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Continuing Professional Development

Cluster meeting dates Spring 22

Lisa Rhodes – 1/02/2022 1.30pm

Eve Dixon – 2/2/22 1pm

Jo Kirkpatrick – 4/2/2022 9.30am

Deborah Leck – 4/2/2022 1.30pm





Face to face/Online

Delivered by

Early Identification Training

(3 Part Training – all sessions must be attended)

EYFS Practitioners

Part 1  - Tuesday 1st March

09:30 -11:00

Part 2 – Tuesday 8th March

09:30 – 11:00

Part 3 – Tuesday 15th March

09:30 -11:00

Live Online Training


Helen Tan

Vicky Hamlet

Eve Dixon

Nurturing Children’s social and emotional development training

PVI Practitioners/


Part 1 – Wednesday 2nd March 9:30 - 11:30am

Part 2 – Wednesday 16th March 1:30- 3:30pm

Part 3 – Wednesday 30th March 9:30 – 11:30am

Live online training

Live online training

Live online training

Jo Kirkpatrick

Anna Wilmot

3 Day SENCO Training

PVI & Schools


Day 1 – 3rd February

9.30 – 12:00pm

Day 2 – 10th February  9.30 – 11.30am

Day 3 – 3rd  March

9.30 – 11.30am

Live online training

Live online training

Live online training

Debbie Mitchell Lisa Rhodes

Danielle Chelu       Anna Wilmot

Lisa Rhodes Deborah Leck

3 Day Communication Training



Teaching and Non Teaching staff in EYFS & Managers and Practitioners in Settings

Day 1  - AUTISM -Wednesday 2nd February – 9.30 to 15.00

Day 2  - SOCIAL COMMUNICATION  & INTERACTION - Thursday 10th February – 9.30 to 15.00

Day 3  COMMUNICATION & INTERACTION AT EARLY STAGES - Thursday 17th February – 9.30 to 15.00

Northcott Special school


The Orchard Centre


Tweendykes Special School

Delivered in partnership with the HCC SEN staff, SLT and Northcott

If circumstances change and face to face training is not an option. Sessions online will be from 9.30 to 12.30

Early Communication Skills

New practitioners, teaching and Non Teaching staff in EYFS & Managers and Practitioners in Settings

Whole setting / room delivery bespoke to settings

TBC with individual settings as they book the training.

On line training or in setting (setting preference and dependent on guidance).

Can be delivered as a staff meeting for a whole setting approach.

Eve Dixon/Carly Morgan-Newton




Course Overview


Early Identification

Part 1: This session looks at children’s personal, social and emotional development with a focus on developing children’s self-regulation skills in addition to play-progression/schemas


Part 2: This session looks at the ‘typical development’ milestones children generally go through focusing on sensory and physical development. It also looks at how the brain develops and factors which may influence a child’s development.


Part 3 - This training looks at the development of early communication skills and practical activities alongside resources that can be used to promote them. It also explores ideas in supporting early receptive language and understanding and what process to follow if you have an ongoing concern for a child.

Helen Tan


Vicky Hamlet



Eve Dixon

Nurturing children’s social and emotional development

Part 1: To consider key issues regarding expectations, routines, rewards, consequences, and personal qualities in supporting children’s social and emotional development. To offer practical and effective strategies in dealing with low level concerns


Part 2: To review strategies for effectively including children who present with challenging behaviour

To think about how early years settings can be safe environments for a specific child/ren to develop social skills and manage their emotions.


Part 3: We are joined by an Educational Psychologist who introduces solution solving circles and how they can be used to support the staff team

To look at behaviour plans to support a consistent approach in Early Years Settings

To have time to reflect and discuss any further concerns regarding children or practice with Early Years staff and Educational psychologists.

Jo Kirk Patrick

Initial SENCO

This training looks at the role of the SENCO. Day 1 looks at all of the legislation and working with parents. Day 2 looks at all of the early years paperwork and how to complete it. Day 3 looks at the Education, Health and Care plan and how to successfully complete it.


3 day Communication Course


This course is provided in partnership with Early Years from external agencies including Northcott Outreach Service, Speech and Language Therapy and SLD Outreach to support children with additional needs. The course provides information, advice and strategies to support children social communication and interaction skills and developing early communication.

Chloe Lawrence

Kathryn Alterskye

Cherish Sultan

Early Communication skills

This training looks at the development of early communication skills and practical activities alongside resources that can be used to promote them. It also explores ideas in supporting early receptive language and understanding.

Eve Dixon / Carly Morgan Newton


SEND Early Years Staff Contact Details

Debbie Mitchell Debbie.mitchell@hullcc.gov.uk

Deb Leck Debbie.leck@hullcc.gov.uk

Lisa Rhodes  lisa.rhodes@hullcc.gov.uk

Eve Dixon eve.dixon@hullcc.gov.uk

Jo Kirkpatrick joanne.kirkpatrick@hullcc.gov.uk

Danielle Chelu Danielle.chelu@hullcc.gov.uk

Nicky Kates Nicola.kates@hullcc.gov.uk

Anna Wilmot anna.wilmot@hullcc.gov.uk

Carly Morgan-Newton carly.morgan-newton@hullcc.gov.uk

Please see below the training that we will be offering during Spring 2022.  Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a way to share the ‘bitesized training’ that we delivered during the Summer Term.  You would not believe how difficult this is with the security procedures that Hull City Council has in place but hopefully we will be able to make the recordings accessible to you in the near future.

You will see that we are offering some training as whole setting training.  A convenient time would be arranged between yourself and the EY Team Member who is delivering the training. This could include twilight or evening training.

Regular Termly Training

Specific Training

Whole Setting Training

New to EYFS (AS/VH/PL)

13th January 9.30am – 11am

Phase 1 Phonics (CA)

27th January 1pm – 3pm

Supporting Children with EAL (HT)

New to Observation (HT/CA)

8th March 9.30am-11.30am

Creative Mindfulness (AS)

25th January 10am – 11am

Child Development (VH)

Childminding pre-registration course

3rd,10th,17th March 9.30-3.30

Physical Development (VH)

15th March 10am – 11.30am

Quality Interactions (AS)

Safeguarding Cluster Meeting

22nd February 6.30pm-7.30pm

Supporting the word gap (CA)

31st March 9.30am – 11am

Phase 1 Phonics (CA)


Supporting CLA (HT/JO/LR)

1st February 10am – 11.30am

The requirements for Safeguarding within the EYFS(PL)


Ready for School – The Importance of Executive Function (HT)

5th April 9.30am – 11am

The Key Person (MM.KH)


The Requirements for Safeguarding Within the EYFS(PL)

9th March 6.30-7.30pm

Safety in the Environment (MM.KH)


The Key Person (MM.KH)

25th January 6.30-7.30pm



Safety in the Environment (MM.KH)

15th February 6.30-7.30pm



SEND – using observation and assessments to identify and plan for children with additional needs and/or disabilities – Childminders (DC)

19th February 9.30-11.00





Further Information Regarding Specific Training

Phase One Phonics

This course is for practitioner who are new to, need a refresher or who would like more information on how to support Phase One Phonics. The course looks at the seven aspects that make up Phase One Phonics and the type of activities that support each aspect, including activities in the Phase One Letters and Sounds materials. It also looks at how to support phase one phonics using stories.

An Introduction to Creative Mindfulness

The session will look at how to introduce mindfulness to children in fun and creative ways.

You will learn how to support children to calm and relax their minds, to focus and pay attention, to understand and express their thoughts and feelings and cultivate kindness for themselves and others through creativity, art, craft, stories, meditation, visualisation and discussion.

Physical Development

This session unpicks the educational programme Physical development looking at fine and gross motor skills. It provides practical ideas for activities and opportunities which will include progression skills and the different stages of physical development.


Supporting the Word Gap

The size of a child’s vocabulary has a big impact on their future attainment. This course looks at recent research and reports on the ‘word gap’ and how to support more robust vocabulary instruction, including which words to choose and how to support language learning in context. It will provide some suggestions of activities to support this.

Supporting CLA

This training is delivered in conjunction with colleagues from the Virtual School.  It explores some of the issues that Children Looked After (CLA) may experience in a setting linked to insecure attachment and the impact of a disruptive childhood.  It looks at the importance of play in developing a range of important skills including strategies and ideas that you will be able to try in your setting

Ready for School – The Importance of Executive Function

Research tells us that children with a higher level of executive function achieve better at school and in life generally.  So what is executive function and why is it important? This training will explore what executive function is, how it develops overtime, the underlying neuroscience and how its development can be supported in a setting. 

SEND – using observation and assessments to identify and plan for children with additional needs and/or disabilities

The session will enable Childminders to consider and develop current practice in relation to the SEND Code of Practice 2014. By identifying needs, working with other professionals, and ensuring that concerns, strategies and planning are documented appropriately Childminders will be able to support children to reach their full potential.

The Requirements for Safeguarding within the EYFS

This session covers your responsibility within the EYFS to Safeguard and Protect children.

“The safeguarding and welfare requirements are designed to help providers create a high quality provision which is welcoming, safe and stimulating and where children can grow in confidence.” EYFS (3.1)

Safeguarding Cluster Meeting

This session is about sharing good practice, so please bring along any specific work that you are doing and are willing to share.

Current information will be shared from the Learning and Development Board and information on reducing accidents and unintentional injuries in the under fives.


Role of the Key Person

This training is to provide Practitioners with a good understanding of the role and how Managers can support this.

Develop an awareness of attachment theory.

Explore how to engage parents/carers and to discuss ways of how to meet the needs of children.

Safety in the Environment

This session is to further develop an awareness of how to keep children safe in the indoor and outdoor environment.

Explore a variety of potential hazards and how these can be overcome.

Discuss the benefits of the development of ground rules and the expectations of children’s behaviour.

Childminding pre-registration course.

This three day course covers all aspects of becoming a childminder.

Your Ofsted requirements.

The advantages and disadvantages of working in your own home.  

The requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)



Contact Details

Helen Tan Helen.Tan@hullcc.gov.uk

Alison Scott Alison.Scott@hullcc.gov.uk

Carolyn Andrew Carolyn.Andrew@hullcc.gov.uk

Vicky Hamlet Vicky.Hamlet@hullcc.gov.uk

Pauline Liddle Pauline.Liddle@hullcc.gov.uk

Mandy Marson Mandy.Marson@hullcc.go.uk

Karen Heath Karen.Heath2@hullcc.gov.uk

Danielle Chelu Danielle.chelu@hullcc.gov.uk




Last updated: 1/6/2022