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The Golden Key Programme - Summer 2024

  • Online
  • 17 Apr 2024 (13:30 - 15:30)
Golden Key
early years

The role of the Key Person in an Early Years setting is vital. This eight-week training programme will upskill EY practitioners to identify and provide for the needs of all children in their care. This involves identifying individual needs, building a trusting relationship with them and their parents/carers and daily interaction with children to gain a holistic understanding of their likes, dislikes, interests, and individual learning and development needs.

All learners will receive a certificate of attendance after completing all four sessions. Recorded sessions are available.

Who would benefit from this training?

  • This training is for practitioners (who are not EY SENCOs) in Early Years PVI and maintained school settings.

Course dates and times

Main sessions - Each session will run from 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm

  • Session 1: 17th April 2024
  • Session 2: 1st May 2024
  • Session 3: 15th May 2024
  • Session 4: 5th June 2024

In addition to the taught sessions, there will be opportunity to attend drop-in support sessions.

Drop-in sessions (optional attendance) - Each session will run from 2.30 pm until 3.30 pm

  • Session 1: 23rd April 2024
  • Session 2: 8th May 2024
  • Session 3: 22nd May 2024
  • Session 4: 12th June 2024

For more information about the Golden Key Programme, including our programme for childminders, please visit our dedicated page.

Where we receive an insufficient number of delegates, nasen reserves the right to make changes to event programmes or cancel.

If you are a Local Authority, nursery chain or MAT and you are interested in a bulk purchase for your staff, please get in touch.

For bookings or any queries, please contact Anna (using the following email address: who will be happy to assist you.


Suitable for: Other, Early Years Practitioner

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Meet your trainer

Anna Speke

Anna is an Education Officer at nasen, and leads on their Early Years work.  She is an experienced primary school teacher, SENCO and SEND Lead, having worked across different local authorities and within multi-academy trusts.  Anna has experience in both specialist and mainstream settings, and has led a communication and interaction hub provision, working between specialist and mainstream settings to support children with a range of additional needs.   

As well as being an advocate for inclusion by design in all settings, Anna has a particular interest in animal assisted therapies, outdoor learning and Forest School, and how these are of holistic benefit to all learners, particularly those with SEND.