• Improve outcomes for all children in your care, including SEND
  • Increase your CDP and professional development
  • Access support which is flexible and affordable
  • Ensure all children have their needs met and are fully ready for school

The Childminder Professional Development Programme has been developed with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey) and is designed to support childminders to raise the aspirations, access and achievement of all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, looked-after children and children who may be vulnerable to poor outcomes. This is central to all our programmes in Achievement for All, across all age ranges where education practitioners are supported to work in partnership with parents to ensure all children can achieve their full potential regardless of background, challenge or need.

The programme

The Childminder Professional Development Programme consists of:

  • Approximately 10 hours of self-directed online learning and around 40 hours of extended study.
  • The use of research and video footage showing real life examples of good practice in supporting vulnerable children.
  • Email access to a specialist coach who can answer any questions about the course at any time via an email exchange.

How it works

The programme is hosted on the Pacey website and costs £49.99, with a 10% discount for Pacey members. You will have access to the programme for one year and the option to renew on an annual basis after that. New material will be added in annually so that you can continue to develop your practice.

The programme has two modules:

  1. Parents in Partnerships looks at how you can work with families to support children's learning and development. Learn how to have meaningful conversations with parents, centred around the learning and development of the child, enabling you to work together to ensure every child makes progress.
  2. Working in Wider Child-Centred Partnerships looks at latest SEND policy and how you can better work with professionals across health, education and social care to meet more vulnerable children's needs. This also has a focus on ensuring children have a smooth transition to school, ensuring that you can support the best outcomes for the children in your care.

Both modules offer access to a wide range of research and articles that you can dip into to explore best practice in inclusion with examples to support learning and a selection of useful audits and templates for you to use to reflect on and make real changes in your provision that have an impact for every child.

Once the programme is completed you will be able to record your learning in an ‘evidence of change in practice’ form and download a certificate of completion for your records.

For further information, please contact Achievement for All’s Early Years Lead Maureen Hunt: maureen.hunt@afaeducation.org / 01635 279499