Volunteering Training

Volunteering Training

As a registered Early Start Volunteer in Newham you will receive as a minimum our core training offer:

  • Early Start Volunteer Induction (online based)
  • Level One Safeguarding

This will occur prior to the beginning of your placement. We will also provide all our Volunteers with access to our online supplementary briefings on:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Five to Thrive
  • Oral Health Promotion

Volunteer Induction

This online based Induction learning aims to raise awareness of volunteering as part of the Newham Children's Centre Best Start in Life Guarantee.  On completion of the workshop, our volunteers will have an understanding of:

  • Early Start
  • Newham Children's Centre Best Start in Life Guarantee
  • Main outcome of the Children's Centre Best Start in Life Guarantee – School Readiness
  • Lead Providers
  • Newham Children's Centre and Best Start in Life services
  • Early Help
  • Newham Health Visiting High Impact Area’s
  • Volunteering roles, responsibilities and support available
  • Pre Placement requirements.

All attendees who complete the session will receive a CPD certified/accredited certificate of completion.

What our volunteers have said about the training:

"The induction session was very informative and well planned. It gave a clear insight into the role. Looking forward to the future sessions until placement to gain knowledge and future training"

"I really enjoyed my training as well as learning. I had a lot to take in, it increased my confidence and I am more motivated then before"

"The training is very good, I learned many things I did not know. Also helped me what to expect or do as a volunteer"

Level One Safeguarding

Aims to raise awareness of Safeguarding requirements within Volunteering.  On completion of the workshop our volunteers will have an understanding of:

  • Concept of Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • How Safeguarding and Child Protection relate to volunteering
  • Volunteers role and responsibilities
  • How to recognise and respond to concerns
  • How to share information appropriately
  • Confidentiality

All attendees who complete the session will receive certificate of attendance.

What our volunteers have said about the training:

"It was well planned and I have taken in everything, I’m glad that we will get a copy of the presentation so that I can look back on it"

"Good knowledge gained on the subject matter feel prepped to look out of signs and indicators of child abuse"

"It was very good and all the details on child protection where covered"

"The training was informative, clear and concise. All participants were given the opportunity to discuss areas"

EYFS, Five to Thrive and Oral Health Briefing

Early Years Foundation Stage Briefing Online Learning

Aims to ensure volunteers in Newham have an understanding/overview of:

  • Child Development and Learning
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • EYFS implementation  in Play and Communication services

Five to Thrive Briefing Online Learning

Aims to ensure volunteers in Newham have an understanding/overview of:

  • Five to Thrive
  • The building blocks for early brain development

Oral Health Promotion Briefing Online Learning

Aims to ensure volunteers in Newham have an understanding/overview of:

  • Importance of good Oral Health
  • Factors that impact on Oral Health

Here is what our volunteers said about the training:

  • I found it really helpful, it reminded me of some very important topics I learned during my level 3 early years course, 2 years ago which I must remember constantly when working with children.
  • Excellent and important message, this should be given to every parent at the stage of delivery in the hospital
  • There was a lot to learn from today’s lesson, although I knew all the simple things in Five to Thrive, I realised how important these key simple steps were

The Safeguarding Level 1 is run for approximately three hours and is held at our Early Start Family Contact Centre venue. The session is delivered on a monthly basis, allowing volunteers to choose a session to fit in with their availability.

Volunteers will have a mentor assigned to them throughout their placement opportunity. All mentors have attended our Mentor Training, ensuring they’re able to effectively support volunteers throughout their placement.

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