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Childcare providers in the Isles of Scilly have received bespoke training on how to support practitioners in delivering funded early education places to disadvantaged two-year-olds.
The training was delivered by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) as part of its Achieving Two-Year-Olds (A2YO) contract with Mott MacDonald, which is funded by the Department for Education. The two-day programme was designed to equip providers with the knowledge and confidence to effectively manage the expansion of two-year-old places in their settings. The training also concentrated on increasing awareness of supporting vulnerable families and engaging with them effectively.
Stella Ziolkowski, director of quality and workforce development at NDNA, said: “This training is a highly successful example of the type of bespoke training that NDNA can deliver to prepare settings to provide sufficient places for all children and families in England. We are working with 84 local authorities across the UK and can tailor training around all aspects of working with two-years-olds.
“This support is essential, especially in remote communities, as they can benefit from the training and advice necessary to effectively deliver on the Government’s commitment to disadvantaged children and families.”
Helen McGuiness, childcare and youth officer at the Council of the Isles of Scilly, said: “Children’s Services staff and local providers attended NDNA’s twilight presentation on approaches to working with vulnerable families in terms of supporting them to access the two-year-old offer.
“This was invaluable training, particularly as professionals. We all live and work so closely to the families we provide for within the Isles of Scilly community.”