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Early years practitioners complete more than 135,000 EduCare courses in lockdown

By Rachel LawlerEduCare training early years
Early years practioners completed more than 135,000 EduCare training courses during the lockdown period, according to new statistics released by the Alliance.
The data, provided by online training provider and Alliance partner EduCare, shows that since the beginning of lockdown between March and June 2020, more than 130,000 free EduCare training courses have been completed by Alliance members.
This is up by more than 500% on figures for the same period in 2019.
April and May were the most popular months for training, with a combined total of over 85,000 EduCare courses completed, compared to around 12,000 over the same period in 2019.  
Infection prevention and control
The most popular courses between March and June 2020 were Infection Prevention and Control in an Early Years SettingSpeech, Language and Communication; and Understanding and Addressing Behaviour in the Early Years.
Members of Alliance can able to access more than 20 CPD-accredited online training courses via EduCare for free as part of their membership. The courses are also available to purchase for non-members..
Challenging times
Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, said: “It is great to see that so many early years practitioners have taken the opportunity to engage in our online training courses during the lockdown period.
"The fact that well over 100,000 courses were completed during what was a very challenging period for the sector is testament to the early years workforce’s commitment to continuous learning and professional development. 
“With the pandemic prompting many providers to embrace an increasingly digital approach to everything from communicating with parents to online setting tours to virtual play sessions, now is the perfect time for those who have yet to try online training to experience the benefits for themselves. 

"We look forward to continuing to work with EduCare to develop even more courses to help support the sector and meet the changing needs of the early years workforce going forward.” 

Find out more
Find out more about the EduCare courses available to Alliance membere here