Acorn Childcare Training launches pilot courses in Hampshire

Acorn ChildcareAs Government cutbacks squeeze budgets, Acorn Childcare Training, the UK’s largest provider of childcare short courses, is taking the pressure off Local Authorities and launching statutory and specialist early years ‘open’ courses across Hampshire for individuals and organisations.

The innovative pilot will mean affordable, essential training is available to childcare professionals in the area, independent of Local Authority funding, so that the standard of care, knowledge and skills remain high in the county.

The courses available include; Level 2 Award Food Safety, First Aid in Childcare, Implementing Health and Safety in a Childcare Setting, Manual Handling for Childcarers, Preparing for OFSTED, Pirates and Princesses (planning for different genders), Differentiating Activities and the EYFS, Using Schemas in the Early Years, Assertive Communication, Performance Coaching & Leadership and Management in Childcare.

Doral Hayes, Operations Director for Acorn Childcare Training, said, “We understand that the Government is working to rescue the UK economy, but as a consequence an increasing number of budgets are being squeezed and essential training is being cut. However, if training isn’t delivered, staff won’t be learning and developing and neither will the children in their care, which is unacceptable for everyone concerned”.

She added, “These open courses provide the skills and deeper levels of understanding for employees in the childcare industry and are intended to complement the existing offerings from Local Authorities, not replace them. They’re tailored and affordable so people can still access the quality training they need and the skills they require to do the best job possible. We’re dedicated to making this a success in Hampshire and if all goes to plan we intend to roll it out across the UK”.

A full list of courses and venues can be seen at http://childcaretraining.co.uk/services/open-course-list.aspx

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