Early Years Training

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The Workforce Development Team for Early Years provide information, guidance, support and a range of appropriate, high-quality training and networking opportunities relating to early years continuing professional development (CPD). 

On this page you will find information about:

  1. Who we support

  2. Training programme

  3. Course attendance fees

  4. Booking information - how do I apply?

  5. Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy

  6. Becoming a childminder

  7. Tailored training 

Who we support

Our services are available to early years practitioners in an Ofsted registered early years setting,  who are delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework in Tower Hamlets. This includes:

  • Childminders

  • Children and Family Centres

  • Day care nurseries

  • Independent schools

  • Maintained nursery schools

  • Pre-schools play groups

  • Primary schools

Tower Hamlets Inclusive Nursery school Consortium (THINC)

THINC is an alliance between the six unique and outstanding Tower Hamlets Nursery schools. Its main aims are to improve social mobility by supporting schools in improving provision, raising standards and narrowing attainment gaps.

THINC is led by an experienced group of five nursery school head teachers and a school improvement partner. Through the partnership, together we have built a network that can support schools and settings to become and remain sustainable good or better. Through sharing experiences, expertise and resources across schools, we maximise the availability of support.

Forum programme

Joint Forum Friday 11 March, 10-11.30am on Zoom

Booking will be via the Provider Portal. If you have any difficulties booking, please contact Early Years Training: Early.YearsTraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

ETHCaT training in person: Wednesday 9 March and Wednesday 30 March.

EYFSP Agreement trialling: 15 March, 17 March, 27 and 29 April. These will be offered in the morning, afternoon and twilight sessions to enable as many of you to be able to attend as possible.

Safeguarding training programme

The Workforce Development for Early Years organise safeguarding training based on the levels of knowledge and skills needed and the degree of contact you have with children and families.

The courses aim to increase knowledge and understanding of child protection, so those that attend have the knowledge and ability to promote the safety and welfare needs of children.

The following courses are delivered throughout an academic year and some have an attendance fee per person. 

  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children 

  • Safeguarding Children for Childminders

  • Safeguarding Advance for Designated Safeguarding Lead 

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We have organised safeguarding training into different levels of knowledge and skills. The level required will depend on the degree of contact you have with children and families and the role you play.

It will allow those who work with, or take responsibility for, children and/or parents and carers at all levels to increase their knowledge and understanding of child protection, and their ability to promote the safety and welfare needs of children. Elements of the full safeguarding programme will offered each term.


Safeguarding training dates

Safeguarding Children for Childminders (Online)

Saturday 26 March 2022

Introduction to Safeguarding


Friday 4 February 2022

Designated Safeguarding Leads


Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 January 2022


Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February 2022

For more information contact the Workforce Development Team
Email: eytraining@towerhamlets.gov.uk 
Tel: 020 7364 7947

First Aid training programme

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We now have permission to re-start First Aid training sessions for the Autumn term. We will be offering these to colleagues in the following priority order; 

1. Certificates had expired before March 16 2020 

2. Certificates expired after March 16 2020 in chronological order 

3. First come first served 

FIrst aid training dates

Paediatric First Aid

Monday 10 and Friday 14 January 2022

Monday 24 and Friday 28 January 2022

Monday 7 and Friday 11 February 2022

Monday 21 and Friday 25 Febraury 2022

Monday 7 and Friday 11 March 2022
Monday 21 and Friday 25 March 2022

Paediatric First Aid (Saturday)

Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 January 2022

Saturday 26 and Saturday 12 March 2022

First Aid at Work

Thursday 24 February (online), Monday 28 February and Friday 4 March 2022


You may request a place on one of these courses via the online form

These training sessions will be delivered from the children and family centre venues and colleagues who will be attending the training sessions will be required to adhere to strict social-distancing measures.

A range of actions will need to be followed for effective infection protection and control and we ask those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, not to attend. 

If you are unable to attend Paediatric First Aid training and your certificate expired by March 16, it can be extended to 25 November 2020. Please see latest government advice on Paediatric First Aid

A step by step guide to the Provider Portal

This page is for providers of 2, 3 and 4 year old funded placements only.

Provider Portal Step by Step Video

Download Provider Portal user guide and visit the Provider Portal.

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Course attendance fees

Some of our courses have a contribution fee and some are free to attend.  For specific details please refer to the session you would like to attend.

Attendance fees and refund procedure


Booking information - how do I apply?

Have you or the staff member attended a session provided by the Early Years Service before?

  • Yes – Complete the online booking form:  after which a member of our team will confirm your booking via email.

  • No – Complete the online booking form: and answering ‘No’ to the first question which will allow you to enter your details in full.

Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy

When booking a place on a session or course, the employer of the participant is subject to our non-attendance and cancellation fee policy. This policy relates to sessions that are free to attend.

Non-attendance and cancellation fees policy


Want to become a childminder?

If you want to become a childminder in Tower Hamlets, you will find detailed information on the process
and requirements on our becoming a childminder page.

Tailored training

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We can tailor training to your setting's needs. Full team training has been shown to strengthen the positive impact of Every Tower Hamlets Child a Talker (ETHCaT) on children’s outcomes.

We recognise how difficult and expensive full team training can be. So in response to this, we have refined our training materials so that they can be delivered in bite-sized chunks to the entire staff team, over a series of staff meetings or across two half days.

We have developed two packages which you can request to be delivered in your setting. Both are focused on narrowing the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers. The content can be discussed in more detail with the trainer and can be adapted to meet the needs of the learners.

Every Tower Hamlets child a talker

This focuses on the importance of learning language and its fundamental relationship to learning. Identifies approaches and practical strategies for maximising children’s opportunities to learn language.

Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing

This focuses  on the vital role adults play in helping children to be emotionally and intellectually ready to think and learn. Identifies the skills and approaches that settings can focus on to develop in their practice.

Inclusion and special educational needs

A number of head teachers have asked if it is possible to extend IEYS inclusion support to primary schools.  Unfortunately the national funding requirements limit this service to private, voluntary and independent settings.  However, our six maintained nursery schools have a wealth of experience in this area and are willing to share this with primary colleagues.

Please contact the Workforce Development Team for more information.  Note that specialist training continues to be provided by Phoenix and Stephen Hawking schools – contact these schools direct if you wish to access their support.

Supporting Young Children’s Mathematical Development

Focusing on an area of the curriculum that supports narrowing the gap, we have developed a modular package of training which aims to:

  • increase children's’ understanding and attainment in mathematics
  • develop practitioner understanding of children's mathematical development
  • increase practitioner confidence to support parents and families
  • develop a toolkit of SST strategies that support open-ended mathematical investigation, and
  • support practitioners to use the rich environment around them, and to enhance it with mathematical development in mind.


Each training package consists of a total of 5 hours’ training.

Please call us to discuss your needs further.

The costs will vary according to delivery requirements, and whether a venue will need to be booked (if you are not using your own setting). Costs will be in the region of:

  • £550  for schools and
  • £275 - £300  for MPVI settings

Settings or schools may wish to work in partnership with each other to share the cost. The total number of participants in a group should not exceed 15. Larger groups will necessitate an additional trainer, and will be charged accordingly.

Setting's responsibilities

Please note, it is the settings’ responsibility to ensure that our tutors have adequate IT equipment available if the training is to be held at your designated venue. This includes the following:

  • interactive whiteboard that will enable us to use Microsoft PowerPoint programme to present slideshows

  • access to the internet and access to a TV/DVD player

  • the venue should be large enough to accommodate the number of participants.

Please contact the Workforce Development Team on 020 7364 7947 if you would like to discuss possible dates and packages.