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Who We Are and What We Do

The Early Years Quality Support and Training Team, EYQST, is a team of skilled, experienced and highly qualified early year’s professionals who want the very best outcomes for children in Camden.

Like all providers, we know that children’s early years experiences sets them up for their future learning and have a significant impact on their life chances. Our aim is to work in partnership with both settings and childminders to offer support, advice and training that will help you to achieve this through your implementation of the EYFS and the wider principles and philosophies behind the very best early years practice.

Quality Advice and Support
As qualified, experienced practitioners, the Early Years Advisors recognise that providing good quality, early years experience is fun, rewarding, challenging and often demanding. Therefore, we aim to support the valuable work that you do by offering constructive feedback and supporting you to continue to develop and enhance the quality of your provision.

We have always worked very successfully in partnership with early years providers for many years. Camden values the high quality of early education that children enjoy in the borough and has prioritised the continuation of free core advice and support across the early years sector. All providers will therefore receive a comprehensive core offer of free advice and support from our team of skilled advisors. We will work together with you to support continuous quality improvement so that children in our early years settings are experiencing good quality early education and childcare. This is turn
supports settings to achieve good inspection outcomes.

“Close partnerships with the local authority advisors has contributed to improvement.”
(2015 Ofsted inspection report for a setting in Camden judged to be Good that had previously been graded ‘requires improvement’ in 2014)

The Quality Support Offer available to Camden providers

  • Named advisor for all settings / Childminders
  • Access to our advice line. 
  • Access to termly EYFS drop-in surgeries 
  • Annual QI EYFS visit from named advisor with visit notes advising outcomes and recommendations.
  • Focused work on areas for development 
  • Advice about access to services for children with SEND eg, access to PAL line, SENDCO forum
  • New initiative information as necessary – eg, EYFS changes
  • Access to annual school transition meetings
  • Termly briefing/forums/Ofsted meetings for all settings and Childminders
  • Regular Electronic EY Bulletin 
  • Support on the EYFSP assessment for settings with reception age children and progress check at 2.

Safeguarding Training

  • Safeguarding children training – Level 1 (for All)
  • Safeguarding children training – Level 2/3 (for the designated person/childminder)
We know from the high participation levels and positive feedback that providers have valued the high quality training that Camden has provided. Therefore, the learning and development coordinator and supporting officer will continue to provide a range of high quality, relevant training opportunities for early years providers. The training programme will be published termly through the Camden Learning website and providers can choose to purchase on a pay as you go basis as little or as much training as you prefer. We will continue to work with you as providers, to ensure that the training offer meets your needs. Camden acknowledges that the financial situation facing many private, voluntary and independent providers is challenging and is committed to working in partnership to maintain the high quality of provision in the borough through providing advice, support and training services that are of high quality but affordable. You will therefore be able to purchase training as and when you have resources to do so.

“The training they undertake has a positive impact on the quality of their teaching”.
2017 Ofsted inspection report for a setting in Camden judged to be Good

Within the team, we have extensive expertise in a huge range of areas, for example:

Attachment Theory, Movement play, Forest Schools, Under 3s, Schemas, Ofsted Inspections, ECERS/ITERS/SSTEW, Leuven Scales, Key Person Systems, Enabling Environments, ECAT, Music, Brain development, Provocation Thinking, Emotional well-being, Observation, Assessment and Planning, Child Development, Safeguarding, Babies, Conflict resolution, Coaching, managing a team, Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, Early Mathematics, Language & Early Literacy and much more…

Bespoke support, consultation and setting based training
In addition to termly training programme, bespoke setting based training and focussed consultancy support is available to purchase.

Cost of training & quality support for settings and childminders
We will keep the cost to a minimum. There will be no charge for Safeguarding training and for briefings and forums. For 2022/2023, the cost is as follows:

Settings: Full Day £72.83, Half Day £34.41, Workshop £20.80, First Aid £98.84
Childminders: Full Day £41.62, Half Day £26.01, Workshop £10.40, First Aid £78.03

Full day: up to 6 hours
Half day: up to 3 ½ hours
Workshop: up to 2 hours (daytime and evening sessions)

Miscellaneous costs
  • Mock inspections for settings: £153
  • Consultancy visit £104.04
  • Settings based training – max. 20 participants: £208.08 (half day – up to 3 ½ hours) or £312.12 (full day – up to 6 hours) £10.40 for every extra participant up to a maximum of 30 on either the full or half day training.
The new model of Early Years Quality Support and Training will enable Camden Early Years providers to continue to be a recognised leaders in early years provision.