New partnership with local business Drama Tots

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Staff from fabulous, locally based, national franchise  business Drama Tots enjoyed a day in the sun recently at their inaugural franchisee conference. Staff from the companies many franchises joined together for this event and we were delighted to join them for the day as their official training provider.

Drama Tots was founded in Coventry by local businesswoman Leanne Jones and it has grown steadily and consistently over recent years to now operate a number of franchises all over the UK.

We were approached about their training requirements for all of their staff members and have loved working with them to put together a plan for their training needs. At The Midlands Training Company we can put together training to really suit your needs and, due to the nature of Drama Tots business, our E-Learning courses were the perfect fit for them.

Leanne Jones,  founder of Drama Tots, said “It’s fantastic to be working with the Midlands Training Company as our dedicated training partner for all of our Drama Tots Franchisees to do their online courses. (Safeguarding and First Aid) We appreciate all the support that Jini has given us so far and look forward to working together with MTC in the future”

Jini Vyas, Senior Manager from MTC said “It’s been a pleasure working with Drama Tots and an honour to become their official training provider. We love our ability to put together bespoke, tailor made packages for our partners and customers and have really enjoyed supporting Leanne and her team through this process. It’s also great to be working with such a fantastic local business. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

If you have a little one from 18 months to 4 years or are involved in a nursery setting the friendly, helpful staff from Drama Tots would love to hear from you here

If you love to perform and looking for a flexible and fulfilling career then why not check out how you can work with the team at Drama Tots here

Finally, if you have any training needs we will have the course that suits you. Check out all the details right here

Effective conflict resolution strategies to use in a classroom.

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If you work within a school setting you are bound to come across some forms of conflict. It is inevitable and can be difficult to deal with at times. The key with any conflict is to not allow it to spiral out of control which can happen very quickly if not dealt with effectively.

There are some simple strategies however that you can use within the classroom to help quickly resolve any conflict.

Take the time – sometimes jumping straight into a situation is not always the best option. Very often children can resolve conflict themselves and it is also important that they learn this key skill. Advice with more minor conflicts is to keep an eye on the situation and take the time to see if they can resolve it themselves. If it then begins to escalate you can step in and mediate.

Find the root cause – Often a conflict looks like one thing on the surface but is actually something else beneath. What looks like a squabble over a book or a pen at the time of conflict could actually be something deeper rooted between the children involved. If you have taken the time to see whether the situation will resolve itself and there is still conflict there are a few more things you can do to move forward in a positive way.

Ask questions – Many conflicts start because of misunderstandings and miscommunication.  Ask the children open questions to try to understand the root of the problem. What ? Why? How? Once you understand more about the situation you could try the below exercise to gain a positive resolution.

Role Play – Learning empathy is very powerful and can really help resolve many conflicts. Using role play to act out situations within the classroom can teach children to look at the situation from another’s point of view.

Simple strategies to adopt and use within your classrooms. Conflict situations have always been prevalent within schools and always will be however the way we respond and manage this can have a huge impact on these situations. If you or your staff require further support of training we have a brand new Positive Conflict Resolution Management training. Give us a call 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

 

 

 

Positive handling training in schools

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“All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force” DfE 2013

According to the Department for Education reasonable force can be used to prevent pupils from hurting themselves or others, from damaging property, or from causing disorder.

Within  a school, force is used for two main purposes – to control pupils or to restrain them.

At Midlands Training Company we spent many hours per week within school settings delivering training for everything from first aid, to nutrition and allergies to autism awareness so we understand the various situations teachers and staff have to deal with on occasion. With this in mind (and following feedback from our many school partners) we are working with some highly respected trainers in this field to design a brand new Positive Conflict Management Course.

There may be times, within your setting, that you find yourself having to deal with some element of conflict but are perhaps unsure of the best practice. There are many different ways of course to deal with conflict.

Safe methods such as de-escalation, conflict management, positive behavioural support, disengagement and restraint training, safe holding, therapeutic holding or positive manual handling are all good practice in these situations although you may not feel comfortable with all of those techniques.

Each technique would be suitable for the individual situation and the new course has been designed with this in mind. To be able to train individuals to not only have the understanding of different methods for different situations but also to give individuals the support and confidence to act safely and in the best interest of everyone involved in that particular situation.

We understand that sometimes difficult events do arise and that there are simple but effective practices that can simply and safely diffuse and resolve what could be a difficult situation.

The new one day course will cover:

  • Safeguarding & child protection (body movement and touch)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Types of communication
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Risk assessment
  • Decision making
  • Appropriate intervention and De-escalation
  • Post crisis debriefing

The purpose of the course is to empower staff to feel confident to make the right decisions safely and swiftly should they need to.

If you are unsure about the DFE’s guidelines, about the different techniques you could use or just about the course in general just contact us now on email (enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk)  or by calling 02476 714873

Creating a stimulating ‘learning environment’

We all know that the type of environment you work in can have a positive or negative, or even neutral, impact on an individual. You wouldn’t expect an employee to inspired in a dark, cramped workspace so why should we expect a child to fly in the wrong environment.

The environment within a setting is hugely important and cannot be underestimated.

When children feel safe and secure within their daily environment they are happy to then explore and find out about their surroundings and investigate further the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate.

EYFS environments are categorised into three different spaces.

  • Emotional Environment
  • Outdoor Environment
  • Indoor Environment

The emotional environment boils down to the way the space feels. It’s ‘ambience and atmosphere’ Both things are incredibly important to get right and it has to work for the children, the staff and the parents. If the parents feel they are leaving their children in a safe, happy, enabling environment this is very important. If staff feel happy they are better placed to deliver care and, most importantly, if the child feel happy, safe and secure they are in a place to express their feelings and emotions and communicate any concerns or feelings knowing they will be heard and responded to.

You can create an emotional environment in many ways.

  • Using eye contact, smiles and friendly language when children arrive to spend time there puts them at ease.
  • Understanding the varying needs of some children and knowing that some may need additional support will put both the child AND the parent at ease.
  • Have a clear behaviour policy. Children like boundaries and rules to understand what is acceptable.
  • Ensure the child has a file with all their details that THEY have filled in so that any staff crossover or cover has access and can quickly get to know the child. If you know that child likes a comforter when they’re upset you are quickly and easily able to calm and settle  them.

Outdoor Environment

Children love to be outdoors and they learn differently again in this space. It gives them space to move with less restrictions than indoor play, it stimulates different senses and is really good for the children. Ideally children should be able to go outdoors in all weathers so having a covered space is helpful.

In the outdoors, children’s use of language is FIVE TIMES greater than indoors!

Ensure they have spaces to play safely, that they can be active, investigate, explore and take calculated risks.

Indoor Environment

The indoor environment is so important as it is where children tend to spend more of their day. Spaces need to feel bright, airy and stimulating without being overwhelming to children. You might want to use displays to promote the childrens work and give them the feeling of pride to see their pieces on show. It will need careful planning as as childrens interests and needs WILL change and the space should adapt and reflect that. Let the children dictate what they enjoy and use the space to accommodate those ideas and needs. Keep the space moveable, bright and safe with high quality resources which reflect the room and the age group within.

We run many EYFS courses including our EYFS The Environment course which is just £25 and we’ve had some wonderful feedback. For more info take a look here or call us 02476 714873

 

 

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