Certificate in the Role of the PICO

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Laura Hoyland Early years expert
Course 31min 6 modules

Developed by early years expert Laura Hoyland, this course will examine in detail the role and responsibilities of the PICO (Parental Involvement Co-Ordinator) in an early years setting, equipping post-holders with the skills and knowledge to excel in the role.

CPD Certified

This course will explore how the PICO can work in close partnership with parents. It will outline how the PICO should acknowledge that parents’ level of involvement with the setting may vary depending on their child’s individuals needs – and highlight the importance of encouraging a warm and open culture, so that parents actively want to be involved in their child’s early years life and feel able to contact the setting to discuss any worries or concerns they may have.

The course content will provide PICOs with strategies, tips and ideas to make parents and carers feel included, welcomed and informed throughout the duration of their children’s early years education at the setting. This could include, for example, stay and plays; a parents’ evening; newsletters; social media; a learning journey; and daily diary; as well as through regular conversation so that parents have an avenue and an opportunity for communication.

Please note: This training course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own school.