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We offer QCF accredited qualifications at levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 for early years practitioners, playworkers, youth workers and teaching assistants. We deliver training in business administration and customer service. We also provide online training for GCSE maths and English, backed up by support from personal tutors: this has achieved exceptional exam success.
Our success rates are way above the national average. We specialise in post level 3 progression for early years practitioners in a wide range of job roles.
We use technology to enhance the personal contact between learners and their tutor/assessors. Web based e-portfolios of evidence means that learners achieve faster, with minimal disruption to their job.
And all our learners have free access to eQual Learning, our own unique suite of interactive, web based learning resources. They can access this material via the internet, work through it at their own pace with support from their assessor, and complete assignments online.
We are accredited as a training centre by both City & Guilds and Edexcel and we hold a large direct contract from the Skills Funding Agency which gives us guaranteed access to apprenticeship and other funding.
As a company, we are a recognised Investor in People and we are accredited under the Matrix standard for the quality of the information, advice and guidance that we provide. At our last Ofsted inspection we were graded ‘good’ in all areas.
Our owner/directors, Ross and Alison Midgley, previously set up and managed a group of three day nurseries which each achieved outstanding Ofsted results. They sold this business in 2007, but recently acquired a failing nursery and turned it round to ‘outstanding’ in just eight months.
Our assessors and trainers are all qualified professionals with many years of hands on experience and success in their field of expertise. They all share the directors’ belief in quality and enjoy their jobs.
Employers often comment on our assessors’ commitment to learners and on their professionalism, flexibility and good communication – something which sets us apart from many other training providers .
My assessor is brilliant and offers lots of support and encouragement. For many of my colleagues with other providers, their qualification has just dragged on and they have lost focus. Thank you PBD!
I am finding my Level 5 challenging and I am learning and gaining more strengths and information. My tutor is very supportive and helpful and responds to my questions very quickly. I am very happy that I have chosen this path to further my career.
I am finding that the course is already having a positive effect on my practice. The resources are excellent and my tutor is doing a fantastic job in supporting me.
I have found this course very exciting. I have found my tutor to be really lovely and helpful and the eQual site is extremely helpful. The assessments set have been very clear with lots of information to help me fulfil the requirements.
OMG! Five years ago I vowed that one day I would qualify as a nursery nurse and work on the special care baby unit. In that time I qualified at level 2 and level 3 , holding down 2+ jobs and juggling childcare. Today my dream came true. Thank you to everyone who has helped me!
I was worried about taking part in a webinar because I didn’t know what to expect. I must say it was a great experience, one I’m keen to repeat. There was lots of information which I will need to read in more depth, at my own pace. Being on this course has made me confident in what I do. I am better equipped. Thank you!
‘When I started the qualification I was a bit nervous about the fact I wasn’t going to be going to a college to have lessons with a tutor. But I was reassured that if I need help I would get it and quickly, I found that it was better for me with my family commitments to do the course on line with you.’
I am very pleased with my achievement, never in a million years did I think I would manage it but it has been thanks to Vicki (my assessor) for having faith in me and giving me the confidence to carry on. Thank you for everything
I have worked with many training providers over the years and I can say that your online training is the best that I have come across, my staff have found it to be so easy and there is always someone on hand to help and support. Also I noticed that unlike other training companies, your assessors are thorough and reliable, if they say they are coming they come. The work that they set out for staff is explained thoroughly and staff know exactly what is expected of them.
“The fact that I am having to research so much to understand the criteria, and get the right information to respond to it, is helping me to learn so much more and at a deeper level than ever before – I would like to say that this is an excellent course because it really makes you think, understand and learn in the most positive way – so well done to the team at PBD”
Sam, who is based in Nottingham, has spent her career so far in Childcare and undertook her Level 5 in Leadership for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Before joining PBD, Sam was the Ofsted and EYFS Compliance Officer for a nationwide out of school childcare provider for several years. She has recently undertaken an assessing qualification and now works full time for PBD, building our delivery of qualifications in the East Midlands.
Sonya, who is based on the Wirral, spent much of her career in customer service before undertaking a degree in Early Childhood Studies in 2007 and moving into work with young children. Immediately before joining PBD, Sonya was an EYFS practitioner in a school based early years setting. She has recently undertaken an assessing qualification and now works part time for PBD, helping us to develop our presence in the North West.
Rosie has worked in childcare since 1999 and has had wide experience in day nurseries, preschools and as a nanny, in England, Australia and Chile. She also taught English to children in a school in Spain. Since returning to England in 2006, Rosie has worked as a childcare assessor in the north of England. Now based in Norfolk, Rosie works part time for PBD as a tutor/assessor.
Emma is part of the dedicated team of PBD assessors for PBD, and is on hand to support our learners both in their workplace during regular visits and at home via our innovative e-learning website.
Emma began her early years journey as a nursery assistant in 2000, gaining a number of early years qualifications throughout her progressive career, and was most recently a Nursery Manager for a large group of nurseries before joining the PBD team.
Jane is an assessor and internal verifier and has worked for PBD since the company started. Her career has been varied; from being a nanny both in the UK and the Far East, running a large play scheme for children aged 5-12, deputy officer in charge at a day nursery, helping at a local primary school and working as an assessor, verifier and assistant training manager at a large national provider. She has recently achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies.
Vicki has had a variety of roles in the early years sector. Starting in a nursery at the age of 16, she was offered a permanent job and obtained her qualification. Vicki spent time as a nanny, both in England and travelling abroad, before returning to nurseries and also working in a high school before moving into assessing. She qualified as an assessor in 2006 and has subsequently completed a playwork qualification and an internal verifier award. Vicki has worked for PBD since 2009 and finds each day different. Like her colleagues, she prides herself on quality assessing and on meeting the individual needs of learners.
Rachel, who is based in Essex, completed a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years and worked for a large chain of nurseries, starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to nursery manager. Rachel has been working as an assessor for PBD since November 2008. As well as looking after her learners, Rachel supports the development of IT and social media within the company.
Rachel Stevens has many years of experience of working in early years settings and has been a qualified early years assessor since 2000. After leaving college, Rachel worked as a private nanny for two families before becoming a nursery nurse at a family run setting. She progressed to become an Area Support Manager for a large nursery chain within the Cambridge area.
Rachel joined the PBD team in 2009. Rachel assesses CYPW levels 2-5 as well as Playwork and STL and has learners in and around Cambridgeshire.
Kirsty qualified in early years in 1995, and has wide ranging experience including nursery management and outreach work for Sure Start. She qualified as an assessor in 2002 while managing a nursery for a large chain. Kirsty continues to keep her CPD up to date and has many qualifications within her area of expertise: she is currently training in quality assurance. Kirsty joined PBD as she shared its passion for quality training and innovative delivery of qualifications through modern technology. Kirsty covers learners in the south of England.
Zoe began her career in 1993, successfully completing the NNEB. Since then she has continued to update her knowledge, working in childcare settings and undertaking CPD. In 2004 Zoe took on a management role with a large nursery chain. She also acted as an “in house” assessor before taking a full time assessing role at a local college. Having always been interested by the use of e-portfolios and the use of technology, she joined PBD 2008 to PBD. She works as an assessor and IV for early years and enjoys working within a team that is innovative in their approach and delivery of early years training.
Heidi joined PBD in 2012 and is a tutor/assessor who seeks to ensure that her learners get the best experience from their training and learning. She joined the company following eight years of service with Suffolk County Council, where she started as a Business Support Assistant in the Children and Young People’s team before moving into a Family Support role. In 2008 she moved to the local Children’s Centre as Support and Information Officer and progressed to be a First Steps to Play worker, delivering services and play opportunities for children 0-5 years to the local communities. Heidi assesses qualifications at levels 2 and 3 for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Business Administration and Customer Service.
Marios Avraam has worked with children and young people for over 25 years, promoting excellence and positivity through the various sites he has managed as well as the music projects he has been involved in. He is an experienced assessor and internal verifier in play work, childcare and youth work. He is a qualified trainer with QTLS Status and is currently in his final year completing the BA in childcare and youth. He is also passionate about football, music and music production and was part of the winning team that won the Queens Silver Jubilee award for best community radio station in 2007. Marios joined PBD in 2009 and is the lead professional in playwork for the company, as well as being a tutor/assessor in early years.
Helen is a qualified assessor with a wide knowledge and experience in the early years sector gathered in over 20 years of practice, during which time she gained her level 4 qualification. Helen has worked in a range of early years settings and schools not only in England but also in France and Germany. Helen currently supports and assesses learners for level 2 and 3 qualifications in the Children and Young People’s Workforce and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Directors Janet Dawson Alison Midgley Ross Midgley Jenny Simanis -
Support staff Sharon Dodd Nicola McDonald Tutorial/assessment staff Heidi Andrews Vicki Arnold Zoe Ashe Marios Avraam Rosie Barrett Dominique Dale Emma Edwards Holly Foster-Coy Sonya Kinsella Helen Mitchison Kirsty Rennie Nikki Selvey Jane Spinner Rachel Stevens Sam Webster Lorraine Wheatley Rachel Wilson
English Sarah Holmes Anne Brown Liz Hardiman Max Ruddock Maths Katy Freeman Judy Ormesher Ann Thompson
Although our base is in the East of England, we have learners (and tutor/assessors) in most regions (London, SW, SE, East, W Midlands, E Midlands, Yorkshire & and Humberside and the North West). In regions where we don't have a presence, we are still happy to take on new learners provided there is enough demand to justify recruiting a locally based tutor/assessor who can provide learners with face to face support.