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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 30 Mins
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30 Mins


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5 Videos


Join Emily in this enriching and transformative class designed to elevate your understanding and proficiency in staff inductions within the unique realm of Early Years Education. Across five thoughtfully crafted lessons, participants will navigate the intricate landscape of recruitment challenges, master the art of creating welcoming onboarding experiences, and learn to seamlessly integrate new staff members into the educational and pedagogical fabric of your Early Years settings.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. The Difficulty of Recruitment in the World of Early Years and Some Things We Can Do to Help


In the opening lesson, participants will explore the unique challenges and intricacies of recruiting staff in the early years sector. Delve into the specific demands of finding qualified and dedicated individuals for roles within the Early Years Network. Discover practical strategies and solutions to overcome recruitment hurdles, ensuring a pool of candidates that align with the specialised requirements of early childhood education.

2. Welcoming Your Staff into the Setting and Hitting the Ground Running


Building on a foundation of successful recruitment, Lesson 2 focuses on the critical transition from hiring to onboarding. Participants will learn key techniques for creating a warm and inclusive environment that facilitates a smooth integration for new staff members. Explore methods for providing necessary information, resources, and support, allowing employees to quickly acclimate to their roles and contribute effectively to the Early Years setting.

3. Creating an Induction Process for Your Setting


This lesson delves into the strategic planning and development of a tailored induction process for your Early Years setting. Explore the essential components of an effective induction program, from administrative procedures to hands-on training. Participants will gain insights into crafting a comprehensive onboarding strategy that reflects the unique culture, values, and expectations of your early years setting.

4. Curriculum Inductions and Embedding New Employees in Your Educational and Pedagogical Principles


In Lesson 4, participants will focus on the alignment of new staff members with the educational and pedagogical foundations of your setting. You'll explore methods to integrate new employees into the curriculum, teaching philosophies, and overall educational principles. Discover how to create a collaborative environment where all staff contribute to a cohesive and enriching learning experience for young children.

5. Why the Entire Process is So Important


The final lesson provides a reflective perspective on the comprehensive staff induction process within your setting. Understand the long-term significance of investing time and effort into recruitment, onboarding, and curriculum alignment. Explore real-world examples and success stories, emphasizing the impact of a well-executed staff induction program on employee satisfaction, retention, and the overall success of your Early Years setting.

Meet your teacher

Having worked in early years since the age of 16 early childhood learning means everything to me, which is why I'm so passionate about ensuring a platform dedicated to our communities learning exists. I've experienced first hand the lack of genuine and affordable learning opportunities that exist within early years and trying to provide my teams with high quality and flexible training on a non-existent budget is an impossible task. Its our mission to change this.

'Something all childminder's should invest in...'

Working alone can sometimes mean that my motivation and inspiration can run low. But since finding The Early Years Network I no longer feel like I am developing my practice on my own. The personable and really informative videos allows me to create variety throughout the day through really detailed learning and development for myself.

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Are all the Network Classes included in my monthly price?

Regardless if you are a standard user or a corporate user, your membership grants you access to our entire collection of Network Classes so you can begin your educational journey with us today without any limitations.

Are there quizzes on the platform?

The Early Years Network is all about meaningful learning that will transform the way you interact with and educate young children, not attempting to fill your head with information for the sake of a quick superficial quiz.

Are videos available in different languages?

Unfortunately for the time being videos are only available in English, but maybe one day...

Can I access The Early Years Network if I don't have an early years qualification?

YES! Content on The Early Years Network has been created for people interested in early years regardless of age, experience or academic background. We have something for everyone whether you are a childminder, parent/carer or an early years professional.

Can I download the videos?

No, all videos are only accessible to stream online and require an internet connection in order to access the platform and watch the content.

Can I only access The Early Years Network on a computer?

Absolutely not, The Early Years Network has been optimised to be used on any device from your mobile phone to your tablet! Our flexible approach to learning embraces any and all types of device so you can learn anytime, anywhere!

Is The Early Network an accredited institution?

Whilst The Early Years Network is not an accredited body we do offer skill-based learning helping people transform knowledge and theory into meaningful change and improvement to their practice, environments and curriculum. Our Network Courses are created and hosted by leading experts within their academic fields, and upon completion of each course learners will be provided with a certificate to evidence their achievement.

Is there a minimum subscription time?

Of course not! You're free to cancel your membership whenever you like.

What is The Early Years Network?

We are a learning and development platform dedicated to the magical world of early years! We cover a wide range of topics, from child brain development to the importance of safeguarding and child wellbeing, through high-quality and immersive video content.

What subjects are covered on The Early Years Network?

We cover everything Early Years from ‘Cognitive Development Theories’, to the science behind play and even how to build the best rocket ship out of cardboard (you won't want to miss that video!). If you can think of a topic in early years we've probably got a video on it!

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