Bespoke early years training offered in historic Dean Park cricket pavillion


The newly refurbished Gallery at Cooper Dean Pavilion in Bournemouth town centre is now the headquarters of early years training organisation, Dean Park Training, which is run in association with Dean Park Day Nursery and Park School.

The Mayor of Bournemouth and Councillor Sandra Moore, Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, officially opened the centre in October
The Mayor of Bournemouth and Councillor Sandra Moore, Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, officially opened the centre in October

While the Gallery would once have been used to watch over the cricket ground that has hosted players such as WG Grace, Prince Ranjitsinhji and Prince Philip, now, following restoration, it is open again for the first time in two decades as a state-of-the art training venue.

It provides a great environment for a range of training options which include bespoke training packages, CPD series and one-off training as full days, half days or twilight sessions to inspire, support and develop practice across all aspects of early years. The venue can also be hired for outside events and programmes.

Training is led by Kelly Yates who is currently manager of Dean park Nursery, which is located next to the venue. Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience of teaching, managing and training in the early years and primary sectors. She has also worked as Early Years Advisor for Bournemouth Borough Council, with experience of leading and managing SEND services, EYFS moderation, assessment and data analysis for early years and led quality improvement services. She believes this places her in a strong position to respond to local training needs.

Ms Yates says she is keen to make training affordable and tailored to individual setting’s needs: ‘As our nursery is right next door to the centre, we can draw on our best practice and use our six acres of forest school to support outdoor training. We want to build up a full calendar of events, which are affordable, accessible and diverse.’

She adds: ‘We’ve developing a range of different formats, from workshops to bite-sized sessions, covering areas such as schemas, supervision models, neuroscience, outdoor learning and cultural capital. And the Gallery is a great place to come and learn.’

Find out more about what Dean Park Training offers here

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