I have been on four training courses at The Yard on better communication, disability awareness, inclusive play and behavioural challenges. All four were delivered by knowledgeable practitioners with practical and easily applicable content and strategies. There was also an opportunity to speak and share experiences and ideas with other participants. I both enjoyed and learned a lot on all four courses. Can't recommend The Yard highly enough!

Thirty years of working with people who experience the full depth and breadth of disabilities has given us the desire to share our knowledge and skills with other professionals. We offer a range of training courses for play practitioners and any individuals or organisations interested in learning more about disability. 

At The Yard Edinburgh, in partnership with Tailor Ed, we offer a programme of specialist training courses covering understanding autism and behavioural challenges, disability awareness, communication methods and inclusive play.

Our unique environment and available resources offer participants a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience of developing and demonstrating inclusive play opportunities that carry the stamp of The Yard's very special ethos and approach.

2020 course dates

Due to the current and evolving situation with COVID-19, please be aware that although our courses are running as planned at the moment, they are subject to cancellation based on current advice from the NHS and government. We always endeavour to re-book affected participants onto a future course so please just get in touch to discuss this. 

Date Course Availability
Thursday 26th March Disability Awareness CANCELLED
Thursday 2nd April Signalong follow-on Yes
Thursday 30th April Introduction to Signalong Yes
Thursday 7th May Understanding Behavioural Challenges I Yes
Thursday 14th May Signalong follow-on Yes
Thursday 21st May Understanding Behavioural Challenges II Yes
Thursday 28th May Disability Awareness Yes
Thursday 4th June Inclusive Play Yes
Thursday 11th June Understanding Autism Yes
Thursday 18th June Aiding Better Communication Yes
Thursday 25th June Outdoor Play Yes

To book your place on a training course, email us or call 0131 476 4506.

Our courses run at The Yard Edinburgh on Thursdays at 9.30am to 12.15pm, except Signalong, which runs from 9am to 12 noon.

Each course is open to everyone and costs £35 per person, except Signalong, which costs £45 per person. Parents of The Yard members receive a 20% discount on any course. Places are payable in advance to secure your booking. Learn more about what we cover on our courses.

If you find these subjects don't quite fit your requirements, have a large number of staff to train at the same time or can't make it on these dates, please email our training team to discuss a bespoke package that can be tailored to your needs.

If you would like to join a course but find it is fully booked, please just get in touch to ask about future course dates.