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Contact a Family has expanded their Helpline/Online services to offer a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) National Advice Service, following winning the contract from the Department for Education. The service will be staffed by experienced SEN advisers, and will offer a one stop shop for parents and other family members caring for a child with SEN, on all education issues. You can contact the service by phone (0808 808 3555), email or online. The helpline is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm.

4Children’s flagship Carousel Children’s Centre and Day Nursery have both received ‘outstanding’ in their latest Ofsted inspections. The double ‘outstanding’ for both the Children’s Centre and onsite Day Nursery is a rare achievement – particularly as it comes under the new more challenging inspection regime. Read more about it here.

The Directorate of Children and Young People at the Ministry of Defence have launched a website aimed at raising awareness across the early years sector, national and local authorities, schools, service personnel and their families, and the general public, about what the MOD are doing to ensure that children and young people are not disadvantaged due to being connected to the Armed Forces. Click here to check it out!

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is working in partnership with The Safer Food Group to offer fully accredited basic food hygiene training to nurseries for just £8. The course is done entirely online, making it easy to fit into busy working schedules and learners will gain a Level 2 award in Food Safety upon successful completion. For more information and to access the course, click here.

Ruth Endsor, Child Behavioural Specialist, is offering a range of introductory courses into why children behave the way they do. She says of the course “Have you ever wondered exactly why children behave the way that they do? Here is the bottom line! A Child’s behaviour is a direct result of how they feel! How a child feels is a direct result of what they are thinking! For example a young child starting nursery, who goes into class feeling miserable and shy and is thinking to himself that he hasn’t got any friends and he wants to go home, is far less likely to attract some friends because he may be sitting alone and not wanting to go and play with the others. A child who misbehaves will have negative thoughts in their mind like “I’m naughty, no one likes me”, “I don’t want to” and so on. If you want to improve children’s behaviour in your setting and bring out the best in every child join me for a Practitioners training day or visit the website for more easy, effect, proven solutions.

Continyou has launched the Learning Exchange aimed at schools and local authorities, including the VCS hub, created specifically for the voluntary and commercial sector. The exchange is an online community of extra-curricular practitioners which aims to provide support and advice to professionals – to help build link across the sector, share best practice, and offer free resources. Think about registering today!

OnePlusOne are offering free training to early years professionals to help them support families experiencing relationship problems. They are currently booked up until March 2012, but the programme is running until April 2013, so email them, phone them on 020 7553 9547, or visit their websites to find out more.

The National Portage Association are planning several Basic Portage Workshops in the next few months with free places for Children’s Centre staff. These will be Kirklees & Calderdale in November and in South London in January and February. We have a post Basic Portage Workshop training day planned in Sunderland in December and post Basic Portage Workshop networking days in Bromley & Portsmouth in November. Details of all courses can be found on the website.

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