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memory, here at Riverside we are now looking forward to a happy but very busy New Year with two new programmes already running! I hope that you have all been coping well with the freezing weather! Our team is continuing to grow and we welcome two new members of staff at the start of this new term - Jan will be joining us and many of you will soon recognise her as she visits your settings to complete the Health and Safety checks as well as the students reviews and Diane will be

Happy New Year to you all, Now that the Christmas holidays and the lovely snow are a fading

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joining the assessment team as a part time assessor. Feedback from our learners has indicated a need for better access to laptops in the training rooms, and this will be addressed in the next few weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our learners and employers, past and present, a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011. Regards

Sue Bulbeck

Employer Services At Riverside, we work hand in hand with our employers to ensure we are meeting the demands of our local business and educational communities.

We strive to ensure that our students undertake the courses or qualifications which are of most value to them and to the settings in which they work.

We seek constant feedback from students and employers alike, and act upon this to continuously update and improve the training we offer.

We work with many settings in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including schools, preschools, day nurseries, after school clubs and childminders.

We can provide a wide range of training including bespoke courses which are designed and delivered for individual settings.

We offer networking opportunities to meet and discuss current issues in the sector

Riverside Training Newsletter

Celebrating Success The latest achievers: Diploma in Home-Based Childcare Karina Banienska Joanne Sprouse Louisa Corney Pippa Wheater Patricia Matthews Hannah Clarke Anna Pawelczak Abreu Rachel Iddenden-Rhodes Joanne Marriott Lucy Hallam Vicky Jackson Nicola Gunn NVQ CCLD Level 4 Rebecca Cavagham Jodie O’Prey Sharon Chappell Caron Bishop NVQ CCLD Level 3 Lucy Newbold Amy Walton Suzanne Chappell

Well done Sharon,Teresa, and Janine from Moulton Preschool celebrating their success of achieving their NVQ CCLD Level 2. NVQ CCLD Level 2 Georgina Mottram Jessica Kidd Christina Parks Sharon Waudby Teresa Foden Janine Sandall

New Staff

NVQ STLS Level 2 Melissa Clare Sally Slade NVQ STLS Level 3 Sarah King

Job Vacancies

Riverside Training are pleased to welcome two new members to the team.

A warm welcome to Jan…

We would like to welcome Janet Dent as a Training Co-Ordinator for Health and Safety. Janet is a qualified assessor and Internal Verifier. Janet will be ensuring all the Health and Safety reviews are organised for each setting and completing the reviews with all employers and learners. Janet will also help our learners find a suitable work placement within their local area. Janet will also be delivering learner inductions.

...and Diane.

We would also like to welcome Diane Ward to our Spalding Office as a Training Co-Ordinator is a qualified tutor, assessor and Internal Verifier. Diane will be teaching and assessing with Joan, Jayne and Marie. Diane will cover Sleaford, Grantham and Lincoln area.

We are developing a new area on our website for staff vacancies. If you have a vacancy you wish to advertise, please email your vacancy with full details for publication and contact information to and we’ll list it on our website.

VLE Our new Virtual Learning Environment is now live! Please contact your tutor or assessor for your log-in details.

Celebrating Continued Success At our recent Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment Inspection in November 2010 our awarding body Cache awarded us an excellent grade with no action points. Many thanks to all the staff for their continued dedication and commitment to ensure we have kept our excellent grade.

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We would also appreciate your comments.

Issue 3: Spring 2011

New Programmes As NVQs begin to be replaced by the new diplomas and certificates, there has been a lot of work going on to ensure the transition was as smooth and effective as possible. We have commenced the new courses for the diploma and certificate for the Children and Young People Workforce which includes an evening class and

an apprenticeship programme. Both programmes are full and we are taking names for the next groups which are due to commence shortly. In the new QCF framework every unit and qualification has a credit value and a level. One credit represents ten ‘notional’ hours of learning, which includes both Guided Learning Hours

Vacancy Matching

New Training Centre

If you are an applicant looking for a vacancy in order to start your apprenticeship training, or are employers wanting to advertise your vacancy to potential candidates, the Vacancy Matching service can help you succeed.

We are delighted to advise that Riverside Training now has a brand new training centre based in the heart of Spalding. Our new centre is on Red Lion Street, opposite the new Food Centre development in the centre of town and only five minutes walk from the railway and bus stations.

The service will help you to search and apply for apprenticeships in your area. I’m looking for an Apprenticeship Get on-the-job training Study for nationally recognised qualifications Earn money while you learn.

The Spalding centre provides training and office accommodation for staff and learners in the Spalding and surrounding areas. We are already working with many of the nursery chains with settings in Lincolnshire and Norfolk and look forward to working with the smaller nurseries and settings within the area.

Information for Parents / Guardians Start searching for your Apprenticeship Register as a new user Log in as an existing user

If you haven’t already heard from us please ring 01775 710125 or email

I’m an Employer interested in offering Apprenticeships Apprenticeships make a valuable contribution to your business by: Providing the skilled workers needed for the future Making you more competitive Increasing productivity

Parents in England are calling for more males to work in early years settings. According to research conducted by the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), 55 per cent of parents say they want a male childcare worker for their nursery-aged children. Early years settings can provide children with access to a male role model. Currently 17 per cent of children from lone parent female families have fewer than two hours a week contact time with a man. Male early years workers can perform a vital role in ensuring many of these

To find out more, register and search, please visit

(GLH) and independent learning hours, and shows how much time the qualification takes to complete. Levels vary from Entry level to level 8, showing how difficult the qualification is. If you require further information regarding either programme or funding please contact us on 01775 710125 or email

We are now offering: • Apprenticeships • Advanced Apprenticeships • Certificate and Diploma in Children and Young People Workforce • NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning • NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading and NVQ Level 3 in Management • Health and Social Care awards • Assessor and IV awards. • Bespoke short courses for your setting. Riverside Training 3b & 3c Red Lion Street Spalding Lincs. PE11 1SX

Males in Childcare

young children have quality contact time with men. Thom Crabbe, National Development Manager for Early Years at the Children’s Workforce Development Council, said: “Parents are right to want to see more men working in early years. It is important that during the crucial first five years of a child’s life they have quality contact with both male and female role models. “And working with under 5s is definitely a job for the boys. It’s one that requires someone who is patient, creative and bright and one which gives back major rewards. ”

Issue 3: Spring 2011

Management Training Are you requiring management training? Have you received information regarding the qualifications we can offer you? There are two qualifications we can offer: Apprenticeships in Management The Riverside Advanced Apprenticeship in Management has been written specifically for managers within the childcare sector and is aimed at childcare professionals who are supervising other staff either within a department or the whole setting. It is aimed at those aged 19+ in a senior supervisory role and is only available to those who have not already achieved an apprenticeship framework in CCLD. If you already have your CCLD apprenticeship, you would be unable to draw down funding under this programme. However, you may do the NVQ Level 3 in Management if you can procure your own funding from your employer or local authority, or if you wish to study as a private student.

Apprenticeship in Team Leading The Riverside Apprenticeship in Team Leading has been written specifically for room or team leaders in nursery settings. It is usually aimed at those aged 19+ and is funded by the LSC or SFA if the candidate has not previously undertaken an apprenticeship. The course is delivered over 10 months and assessed in the workplace It comprises: NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading CMI Introductory Certificate in Team Leading (QCF) Key or Functional Skills at Level 2 for Communication and Level 1 for Application of Number

Office Move Apologises to any inconvenience to all our learners, employers and visitors while we move offices. We can be contacted during the transition of offices via: Telephone: 01775 710125 Mobile: 07852 147160 Email: training@spaldingchildcare. Published by Riverside Training (Spalding) Ltd, February 2011 Designed and printed by 01775 888102

The Management Apprenticeship framework comprises: NVQ Level 3 in Management CMI Level Award in First Line Management (QCF) Communication Level 2 Application of Number Level 2

Quality guaranteed: Specification of Apprenticeship Standards You may already be aware that John Hayes, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning has now announced the much awaited new measures to guarantee the quality of the Government’s flagship Apprenticeship programme, ensuring every apprenticeship delivers training that directly meets the needs of employers and learners.

seek to ensure that all apprenticeships deliver high quality, nationallyrecognised qualifications relevant to the skill, trade or occupation of the learner and employer. It will also ensure that all apprenticeships offer individuals appropriate training to achieve a good standard of literacy and numeracy (and ICT where relevant to the skill, trade or occupation).

The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) will

Additionally SASE has outlined that every apprentice will receive at least

280 hours of guided learning per year. John Hayes made it clear on the publication of SASE that “apprenticeships are at the heart of our skills strategy because they are valued by employers and sought after by learners. By enshrining these characteristics in statute we send a clear message to employers and learners that every Apprenticeship is a high quality investment in the skills they need for the future.”

Spring 2011 Newsletter  

Spring 2011 newsletter - Riverside Training

Spring 2011 Newsletter  

Spring 2011 newsletter - Riverside Training