SMARTpd webinars

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A webinar is an online seminar that focuses on a specific topic that is both relevant and current for early years providers.

Here you can get free access to monthly SMARTpd webinars hosted by our own early years experts.

Participants are able to view a ‘live’ presentation and have the opportunity to submit questions and contribute to discussion. Each webinar then remains available via our You Tube channel.

Next webinar:

Welcome Back series: Meeting children's needs from day one

Thursday, May 28, 2020 4PM - 5PM BST

With early years settings planning to open up their provision from 1 June, this essential webinar will consider the emotional, learning and development needs of the returning children. Melanie Pilcher (Quality and Standards Manager) and Michael Freeston (Director of Quality Improvement) will reflect on the government guidance published on 24 May and draw on the practical experiences of managers and staff who have remained open during lockdown.

The session will focus on ensuring that the children's needs are at the heart of the opening up process, recognising that the children who left you in March will not be the same as those returning in June; their experiences of lockdown, whether positive or less so will have changed them and your provision and practice must be ready to adapt to them.

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Next webinar:

Focus on furloughing for the early years

Thursday 4 June 5.30PM-6.30PM BST

Neil Leitch, Alliance chief executive and Mandip Sanghera, Law-Call legal advice and review centre manager join host, Paul Donaldson, Alliance director of human resources to explore the implications and impact of this scheme on the sector. The session will give useful, informative and practical advice to ensure you make the most of this extra funding.

Paul opens the session giving an overview of the scheme, what it involves, how it works and covering the detail of the recent extension to the end of October 2020. The session then gives a broader perspective on the impact of the scheme for the Sector, exploring how this scheme and related funding is working to support providers through this crisis.  

Our legal expert, Mandip, closes the session, identifying key themes emerging from attendee questions and tackling the most common key questions raised to ensure everyone benefits as much as possible from the scheme. While Mandip can’t respond to specific or individual circumstances or scenarios from attendees, she will address key themes and areas of confusion around the scheme. 

N.B. Attendees are invited to submit their questions in advance as part of the booking process. We can then cover as many questions as possible in the limited time available. For Alliance members with specific queries, please do speak with Law-Call to access to your free legal advice as part of your membership with us.

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Previous webinar:

Welcome Back: Reopening childminding provision

Aired: Thursday 21 May 2020, 6PM - 7PM BST

The opening up of childminding provision across England will be an essential element in the country's progress out of lockdown.

The challenges childminders face in welcoming back children into their homes are complex and numerous.

This essential webinar and panel discussion will provide an overview of the current government guidance for childminding provision and draw on the skills and knowledge of experienced childminders to consider their implications for the sector.

Sarah Neville from Knutsford Childminding and Heidi Stuart a childminder from Tunbridge Wells will join the Alliance's Michael Freeston and Melanie Pilcher to consider the issues facing childminders looking to open up their provision to children as lockdown eases.

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This webinar is part of a range of Welcome Back resources that are free to Alliance members in the Members' Area and available for non-members to buy from our Shop.

Our previous webinars are available on our YouTube channel.

Resource packs

Each SMARTpd webinar is accompanied by a resource pack that contains the webinar slides, facilitator notes and other resources that can be used in your team meetings or training days to provide support and improve practice.

SMARTpd resource packs are available electronically for just £15 for members and £20 for non-members. 

To order a resource pack email or call 0300 330 0996


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