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B&NES' Strategic Procurement Experts
The Strategic Procurement Team is a small but perfectly formed team which works with teams, departments and schools to ensure that their procurement projects are legally compliant with the appropriate procedures and current legislation. Their focus is on procurements which are above the EU procurement threshold (currently those with a contract value of approx £164K) but are willing to advise on lower value contracts as well.

If your procurement process is being run through ProContract (B&NES e-procurement system) then advice is also available on that system as the Strategic Procurement Team are responsible for the operation of this portal.
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Training & Events

25 Sep
EYFS - An Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage
Tuesday 25th September 2018 - 1pm - 4pm (reg. 12.45) - Keynsham Community Space, Keynsham This is an introductory course for all Teachers, Childminders and Early Years Practitioners who are NEW to working the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The course will explore: - the underpinning themes and principles of the EYFS - the characteristics of effective early learning and how we can support these - what makes an effective learning environment for children in the EYFS
29 Sep
EYFS - Blended Paediatric First Aid Course
Saturday 29th September 2018 - reg. 9.15am (9.30am - 4.30pm) - Somer Centre MSN This innovative course combines 1 day of focused practical training, with 4-6hrs of interactive e-learning which needs to be completed before the training (details will be sent to you via email). The result is a memorable and enjoyable learning experience which provides the skills, knowledge and confidence to act effectively when emergencies arise.
02 Oct
EYFS - An introduction to children’s communication and language development in the EYFS
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - (6.30pm - 8.30pm) - Southdown Methodist Church Hall (Wesley Room) This training aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to help them identify and support children with communication difficulties within their settings. Topics covered will include: • An overview of ‘what is communication?’ and the typical stages of children’s speech, language and communication development. • How to identify children with speech, language and communication needs within settings. • When to consider referring to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. • An introduction to the ‘Early Years Communication Guide’ and advice on how to fill in a ‘Communication Profile’ for a child • Practical ideas, strategies and activities to support children’s developing communication skills. There will also be opportunities for participants to ask questions and find out more about what Speech and Language Therapists do and how we work.