Supporting Early Years Workforce Quality – Inclusion & Wellbeing Project
Welcome to the Institute of Wellbeing’s e-learning resource on increasing Inclusion and Wellbeing Practice in Early Years Settings funded by the Department for Education National Prospectus Programme. This resource has been designed for you to use in conjunction with the principles and duties set out in Early Years Foundation Stage framework and SEN code of practice.
This online resource went live in September 2015 and many practitioners have already started benefitting from it. To register for the course, click here
- work in a state-run or independent nursery school;
- work in a private or voluntary nursery, pre-school, out-of-school club or holiday play scheme;
- provide care for one or more children aged between birth and 5 to whom you are not related for reward in your home or in the home of one of the children;
- Is one of a group of four or more people working with children in someone’s home;
- Work in a faith-based run early years setting.
IT IS INTENDED TO HELP YOU:
- understand the concepts of ‘Inclusion and Wellbeing’ and why embedding them in practice is important;
- reflect on own your own wellbeing and how to be an effective wellbeing practitioner;
- learn how wellbeing inclusive practice is a vital early intervention that can increase social mobility;
- understand how to implement inclusive wellbeing practice in your own setting.
THE RESOURCE IS DIVIDED INTO EIGHT SECTIONS:
- Section ONE: What wellbeing is and why early years professionals need to understand it
- Section TWO: Looking at your own wellbeing and how that affects your practice
- Section THREE: Your role in supporting parents’ and children’s wellbeing in the early years.
- Section FOUR: Working with parents to help them improve the Home Learning Environment
- Section FIVE: How to identify children with a special educational need, support them and their families, and apply the 2014 SEND Code of Practice
- Section SIX: How to make your setting a place of wellbeing and what you and your colleagues can do to make it welcoming for families
- Section SEVEN: Reaching out into the community to ensure all parents take up their early education free entitlement
- Section EIGHT: Review of learning, working with parents checklist and next steps
Each section contains the latest messages from research with exercises and activities to reinforce your learning. Each section should take about an hour to work through and we recommend you do one module a week for six weeks.
Three months after you have completed the resource you will receive a short refresher resource to remind you of the key messages of Wellbeing Inclusive Practice and to measure the changes you have made to your practice as a result of this resource.
Frequently Asked Questions
- eLearning Resource
- 1. What is eLearning?More
eLearning is a flexible method of studying online which is designed to fit around your current work and existing personal commitments. You can choose how and when you study – at a time which is totally convenient for you. You will not need to travel to any classes as studying is entirely accessible online – 24/7.
- 2. Why this eLearning Resource?More
- It has been developed in partnership with DfE through funding from the Innovations Fund
- Understanding the importance of wellbeing is crucial for achieving inclusive outcomes
- Wellbeing is climbing political and educational agendas as the benefits of promoting wellbeing in children and families become clearer
- Working with all families in an inclusive way is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation framework
- Ofsted looks for evidence from all schools on the wellbeing of children.
- 3. How can it help me?More
This resource aims to help you understand the concepts of wellbeing and inclusion and why and how you should use them in your early years practice.
- 4. How does it work?More
The resource is divided into eight modules. Each module contains the latest messages from research with the information, tasks, homework and practical resources you will need to understand and digest before moving on to the next module. Each module will take about two to three hours to complete except for module five which may take slightly more.
Three months after you have completed the resource you will receive a short Refresher Module to remind you of the key messages of wellbeing inclusive practice and to measure the changes you have made to your practice as a result of this resource.
- 5. Who is this eLearning Resource for?More
This eLearning Resource is for those who…
- Work in a state-run or independent nursery school work in a private or voluntary nursery, pre-school, out-of-school club or holiday playscheme
- Provide care for one or more children aged between birth and five (to whom you are not related) for reward in your home or in the home of one of the children
- Are one of a group of four or more people working with children in someone’s home
- Work in a faith-based run early years setting
- 1. Do I need to create a membership account to access the eLearning Resource?More
Yes, new users must create a membership account prior to purchasing or accessing the eLearning Resource. You will receive an e-mail with your login and password credentials.
- 2. How long is the eLearning registration active?More
The eLearning Resource registration is active for six (6) months from the time the resource is activated for you.
- 3. What is included with my eLearning registration?More
All prices include the online training resource and certification after you have completed the Refresher Course.
- 4. Should I answer all registration questions?More
Yes, please answer all the prompted questions as they are specifically selected to ensure that we collect the right information, so that we can further develop tailored courses directly for our targeted market.
- System Requirements
- 1. Can I take this eLearning Resource on a Mac?More
Yes. Most users have reported being able to use alternate operating systems. Ensure you are using one of the recommended browsers when accessing the resource.
- 2. What are the minimum system requirements?More
You will need to have access to a suitable computer as well as a good reliable Internet connection to study online. The minimum requirements are:
Desktop or Laptop Computer Operating system:
Windows 7 or later
Mac 10.7 or later
· 800 MHz or faster processor
· 1GB RAM
Display 1024x768 recommended, 32-bit colour Audio Headset not required. Video Webcam not required. eMail Account Required - You will be asked to provide an email address upon registration. Broadband Internet Connection Broadband, 8mbps download speed or faster. Web Browser FireFox™, Chrome™, Microsoft Internet Explorer™ (version 10+) Plug-ins Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader Applications software Microsoft Office™ or an office suite compatible with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint file format.
- 3. What browsers can I use when completing the eLearning Resource?More
Currently, this eLearning Resource only supports Chrome, Firefox and later versions of Internet Explorer from version 10. We cannot guarantee full functionality on other browsers (e.g. IE 6 - 9, Safari, etc.)
- 4. What are the technical requirements?More
‘Currently, this eLearning Resource only supports Chrome, Firefox and later versions of Internet Explorer from version 10. We cannot guarantee full functionality on other browsers (e.g. IE 6 - 9, Safari, etc.)’.
To view all resource material, dynamic browser plug-ins must be installed and active.
- Technical Support
- 1. Is there someone I can get help from?More
Yes, if you experience any difficulties, you can contact the eLearning Support Centre for assistance. We can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 0700 2222 700 (local landline rates apply).
Please note that we are open from 9am. to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding all major holidays. Any emails or phone messages received after normal operating hours will be addressed on the following business day.
- Website Accessibility
- 1. What if I have a visual impairment or dyslexia?More
If you have a visual impairment or dyslexia, you may find making changes to your web browser settings help you to effectively use www.tiow.org.
- 2. How can I change my browser settings?More
To set Internet Explorer to ignore the ‘colours and fonts’ used on www.tiow.org:
- First go to the ‘Tools’ menu
- Choose ‘Internet Options’
- Click on the ‘Accessibility’ button,
- Then tick the ‘ignore colours’, ‘ignore font styles’ and ‘ignore font sizes’ boxes.
- Then click OK to apply the settings.
To change just the size of text - go to:
- View - text size’
- Choose the setting you are most comfortable with (largest, larger, medium, smaller, smallest).
To change the default colours and fonts used on your computer
The procedure for doing this is different for different versions of Windows and other operating systems. You should therefore consult your computer’s Help facility for instructions on doing this.
- 1. What is the average study time?More
The eLearning Resource is flexible and the time to complete each module varies in length depending on how much of the background research provided you decide to explore into. However, the average study time is between 2 to 3 hours per module.
- 2. How long do I have to complete the eLearning Resource?More
You have six (6) months from receipt of payment / registration or from your free access in which to complete the eLearning Resource. You have full access to the resource for the entire six months, allowing you to set your own self-study pace.
- 3. How can I manage my time?More
You have the freedom to log-in and study where and when it is suitable for you, such as, during your lunch break, at designated times during your working day or at home – anywhere where you can have access to the internet.
Most of your studying with be self-managed, however, your eTutor will be at hand should you have questions or if unexpected circumstances arise.
- 4. How flexible is eLearning?More
It is possible to study from a variety of venues such as at a library, at work, on the move or in your home, we recommend that you use a computer based system where it is fairly quiet so that you can understand the materials offered.
- 1. Is there a discount when purchasing multiple places on the eLearning Resource?More
Please contact your Programme Manager for details on discounts and group rates on email@example.com.
- 2. How much does this eLearning Resource cost?More
This resource is currently offered at £90.00, and your accredited certificate cost an additional £30.00. Total cost is £120.00 vat exempt.
- 3. How do I make a payment?More
You can pay in full via our:
- Paypal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cheque payable to the: Institute of Wellbeing, 308 High Street, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1NG,
- Online transfer to: Institute of Wellbeing, Barclays Bank account number: 20178691, Sort Code: 20-84-17
- Knowledge Hub
- 1. What is the Knowledge Hub?More
The Knowledge Hub is more than just a place of sharing information and learning — it is an inclusive community that allows you to have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow practitioners and your eTutor. As members of this community, we each have responsibilities to each other. We encourage each member of the community to treat each other with dignity and respect the rights of those to have different beliefs and views because we value diversity and equality and we challenge inequalities.
- 2. How can I voice my opinion or share my views and those of others?More
It will be expected to of you to post your contributions for discussion, as well as, respond to fellow members postings using knowledge gained through reading, work or discussion with others.
- 1. Do I have to sit an exam?More
No exams are assigned to this eLearning Resource, as we operate an assignment-based approach for each module instead of exams. All assessments are based on your written Diary entries and work-based learning assignments. Each piece of work that is submitted is uploaded on our online platform and your Supervisor (if applicable) and eTutor will have direct access to assess it.
- 2. How will I be assessed?More
Your work will be assessed using a range of methods including your diary entries during and at the end of each module, discussion contributions and through your reflective learning/work-based assignments.
- Diary Entries: throughout each module you will be asked to complete an entry in your Diary in which you reflect on what you have learnt, explaining the relevance it has on your personal life and/or your working life. It is designed to assess your overall understanding of each intended module learning outcome.
- 3. What are Assessment Summaries?More
At the end of each completed module, your eTutor will assess what you have submitted and will give feedback to ascertain if you have demonstrated within your reflective online diary entries your learning. This will be acknowledged by issuing you an Assessment Summary with 7-10 days. If the eTutor/Assessor feels that you need to address a particular section in more depth, then the eTutor/Assessor will email you and ask that you reply with a more meaningful response.
- 1. Is this eLearning Resource accredited?More
The Institute of Wellbeing chose City & Guilds to support us in gaining accreditation for our eLearning programme ‘Improving Wellbeing & Inclusion in Early Years’ because we recognised the value of aligning with a reputable and influential worldwide brand in skills development. Accreditation has helped us to develop a credible skills development programme with robust quality assurance processes. City & Guilds renowned accreditation means we can confidently provide 'added' assurance and 'substantial value' to our partners, customers and investors seeking a high quality product and business opportunities.
- 2. Is there a cost for my accredited certificate?More
All Accreditation Certificates will be £30.00 per individual, payable via PayPal or see the payment section below for more payment methods.
- 1. What is an eTutor for?More
Your eTutor will be responsible for the eLearning Resource overall and you can approach the eTutor throughout your online studies.
You would speak to the eTutor online about things like:
- Extenuating circumstances that you feel may affect your completion of modules.
- Requesting an extension of the eLearning Resource.
The eTutor's responsibilities are to:
- Monitor and advise on your and practice progress.
- Help to set learning outcomes (if necessary).
- Give support/guidance (when appropriate).
- Signpost or identify when additional support/guidance on more specialist services is required.