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Twilight Training

Poole Hospital Children’s Therapy Services are pleased to offer the following full day and twilight training courses:

Safe Handling Of Children

Ensure your staff are safe and have the necessary skills to handle children who require physical assistance.

Full day introductory course

This course is recommended for all staff who support children with a physical disability and covers current legislation, care of your back and risk assessment as well as teaching practical techniques and the use of safe handling equipment.

Refresher twilight session

All staff who have attended a full day introductory course should attend an annual refresher to practice techniques and to be updated with current safe handling requirements.

Course dates:

Currently all courses are being postponed, we will rearrange as soon as possible. Please check back later for dates.

Full day course:

Cost: £120

Refresher course:

Cost: £30

(12 places on each course)

Learning through the senses: A teachers guide

This session is suitable for staff working with all ages of children who may present with sensory difficulties. It will develop your understanding of how sensory difficulties may impact on a child’s learning and development within the classroom setting and teach you strategies to help. There will be some equipment available to try and plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss your experiences with staff.

Course dates: Please check back later for dates.

Cost: £30

(20 places on each course)

Motor co-ordination in children

A hands-on approach to support development of motor skills in children of all ages, suitable for new staff or staff wishing to update their knowledge. The session will include a basic overview of developmental skills and practical activities that can be used with all ages of children. Equipment will be on display to try and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and advice.

Course dates: Please check back later for dates.

Cost: £30

(20 places on each course)

Handwritting advice

This session is suitable for staff working with younger children. The session will include advice on developmental stages of mark making, positioning, pencil grips and letter formation.

Course dates: Please check back later for dates.

Cost: £30

(20 places on each course)

All courses are held at the Child Development Centre, Poole Hospital and are led by qualified, experienced therapists.

A certificate of course attendance will be provided.

To book a place:

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to register your interest and book a place on any of the above courses. Please include the following in your email:

Subject: TWILIGHT COURSE: The course title and date

In the email: your name, school, contact details and how many places you would like to book

Once your email has been received we will reserve a place for you and email back a booking form and payment instructions. Your place(s) will not be confirmed until payment is received.

On receipt of booking form and payment we will email confirmation and course information. Please note that the course will only run if sufficient people book and pay in advance.

There is a multi-storey car park at Poole Hospital so candidates need to bring money for parking.

If you require any further information on any of the above please contact Children’s Therapy Services on 0300 019 2936 and leave a message saying it is about "twilight training"or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with "Twilight training" in the subject line.

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