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Information & Childcare Team
The Information & Childcare Team offer advice and support to practitioners, parents and carers on the many issues surrounding childcare and Early Years across Warrington. The team consists of;

Early Years Quality Support Officers and Early Help Team Leaders - They lead on the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) support to childcare providers and promote high quality provision across the borough by supporting providers with their quality, business and training needs.

Early Years Childcare Development Officers - Support childminders and out of school providers, as well as providing a comprehensive CPD programme.

Early Education Funding (EEF)

Early Education Funding funding is available to all 3 and 4 year olds and limited funding for some 2 year olds in the Warrington area. The funding enables children to access up to 15 hours per week of high quality early education, at a pre-school playgroup, private day nursery, maintained nursery class/school or childminder. For more detailed information contact the Early Education Funding Team

Contact any member of the Information & Childcare Team for more information at childcaretraining@warrington.gov.uk or view the courses through this website.
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Trauma Parenting Specialist Jane Evans comes to Warrington
14 Sep
Warrington Early years training team are delighted to welcome Jane Evans in in October and November to deliver some thought provoking workshops to help anybody working with children how to effectively Understand and support the needs of children impacted by early trauma. Early trauma shapes a child’s brain and body development and their perception of themselves, others and the world around them. They can only communicate the impact via their behaviours which may be subtle or very noticeable. Feeling more competent and confident about supporting the needs of children who find daily life extra stressful is a vital component of daily practice. This course will extend knowledge and offer clear strategies to use and to share Jane is a ‘learn the hard way’ person. She has learnt from personal experiences and through direct work with people who have often been in really bad places emotionally, relationally, practically and sometimes professionally. Its vitally important to better understand the role anxiety plays in children’s health, development and challenging behaviours. At the same time we must look at the anxiety behind the beliefs and behaviours of those who care for our children, whether as parents, carers or professionals. Quotes from Jane's website: "My work with two families impacted by children being violent to their parents was featured as part of Channel 5’s My Violent Child Series, March 2015 and I also appeared with a parent overwhelmed by aggressive behaviour from her 9 year old daughter on ITV’s This Morning, October 2015. My contributions to Channel 5 News have covered a range of children’s, young people’s and parenting issues, dilemmas and concerns. In my TEDxBristol Talk, I fulfilled a life-long ambition to talk about how we, and how children, are impacted by anxiety. I have relished the opportunity to speak to a packed audience at the Colston Hall and to be part of a life changing day for all who attended and took part. My breadth and depth of current knowledge, and my compassion for both children and parents, make me an asset to any programmes featuring children, young people and challenging behaviours. Regular contributions to Radio 5 Live, BBC Bristol and BBC Wiltshire and Magazine features, in Bella and Take a Break, focus on a variety of issues relating to how we are raising and treating children and young people in the twenty-first century, such as, in step-families, when going through divorce, children’s depression and anxiety. I draw upon my personal parenting and life experience and my long-term direct work with families, and combine this with my unceasing quest to marry the scientific research and findings to what I see and hear from those that I support." This workshop is available for anyone who works with children on a day to day to basis and is fantastically priced at only £40 per person. Bookings through www.myearlyyearservices.co.uk.
Warrington's Early Help Evidence-Based Parenting Offer
16 Jul
Dear Colleagues, Please find attached the updated Warrington’s Early Help Evidence-Based Parenting Offer and Planner for September 2018 to July 2019. All referrals will be screened and allocated to a waiting list and referrers will be notified of which programme the family have been placed on. Closer to the start date of the course, Parenting Co-Ordinators will contact referrers and confirm ability of parent to attend (time, day and venue). A home visit will then be completed to determine course readiness and referrers will be notified of outcome. If you have any queries in regards to making a referral or an update on any referral made, please do not hesitate to contact the parenting co-ordinators on the numbers below. Thank you. Kind regards, Louise Donaldson Suzanne Clements Parenting Co-Ordinator Parenting Co-Ordinator Complex Families Complex Families Early Help Division Early Help Division Families and Wellbeing Directorate Families and Wellbeing Directorate Warrington Borough Council Warrington Borough Council 2nd Floor 2nd Floor New Town House New Town House Buttermarket Street Buttermarket Street Warrington Warrington WA1 2NH WA1 2NH Office: 01925 444266 Office: 01925 442894 Mobile: 07815 590130 Mobile: 07976 682670