Training and Practice Development

PEAL Photo CommaSupport for engaging parents in their children’s early learning, including the learning and development of very young children.

Evidence consistently shows the importance of parents as children’s first educators, and the importance of practitioners supporting parents in this role.

With updated research evidence and policy references, PEAL training equips those who work with children with the knowledge and skills to support parents, and complements Making it REAL training by providing an important foundation for working in partnership with parents to support their children’s early learning and development.

One-day updated PEAL (Parents, Early Years and Learning)

This option is suitable for all practitioners. It can be organised flexibly, with practitioners from a range of settings and services, and some advisors/managers in the same group. Experiencing the training together in this way gives an opportunity for joint reflection on the needs of centres and communities, and enables planning for future action and support.

A PEAL resource pack is available for each participant.

Cost: £2,500 for 20 participants

Tailored training and consultancy package for working in partnership with parents

There are a number of opportunities to support a strategic approach to building capacity to support working with parents. Packages can include initial planning, PEAL training for those who will support practitioners across an authority, training workshops for practitioners to deliver to parents (Sharing PEAL with parents) and followup to identify successes and challenges.

Packages tailored to individual needs, from: £3,900 for two days’ training plus pre- and post-training consultation.

Please contact the Early Childhood Unit on 0207 843 6444 or email to discuss your requirements.

We also offer half-day Sharing PEAL with Parents workshops, Making it REAL training and Family Foundations, a five-day accredited course with PEAL at its heart; further training is available from the Early Childhood Unit.

Please note that the costs stated here cover the costs of trainers and materials. We ask that the host organisation provides a training venue and catering for the day. You will also need to contact the required number of participants, ensure they are informed of the venue, date and time of training, and that each participant receives the supplied pre-course materials four weeks before the training date.

Participants can seek accreditation for a City & Guilds qualification upon submission of a portfolio. PEAL is a unit (311 Work with parents to engage them in their children's early learning) of the Level 3 Work with Parents Award (3599). Further units can be undertaken to achieve the whole award. Read more...