Early Years Inclusion Fund Workshop

We are keen to ensure that settings are able to successfully apply for  Early Years Inclusion funding for those  children who need  it, therefore we are holding a   free workshop  to help Early Years Managers and SENCOs understand the Early Years Inclusion Funding process.

Please click here for details, but in summary:

Date: Tuesday  7th May,  1.00 – 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Wodson Park, Wadesmill Rd, Ware SG12 0UQ

Trainers:  Vanessa Campbell, Mary O’Neill   and Kay Smith from the ISL Early Years SEND Team

Click here to book a place.

Spaces are limited to one person per setting and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that this invitation is going out to Early Year settings across three DSPL areas so you are encouraged to book your place quickly.


Early Years Autism Training

What: Supporting Children with Autism & Social Communication Needs

Date: Wednesday 27th March

Time: 9.15 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Location: Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Road, Ware, SG12 0UQ

Who for: EY Teachers, SENCOs/INCOs, Managers/Senior Leaders, Early Years Practitioners, Nursery Nurses, Teaching/Learning Assistants

Please click here for further details.

Please note you work in DSPL3 and that bookings are through Charlotte Osborne via email:  CommunicationandAutismTeamISL@hertfordshire.gov.uk

There are further courses scheduled for the rest of the year, dates are as follows:

Weds 15th May Bookings open 28th March, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.

Weds 26th June  Bookings open 16th May, please do not attempt to apply for the course before that date as your application will be ignored.


Pressing the Pause Button training for parents

As part of our Using Mindfulness to promote Self Regulation project we are providing Pressing the Pause Button training for parents.

Click here to read the evaluation from the training at St Andrew’s in Stanstead Abbotts.


‘Using Mindfulness to Promote Self Regulation’ Jan 2018 – July 2019THIS PROJECT IS NOW FULL

Wednesday 24th January 2018: morning training session

Wednesday 7th February 2018  : morning training session

April 2018: 2 hour network meeting date tbc

June 2018: 2 hour network meeting date tbc

Autumn Term 2018: 2 hour network meeting date tbc

Spring Term 2019: 2 hour network meeting date tbc

Summer 2019: Showcase Conference date tbc

This project will be fully funded by DSPL3 and each participating setting will receive resources to support the project.

The following will be expected of the settings:

  • 2 members of staff to attend the training sessions in January and February
  • At least 1 member of staff to attend the regular network meetings
  • At least 1 member of staff to attend the Showcase Conference in June 2019
  • Baseline and post project data to be submitted to DSPL3 Manager – participants will be told more about this at the Feb training
  • A case study to be submitted December 2018 (this should take no more than 15 minutes to complete)
  • Be willing for Kerry Scripps, DSPL3 Manager to visit the setting to see Mindfulness in action.

The following settings are taking part in the project:

Angels At Play, Angels at Play Sucklings Yard, Bengeo Playgroup, Blues Pre-school Nursery, Bobtails Playgroup, Buntings Nursery, Flying Start Montessori Pre School, Furneux Pelham School, Hertford Heath Pre School, Hollybush Pre School, Layston Pre School and Nursery, Mandeville Primary School, Mill Mead Primary School, Riverside Nursery School , Roger de Clare C. of E. First School and Nursery, St Andrew’s CofE VC Primary School (SA), The Meads, The Pines Pre School, Watton-at-Stone Primary and Nursery School and Westmill Nursery


WellComm Speech and Language Screening Project

Our WellComm project has  been very successful, with 100 settings trained and  using it.  Ideal as an initial screening tool, the WellComm Toolkit provides a complete speech and language toolkit that can be used by all Early Years practitioners. With 1 in 10 children under 5 years of age experiencing some degree of difficulty in learning language and communication skills, early identification is crucial. To help achieve this, WellComm Toolkit’s clear and easy-to-use record forms enable the screening process to be carried out quickly and efficiently.

Whilst we are no longer funding for new settings to start using WellComm, we are still providing free training each term in recognition of the fact that staff who were WellComm trained in schools and settings may well have left and need new staff trained.

This term’s training is from 9.00 -12.15 at Wodson Park on Wenesday 24th October.
Please click here to apply for a space.

For further information click here

List of partipating schools and settings


‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in Early Years’ training delivered by YoungMinds. PAST EVENT

This course will examine what practitioners in early years settings can do to promote positive mental health and how they can help parents and carers to establish the psychological bedrock that will support children as they grow and develop                                                                                                                                                     youngminds

The training was held  from  10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. on Monday 14th November at Wodson Park in Ware.  Lunch is provided.

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Click here to see list of participating settings