Courses for Welfare Assistants

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Including Children in the Playground

This course is particularly suitable for welfare assistants and members of mid-day supervisory teams.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to consider lunch-time play from a different perspective and be involved in exploring ways to make playtime a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for children, and hopefully for adults too.

 

By the end of this session we will have explored:

 

Why children play and what children learn from play

How to use play to enhance positive relationships between children

• Inclusion  in the playground – gender, ethnicity, and disability

The Equality Act 2010, Disability Discrimination Act (amended 2005)

Children Act 2004 – Every Child Matters

Some of the barriers to play faced by children with disabilities/Social Model of Disability

Children and adults playing together

Putting together a mini-play plan

 

This course was devised by Naomi Burgess   

 

 

Positive Play

This course will provide:

 

An introduction to positive play at lunchtimes including tips for promoting positive play, introducing new games effectively, developing  
   children’s play skills and a positive approach.

An opportunity to share good practice and reflect on possible practical improvements in the delegates own schools.

 

Objectives

 

To have reflected on what is meant by positive play and identify strategies that may be useful

To promote positive play at lunch time through:

          +  Understanding the importance of children’s play

          +  Developing children’s skills

          +  Exploring strengths of the team

          +  Introducing new activities

          +  Offering children responsibility

          +  Having a positive team approach

 

By the end of the session, participants will:

 

Have confirmation of current good practice 

Have discussed issues and have ideas for ways of making practical improvements to promote positive play

Understand the value of a positive approach to working with children

 

 

 

 

Effective Strategies for the Playground

Practical strategies to enhance relationships and behaviour on the playground

 

This course is suitable for Teaching Assistants, Playground Play Leaders and members of the Mid-day Supervisory team.

 

 

The primary objective of this course is to give playground staff positive and practical strategies to support children in managing their behaviour on the playground.

 

There are opportunities for participants to discuss their successes and challenges with other participants and to begin to develop a Playground Behaviour Plan.

 

(Strategies for the dinner hall are covered in the course ‘Making a Difference at Lunchtimes’)

 

Areas covered are:

 

• Working as a team
• Responsibilities for safety and supervision
• Child development
• Positive behaviour strategies
• Causes of behaviours including how to help children modify
problem behaviours

• Identifying and anticipating triggers
• Supporting children with varying needs

 

Participants will learn well-researched ways of managing children’s behaviour in the playground and will have the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns to help create positive playgrounds.

 

Participants should bring their school behaviour policy to the training.

 

Making a Difference at Lunchtimes

This course is suitable for Teaching Assistants and members of the Mid-day Supervisory team.

 

 

The primary objective is to give staff new to working at lunchtime practical strategies to deal confidently with children during the midday break. This course would also be appropriate for those who would benefit from a refresher.

 

Participants will understand the responsibilities and limits of their position including well-researched ways of positive behaviour management and gain confidence in carrying out their responsibilities. They will have the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns to help create a positive lunchtime environment.

 

 

Areas covered are:

 

• Managing meals (including the challenge of increasing numbers at KS1 who are now eligible for hot school meals)

• Why be positive? An introduction to positive behaviour management including clear and consistent consequences when necessary

• Planning playground supervision

• Understanding the responsibilities and the boundaries of their position including the importance of confidentiality

• Let’s Play: balancing safety and fun on the playground   

 

 

Never Mind the Weather – Let’s Play!

This course is suitable for Teaching Assistants, Playground Play Leaders and members of the Mid-day Supervisory team.

 

The primary objective of this course is to give staff working at lunchtime positive and practical strategies to support children to play and have effective relationships during challenging weather conditions

 

Areas covered are:

•  Working as a team including team building exercises

•  Responsibilities for safety and supervision

•  Positive Relationships and Behaviour Strategies

•  Strategies to promote calm and enjoyable activities during wet and windy weather

•  Resources for wet and windy playtimes including a resource/activity that participants can take back to school

•  Supporting children with diverse needs

 

 

 

 

CPD Accredited Training for Primary School Lunchtime Staff