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The London School of Childcare Studies is keen to share useful content with you, our learners. As such, we have established a series of short seminars covering various aspects within the childcare industry, by experts in their fields. Join the live seminar, or watch a prior session. 

Below is a list of the past and upcoming seminars: 

This enlightening seminar will explore the profound connection between our past experiences and our interactions with children, offering valuable insights for those working closely with young minds. We’ll delve into how our childhood experiences, both positive and adverse, shape our identity and parenting styles. By recognising the influence of our past, we’ll empower ourselves to create a purposeful and joyful home environment, ultimately enhancing our impact on the children we serve. Join us for a transformative journey of self-awareness and effective child engagement.


Trainer: Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Ahmad is a writer, editor, teacher, and mental health coach. She studied Psychology at  UCL and has worked as a counselor, teacher and journalist. Zainab’s expertise lies in education, mental health and understanding how our experiences, upbringing/culture and environment shape us as people and professionals.

Play Beyond Pink and Blue: Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Early Years Play

Empower Children through Inclusive Play!

Join us for an inspiring webinar that delves into inclusive play, where we challenge gender stereotypes to empower children. In this webinar, we aim to discuss how to create environments and practices that foster gender-neutral play, giving children the freedom to make choices and explore their interests without limitations.

We also discuss the profound impact of empowering children to make choices and express themselves authentically in their play.

Our experienced host, Viktoria Wichmann, is an early years expert with over 13 years of dedicated involvement in children’s education. Her passion for promoting inclusive play and challenging stereotypes makes her the ideal guide for this transformative journey.

“Look how high I can jump!”: Rethinking Risky Play in Early Years.


In this webinar, we invite you to reevaluate the concept of risky play in the early years. Embracing risky play can have a profound impact on child development.

We will define and explore the essence of “risky play” and its significance in early childhood and delve into the various challenges children encounter in their daily lives and the potential effects on their young minds.

Discover how we can actively integrate and encourage calculated risk-taking to support children’s overall well-being.

Our insightful session will be led by Viktoria Wichmann, an early years expert with over 13 years of dedicated involvement in children’s education. Viktoria’s profound knowledge and passion for child development make her the perfect guide to help us rethink and embrace risky play in the early years.

Adopting a low-demand approach in the early years has been shown to support the emotional wellbeing of both children and their care givers – but what exactly do we mean by ‘low-demand’ and what does a low-demand strategy look like in practice?


Join this free London School of Childcare Studies webinar to examine the different demands that children face in their everyday lives, understand the impact that these demands can have on a young child, and explore which demands can be proactively removed as part of our ongoing efforts to support child wellbeing.


The session will be led by Laura Hellfeld, an independent nurse consultant who works to support the neurodivergent community and educates other care professionals to understand their unique support needs.

Join us for an expert seminar focused on helping children successfully navigate the transition to nursery and school while effectively managing separation anxiety. Our comprehensive discussions explore the underlying causes and factors contributing to separation anxiety and its potential impact on a child’s overall wellbeing. Valuable insights and practical advice are provided to prepare the child for this crucial phase, making the process smoother for both children and their families.

One significant aspect we emphasize is the importance of fostering effective communication and building strong partnerships with staff members. Creating a supportive environment during this critical developmental stage ensures a positive and enriching experience for all involved.



In this seminar, experienced occupational therapist, Anna Bradshaw will share insights on promoting motor skill development beyond seating devices. The focus is empowering children to explore their environment and engage in physical activities for motor skill growth. Anna will discuss the limitations of excessive seating device use and highlight the importance of active exploration. Strategies for caregivers and educators to support motor and functional skill development will be explored, including creating safe and stimulating environments and selecting appropriate seats or high chairs for engagement in fine motor tasks and feeding. The seminar provides practical knowledge and strategies to help children embrace movement, supporting their motor skill development and overall well-being.

In this seminar, experienced occupational therapist, Anna Bradshaw, focuses on sensory processing and its crucial role in development. The seminar will cover the eight senses involved, including well-known ones like sight and hearing and lesser-known senses like proprioception and interoception. It will emphasise the importance of sensory play for infants aged 0 to 12 months, and how it aids in brain development, motor skills, language acquisition, and social-emotional growth. Anna will also share practical ideas for sensory play.

There is a big difference between learning about sleep practice and doing it.

In this expert seminar, Rozanne Hay, will provide valuable insights into sleep practice by walking through a case study, sharing the process and approach involved, and highlighting red flags that flash up in such a case.

Through the case study, we will explore the challenges the child and family face in achieving healthy sleep patterns. We will also discuss the potential influences and factors contributing to sleep issues. Additionally, we will examine the limitations of findings and solutions in the field, offering attendees a realistic understanding of the complexities involved.


We are joined again by Laura Hellfeld who will explore how sleep is affected in neurodivergent children. The seminar will highlight the more common sleep related issues, and will focus on specific advice about managing such issues and what support can be given to both child and parents.

This seminar is ideal for current sleep practitioners or anyone working with neurodivergent children including parents and carers, but will also be of benefit to those considering or studying for a career in sleep practice and general health practitioners.

In this expert seminar Dr Ana Brito explores common sleep disorders in children, delving into the assessment tools and techniques tailored to recognise paediatric sleep disorders. 

The seminar will look into the potential impacts of sleep disorders on a child’s overall well-being and explore standardised questionnaires designed to capture essential information about children’s sleep patterns, quality, and daytime functioning.

 Whether you’re a healthcare professional, educator, or caregiver, this expert seminar offers invaluable expertise to enhance your practice and ensure better sleep health for the children under your care.

Short expert seminar with Dr Puja Patel, a Psychologist with a specialist interest in perinatal mental health. In this seminar, Puja will share her insights and expertise on recognising and supporting perinatal mental health issues in parents. Anxiety and low mood affects many parents and can have a significant impact on their mental and emotional well-being, as well as their ability to care for their children.  Puja will provide attendees with practical tools and strategies for recognising the signs of anxiety and low mood in parents, and practical approaches for offering appropriate support and guidance.

A short expert seminar with Jeanette Janes, a chartered psychologist who specialises in working with parents facing a variety of challenges. From violence from their children to self-harm, school refusal/exclusion, ASD, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, Jeanette is experienced in supporting parents in navigating the complex and often overwhelming world of mental health.

Jeanette is a proponent of the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Parenting approach, which emphasizes communication and relationship-building to address challenging behaviour. She also utilises a range of therapeutic interventions to help parents manage trauma and grief.

In this seminar, Jeanette will share her insights and expertise on addressing aggressive behaviour in children. She will provide attendees with understanding of why NVR strategies can support parents where typical parental strategies seems to fail, introduce the theory behind NVR and give some practical tools and strategies for addressing aggression, including effective communication techniques, behavioural interventions, and seeking professional help when necessary.

This seminar is focused on delivering learners the foundation to distress behaviours in young people. Material will include differentiating distress behaviours, reviewing causes for distress and guidance of support. The aim is to help learners have more confidence in supporting young people through challenging times.

Emotions play a big part in how we think and act. Sometimes, young people experience an emotional reaction so strong that they end up in a state of distress. When distress behaviours are talked about, the terms tantrum and meltdown tend to get used interchangeably. However, tantrums and meltdowns are different.
This session will introduce learners to distress behaviours by reviewing tantrums and meltdowns. The discussion will begin by looking at what tantrums and meltdowns have in common but also what are the key differences between the two. For both types of distress behaviours, learners will be given a scenario and explanation about why each may occur, who is most likely to experience the distress behaviour and how do these challenging times end. Most importantly, learners will be provided the foundation on how to support a young person through each type of distress. This seminar is a foundational piece to understanding what are considered more challenging behaviours (aggression, property damage, cursing), discussion of boundary setting and rethinking consequences.

Trainer: Laura Hellfeld

Laura is an AuDHD (Autistic, ADHD) health care professional, consultant and advocate. Her education includes a Masters in Nursing (RN, MSN), licensure in Public Health Nursing (PHN) and certification as a Sleep Consultant. She works as an independent Nurse Consultant to support the neurodivergent community.

Currently Laura can be found on FB at @kokopiefamilies but she is rebranding to Laura the Neurodivergent Nurse @lauratheNDnurse

This seminar focuses on the importance of attachment in child development, as well as the theory and stages of attachment. The seminar aims to look into ways how to support parents in understanding the ways in which attachment can impact their relationship with their child.

During the session, participants will learn about the four stages of attachment and reciprocal relationships. The seminar will also cover common barriers to bonding and attachment, such as postpartum depression, trauma, and cultural differences, and provide strategies for overcoming these barriers.
In addition, it will provide signposting for help and support for parents who may be struggling with attachment and bonding, including resources for therapy, support groups, and parenting classes. By the end of the session, participants will have a deeper understanding of attachment theory and its practical implications for parenting, as well as tools and resources to support them in building strong, healthy attachments with their children.


Trainer: Laura Presente

We know that language matters. Our word choices express ideas and meanings on the subjects that we are speaking about. Therefore, our word choice when discussing the Autistic community can greatly impact your attitudes toward this community and inform your role as a childcare provider.

The seminar begins with comparing the language created by the medical model of autism to that advocated for by identifying Autistics. This will lead learners into a discussion of understanding the complex and often emotional issues that lead parents to following the medical model language.

Learners will hear how the medical-model language of autism increases stigma of the Autistic community. Importantly, the seminar will also cover how this language perpetuates arbitrary and harmful divisions among Autistics.

The seminar will make clear what language identifying Autistics advocate for in order to create respect of the individual but also cohesion of the community.

Throughout the seminar, learners will come to understand how respectful language of the Autistic community is the foundation of care for Autistic children and acceptance of their neuro-identity.

Course Content:

  • Explanation of how the language we use impacts our attitudes toward the Autistic community
  • Understanding how and why the language about the Autistic community is so varied
  • Looking at autism through an identity-positive lens
  • What is respectful language about the Autistic community
  • Clarification of why the Autistic community advocates against functioning labels and levelling
  • How language guides your care of Autistic young people


Trainer: Laura Hellfeld

Laura is an AuDHD (Autistic, ADHD) health care professional, consultant and advocate. Her education includes a Masters in Nursing (RN, MSN), licensure in Public Health Nursing (PHN) and certification as a Sleep Consultant. She works as an independent Nurse Consultant to support the neurodivergent community.

Currently Laura can be found on FB at @kokopiefamilies but she is rebranding to Laura the Neurodivergent Nurse @lauratheNDnurse

This seminar is to bring about education and awareness to practitioners about autism from an identity-positive framework.

The seminar begins by providing foundational terminology used by the Autistic community. This is to help learners join the conversation about the well-being and care of Autistic children. Next, learners will be guided through the question ‘What does it mean to be Autistic?’. This will lead to looking at traits of Autistic children and how these shape Autistic children’s decision making, play, learning and enjoyment. We also discuss who makes up the Autistic community and the diversity within this community. The seminar concludes with a discussion about how learners can be an ally to the Autistic community.


Reframe autism within the neurodiversity context:

  • What it means to be Autistic
  • Autistic traits and culture and how these shape learning, play and relationships
  • Who makes up the Autistic community
  • Clarifying signposting to experts and meaningful support
  • The foundations to being an ally to the Autistic community


Trainer: Laura Hellfeld

Laura is an AuDHD (Autistic, ADHD) health care professional, consultant and advocate. Her education includes a Masters in Nursing (RN, MSN), licensure in Public Health Nursing (PHN) and certification as a Sleep Consultant. She works as an independent Nurse Consultant to support the neurodivergent community.

Currently Laura can be found on FB at @kokopiefamilies but she is rebranding to Laura the Neurodivergent Nurse @lauratheNDnurse

Event Venue Date
Expert seminar: Social Anxiety in Young Children | 15th March 2024 Virtual classroom
  • March 15, 2024 7:00 pm