
  • Maintained nursery schools
  • School nursery classes (maintained, independent and academies)

How do I book?

Please email EECTraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk to request our most recent training programme. For each training offer, you will see who the content is made for.

To book a place on a course please email EECTraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk from your settings/manager's email account. We cannot accept bookings from your personal email accounts unless you’re a childminder.

In your email, please include:

  • Full name of the participant
  • The course
  • The date of the course and
  • Full name of your setting (if applicable)

You will receive a response via email with a confirmation of your booking. We will get back to you as soon as we can, but please allow up to five working days during busy periods.

Cancellation, lateness, and non-attendance policy

We ask for at least four working days' notice for any changes or cancellations to a booking. If you don’t follow this you will be charged in full, per person, per course. We understand that sometimes it is not possible due to sickness or emergencies. We cannot make any exceptions.

For in-person training, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time. This will ensure you can sign in and the session can start on time.

Our trainers will not be available to admit anyone into training if you arrive 10 minutes after the training has started. We will charge the full amount if you miss the session due to lateness.

Our fees and making a payment

All the course fees are listed beside each course in the training programme. Please email EECTraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk for a copy of the most recent programme.

We will take payment by sending you an invoice at the end of each term, which includes all the details of how to pay.

Bespoke training

Bespoke training is available to our providers and other partners who work within Tower Hamlets at £60 per hour. This also includes, per trainer plus any additional fees such as venue hire, depending on the capacity within the service.

We are happy to deliver the training at your setting if the correct IT equipment is available.

To apply for our bespoke training, you need to complete a training enquiry form with as much information as possible about the training you need. This will help us to find the best trainer(s) who can plan and deliver the session you need.

Please email EECTraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk to receive the bespoke training enquiry form.