Jen Rowbotham and Carly Smith have over 20 years combined experience as Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Kindergartens. The duo will therefore invest personal knowledge and professional insight into Eden Training Solutions’ specialist SENCo qualification, enabling early years practitioners to provide the best possible support for children, parents and carers.
Eden Junior Special Education Coordinators the accredited course is designed for level 3 nursery practitioners in private, voluntary or independent settings and is designed for those already working as a SENCo or those interested in further training. The course lasts eight weeks and combines learning sessions with expert tutors, with specific tasks and assignments aimed at exploring the role and responsibilities of an early years SENCo and understanding strategies and techniques to support children and their families.
Eden Skills trainers Jen and Carly, who have been instrumental in developing the new SENCo programme, which is due to be rolled out across nurseries nationally from July 2022, both worked as nursery managers before taking up coaching roles at the specialist early childhood education provider . . As such, they each experienced first-hand the important role that SENCos play in ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for preschool children with SEND.
Carly Smith, who has worked in the early years sector for 17 years, starting her career as a Level 2 pupil and progressing to the role of Manager at the Ofsted-rated Cliff Hill Nursery, comments:
“I am delighted to be involved in the development and delivery of this SENCo qualification, which I believe is long overdue in our industry. Over the years, I have seen how the limited resources available to kindergartens fail to meet the needs of children and families, and I believe that there is no other curriculum that provides the breadth and depth of ideas, strategies, and techniques that our support for preschool children.”
Jen Rowbotham, who has also worked in childcare for over ten years with a Diploma in Early Years Practice, adds:
“The SENCo training I did over 10 years ago was delivered by the local authority and covered the very basics, with most of my learning being ‘on the job’. By adding real-life experience to the training, we can give people the support and knowledge they really need to navigate the nuances of the role.”
“We decided to make the qualification free for all our early years pupils to allow nurseries to access optimal training and, in many cases, to have more than one qualified SENCo on site to have a team of trained staff. that can work together to meet the needs of children.’
The accredited SENCo course, developed by Eden Training Solutions, covers two sections: ‘the roles and responsibilities of an early years SENCo’ and ‘strategies and techniques for supporting children and families’. It is offered at two levels – CPD (non-accredited) which is free for all Eden Training Solutions Early Year learners, and fully accredited at a nominal cost of £100 to cover registration and certification costs.
Eden’s SENCo courses are also available to non-practitioners in all nurseries across the UK – a non-accredited course costs between £50-£100 and an accredited qualification is available from £100-£150*.
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