Every school is different and I like to put together bespoke training packages for each school that I work with to make sure that I am meeting their needs as effectively as possible.
Here are some examples of the kind of sessions I can offer, all of which are ideal for INSET days as part of your staff development commitment.
• Get school-meal ready
This training helps staff (particularly TAs) who need to support children who may arrive in full-time school without the skills required to eat communally. These challenges can range from lack of experience of eating at a table, lack of familiarity of a diverse range of food or inability to use cutlery.
Every teacher will be able to think of children they have known who needed to learn the skills required to eat communally. My training will enable staff to feel empowered to give children the support they need.
• Dealing with picky eaters
This training helps staff take a consistent and constructive approach to supporting picky eaters and includes information and advice about how to work in a collaborative way with parents so that children experience a unified response to their eating which will facilitate change.
• Emotionally Aware Feeding certificate
This training forms part of the Yoyo kitemark, but is also available as a stand-alone session. It is an intensive programme which will teach staff the psychological theory behind EAF as well as equipping them with a practical understanding of how to help picky eaters in a school setting.
This course is especially useful for SENCOs. It also qualifies the holder to undertake my ‘train the trainer’ course, whereby professionals learn how to deliver training in EAF to parents.