Influential Child Care Training
Influential Child Care Training

About Influential Child Care Training

Influential Child Care Training has been running since March 2013. It is a small family run business based in Sittingbourne, Kent. We train at a number of venues in the South East of England and offer in house training at settings. The training sets out to explain complex issues in line with the new inspection framework in a way that removes the mystery and complexity of what should be in place.

 

We are commonly asked why the training is so affordable and the answer is that we believe passionately that all nurseries, pre-school playgroups and full day care nurseries should be able to access training.

 

We are members of NeyTCO and Debbie is the lead in London East for this organisation.

Meet Our Trainer - Debbie Alcock

Debbie has been in the child care sector for 34 years. She started her career as a nursery nurse in a school and has worked as a deputy manager and a manager in full day care settings.

 

She began a career in inspection with the London Borough of Barnet as a Registration and Inspection Officer. Debbie also had her own training company for child-minders as this service was cut by the local authority. Debbie moved to Ofsted in 2001 and was quickly promoted to work in Ofsted’s headquarters in London and began writing the C.I.E.(Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement) handbook. Debbie also wrote leaflets, policies, procedures and developed training for inspectors on
compliance and regulatory issues. In 2003, she moved back to the field and began managing a team of 8 inspectors in Brent and Kensington and Chelsea.

 

In 2006 Debbie was again promoted and began working as a Field Area Manager. Her role was to manage a team of team managers which she did in both London and across the South East. Her role included making serious decisions such as cancellation or the suspension of child care providers and she also undertook various projects such as improving the registration process.

 

In September 2009, Debbie began work as an investigator while undertaking her level 7 in Investigative Practice. As the government added new requirements to the E.Y.F.S. she found that no-one understood these and took the stance that she could no longer regulate people who were not helped to understand the new requirements.

 

Debbie now works as a freelance trainer and consultant. She regularly submits articles to Nursery Management Times. She has been frequently featured in Nursery World articles and works with the Ofsted Big Conversation. Debbie has recently written the book Barred which gives an in-depth explaination about the disqualification requirements in child care.

 

A member of NeyTCO leading the London Region.

 

Our lead childminding trainer

Debbie has been in the child care sector for 34 years. She started her career as a nursery nurse in a school and has worked as a deputy manager and a manager in full day care settings.

 

She began a career in inspection with the London Borough of Barnet as a Registration and Inspection Officer. Debbie also had her own training company for child-minders as this service was cut by the local authority. Debbie moved to Ofsted in 2001 and was quickly promoted to work in Ofsted’s headquarters in London and began writing the C.I.E.(Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement) handbook. Debbie also wrote leaflets, policies, procedures and developed training for inspectors on
compliance and regulatory issues. In 2003, she moved back to the field and began managing a team of 8 inspectors in Brent and Kensington and Chelsea.

 

In 2006 Debbie was again promoted and began working as a Field Area Manager. Her role was to manage a team of team managers which she did in both London and across the South East. Her role included making serious decisions such as cancellation or the suspension of child care providers and she also undertook various projects such as improving the registration process.

 

In September 2009, Debbie began work as an investigator while undertaking her level 7 in Investigative Practice. As the government added new requirements to the E.Y.F.S. she found that no-one understood these and took the stance that she could no longer regulate people who were not helped to understand the new requirements.

 

Debbie now works as a freelance trainer and consultant. She regularly submits articles to Nursery Management Times. She has been frequently featured in Nursery World articles and works with the Ofsted Big Conversation. Debbie has recently written the book Barred which gives an in-depth explaination about the disqualification requirements in child care.

 

A member of NeyTCO leading the London Region.

 

Hello, I'm Linda.

 

I originally come from London, having been raised in the Clapham area of South London. I attended Marianne Thornton Secondary modern school on Clapham Common. I joined the Civil Service in 1972 and got married in 1973, and am still happily married to John after all these years.

 

My children followed in 1976 and 1979 and we all moved to Kent in 1980.

I became involved with the Pre-school Playgroups Association (PPA) in 1980 when my son John started pre-school. I was just a mum but was on the playgroup committee washing those paint pots and fund raising.

 

I joined the PPA Branch committee and then the County Committee and worked alongside the Social Services rep on those committees too. In 1986 I didn't want to join the regional committee (too much travelling) so the Social services rep asked if I would like to visit and support childminders, a couple of days a week, in the Chatham area. Part of my remit would be to put on childminder training events. This developed into a full time job.

 

During my time with Social Services, first as a childminder support officer and then as an inspector and training officer, I devised and delivered courses and workshops covering all aspects of childminding work; from managing paperwork to special needs care, including a range of practical play sessions and the different aspects of multiculture found particularly in the Chatham area at that time. As an inspector I moved to Ofsted in 2000 when Oftsed took over the regulation of childcare. I then moved to Tribal Education Limited when Ofsted outsourced their inspection processes in 2009.

 

I have been inspecting all types of daycare until very recently, but my passion has always been with childminders. I love the fact that I can help make a difference to the children and the childminder by offering practical, sensible ways in which to enhance everyone's experiences, particularly helping childminders to enjoy their experiences with their minded charges.

 

I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Childcare Practice. I love researching my family history, and am an avid reader.

 

Note from Debbie Alcock

There is nothing that Linda has not experienced or understood about childminding. Linda is very generous when sharing her experiences and knowledge with others.

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