Did you know 5% of children in the UK having some degree of dyspraxia, and it often isn’t diagnosed until adulthood?
Our new CPD short course discusses Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia, and the affects of the lifelong condition on movement coordinating.
It’s a common motor disorder, with approx. 5% of children in the UK having some degree of dyspraxia, and it often isn’t diagnosed until adulthood.
Through the course you will learn about the disorder, symptoms and early identification, the assessment process, and how to support dyspraxics in a learning environment. Those working with children will benefit from understanding more about how their disorder affects their every day life and how practitioners can assist them.
National Apprenticeship Week runs from 4 – 8 March and is a time to celebrate the legacy of apprenticeships, while also taking the opportunity to inform young people and businesses about the positive impacts apprenticeships could have for them.
Our team of educators and writers believe strongly in the
importance of lifelong learning and apprenticeships. This is why we work hard
to create the best possible online learning resources for colleges and training
providers to use as part of their blended teaching and learning approach for their
Why choose an
apprenticeship in Childcare?
Many of our staff at Laser Systems have a background in
early years childcare. Therefore, as a team we are passionate about delivering
the best possible training to those who want to begin a career in childcare,
and an apprenticeship is a fantastic first step for anyone considering working
Working with children is an incredibly rewarding career
path, and it’s also a lot of hard work! As an early years practitioner, you are
responsible for the daily care of babies and children, which also means you
have a impact on each individual child’s development.
You might consider starting and apprenticeship in childcare
if you enjoy looking after children, have experience taking care of young
children, and want to learn about how to provide the best possible environment
for children to grow, learn, and develop.
What will you learn?
An example of a qualification you might complete as part of
an apprenticeship is the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years
Workforce (Early Years Educator), though our learning resources are relevant to
the standards for a wide variety of awarding organisations.
Throughout your apprenticeship, your on the job learning
will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively care
for babies and children while taking into consideration their individual needs.
You will develop the skills to support each child’s health and well-being, gain
a knowledge and understanding of legislation, frameworks and professional
practice, and build the skills to promote play, development and learning for
How will you learn?
As an apprentice you learn ‘on the job’ which means you gain
hands-on experience from day one. This gives you the advantage of gaining
invaluable experience from colleagues and managers in a real work environment.
It also means you earn a salary while working towards achieving your
qualification, and in most cases your apprenticeship costs are covered by
To achieve your qualification you will need to produce work
to show you are competent in each of the qualification criteria, which means
you will successfully pass each unit. You will also need to successfully
complete a longitudinal study, and show you are competent in your work
This doesn’t necessarily mean you are asked to produced a
written piece of work for each of the criteria as there are many different ways
to collect evidence for your portfolio. You may also take part in a
professional discussion with your trainer, produce reflective accounts, take
part in group discussions, produce videos to show your competence, and be
assessed via observation in the workplace.
If you are completing a qualification with a training
provider or college who use our Laser e-portfolio and/or Laser Lessons
resources, you will be supported by a trainer who will guide you through your
qualification, set your workplans, and mark your work. They are the person you
can contact whenever you have a question about your coursework or need advice
about your learning journey.
Your trainer will conduct teaching sessions with you and you
can then use the Laser Lessons resources to continue your study during your
allocated learning time.
Here’s an example of a good practice example video included with Laser Lessons resources and filmed specifically for this qualification:
As our resources are online you can access them with an
internet connection anywhere and at any time. If you are using the Laser
e-portfolio you can also upload work, read feedback comments, and email your
trainer at any time.
What roles can you go
on to work in?
You can go on to work with children aged 0 -5 in a variety
of environments including nurseries, pre-schools, reception class, and
children’s centres. You can also go on to specialise in specific areas of
childcare such as training to support children with special educational needs,
or to set up your own childcare service.
There are also higher levels of qualification you can
achieve at levels 4, 5, and 6 which can aid you to move into manager positions
or to further specialise your knowledge and skills to work with children in
your desired environment.
More about our Laser
Laser Lessons resources are written by subject specialists
with vocational experience in their chosen area. Each lesson follows our unique
Laser format, giving each learner:
Afilmed tutorial with a professional
presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for
Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge
and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they
have gained towards a real-life scenario
If you’re considering applying for an apprenticeship, look for local apprenticeship vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website.
If you are a training provider, college, or business who would like to more about using the Laser e-portfolio and Laser Lessons resources to deliver apprenticeship teaching and learning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We’re delighted to introduce our new short course, Music for All.
This short course is a free addition for those with an account on Laser Short courses and is a teaching short course guiding you step-by-step to establish a ‘Music for all’ initiative in your school.
The course includes template documentation to put together a presentation that will introduce the approach to your governors and the senior leadership team, to introduce parents and children to the idea and to share with staff how it could be used to raise attainment and improve behaviour and well-being. The course will guide you through the process of finding staff and structuring and organising lessons.
You will be able to watch a short documentary filmed at Langley Hall which explains their ‘Music for all’ approach and the children’s resulting activities. We hope that this will inspire you to adopt a similar approach in your school.
Finally, the course will give you the opportunity to think through the questions and challenges you will face in adopting a ‘Music for all’ initiative at your school and being prepared for this by having counter arguments to hand and practical solutions to problems that will be presented as reasons why it might not work in your school, setting, or environment.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
Educating children and young people about being safe on the internet, how to recognise threats, and where they can go to for additional support is an important task in today’s society. Ensuring the online world is a safe space is an integral part of ensuring the well-being of the young people in our care.
You can equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to protect young people by completing our online CPD short course Keeping Children Safe on the Internet. Internet usage has increased enormously, but so have reports of the safeguarding issues linked to abuses of internet communication. This course will introduce you to some of the risks and dangers, and how to deal with them – including where to report online concerns and risks.
This short course is endorsed by the awarding organisation, CACHE.
Rosie Hamilton-McGinty and Professor Pat Preedy are passionate about the importance of parents or guardians working with practitioners and carers to support children. The first step towards this is often providing parents or guardians with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve this.
A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course is written by Professor Pat Preedy and Rosie Hamilton-McGinty and is designed to train practitioners and teachers to be able to deliver the A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop to the parents or guardians of the children they work with.
We asked Rosie and Pat to explain more about the course, A Winning Attitude, and why they believe this training is essential for ensuring the best outcomes for children.
How did you come up with the idea of A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop?
Rosie: My background is as an author on character and attitude development of people. I organise a range of training with presentations on ‘How to Bring out the Best in People’ for organisations. When Pat and I first met in 2011 at the school where Pat was Executive Principal, she told me how she used quotes from my A Winning Attitude book in her school assemblies.
Pat: Rosie went on to speak at the school’s speech day and to present A Winning Attitude books to the leavers. I had been doing a lot of work with parents and from that time we partnered and developed A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop, with a course tagline ‘How to bring out the Best in your Child’.
What makes you so passionate about the role of the parent(s) in a child’s development?
P: I completed my masters on effective ways of partnering with parents and went on to work with Dr Kay Sanderson on the Parents and Carers as Play Partners Project. There is considerable research available e.g. by Professor John Hattie, that when parents engage with their children by sharing, encouraging and talking about their learning there is an acceleration in academic and personal outcomes for children which can be the equivalent of two years of schooling.
R: Schools have a major role in helping parents to engage with their children. We designed A Winning Attitude course in order that teachers and early years practitioners develop the skills and have the resources to run effective workshops to support parents.
Why did you choose to make this course available online?
R: At the launch of A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop in March 2017 we ran two pilot courses at The Revel School and Pattison College which were extremely successful. The enthusiasm from teachers and practitioners for this new course led us to develop the course further to include an Introduction to the Parent Workshop.
P: Following on from this standpoint we decided to combine the two courses and with the assistance of Laser Learning the online version allowed us to reach schools throughout the UK and internationally. The online course was launched on 1st November 2018. We are delighted that providing the course online enables us to reach many more schools and settings.
Can you tell us a bit more about what you consider to be ‘a winning attitude’?
R: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. One’s attitude, the attitude you adopt when interacting with others, sets an emotional platform for happier and successful relationships to develop. Your interactions and attitude can make a person feel significant valued and loved, which is everyone’s birth right.
What are your hopes for parents who attend a workshop?
P: That every parent leaves the workshop motivated to make positive changes in the way they interact with their children. Parents need to become strong role models if they wish for their children to become well rounded individuals in life.
R: Small changes can lead to a more fulfilling happier relationship.
Can you briefly outline what the course covers?
P: The A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course covers four sessions/modules:
Session 1: Meeting your Child’s Emotional Needs; Making Choices
Session 2: Code of Conduct, Behaviour and Manners
Session 3: Discipline, Children Need Limits, Structure and Consistency
Session 4: Fun, Engagement and Play; Building Strong Relationships
By completing the course, you will also then have access to the resources needed to deliver the Parent Workshop yourself.
What are you most proud of in the A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course?
R: We are both interested and passionate about our work in helping to make a difference by enabling schools to assist parents to realise and bring out the best in their child. We are proud to have written a course that can make a positive difference to children and parents.
P: We understand that teachers and practitioners have very demanding jobs. It is very rewarding to know that the resources we have written are appreciated and enable the parent workshops to happen with the minimum of pressure on staff.
Any other comments you would like to make?
P: If we can attract funding for this course it will enable us to fund schools in underprivileged areas of the country to receive the course free of charge. We would really like all schools and settings to be able to implement A Winning Attitude for the benefit of their children and parents.
A Winning Attitude: Parent Workshop course is also a strong contributory factor when inspectors judge the quality and impact of the partnership with parents within the school or setting.