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Out of school childcare

Ofsted Headlines
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Analysis of Kent Ofsted reports for Out of School provision is identifying recommendations consistently being set around the following areas:

  • The development of  partnerships with schools, parents and other providers to meet children's needs and extend children's learning
  • Involvement of children in interesting and challenging activities, developing children's ability to solve problems independently and follow their interests in technology
  • Children's understanding of behaviour expectations and consistent use of good manners
  • Organisation of the environment for children to rest and relax.

Threads of Success have a range of training and support packages to support with the above, including:

Out of School Professional Training and Support
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Kent County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service is committed to supporting Early Years and Out of School Childcare provisions and practitioners.

Threads of Success offers a comprehensive, inclusive and high quality service through a range of services such as:

  • training
  • support packages
  • workshops
  • briefing and networking sessions
  • publications and products for Out of School provisions.

These include:

  • Strategic Improvement Visit - focused on the individual needs of your provision
  • Leadership and Management Professional Development Programme
  • Leading the Learning - Outstanding Practitioners Make the Difference
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Are you ready for your inspection
  • Securing Effective Self-Evaluation
  • Introduction to play and playwork
  • Introducing play theory into practice
  • Creating an effective indoor  environment
  • Creating an effective outdoor environment
  • Planning for play, monitoring and evaluation of play opportunities
  • Inclusion
  • Effective relationships and partnerships
  • Improvement and Achievement Award - for further information see our Quality Improvement Awards page

These services are delivered by Kent County Council’s, Early Years and Childcare qualified Playwork professionals who have a breadth of knowledge, training and hands on experience. This enables us to not only provide professional services for new practitioners and providers which will develop play and playwork skills, knowledge and understanding, but also offers a range of services which will enhance, challenge and extend existing provision and practice.

Our Out of School trainers and advisers have up to date knowledge, skills and information that is aligned to current legislation, guidance and research and are committed to their own development through continued professional development.

Workforce Development
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Level 2 and 3 - Playwork Award 

The award in Playwork aims to provide learners with the initial skills and knowledge they need if they are interested in becoming a Playworker. It can also form part of a current Playwork practitioner's continuing development.

This award offers the most up-to-date knowledge for working within the play sector and provides clear progression routes for further study.

You can work through the program in manageable steps, gaining credits for individual units and working towards having enough credits for the full qualification.

Further details on these qualifications can be found on our Workforce Development page.

Contact Details
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Visit the Threads of Success website to view the full range of training and support opportunities.

Early Years and Childcare Improvement Services
Telephone: 03000 41 23 23