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Dingley's Promise Early Years Inclusion Project

About Dingley's

The Dingley's Promise Early Years Inclusion Project is a five year project supported by Comic Relief. It will increase the number of young children with SEND accessing early years and childcare places through:

  • Partnership with Local Authorities
  • Meaningful Parental Engagement 
  • A National Steering Group
  • A Comprehensive and Extensive Training Offer  

We have been selected to be one of 10 local authorities to benefit from this National Project from its first year, and will be engage with the project as it develops through their five year plan, until June 2026.

Free training

Free training is available to all Early Years Setting and Health Visiting Team Practitioners.

This course is designed for practitioners in mind but is available for anyone who works in or with early years settings, including parents if they so wish. 

We encourage as many people in each setting as possible to take the training to help your setting achieve the Master Level Kitemark as an inclusion friendly setting.

The course is not assessed or accredited, but you will earn a certificate of completion at the end of each course and a final certificate on completion of the whole programme.


Anyone who wants to register for the training will need to register individually, there is no deadline to register and you can sign up with the email address of your choice.

Once registered you will be contacted by Dingley's within five working days to get you set up.

If you leave your current role, so long as your new role also benefits from the training you will be able to continue the course.

If you have any problems with sign up please contact

How to qualify for an inclusion-friendly setting kitemark

Everything you need to know about qualifying for the mark and applying for it can be found in Dingley's kitemark leaflet. There is separate guidance for childminders in the Dingley's kitemark leaflet for childminders.

More information

Dingley's have recorded a discussion that gives an overview of the project.

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