HeadStart offer a range of training approaches to support the children and families workforce in Kent. The aims are to:

  • equip practitioners/staff with the knowledge and skills to promote emotional resilience
  • respond at the earliest opportunity to help young people manage the pressures in their daily lives.

Free training in HeadStart districts

Training is available for free to staff in HeadStart schools or those working in community settings. This includes workers in Early Help, Youth Justice, Sustainable Community Strategy and Voluntary and Community.

Buy training and access free training

If you aren't currently a HeadStart school, or a practitioner in an active HeadStart District, you can buy this training directly from our partners.

Watch this space for free training opportunities that may become available.

Free resources

The Resilience Toolkit , Guidance Resources, Supporting Tools and Tutorial films are all free to use by any school or community setting. If you wish to access these resources please register to use the Toolkit.

Courses available through Headstart

Introduction to HeadStart and Resilience Domains

This training is for whole schools and organisations to inform them of the HeadStart programme. It also provides an introduction to Resilience Conversations and how to use them in your setting. This includes ideas on interventions and actions you can implement in response to the conversation.

Building Resilience: promoting resilience conversations

This training which aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of practitioners working with children and young people aged 10-16 in Kent to use conversations based on an awareness of these six resilience domains to support the children and young people to build their resilience, and to track the impact of this.

Who is it for?

Schools, organisations and people working with 10 to 16 year olds. This can include community groups, Early Help staff and the wider Children and Families workforce.

Find out more and book through our partners Kate Cairns Associates

How to register?

Find out more and contact headstart@kent.gov.uk to see if you are eligible and what options are available to you. Please note that availability may be limited.

Mindfulness Awareness Training

Who is it for?

  • Whole school/organisation

To ensure that the workforce understands the academic basis of mindfulness, the evidence base, how it can benefit the individuals in receipt of the awareness session and how it can enhance the setting in which the training is being delivered and basic mindfulness skills.

Intensive Mindfulness Training

Who is it for?

  • School staff – support staff and teachers
  • Practitioners in the community (including refuge workers)
  • Early Help and Preventative Workers (Youth Justice staff, youth workers, attendance and family workers)
  • Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) supporting parents and/or young people
  • Service providers responsible for the emotional wellbeing of young people
  • Young people (Speak Out @ HeadStart Kent).

Participants will learn about Mindfulness in depth, become practitioners and develop skills to use and deliver mindfulness interventions/practice within their setting, including courses endorsed by the Mindful Nation UK report.

Duration: This course is delivered in half days over an 8 week period.

Provided through our partners MindfulKent

Mental Health First (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Lite

An introductory course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that affect young people aged 8-18.

Who is it for?

YMHFA Lite Training will take place in the appropriate local setting. The Lite course is 3 hours in duration. This will be free of charge in HeadStart districts and is available to anyone.

Two Day Comprehensive YMHFA training

Provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks:

  1. What is mental health?
  2. Depression and anxiety
  3. Suicide and Psychosis
  4. Self harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Who is it for?

  • Practitioners in the community (including refuge workers)
  • Early Help and Preventative Workers (Youth Justice staff, youth workers, attendance and family workers)
  • Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) supporting parents and/or young people
  • Service providers responsible for the emotional wellbeing of young people.
  • Young people (Speakout@HeadStart Kent)
  • Parents

Find out more and book through our partners Maidstone and Mid Kent MInd