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Voices, Rights & Choices (AfC Directors and Kingston and Richmond Elected members) (Cancelled)

Young people’s right to participate in decisions that have a direct impact on their lives is enshrined in Article 12 of the United Nations Conventions for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989).

This is a bite sized session which explores the current mechanisms of involving children and young people (CYP) in key decisions that affect their lives when engaged with social care in Achieving for Children (AfC).

This session is co-facilitated by young people who have or are experiencing life as a looked after child.
Course Code: SFVSS 18/253

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Encouraging the voice of the child during Engagement & Assessment

This course was specifically developed to meet the findings from 'The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews a thematic report of Ofsted's evaluation of serious case reviews from 1 April to 30 September 2010’ (Ofsted, 2010).

This thematic report published by Ofsted ‘highlighted the importance of seeing, observing and hearing the child’ (The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews, 2010), which makes this course all the more valuable, relevant and unfortunately still current. Over the last few years empirical data from research still indicates t ...
Course Code: EDU 18/300

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Speech and Language Therapy Enhanced Skills for Practitioners

This course will give delegates practical strategies to identify and support early speech, language and communication (SLC) skills development. It is relevant for anybody working closely with preschool/Early Years children in their role.

The course is in two parts and delegates are required to attend both sessions.

SLC skills are a fundamental part of a child’s early development as reflected in the early years foundation curriculum. The wealth of evidence accrued nationally, and locally, over the past years endorses the importance of early identification and support for children at ...
Course Code: SFVSS 18/241
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Tuesday 5 February 201909:30 - 12:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap
Session 2Tuesday 5 March 201909:30 - 11:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap
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Using Visuals to Support Communication

This course is *NEW for 2018* and intended for any practitioner working with children and young people with complex needs and significant communication difficulties.

We will discuss the various visual strategies that you can use to support and enhance the communication of children and young people who are predominantly non-verbal, including: Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), Aided Language Displays, Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books and high-tech communication aids.

The course will equip attendees with practical opportunities to use these approa ...
Course Code: SFVSS 18/258
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Session 1Tuesday 26 February 201909:30 - 12:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9ALMap
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Story Sacks and Poetry Pockets

According to research by the National Literacy Trust, language and literacy skills have a huge impact on a child’s life outcomes. For example, children born into communities with the most serious literacy challenges have some of the lowest life expectancies in England. (Literacy and life expectancy report, February 2018).

The 2017 government report ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’ acknowledges the ‘word gap’ – that exists in early years between children of different economic backgrounds.

Providing rich opportunities for stories, rhymes and poems is an essential element of high q ...
Course Code: EDU 18/660
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Session 1Tuesday 12 March 201909:30 - 13:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap
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The Reluctant Talker – Children Who Can Talk, But Don’t…

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework states ‘communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations’ (2017). This course is designed as an introduction into how practitioners can better support children who are reluctant to communicate through talk.

Through the course of the session the trainers will discuss the most suitable ways to support children who are reluctant to talk, despite parental reports that ...
Course Code: EY 18/060
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Session 1Wednesday 20 March 201909:30 - 13:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9ALMap
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Using Visuals to Support Communication

This course is *NEW for 2018* and intended for any practitioner working with children and young people with complex needs and significant communication difficulties.

We will discuss the various visual strategies that you can use to support and enhance the communication of children and young people who are predominantly non-verbal, including: Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), Aided Language Displays, Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books and high-tech communication aids.

The course will equip attendees with practical opportunities to use these approa ...
Course Code: SFVSS 18/259
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 25 April 201909:30 - 12:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap
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The Reluctant Talker – Children Who Can Talk, But Don’t…

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework states ‘communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations’ (2017). This course is designed as an introduction into how practitioners can better support children who are reluctant to communicate through talk.

Through the course of the session the trainers will discuss the most suitable ways to support children who are reluctant to talk, despite parental reports that ...
Course Code: EY 18/061
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Session 1Tuesday 14 May 201909:30 - 13:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BYMap
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English as an Additional Language (EAL) - supporting young children learning to talk in a bilingual environment

Speech Language and Communication skills (SLCs) are a fundamental part of a child’s early development as reflected in the Early Years Foundation curriculum. Children with EAL require a modified environment to support language learning, even beyond the point they have started using English. Those children who have SLC difficulties alongside EAL require a skilled workforce working together to identify difficulties early and embed support in the child’s everyday environment to ensure the best outcomes for the child.

The course will equip attendees with up-to-date knowledge and research tha ...
Course Code: SFVSS 18/244
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Session 1Monday 20 May 201909:30 - 13:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9ALMap
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Story Sacks and Poetry Pockets

According to research by the National Literacy Trust, language and literacy skills have a huge impact on a child’s life outcomes. For example, children born into communities with the most serious literacy challenges have some of the lowest life expectancies in England. (Literacy and life expectancy report, February 2018).

The 2017 government report ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’ acknowledges the ‘word gap’ – that exists in early years between children of different economic backgrounds.

Providing rich opportunities for stories, rhymes and poems is an essential element of high q ...
Course Code: EDU 18/661
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Session 1Tuesday 18 June 201909:30 - 13:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9ALMap
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