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EYFS training for schools and settings

The Early Years Improvement Advisory Team can offer a range of training packages for providers, including briefings for leaders and managers, training for designated officers and bespoke training for group settings, including some accredited courses. Please contact a member of the team for further information:

In the sections below you can find information about training to support the requirements of EYFS and Ofsted, and other training for specialist roles:

Creating user account for CPD and booking courses with Hoople

Herefordshire CPD online and Hoople Training Services offer a range of courses to support statutory training and professional development for early years providers.

  • Herefordshire CPD online - Workforce Development for Schools and Early Years
  • In Logon panel on left of page, select new user and complete new online user account form.
  • You will need to select your job title, and your organisation from drop down lists. If your organisation is not listed, or you are self-employed, ring the contact given to register.
  • Log in to book for training courses.
  • Hoople Training Services - Browse the courses or search by keyword.
  • Call or email Hoople customer services number on site for enquiries and to book.

Statutory training for early years providers

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) induction

To meet the requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage you need be able to show that you understand the learning and development requirements relating to observation, assessment and planning for children 0-5 years. This means showing that you have completed an approved induction course for EYFS such as one from the list below:

Paediatric first aid certificate

This must be a course lasting at least 12 hours and contain appropriate training that would satisfy Ofsted. Look for a training provider that offers a level 2 certificate accredited by a company such as Qualsafe.

Hoople, previously PCT training, offer:

Food hygiene

All childminders should have a food hygiene qualification in place. It is widely available, including from:

Other general EYFS training, some of which will be accredited, may also be available from the following organisations:

Early years safeguarding training

For information about availability of local safeguarding training:

Training for pre-school SENCOs

Training for all new pre-school SENCOs is essential. Existing SENCOs also need refresher training every few years.

Herefordshire Council runs training for pre-school SENCOs every term. The training is designed so that SENCOs will:

  • Have a clear understanding of their role as SENCO and the current legislation applying to their setting                                               
  • Know how to use the SEND Code of Practice graduated approach to assessment and planning, and how to review children's progress
  • Know how to refer for inclusion support, funding and Education, Health and Care Plans (where relevant)

To find out the date of the next training session or to book a place visit:

Training for pre-school behaviour coordinators

Herefordshire Council runs training for pre-school behaviour coordinators every term. The training is designed so that behaviour coordinators will be able to:

  • Identify and put into practice strategies to promote positive behaviour in their setting
  • Effectively observe children's behaviour
  • Identify behaviour that may be a cause for concern and know what to do next
  • Put together an effective behaviour policy

To find out the date of the next training session or to book a place visit:

National organisations offering EYFS training

You may need to be a member of some of the above organisations in order to access their training.