The courses in this category provide knowledge and skills at an introductory, basic or 'foundation' level in the field of early years care and education. These courses are suitable for those wishing to enhance their continuing professional development, or who are working towards a qualification such as an NVQ, or Diploma. The aim of these courses is to build knowledge and skills in a broad range of topics relevant to the Early Years Sector. 

These short courses range from 2 hours to 8 hours in length.
Course image Foundations of Literacy
Early Years Foundation Courses
This course will introduce the notion of literacy in the early years, and discuss the foundations of children literary development. It will show how literacy fits into different aspects of child-development and will explore the early stages of reading and writing (mark marking) and cover key concepts such as 'print carries meaning'. The course will cover talking and forming words, phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and early comprehension. The course will provide guidance on the adults role in developing early literacy and discuss how to structure a language rich environment
Course image Outside play
Early Years Foundation Courses
This course provides the skills and knowledge needed to plan and facilitate outdoor play and learning activities for young children. It covers fun outdoor activities, equipment, and arrangements that promote learning, as well as the benefits of outdoor play for children's physical and mental health. The course also explores strategies and standards for strengthening young children's connection to the outdoors and reviews practices that promote outdoor play and learning, supporting infant and toddler health, development, and learning
Course image Observing Children
Early Years Foundation Courses
This course provides early years practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively observe and support children's development. It emphasises the importance of observation in understanding children's play and learning. The course covers the use of observational records and reports, ensuring practitioners can complete them according to good practice guidelines. By applying their learning to practical situations, practitioners will be better equipped to support children during play and learning, ultimately enhancing their overall development and well-being
Course image Stories and Books
Early Years Foundation Courses

The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge of resources and materials that may be offered to children aged between 0-5 years in relation to stories and books. We will explore traditional and contemporary children’s literature and will learn about best practices in reading and sharing books with children.  You will build up your own repertoire of appropriate books, stories and poems to share with children. As part of this course you will also consider what children learn from participating in poetry and storytelling

Course image Responding to Stressful Situations
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course equips early years practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively respond to stressful situations. It covers understanding and explaining key terms like 'Burnout' and 'Stress', their relevance to the early years sector, and identifying signs of stress and burnout in oneself and others. The course also delves into the impact of stress and burnout on practitioners, teams, and children, and provides strategies to reduce stress, avoid burnout, and respond to potentially stressful situations effectively

Course image Effective Parent Partnerships
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course provides early years practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage and collaborate with parents. It emphasises the importance of building trust, communicating effectively, and involving parents in their child's learning and development. Practitioners will learn to identify and address shared problems with parents, discuss difficult issues respectfully, and find and evaluate solutions collaboratively. The course content is designed to strengthen relationships with families, promote positive parent-child interactions, and enhance children's social, emotional, and language development.

Course image Health and Nutrition in Early Years
Early Years Foundation Courses
This course provides early years practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of health and nutrition for young children. It covers defining and achieving 'healthy', understanding babies' nutritional needs and the importance of milk, comprehending food groups and balanced diets, developing awareness of eating and feeding skills, implementing weaning principles, facilitating meal and snack times, and appreciating safety considerations in food and hygiene. Additionally, it addresses the amount of sleep, rest, and physical exercise children need, and how to provide this
Course image Introduction to ITERS
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course provides an introduction to the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, third edition (ITERS-3). It is designed to help early childhood professionals understand and use the ITERS-3 tool to assess the quality of care provided to infants and toddlers. Through this course, participants will gain knowledge and skills to observe and evaluate the environment, interactions, and experiences provided to young children in group care settings. By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify areas for improvement and make changes that will benefit the children in their care

Course image Attachment Theory and Safebase
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course provides an understanding of Attachment Theory and its practical implications for early years practitioners. It covers the basic concepts of Attachment Theory, the significance of a 'Secure Base' in fostering children's trust and security, identification of attachment challenges in children, the work of Mary Ainsworth. It also explores the impact of non-heteronormative families on attachment. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped to apply this knowledge in their daycare settings to support the healthy emotional development of the children under their care

Course image Abuse and Neglect
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to understanding and addressing abuse and neglect in the context of early childhood. It equips learners with the knowledge and skills to identify, differentiate, and respond to the various types of abuse. By recognising signs and indicators of possible abuse or neglect, learners will be better prepared to ensure the well-being of the children in their care. Additionally, the course covers the important aspects of 'disclosure,' along with reporting and referral protocols, enabling professionals to take appropriate action when faced with suspected cases of abuse or neglect

Course image Children's Play Schema
Early Years Foundation Courses
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of Piaget's Theories of Accommodation and Assimilation, and how Schema fit into this. It equips early years practitioners with the knowledge to identify, explore, and extend different schemas, along with their relevance to children's learning. Educators will also become familiar with famous schemas and their manifestations, and learn to provide materials to support children's safe exploration. The course offers practical ideas for resources, activities, and planning rich learning experiences to improve outcomes through free-flow play, unlocking a world of possibilities
Course image Educational approaches in Early years
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course is designed to equip early years practitioners with an understanding of various educational approaches. It covers the historical contexts and conditions that led to the development of different approaches, enabling learners to describe and differentiate between them. The course explores The Structured Approach, Humanistic, Anthrosophic, Montessori, Reggio and RIE approach to early years care and education. It also provides additional resources for further exploration. By the end of the course, participants will be well-prepared to integrate diverse educational approaches into their early years provision, fostering a rich and informed learning environment

Course image Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Early Years Foundation Courses

Developmental Psychology is a crucial field for understanding early years care and education. This course aims to foster an appreciation for the significance of developmental psychology in this context. It introduces key developmental psychologists such as Freud, Vygotsky, Piaget, Erikson, Ainsworth, Bronfenbrenner, Kohlberg, and Fischer, along with their major theories and ideas. By the end of the course, participants are expected to understand how these theories and ideas relate to early years practice and influence their work. The course will cover topics such as early childhood development, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes, and the application of developmental psychology to early childhood education

Course image Sensorimotor Foundations for Child Development
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course will explore the crucial role that sensorimotor development plays in shaping the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of children. Sensorimotor development refers to the way that infants and young children learn about the world through their senses and physical actions. Through this course, you will gain an understanding of the key milestones of sensorimotor development, how these milestones are related to later development, and how you can support healthy sensorimotor development in the children in your care. This course will provide you with valuable insights into the early stages of child development.

Course image Introduction to Arts Education in the Early Years
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course explores the fundamental principles of art within early years practice, with a focus on the language of art as a medium for personal expression and communication in young children. You will examine how exposure to arts-based materials supports development in emotional, social, and sensorimotor aspects. The course covers various approaches to art with children, providing a range of activities and ideas to promote Arts Education and Input. It underscores the crucial role of early years practitioners in supporting arts in young children, with an emphasis on prioritising the creative process over the end product and recognising and achieving good practice in Arts Education.

Course image Introduction to Special Needs
Early Years Foundation Courses

This course provides an introduction and basic level of understanding of the complex issues surrounding special needs. The course explores the landscape, including the definitions and distinctions between 'special needs,' 'special educational needs,' and 'disability.' It covers the identification of concerns related to special needs and offers insights into supporting children who require additional assistance, creating a supportive environment.

Course image Ethics in Early Years
Early Years Foundation Courses

This short course provides an introduction to Ethics in the context of effective and reflective early years practice. The aim of the course is to help practitioners understand that their behaviour and decision making processes must be undertaken within the context and framework of professional standards. The over-riding principle with considering ethical practice in early years is about putting the needs and welfare of the child first.