In September 2022, the Kids Planet Training Academy formed a partnership with NDNA and Best Practice Network to deliver SEND Level 3 qualifications to Kids Planet and external childcare settings across the UK.
Now in full swing, delivery started in November and the Academy is now on its 6th cohort with over 250 learners so far.
The programme was launched to support up to 5,000 early years SENCos, and build specialist expertise in SEND by increasing the number of Level 3 qualified SENCos in group-based settings and childminder settings.
“SENCO Level 3 training is available through our training academy and it is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of furthering knowledge in this area.
We are delighted with the high level of interest in the Department for Education’s Early Years SENCO training offer. Having more qualified SENCOs in Kids Planet Day Nurseries and beyond will have positive impacts on children with SEND and across the early years sector.”
To undertake the Level 3 Early Years SENCO qualification, you need to be an Early Years SENCO, or due to take up the role of Early Years SENCO, with an existing Level 3 qualification and the support of an appropriate setting, like private, voluntary or independent Early Years settings, Ofsted-registered childminders and childminder agencies.
The qualification has been designed to meet the requirements of the EYFS Framework and provide Early Years SENCOs and aspiring Early Years SENCOs with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to perform the role effectively.
The Level 3 Early Years SENCO qualification is delivered over 4 months through Online Taught Sessions and Online Study Units.
They consist of live tutor-led training, incorporating pre-reading tasks, breakout room activities, group discussion and group training, covering the roles and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and strategies and techniques for supporting children and families.
Kids Planet is passionate about qualifications making a difference to practice and is committed to ensuring all children have the best possible start in life by ensuring early years educators have the opportunity to undertake high quality pertinent qualifications.
To further support this we are committed to training SENCo in all of our nurseries and have a dedicated SEND team who provide support, advice and guidance to the Nursery SENDCo for those children who present with additional needs. The SEND team even came away from the nasen Awards, held at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham, with a coveted top prize for Early Years Provision.
Further details about the programme are available at https://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/early-years-SENCO