PATA Courses

Latest Training Programme: Spring 2017 here 

Booking form: short courses

Artemis Children's Workforce Induction Programme: details here

Upcoming training courses

    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre. GL4 6PR
    • 11

    Introduction to Children's Play

    Course Aim: To raise students’ awareness of the value of learning through play for young children and to gain skills to provide appropriate play activities.

    Course Information: A very hands on practical course looking at play from the child’s perspective, exploring why children need to play and how they learn from it. Learners will develop a folder of ideas, information, resources and recipes and be involved with other students in practical activities and discussions, sharing experiences and exchanging ideas. The course includes:

    · Child development

    · The role of the adult

    · Health and safety

    · Equal opportunities

    · Practical play activities; using paint, natural and recycled materials, food and snacks, stories and music, playdough, developing imaginative play

    Suitable For:  Anyone currently working with, or wanting to work with children. It is a recommended pre-course activity for anyone aiming to start a qualification, run a toddler group or volunteer in any early years profession.

    Date: Monday 5 June to Monday 10 July (6 sessions)

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre

    Cost: £80 for members / £130 for non members 


    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 03 Jul 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 12

    Functional Skills Level 2 English

    Course Information: 
    • Do you or anyone in your setting require Functional Skills L2 English qualification? 
    • Do you wish to up-skill your previous qualifications (O'Levels/GCSE's) with a more up to date qualification?
    • Do you wish to develop your existing English skills or just refresh your current knowledge?   

    Suitable For: 

    Early Years Practitioners - if you are already an EYE practitioner or are interested in becoming one, you will be aware of the recent government changes where the requirement for Level 3 staff has now changed to needing either Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSE Grade C or above in English.

    Teaching Assistant/Playworker - if you are already a Teaching Assistant or Playworker or are interested in becoming one, you will be aware that although it is currently not a requirement to hold English GCSE Grade C or above or Functional Skills L2 or above, most employers would prefer you to hold one of these qualifications.


    Monday 12th June 9:30am - 11:30am

    Monday 19th June 9:30am - 11:30am

    Monday 26th June 9:30am - 11:30am

    W/c Monday 3rd July - Examination date and time to be confirmed.

    Venue: Chequers Bridge Centre 

    Cost: £100

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Chequers Bridge Centre, GL4 6PR
    • 14

    Characteristics of Effective Learning

    Course Aim: To support senior staff and Level 3/5 students to explore each of the 3 characteristics in more depth.      

    Course Information: The Characteristics of Effective Learning are interlinked to the prime and specific areas of learning and describe how a child learns.  Because of this they should also contribute to what is offered in the learning environment.

    If surrounded by a stimulating learning environment children will learn through play and exploration, but with support from a skilful practitioner children can make more significant progress.  By considering the different ways children learn and reflecting theses in everyday practice, practitioners will help children reach their full potential.

    During the course links will be made to theory and practice to enable senior staff to support key persons with making more effective observations and assessments to plan next steps. 

    This will link to teaching and learning judgement in the Common Inspection Framework.

    Suitable For: Senior staff and those looking to move into senior positions, Level 3 and Level 5 students.

    Date: Friday 7 July  from 10.00am-2.30pm

    VENUE: Chequers Bridge Centre

    COST: £45.00 for members / £80.00 for non members

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cashes Green Children's Centre, Hillcrest Road, Stroud. GL5 4NL
    • 11

    Principles of Play (for Early Years and Primary aged children)

    Course Aim: An introduction to the Principles of Play for Early Years and Primary aged children.          

    Course Information: This short course helps you explore why children have the right to and a desire to play.

    During the course we will:

    • Consider the different types of play and what are the benefits to children's wellbeing, learning and development in your setting
    • Examine what rights children have to a safe, challenging and inclusive environment
    • Identify children and young people's play needs and preferences and evaluate how you can promote effective relationships and your role of the Playworker

    Suitable For: Those working with children from 2-11 years including Early Years Practitioners, support staff such as Lunchtime supervisors and Out of School/Breakfast club staff.

    Date: Tuesday 11 July from 7.00pm-9.00pm

    VENUE: Cashes Green Children's Centre, Stroud

    COST: £25.00 for members / £35.00 for non members

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