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The Pre-School Learning Alliance has announced that free training packages are being made available for its 14,000 members, thanks to a partnership deal with training provider EduCare.
Day nurseries across England can enrol for the distance learning courses as of 1 May, as part of an initiative to drive up childcare and early years learning standards that would cost the sector millions of pounds to achieve.
There are four types of course available: child protection awareness in education, safer recruitment, children’s rights and child neglect, while further courses are available at a reduce cost in order to further encourage providers to drive up standards.
The Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch welcomed the development, saying: ‘At a time when budgets are tight and local authority funding for training is being withdrawn, we are delighted to announce that from May all Alliance members will be able to access free training for their entire staff teams.
‘With the decline in the availability of traditional classroom-based training and the rising cost of releasing staff to go on training courses, these programmes provide a high quality, cost effective and accessible route to train all staff on the topics that matter to the early years sector.’
Established in 1961, the Pre-School Learning Alliance has now contributed to childcare developments in England for over 50 years, supporting a wide range of campaigns and volunteer work.
Last month the Alliance welcomed the findings of the National Audit Office in relation to free education entitlement, agreeing that early years provision remains essential for the future prospects of our children.