Education, support and research for early years autism


Puzzle Centre is committed to disseminating best practice in early intervention for young children with autism and related disorders.

We provide training workshops onsite for families and professionals throughout the year on a variety of methods and approaches used at the centre including SCERTS, as well as providing early year autism off-site training as partners of the Autism Education Trust’s South East Training Hub.

Please see below a full list of the training courses and workshops available currently through Puzzle Centre.

Forthcoming workshop and training courses available:


Understanding Behaviour – course overview

This course will cover subjects such as ‘what leads to inappropriate behaviour and how to manage it’ – suitable for parents and practitioners  working with children with autism and other communication needs

22nd Sept book
AET-Tier 3 early-years-leading-good-autism-practice

Leading all staff in understanding autism and creating an outstanding early years setting whether or not they work directly with young children on the autism spectrum.
27th February book

AET-Tier 1 early-years-making-sense-of-autism

Autism affects around 1 in 100 children and adults, all professionals working in early years settings should be trained and prepared to support children on the autism spectrum.  This essential course will raise awareness and increase knowledge and skills.

13th March book

Puzzle Centre delivers Early Years Autism Training across South East via AET Training Hub

The Puzzle Centre in partnership with the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and Oxfordshire County Council  has been awarded the contract by the Autism Education Trust to be the South East Region Early Years Training Hub.

The training hub is now delivering a 3-tier programme for early years practitioners across the whole of the South East region of England.

The three tiers of training available are:

Tier 1. Making sense of autism – for all early years practitioners

Tier 2. Good autism practice – for practitioners working directly with children with autism.

Tier 3. Leading good autism practice – for leaders and managers

For further information go to www.learningtrust.net/autism

E: autism@learningtrust.net

T: 01296 387361

At Puzzle Centre – SCERTS

At Puzzle we are pioneering in our use of the SCERTS model, which refers to the importance of transactional support for children with autism. The training we offer to all family members and professionals focuses on how the relationships and interactions of all the individuals who work in partnership with a child and how they work together as part of a team. It also refers to how partners support children’s learning and development.

Puzzle Centre have both a one day and a half day course on how we implement SCERTS within our setting.  To find out more about these courses please download the full course information here:

One day Course – How Puzzle implements SCERTS

Half Day Course – Introduction to How Puzzle Centre uses SCERTS

Other training

The Puzzle Centre is also delivers training for students or practitioners from outside organisations.

  • Each term we have 2 or 3 different workshops at the centre which are suitable for parents or practitioners to attend.
  • The cost for parents is £20 and £35.00 for professionals to attend
  • We are able to offer bespoke training to outside organisations who wish to find out more about autism in the early years and the approaches used at Puzzle Centre.
  • Click here to download our TRAINING LEAFLET
    Please contact us directly by phone or email to discuss your requirements.
  • We also deliver whole day courses and conferences.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss training for yourself or your setting

For a comprehensive list on our online booking system of all courses available click HERE