Welcome to the Ceredigion Childcare Providers Workforce training page.

As a Childcare provider, it is your responsibility to plan your training well in advance – so please book on to training as soon as possible, as courses fill up quickly.

Please ensure that you attend a course within 6 months of the renewal date of your qualification/s. It is your responsibility to ensure that your qualifications are up to date.

Below is the training programme up to March 2020:

Training Programme 2019-2020

Course Booking Form

How to book:

You must book a place on a course and pay in advance. Booking is essential to attend – even if the course is free.

Booking a Place on a Course

Send an email to gofalplant@ceredigion.gov.uk with the following details, or complete the form attached to the training programme and send to us:

  • Course name:
  • Course date:
  • Course venue:
  • Names and Telephone numbers of individuals that are attending:
  • Name and address of childcare setting:
  • Email of childcare setting:
  • Telephone Number of childcare setting:
  • Method of payment: -
    Paid by cheque – Yes / No
    Do you require an invoice – Yes / No

We can only take bookings from two individuals per setting per course. If we have room available on a course then we can offer more places. We can always add names to a waiting list.

Please let us know if you wish to complete your Food Safety assessment in the Welsh language at least 2 weeks before the training for us to arrange with the examining body.

Important – In order to receive your certificate from the First Aid and Food Safety Course please ensure you bring your Photo I.D. with you!

Payment

  • MUST be made/arranged within 5 working days of booking. We will hold your place for 5 working days. If payment is not received then your place will be cancelled. Your place on the course will not be confirmed until payment is received/arranged
  • Details regarding cost of courses can be found in the table of courses
  • If you wish to pay electronically/by BACS please contact us for further details
  • Cheques should be made payable to Ceredigion County Council – and CLEARLY marked for the attention of Childcare Unit with name of attendee/s, name and date of course, and sent to: Childcare Unit, Canolfan Rheidol Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 3UE

Priority for places will be given to individuals that have paid for training when booking.

Confirmation

  • It is your responsibility to remember which training you/your staff have been booked on to
  • There will be a reminder sent approximately 10 working days before the training. If there are any changes at this point please inform us to avoid being charged for late cancellations / non-attendance (see participant cancellation / non-attendance)
  • All course bookings will be confirmed by email as the preferred method of contact. Please specify an e-mail address on your booking form
  • Your email address will be added to our database and we will use it to send email notifications from the team. Please let us know if you DO NOT want us to use your email address to send you updates.

Course Cancellations

  • Occasionally we will need to cancel courses due to insufficient numbers. We aim to make these decisions at least a week before the course is due to run
  • If we need to cancel a course at short notice e.g. poor weather, tutor sickness we will notify participants as soon as possible. To assist in this please ensure you have put appropriate contact numbers on your booking form

Participant Cancellation / Non-Attendance

  • Individuals that cancel a place within 48 hours of the training will not receive a refund
  • Individuals that fail to turn up for free training will also be charged £20.50 for non-attendance
  • Where participants are repeatedly missing training courses, the setting manager/supervisor will be written to and you may become ineligible for future subsidised training courses

Out of County Providers

  • If you provide childcare provision in a neighbouring county to Ceredigion, we will consider your application, but priority for places will be given to staff from Ceredigion settings first
  • If you require training we would advise you to contact your local Family Information Service as they will be able to tell you when the next course is running in your area
  • If you are attending a mandatory course in Ceredigion from a neighbouring county, you will be charged your local authority’s rate for training

Training in Welsh

  • Where possible we will try and ensure that training is available through the medium of Welsh. Unfortunately this is not always possible with accredited courses due to the awarding body
  • We are fortunate that the trainer for First Aid and Food Safety is a Welsh speaker and is willing to take questions in Welsh
  • Please let us know if you wish to complete your Food Safety assessment in the Welsh language at least 2 weeks before the training for us to arrange with the examining body

Certificates

  • You MUST bring PHOTO ID to all Food Safety and First Aid Training sessions - No photo ID = No certificate
  • Certificates are provided for all courses. Some are issued at the end of the training and others will follow by post according to the accreditation procedures for individual courses
  • These will be posted/e-mailed to the address stated on your completed course attendance form – subject to full payment from your setting

Training Terms and Conditions:-

Delegates attending all training courses will be expected to:

  • Be polite, courteous, respectful and honest at all times
  • Turn up on time, and stay for the duration of the course. It is not acceptable to request permission from the course facilitator to leave early on the day of the training
  • Actively participate, contribute to and demonstrate interest in the course content
  • Tea/Coffee will be available. However, if the training is all day you will be required to bring your own lunch

If there is a problem on the day of the training and you are not able to attend please telephone the office and leave a message on the answerphone with an explanation of your absence.

You can try any of the following numbers;

01970 633034 – office hours
01545 572 078 – out of hours (answerphone facility)

Please ensure that your staff are also aware of these numbers.

If you would like to have more information on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team!

Thank You

Business Wales can help you with all the information, advice and guidance you need if you are considering starting a business from home or are growing your business. Please visit the Business Wales website and search ‘Childcare’.

Starting a business from home: businesswales.gov.wales/starting-up/further-guides/starting-business-home

Progress for Success

Progress for Success helps early years, childcare and play settings in maintained and non-maintained sector across Wales become more successful - by funding free staff training!

Looking after children is more than just a job - it's a really important career. That's why the Welsh Government has launched Progress for Success, a new programme to improve qualifications and skills held by the early years, childcare and play workforce.

The benefits of highly-qualified employees to your business

Progress for Success provides the funding for you to support your employees through work based training to achieve higher-level qualifications and skills. Through additional training you can improve your staff's skills, improve your business and deliver a higher-quality service in many ways.

Quality

Higher-level qualifications will help your staff to deliver a high-quality service to make sure that children's needs are fully met, and provide greater future educational opportunities for children. Highly qualified staff are also proven to be more productive, meaning your business will become stronger and more efficient.

Reputation

Parents want the best for their children, so opinions of your business will spread fast. Make sure these are positive ones by making sure your staff are fully qualified for what their roles involves.

Satisfaction

Studies show that investing in your workforce proves that you value them. It improves quality and loyalty, and staff will stay with you.

Welsh language skills

There are a number of benefits associated with encouraging your employees to improve their Welsh-language skills and carry out training in Welsh or bilingually (in English and Welsh). It will increase exposure to the Welsh language for the children in your care, it may attract new customers, and it could increase customer loyalty.

Is your business eligible?

Progress for Success is for employers of professionals working in the early years, childcare or play sector, who are looking to increase the skills of those with qualifications below Level 3.

To receive funding you and your employee must meet the following criteria:

  • your employee must to be aged 25 or above at the time you make the application
  • your early years, childcare, or play setting must be registered with CSSIW
  • your employee must be employed for 16 hours or more a week
  • your employee must have been employed in your setting for at least 4 weeks at the time of your application
    (Please note that other criteria may apply)

Progress for success is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

For more information please visit the Progress for Success European Social Fund Programme page on the Welsh Government website.

Social Care Wales

Social Care Wales support the workforce and improvement in social care in Wales You can sign up to their monthly bulletin by e-mailing newsletter@socialcare.wales

WeCare

WeCare aims to help attract, recruit and retain care staff in Wales. The website hosts a growing list of social care and early years employers in Wales, and you can find out more about the many opportunities to work with adults and children, and hear what it’s really like to work in care from those already doing the job.

You can also view a database of social care and early years providers who may have job opportunities.