Governance and Leadership Training

What is this training about?

Welcome to the Governance and Leadership training calendar for September to December 2019. There are 19 courses and three sets of clinics currently available, which will support building the capacity of your setting and share practical tips for effective and sustainable delivery of services. All the training is designed to be hands on, relevant to your situation and enjoyable.

Who is it for?

Anybody involved in early years’ work will find the training relevant, but it is particularly useful for Committee Members, Leaders and Managers of early years settings. These courses aim to support community based and private settings, however please review the description to ensure it meets your needs.

Why take part?

  • As part of your Letter of Offer from the Pathway Fund you are required to attend at least one governance and leadership training course. This training must be completed by the end of December 2019.
  • The training will build the capacity of your service and contribute to personal and professional development.
  • You will get to meet other early year’s practitioners and share experiences and learning.

How do I take part?

You can book online through Eventbrite by following the link next to the course you are interested in or by contacting Diarmuid Moore: Email diarmuidm@early-years.org/phone 028 90662825.

  • There is no cost associated to this training.
  • Participants will receive all necessary materials and resources on the night, so there is no need to bring anything except your experience and knowledge.

This new and revised programme will be facilitated by Diarmuid Moore. Diarmuid has over 25 years’ experience of working in the community and voluntary sector in positions from frontline volunteer to senior management team member. He has specialised in turning his experience of working in the sector into training that taps the potential of participants and builds on their existing skills and knowledge.

Recruitment and Selection of Early Years Staff

This session will assist management committee members and setting staff who have responsibility for recruitment. Participants will be introduced to the main recruitment procedures including shortlisting, interviews and other selection processes. This course is suitable for all groups. Please note that the course is an overview and an introduction, it therefore may not be suitable for staff and committee members who already have extensive recruitment experience e.g. HR staff.

Date Venue Book Time
Wed 25 Sep 2019 Rainbow Surestart Newtownstewart Newtownstewart 2000 Centre, 17, Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, BT78 4AP Click here 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Committee Roles and Responsibilities (Introduction)

Roles and responsibilities training for management committee members aims to help committees be more effective through understanding governance, roles of office bearers and responsibilities of the committee. This course is designed for committee members who have limited or no experience of committees. Please note that this course is suitable for organisations that are managed by a management committee only.

Date Venue Book Time
Thurs 26 Sep 2019 Fermanagh Early Years Centre 84 Killadeas Road, Cloghbally, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, BT94 2FN Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019 Massereene Golf Club Sammy Wallace Room, 51 Lough Road, ANTRIM, BT41 4DQ
Held in partnership with Northern Childcare Partnership
Book through NCP Further information to follow 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Thurs 24 Oct 2019 Ballymoney Community Resource Centre Training Room, Unit 22/23 Causeway Enterprise Agency, 2 Riada Avenue, BALLYMONEY, BT53 7LH Held in partnership with Northern Childcare Partnership Book through NCP Further information to follow 7.00pm to 10.00pm

Committee Roles and Responsibilities (Advanced)

This training will examine in more detail the roles of voluntary management committees in the running of early years settings. It will look at the committee’s role in setting the strategic direction, sustainability, risk management, its involvement in self-evaluation and its role in producing the best outcomes for children possible. Please note that this course is suitable for organisations that are managed by a management committee only.

Date Venue Book Time
Tues 1 Oct 2019 Rainbow Surestart Newtownstewart Newtownstewart 2000 Centre, 17, Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, BT78 4AP Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Thurs 3 Oct 2019 Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre 2 Warrenpoint Road, Newry, Co Down, BT34 2PF Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Managing Your Staff

This session will deal with what can be the more difficult issues that come up in the employment of staff such as managing performance, managing absence, disciplinary procedures and the leader/committee relationship. This session will be run jointly between Early Years and the Labour Relations Agency.

Date Venue Book Time
Tues 8 Oct 2019 Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre 2 Warrenpoint Road, Newry, Co Down, BT34 2PF Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Thurs 14 Nov 2019 Dungannon Surestart 5 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, BT70 1TU Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Making good funding applications

Many settings are increasingly turning to external funding sources to fund a variety of costs from new projects and activities to core costs such as wages and running costs. This session will examine the funding landscape and help groups start to pull together a funding strategy. As well as looking at some examples of possible funders of early years settings the session will consider how to write strong applications that stand a better chance of being successful.

Date Venue Book Time
Wed 9 Oct 2019 Magherafelt Women’s Group 27-29 Moneymore Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6AG Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Tues 15 Oct 2019 Newry Early Years Children and Family Centre 2 Warrenpoint Road, Newry, Co Down, BT34 2PF Click here 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Building Sustainable Organisations (Social Enterprise Workshop)

A social enterprise is like any other business in that it works to deliver goods and services to make a profit. The difference is that they are driven by their social purposes and any profit made is reinvested towards achieving these purposes. This workshop will help early years settings think through how they can work towards becoming more sustainable by applying social economy principles.

Date Venue Book Time
Thurs 17 Oct 2019 Splash Surestart Office 1, First Floor, Legahory Centre, Craigavon, BT65 5BE Click here 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Tues 5 Nov 2019 Rainbow Surestart Newtownstewart Newtownstewart 2000 Centre, 17, Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, BT78 4AP Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Thurs 7 Nov 2019 Early Years HQ 6c Wildflower Way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA Click here 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Managing Your Finances

This session will assist management/committee (or persons responsible for finances), in reviewing the financial processes within their setting. Participants will be given practical hands on advice on financial systems, budgeting and reviewing income and expenditure. This course is suitable for all groups. Please note that the course is an overview and an introduction, it therefore may not be suitable for staff and committee members who already have extensive finance management experience e.g. finance officers.

Date Venue Book Time
Tues 12 Nov 2019 Dungannon Surestart 5 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, BT70 1TU Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Wed 13 Nov 2019 Ballymoney Community Resource Centre Units 22 -23 Acorn Business Centre, 2 Riada Avenue, Ballymoney,BT53 7LH. Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Outcomes Based Accountability Workshop

Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) is now widely regarded as the most effective way to measure the outcomes from your work. In Early Years work outcomes effectively means the difference your setting makes in the lives of the children and the families you work with. This workshop will build your understanding of the OBA approach and how it can be used to both measure and improve outcomes in your setting.

Date Venue Book Time
Tues 19 Nov 2019 St Columb’s Park House 4 Limavady Road, Waterside, Derry/Londonderry, BT47 6JY Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Thurs 21 Nov 2019 Early Years HQ 6c Wildflower Way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Supporting Your Staff

Support, Supervision and Appraisal training will assist committee members, leaders and managers in early years’ organisations to recognise the importance and value of good induction, supervision and appraisal processes for staff members in line with Minimum Standard requirements. Although this course is suitable for all groups people with a lot of experience of managing staff (e.g. HR staff) may find it too basic for their needs.

Date Venue Book Time
Tues 3 Dec 2019 Early Years HQ 6c Wildflower Way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA Click here 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Thurs 5 Dec 2019 Rainbow Surestart Newtownstewart Newtownstewart 2000 Centre, 17, Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, BT78 4AP Click here 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Clinics

These are short one to one meetings where you can talk in detail and in confidence about any governance, funding or financial issue facing your group. Please book your one hour slot which will provide individual support to your setting.

Date Venue Book Time
Mon 9 Dec 2019 The Enterprise Hub North West Business Complex, Skeoge Industrial Park, Derry/Londonderry, Beraghmore Road, BT48 8SE Book by phone (028 9066 2825) or email (diarmuidm@early-years.org) Between 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Tues 10 Dec 2019 Early Years HQ 6c Wildflower Way, Apollo Road, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA Book by phone (028 9066 2825) or email (diarmuidm@early-years.org) Between 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Wed 11 Dec 2019 Rainbow Surestart Newtownstewart Newtownstewart 2000 Centre, 17, Moyle Road, Newtownstewart, BT78 4AP Book by phone (028 9066 2825) or email (diarmuidm@early-years.org) Between 2.00pm to 8.00pm
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