Start Well EYFS Training and Professional Development Services

Welcome to the Start Well EYFS Training and Professional Development Service. Below is an overview of the Bolton Start Well Service funded briefings, professional development activities and our traded service offer.

The service has been established in response to:

  • Increasing demand for services to schools and early years and childcare settings to focus on improving early communication and language outcomes for children. This includes providing comprehensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for staff and providing a support and challenge role to schools and settings. This comes at a time of decreasing budgets and the need for a different approach to the way some early years services are delivered.
  • The Greater Manchester Start Well Early Years Strategy seeks to deliver transformational system change. This means a long-term and sustainable shift from expensive and reactive public services, towards a new approach, which focuses on prevention and early intervention. This work is supported by a workforce development programme for the early years sector on the relevant pathways, assessment tools and interventions with the aim of increasing the number of children who are school ready.

The new Bolton Start Well Service builds on the existing partnerships we already have with providers. Operating on a not-for-profit basis, the focus is to achieve positive meaningful outcomes. Any surplus income is reinvested to maintain and improve the quality of our services and customer care.

The Start Well EYFS Training and Professional Development Service has been developed with the early years sectors’ needs in mind. So whether you are looking for consultancy, support and challenge, or training to enable your early years workforce to be skilled in teaching, monitoring and assessing children’s learning and development, look no further – we can help!


Briefings and Professional Development Courses

The Start Well professional development programme is intended to inform, refresh and update practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of child development, pedagogy and practice. Some of the briefings and training offered are fully or part-funded, whilst others are chargeable. This is outlined on each specific course page. We trust that you will find the relevant training you are looking for in our courses section, however if you require a more tailored, professional development activity please have a look at our bespoke training.


Bespoke Consultancy

The service offers bespoke consultancy, which can be tailored to meet your continuous improvement needs. Bolton Start Well Service employs a small team of expert consultants who have considerable experience in the early years sector who will work closely with your setting to ensure that you develop or embed outstanding practice, whilst monitoring the impact this has on children’s learning and development. This consultancy could support your leadership and management, general practice, tracking and assessment, moderation, implementation, monitoring and modelling of interventions. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


Bespoke Training

All Start Well professional development courses can be delivered in-house to ensure you can explore and understand the key messages as a cohesive team, cluster or chain.  The service also offers more personalised training to fully meet your continuing professional development needs. Training can be built to match your availability and identified needs.  Start Well Consultants will be happy to discuss your training needs during the series of Start Well visit as part of our funded offer, further details can be found here.  Alternatively, please contact the service directly to discuss and book your training.


Want to know more?

If you cannot find the service you require or you have a query regarding any of our services, please contact us on: 01204 33 8149 and we will work with you to find a solution that meets your needs.