Workshops in Wales

PACEY Cymru runs workshops to support childcare professionals who want to develop their skills and knowledge, and learn more about running an effective childcare practice.

We also offer workshops for people who are interested in learning more about working in the childcare and early years sector.

Our workshops in Wales are specific to Welsh policy and practice, and delivered on behalf of the Welsh Government, local authorities, childminding groups and children's centres. PACEY also offers a wide range of online courses and webinars, many of which are free for members.

To find out more about any of the workshops listed on this page, please contact PACEY Cymru on paceycymru@pacey.org.uk or 0845 880 1299. We also welcome suggestions for workshops that we could develop in the future.

Professional Practice (providing a quality childcare service)

CIW Inspection Framework

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the CIW inspection framework for regulated childcare in Wales. Following this workshop you will be able to;

  • Understand the CIW inspection framework

  • Reflect on your practice in relation to the themes of the CIW inspection framework

  • Understand how to evidence and promote the quality of your service

  • Develop an action plan to meet the CIW inspection framework

Preparing for Inspection

The aim of this workshop is to prepare you for your inspection with CIW, and to support you in promoting and evidencing the quality of your childcare provision. Following this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand CIW Inspection process and what to expect

  • Prepare for your CIW inspection

  • Identify how to evidence and promote the quality of your service

  • Reflect on your practice and keeping up to date

  • Develop an action plan in line with preparing for inspection

Safeguarding

This workshop provides you with the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people including e-safety.

Following this workshop, you will have a greater understanding of the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people, as well as being able to:

  • Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people.
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied.
  • Understand the importance and how to work with children and young people to support their safety and well-being including e-safety

Steps to Safety

The aim of this workshop is for you to recognise the importance of risk assessment and to explore how effective risk assessments can be carried out and recorded, and how to start to complete effective risk assessment for your own settings.

Following this workshop, you will be able to identify the reasons why risk assessments are important, and will be able to:

  • Describe what risk assessments are and identify the reasons why risk assessments are important
  • Consider the level of risk and actions which can be taken to minimise these
  • Consider differentiation of risk depending on children’s ages and stage of development

Infection Prevention

The aim of this workshop is to explore with you how the Infection Prevention and Control for Childcare Settings (0-5 years) All Wales Guidance can inform and support best practice. You will be shown how to use the guidance to develop local infection control policies & procedures, and will also be able to:

  • Consider good practice in order to reduce the potential for cross infection in the setting
  • Review childcare practice in relation to the Infection Prevention and Control Guidance
  • Prepare an Action Plan to complete the Infection Control Audit Tool for Childcare Settings.

Food Allergens

This workshop explains to you the regulation around allergens and what to be aware of when providing food and snacks when caring for children. You will have a better understanding of what the allergens are, and will be able to:

  • Regularly review your menus and be aware of any changes or additions that you may make.
  • Ensure that you are accurate, consistent and that your information is verifiable upon challenge.
  • Risk assess when you may be eating food away from the setting either provided by another practitioner or when eating in restaurants or cafes.

Completing your annual service review

This workshop is aimed at those of you preparing to complete your annual Self-assessment of Service form and Quality of Care report. It explores the benefits of self-assessment and the areas of childcare practice that you could include in your reports. Following this, you will understand how to complete the relevant CIW forms and produce an action plan. Other learning outcomes are:

  • Identifying what information needs to be included in the form
  • Understanding the importance of self-reflection
  • Reflecting on areas of childcare practice  and identify those to include in reports

Online Safety

The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness with you of the benefits to your business of using social media, explore how settings use social media as a means of communication and promotion. It also raises awareness of the risks to children and young people of using social media and the internet. Following this you will be able to identify different social media platforms and reflect on these, as well as:

  • Understand how to use social media in the development of their service
  • Understand the potential benefits of using social media to communicate and promote the setting
  • Understand how to risk assess the use of social media within their setting
  • Know how to review policies and procedures to reflect use of social media

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Learning through play

The key point of this workshop is to help children learn how to learn, develop thinking skills and positive approaches to learning. We will explore with you how the Foundation Phase principles underpin effective practice and how these principles can inform and challenge current practice. It provides you with practical ideas and templates for planning and evidencing included. As a result, you will be able to:

  • Identify effective practice in line with Foundation Phase principles
  • Identify how the Foundation Phase principles can be used to inform practice

Explore and Play

During this workshop we explore with you the benefits of treasure baskets and heuristic play. By the end of the session you will be able to:                                  

  • Identify the origins of treasure baskets and heuristic play
  • Define the differences between treasure baskets and heuristic play
  • Identify the role of the adult    
  • Identify the benefits to babies and children's learning and development

This is me

The aim of this workshop is to provide you with information and develop knowledge and understanding around supporting children’s emotional development, with clear links to personal and social development and well-being. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Explore the importance of children’s emotional, personal and social development and well-being.
  • Identify techniques to prepare and support children who enter the setting.

Listen to me

The purpose of this workshop is to raise and develop awareness of the UNCRC with you. Our aim is to enable those working with children to effectively promote and develop their confidence to access their rights. Following this, we hope participants will be leaving being able to explain and show understanding of the principles of the UNCRC, as well as:

  • Can explain how to support children and young people to access their rights
  • Can explain how to apply their knowledge and understanding through their practice
  • Can identify sources of support in realising children’s rights appropriate for their practice

My voice, my choice

This is the follow on to the ’Listen to me’ workshop. The aim of this workshop is to raise your awareness of how you can participate effectively with children in your care and their families. We will talk you through the many benefits, including for the children’s confidence & self-esteem as they grow into adults with the skills they have developed through participation. Following this, you will hopefully be able to define effective participation, as well as:

  • Identify current good practice
  • Develop skills to collect evidence of participation
  • Use the evidence to reflect on and improve their practice

Supporting children’s speech, language and communication (6hrs)

This workshop provides a basis for understanding the importance of speech, language and communication for a child's overall development. You will explore the ways in which those working with children can support the development of speech and communication skills.

We hope you will take away a greater understanding of the importance of speech, language and communication for overall development as well as:

  • Understand the importance and the benefits of adults supporting the speech language and communication development of the children in own setting
  • Be able to provide support for the speech, language and communication development of the children in own setting
  • Be able to contribute to maintaining a positive environment that supports, speech, language and communication

Come Outside

As professionals you will be aware of the benefits of taking children outdoors to learn and develop not only physically, it also offers a sense of wellbeing and opportunities for the children to explore their environment. The aim of this workshop is to recognise the importance of outdoor play, activities and its benefits. We hope you will leave being able to:

  • Understand the importance of outdoor play for children’s health learning and development
  • Be able to use activities for the development of children’s outdoor play
  • Understand the importance of taking appropriate risk taking and risk assessment in the outdoors

Providing for all

This workshop will help you to understand and give you an awareness of caring for and educating children with additional needs.

It will also encourage you to think about how you can include children with additional needs and to reflect on inclusion within your setting. Those present will:

  • Have a basic awareness of legislation relating to children with additional needs
  • Be able to explain the differences between the medical and social models of disability and be able to define what disability is.
  • Be able to reflect on their current practice.
  • Understand the importance of their relationships with parents and how to break down barriers

Play with Lego®

This workshop will help inspire and spark your creativity through open ended activities that support the overall holistic development of children within your setting. For children - Play is a means of making sense of the world around them. Throughout this workshop we will explain the concept of playful learning and the benefits of this, as well as:

  • An understanding of how activities link to the Foundation Phase Areas of Learning to support the holistic development of children
  • Be able to reflect on practice and consider extension of activities
  • Explain models of  planning and observation that can be used to assess children's development

Observations

Observations

The main aim of this workshop is to explore the use of observations in a childcare setting.  We will consider different forms of observing children and how your observations can support the assessment and recording of developmental steps for children.  As a result, you will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of observations to support your practice
  • Be able to identify different forms of observing children to support assessing and recording evidence of development
  • Be able to use ideas to plan opportunities which support the learning and development of under 8’s specifically in line with the Foundation Phase Profile 

Confident communication

This workshop introduces the concept of assertiveness and encourages you to value yourself and build your self-esteem and self-confidence. This workshop will enable you to formulate an understanding of what is meant by assertive behaviour, as well as being able to:

  • Assess the importance of developing positive self-image in building self-esteem and, therefore, self-confidence.
  • Examine some aspects of building their own self-confidence

Play to Learn

Through this physical literacy training you will be able to help children to learn through play and physical activity, this will help you to demonstrate that you are working towards meeting the National Minimum Standards and recognising the Foundation Phase in Wales. Our aim is to utilise Play to Learn as a resource to help children learn through play and physical activity.

Following this, learners will be able to:

  • Consider the importance of physical literacy
  • Reflect on the physical literacy learning journey
  • Prepare to help children learn through play and physical activity
  • Plan to introduce a range of physical activities for children using the Play to Learn resource pack

Planning for Learning

The main aim of this workshop is to explore the use of the Foundation Phase Profile as a tool to support planning for and recording children’s learning and development. This workshop will focus more on assessment and recording of children’s development than on observations, which is covered in more depth on our carrying out observations workshop. Following this you will consider how you can respond to the increased emphasis on planning for learning under the new Inspection Framework in Wales, as well as being able to:

  • Explore different forms of observing, assessing and recording children’s development
  • Prepare to use the Foundation Phase Profile as an assessment tool

Time for Transitions

There are many types of transitions in a child’s life. They may experience big transitions such as moving house or starting childcare or school for the first time, and smaller ones during the day. Transitions can be difficult for both adults and children, this workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore strategies and to share best practice in order to help the children you care for cope with such situations and to help their future resilience to change. This workshop will help you:

  • to consider the many types of transitions in a child’s life.
  • to explore strategies and share best practice in order to help children with transitions and support their future resilience to change

Childcare Business Development

 

My First Year

This workshop is aimed at newly registered childminders who would like support, guidance or new ideas on areas including marketing, inspections, record keeping and business management of your new childminding practice. This workshop will look at this with you and also help you to start thinking about the future and what you need to do to not only maintain your service but to help you develop an established and successful childminding business.

Following this, our aim is for you to be able to:

  • Understand the basics of marketing and business management relevant to childminding settings
  • Understand how to use these principles in the development of their service
  • Understand how to maintain a sustainable business

Promoting communication in childcare settings (4hrs)

This workshop explores the central importance of communication in childcare settings with you, and how to meet individual needs and preferences in communication while giving consideration to issues of confidentiality. This workshop will enable you to understand why effective communication is important in the work setting, as well as:

  • Be able to meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of individuals
  • Be able to overcome barriers to communication
  • Be able to apply principles and practices relating to confidentiality

Growing my business

This workshop focuses on how to improve your business. You’ll be able to ask questions on any aspect of running and developing your service, including filling vacancies, developing an action plan, finances, record keeping and reviewing policies and procedures. It will also provide you with support and guidance on how to operate the business side of your service. This workshop will enable you to:

  • Identify the factors that impact on their business
  • Select the tools for use in a considered marketing strategy for the childcare business
  • Identify records/paperwork required and the importance of these.
  • Research the financial implications of running a professional business
  • Identify the importance of support/advice from other agencies

Smart sharing

This workshop examines the risks to children and young people of using social media and explores the use of technology as a means of communication and promotion, considering potential risks and safeguards. This is also an opportunity to explore different methods of promoting your service and filling your vacancies. This workshop will enable you to have:

  • An understanding of what social media comprises
  • Considered the different platforms of social media and be able to identify which suit their business requirements
  • An awareness of the potential benefits of using social media to communicate and promote the setting
  • Ability to risk assess the use of social media within their setting appropriately
  • Information to enable them to review their policies and procedures accordingly

Welsh Language Development

 

Fun with Welsh Workshop

Looking for a new way to introduce basic Welsh language through play in your setting?

In this workshop we use a wide range of fun and interactive activities to help registered childcare providers develop basic Welsh language skills to use with the children in their settings.  You will also receive the PACEY Cymru Cymraeg Cynnar Early Welsh resource pack to support you.

The workshop is suitable for those with little or no Welsh Language skills.

Following this workshop you will have an understanding of the importance of Welsh language in supporting children’s learning and development and have noted the learning outcomes below

  • Know how to use Welsh language in everyday activities and routines to support children’s Welsh language development.
  • Understand the principles of the Foundation Phase and Curriculum Cymreig.
  • Reflect on current practice and identify sources of further training or support

Next Steps to Fun with Welsh

In this workshop, we are continuing the use of Welsh language in early years. The aim is to give you an overview of the benefits of Welsh in Early Years, in order to develop activities that support children’s Welsh language skills.

We also explain the importance of the Foundation Phase and how everyday activities can be made bilingual to further enhance the language skills. Following this workshop you will have an understanding of the importance of Welsh language in supporting children’s learning and development and have noted the learning outcomes below:

  • Be able to use a range of Welsh language vocabulary  in everyday activities and routines
  • Be aware of the Principles of the Foundation Phase
  • Be able to reflect on current practice and to identify sources of further training or support

Pre-registration

 

Childcare Choices

This workshop is an introduction to the varied roles and rewards of working in childcare, and provides you with information on the opportunities in childcare. This workshop will hopefully help you decide your chosen route to childcare, as well as:

  • Explain the different roles available in childcare
  • Consider whether working in childcare is the right choice
  • Discuss the rewards of working with children
  • Prepare for the Next Steps towards a career in childcare

Briefing sessions

Why choose to become a registered childminder?

If you are passionate about giving children the best start in life and would like a career that fits in with your family commitments then becoming a registered childminder could be an ideal choice. This workshop outlines the benefits of becoming a childminder and how you can develop your skills and build a business, while supporting children and families in your local community.

This workshop will explain to you the role of a registered childminder, as well as additional learning outcome that are listed below:

  • Understand the legislation and registration process
  • Consider whether childminding is the right career choice
  • Understand the next steps in the registration process

Getting registered

This workshop is aimed at showing you how to use the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare and other information to complete the forms. It also provides an explanation on how to write Policies and Procedures and gives an overview of the CIW application form. Additional learning outcomes are:

  • Have an understanding of how to use the documentation and information to support their application
  • Be able to complete the Application Form ready to submit to CIW

Statement of Purpose

When you register as a childminder in Wales, you need to write a Statement of Purpose, a personal statement about you and your childminding services. This session will help you write your Statement of Purpose, or review it if you’ve already registered.

Following this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the relevant information required in their Statement of Purpose to childminding settings in line with CIW regulations.
  • Have an understanding of how to use the PACEY Cymru guidance to support registering and/or reviewing their service.

Writing your policies and procedures

When you become a childminder in Wales, you need to register with the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW). This workshop will help you write policies for your CIW application, or review what you’ve written following registration. As a childminder, you will need to be aware of the Regulations that are there and this workshop will provide an explanation of this, as well as:

  • Have an understanding of the relevant information required in their Policies & Procedures to childminding settings in line with CIW regulations.
  • Have an understanding of how to use the guidance to register/update your service.

Completing your registration application

This workshop is for childminders who want to apply to CIW to become a registered childminder in Wales and gives you an overview of the CIW Application Form. We also support you with the paperwork involved in submitting an application. The application form is your opportunity to think through and plan how exactly you are going to run your service, so that you are as prepared as you can be for when you start as a childminder. Following this working, you will:

  • Have an understanding of how to use the documentation and information to support your application
  • Be able to complete the Application Form ready to submit to CIW

Interested?

To find out more about any of the workshops listed on this page, please contact PACEY Cymru on paceycymru@pacey.org.uk or 0845 880 1299. We also welcome suggestions for workshops that we could develop in the future.