Why one size training does not fit all

We’ve just had a lovely email sent into the office from one of our retained customers complimenting us on our services. Not only did it make us all smile on this grey and rainy day it got us thinking.

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We have a large number of businesses we work with on our ‘managed solution’. What this essentially means is that we look after ALL of their training requirements on an ongoing basis. One company managing all your training. Imagine that! No shopping around and we wont be beaten on price or quality either.

This service began when realised that ‘one size absolutely does NOT fit all’ when it comes to training. Training is personal. It isn’t always something you can just ‘pick off the shelf’ for sole use. We have always had the ability to provide bespoke training tailored to the businesses, schools, care homes and nurseries we work with.

There are often complex needs in many of the settings we work with. Time available. Staff constraints. Wanting a course which is very specific. Wanting a one day rather than a two day course. The key to being a quality training provider is providing the right solutions, at the right time that suits, for the right amount of people. It is matching the right trainer to the particular customers needs. And we believe it’s what makes us different.

One size does not fit all and we love sitting down with our clients with a blank piece of paper and providing them with the solutions to their staff training. People are very busy and everybody is different so whilst one training course might be suitable for one person it absolutely wouldn’t suit someone else.

Let’s say you go into a clothes shop for a dress. There are hundreds on the rails and lots of people in there but whilst the first dress you pick up might fit you like a glove the person behind you might find it too short. Or too tight. Which is why there is sizing available. It’s the same with our training. We will find the right course for you and we’ll even write it with you in mind.

So whilst it was lovely to receive such a lovely testimonial it was equally satisfying to realise that our bespoke training really is working. Could we help you with your training needs? Why not get in touch

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British Values in the Early Years – What you need to know

Although British Value within EYFs have actually been around since 2015 there is still some confusion about what you need to do within your setting. That said, it really is quite simple.

The fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths.

What this essentially means is introducing the concept of the above values into the learning at your setting. The key to doing this successfully is to ensure that it is age appropriate and meaningful.

The confusion or, sometimes, concern, is the level of detail into which you have to go to show you are promoting British Values in your setting.

There are lots of resources and ideas online to support best practice and and activities to support the topic however, without you even realising it, you probably already incorporate most of the fundamentals in your day-to-day work with the children.

Democracy can include things as simple as asking children to vote for the next activity or story they’re being read. It’s about making decisions together and ensuring everybody has equal rights. In young children this is often as simple as understanding about the importance of taking turns, sharing and working together.

Rule of law is also something which you will already be practicing. It’s all about rules, codes of conduct, boundaries and learning the difference between right and wrong. It is teaching that our actions have consequences. Getting the children involved in this day-to-day practice is also really important. Why not ask the children to create their own rules. Ask them: Why do we need rules? What would happen if we didn’t have rules?

Individual Liberty is all about choices. The right for a child to have a different opinion to another and that they are an individual. Young children often have a very strong sense of self and it’s really great to help enforce that and encourage them to make their own choices during the day as well as increase their confidence

Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths is, again, something you will already be practicing as it is, primarily, all about treating others how we want to be treated. Young children just see other children and helping them to respect others and work in unison is really important. Simple things such as celebrating other faiths and religions and learning all about those faiths and religions. Respecting religious festivals and building it into your planning is a really great way to talk to children about this.

Whilst it can be simple it is important to get such key topics right and encourage best practice. If you need any support with this topic we do run regular courses for just £25 PP. For more details click here

 

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Don’t be afraid to intervene when conflict arises at school

When conflicts arise within a school setting it can be difficult to know what to do. Especially if there is a crisis situation. According to the DFE All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force but that alone can be a difficult prospect to address.

What if the intervention goes wrong? Sometimes you have to act and make a very quick decision about exactly how you need to intervene. Are you equipped to make the right decisions and use the right techniques to stop a situation from escalating safely and using the correct practice?

We hear so often that staff are scared to do the wrong things in these situations but simple techniques can be learnt and put into practice simply and easily. More importantly, it gives staff the confidence to know that should a situation arise they have the right skills and knowledge to use at that time.

This is why the right training is key. Knowledge is power and getting the correct training can empower your staff to really KNOW how to address and handle difficult situations. Our new course looks at:

  • 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

It has been specially designed for teachers in school settings and really goes into the details you need to safely and properly intervene if you ever have to.

If you want to understand more about course details or how we can help just give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

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How many first aiders do I need in my workplace?

A question we’re often asked is ‘How many first aider do I need in my workplace?’

Obviously it is a very important thing to get right and, though the hope is that first aiders are never required, it is essential that you have the right amount trained correctly to take action if anything did occur.

The law surrounding first aid requirements can be a bit vague stating that ’employers must make sure there are adequate and appropriate first aid equipment, facilities, and number of qualified first aiders in the workplace.’

Knowing what qualifies as ‘adequate and appropriate’ is where can be a little vague to know whether you are legally compliant with your first aid policy.

So, how many first aiders do I need in my workplace?

There is no right or wrong answer to the number of first aiders that you need at work in terms of the law.

The HSE recommends that if you work in a company with 5 -50 workers, there should be at least one person trained in first aid with another first-aider should be in place for every 50 workers after that.

On our website you will find our handy calculator which will help you to quickly and easily establish the answer to this question and give you peace of mind that, not only are your employees safe, but also that your company is legally compliant.

Our easy to use First Aid Requirements Calculator has 3 simple steps that should only take a few minutes to complete. It will then use the latest HSE guidance to provide you with a full breakdown of how many first aiders you need and what type of training they require.

Just click HERE and it will take you through the simple procedure.

If you have any questions about first aid requirements or courses feel free to call our friendly and helpful staff on 02476 714873 or email enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

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Why choose The Midlands Training Company to provide your Positive Conflict management training.

Why should we choose you for our training? It’s a really good question. Delivering training professionally is really, really important and finding the right provider to work with is key.

In the field of positive conflict management within schools it is so very important.   If handled ineffectively, conflict can quickly escalate, even to physical and emotional violence and this is something you absolutely want to avoid.

Type of content- Courses in this area should not be generic or one size fits all and there is a tendency to follow that pattern when leading training courses in positive conflict. Our course is tailored and specifically designed to be delivered in school settings with the staff and children in mind at all times. It covers (in brief):

  • 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 right trainer – Our designated trainer  has been a qualified social worker since 1999. She also has a wealth of other qualifications to support her role as the director of a children’s care home, such as Safeguarding children and behavioural therapy. She has worked with children in foster care as well as the care homes she owns and is highly experienced in de-escalation techniques to calm children down who maybe experiencing emotional or attachment difficulties.

Don’t just take our word for it – We’ve also had some fantastic feedback we’ve had from teachers and staff who attended a recent course.

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So, is summary, ou need to ensure the training you choose is:

A/ Suitable specifically for you and your needs

B/ Delivered by an accredited trainer

C/ Is flexible in location for delivery

D/ Follows the latest guidelines outlined by the DFE 2013 for ‘Use of reasonable force in schools’

If you’re in a school setting and require this training why not give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us at enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

We’d be delighted to help. Click the link for more on our Positive Conflict Management Training course

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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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Seizures in infants and young children – What you need to know.

Witnessing an individual have a seizure can be very hard, especially when that individual is a child.

There are different types of seizures to be aware of when it comes to young children but the most common is known as a ‘Febrile Seizure’ which is the one we’re going to talk about in this article.

A febrile seizure is caused by a high temperature. If this happens to a young child in your care you must ALWAYS seek professional, medical advice however there are certain steps you can take in the very first instance that can make a big difference in the short term.

A febrile seizure usually lasts for less than five minutes. Your child will:

  • become stiff and their arms and legs may begin to twitch
  • lose consciousness and may wet or soil themselves

They may also vomit and foam at the mouth, and their eyes may roll back. (NHS UK guidelines)

You should put your child into the recovery position and remain with them at all times during a seizure. Try and remain calm and monitor how long the seizure lasts as this is very important.

You must call 999 or attend a nearby hospital if any of the below is occurring

  • Your child is having a fit for the first time
  • the seizure lasts longer than five minutes and shows no signs of stopping
  • you suspect the seizure is being caused by another serious illness – for example, meningitis
  • your child is having breathing difficulties

The above information follows the NHS guidelines.

If you require any further information about First Aid courses for young children please give us a call on 02476 714873 or email us enquiries@themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk

 

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WIN! Two FREE spaces on a paediatric first aid course

We’ve once again joined forces with the mighty Coventry Blaze to offer a unique giveaway. Back in December Blaze players Jordan Pietrus, Brett Robinson, Ryan Dingle, coach Danny Stewart and their family members all attended a paediatric first aid which was provided by ourselves.

We had an amazing response over social media and all those who attended the course said how grateful they were to have been given the chance to learn such important skills. With this in mind we wanted to work with the Blaze once again however this time we are giving away two FREE spaces on one of their courses and it will be open to everyone to apply.

You can enter the competition to win the spaces online by filling in your details here https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/news/ OR by visiting the our stand at the game versus the Flyers on the 14th January. The winner will be drawn out at the game on the 14th.

Sally Mahers, Blaze commercial manager said ‘Learning first aid skills is an incredible experience and can literally save lives and we are hugely grateful to The Midlands Training company for working with us and putting this great competition together. We hope lots of people take the time to enter and that the competition will help to drive home the message about the importance of being first aid trained.’

Paul Ingram, Director of ’The Midlands Training Company UK Ltd. (MTC)  said ‘’The Midlands Training Company UK Ltd had a great time working with the Blaze late last year and were overwhelmed with the response we received. We believe that First aid awareness training is really a life skill that everyone should have and the doing the session with the players was a great success and we feel they really benefited from the training. We are always keen to work with the community and offering free spaces on our next course seemed a natural progression. We are looking forward to working with the Blaze on Sunday and hope to continue to do more with them in 2018.

Deadline for entry will be the end of the third period on the 14th January but you can enter online right now!

To find out more about MTC visit www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk or call them on 02476 714873. You can also follow them on twitter @midtraincompany

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