ISSUE NO. 24 - June 2015
Welcome to the June edition of the Foundations Newsletter

We hope you are enjoying the sunny weather as we begin to think ahead towards the summer break.

This has been another eventful month for the early years sector and much has happened since we brought updates on the 30 hours free childcare extension in the last newsletter. Since then the Department for Education has launched a review of the cost of providing childcare. They have also published advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty.

Ofsted has now also published the Common Inspection Framework along with an Early Years Inspection Handbook describing how the inspections will be carried out.

4Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have produced a toolkit for SEN and disability which has a particular focus on the aspects of the SEND reforms as they apply to early years providers.

As always do keep in touch at, and follow our twitter account  and facebook page for all the latest early years news.

Best wishes
The Children’s Partnership
Updates from the Government
Updates from the Sector
Latest Resources

Updates from the Government

Cost of providing childcare review
The government is undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare in England and has issued a call for evidence that will inform its findings. The purpose is to:
  • improve the government’s understanding of how much it costs early years providers to provide childcare
  • inform the outcome of the review into the cost of providing childcare
The call for evidence can be accessed here
Ofsted: Common Inspection Framework and Early Years Inspection Handbook
Ofsted has now published the Common Inspection Framework which comes into effect from September 2015. The framework is designed to bring together the inspection of different education, skills and early years settings to provide greater coherence across different providers that cater for similar age ranges.

A new inspection handbook for the early years settings has also been released. The handbook details the main activities the inspectors will undertake and how the settings are evaluated.
Exit Requirements for English and Maths for Childcare Apprentices
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that people looking to work in childcare will be given more help to reach the high levels needed to give children the best start in life. Childcare apprentices will now have to show they have a good level of English and maths by the end of their training through the creation of an ‘exit standard’ of a grade C or above in GCSE English and maths.
Advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty
The Department for Education has published advice for schools and childcare providers on the Prevent Duty which came into effect on 1st July, 2015. Schools and childcare providers are already responsible for keeping children safe, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for promoting the welfare of children in their care. The Prevent duty will reinforce these existing duties by spreading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country. This advice is intended to help schools and childcare providers think about what they can do to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and suggests how they can access support to do this.
Record number of 3 and 4 year olds receiving free childcare
Recently released statistics show an unprecedented demand for childcare places due to the government’s offer of 15 free hours per week - resulting in 99% take-up from 4-year-olds and 94% take-up from 3-year-olds.

The figures mean that around 650,000 3-year-olds and 675,000 4-year-olds currently receive funded early education - a total of over 1.3 million.

The statistics also show that for the first time more than 1 million 3- and 4-year-olds get their funded hours in settings rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Funding available for early years initial teacher training (ITT)
There is still time to apply for an early years ITT place starting in September 2015. Early years teachers play an essential role in children’s development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education to support the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Training to gain early years teacher status (EYTS) provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning.

There are four training routes available – all options lead to early years teacher status (EYTS) upon successful completion.

For more information on funding, the different routes and how to apply for this September please visit the Get into Teaching website.

Updates from the Sector

SEN and Disability in the Early Years Toolkit
4Children and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) have produced a toolkit for SEN and disability in the early years. Each section of the toolkit provides a briefing on a particular aspect of the SEN and disability reforms as they apply to early years providers. Each section is based on the statutory requirements and the guidance from the early years, the SEN and the disability frameworks, and draws on a range of relevant practice guidance and other materials to provide an accessible guide to SEN and disability in the early years.

2015 Children’s Centre Census – survey closes on Friday 10th July
4Children is currently running the 2015 edition of its annual “Children’s Centre Census” survey, which is due to close on Friday 10th July.
The Census is used by politicians, policy-makers and the media to understand what is going on in Children’s Centres nationally. Centre managers and leaders should already have been contacted about the Census, but if you have not yet received any emails about this and would like to take part please contact John Davies on or 07823 321639.

This year, 4Children are also running a Parents Survey alongside the main Children’s Centre Census, which we would be grateful if you could promote this to parents who use a local Children’s Centre. The Parents Survey, which has 12 questions and only takes a few minutes to complete, is available at:

Early Education
Early Years Pupil Premium project
You can still sign up for free bulletins on making best use of EYPP funding via Early Education’s Learning Together About Learning project and complete our survey to help shape the project.  The website includes a growing number of hints, tips and useful resources to support practitioners and more details will be added throughout the year.  Find out more from the Early Education website
Family Action
Family Action’s Childcare in Schools team is being funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support schools to develop high-quality, inclusive childcare for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Find out more about our training events, website and resources here
Family and Childcare Trust
C4EO/Public Health England validation for Parent Champions
Parent Champions has just been awarded full validation by Public Health England and C4EO as an evidenced model for helping local authorities also deliver on health duties.  This was following a request for practice examples from the Early Years Voluntary and Community Sector that help improve outcomes from pre-conception to school age children and their families.  This development reflects both emerging health elements in existing Parent Champion schemes and increasing national interest by the health sector.  The model will now be promoted within the Public Health England and C4EO networks and put on the C4EO website.  You can find more information on Parent Champions on our website.
Children’s Centre Leader: The Future of Children's Centres
We’ve published our first issue of the FREE quarterly journal for everyone working in or around children’s centres and early help.  We like to think it is an excellent mix of academic, strategic, policy and practice led articles highly relevant to everyone delivering in the sector. 

It’s a first for Hempsall's, building on the solid foundations established by creators, Sue Webster and Vicki Lant and their team.  This issue is all about the future of children's centres; embracing change, and making the most of windows of opportunity.  There is also an emphasis on strong partnership working across health, early years and social care. 

You can find the website and PDF version here or read online at medium. You can subscribe for FREE by emailing us at or visiting the website. 

You Tube clips
DfE has produced these short clips on You Tube from our A2YO DVDs and are useful for emailing to partners, providers, parents and professionals.  You could Facebook or tweet them.  Alternatively watch the full films on
Be a Champion!
Are you passionate about developing children’s literacy? Committed to continuous professional development? Would you like access to over 200 literacy resources for children and staff development?

If the answer is yes, then sign up today for our FREE Literacy Champion project 2015. As part of our ongoing commitment to support nurseries and practitioners to deliver high-quality services, NDNA delivers a Literacy Champions project supported by the DfE. We support our Literacy Champions with a range of resources including free online training modules to provide their team with the skills they need to improve outcomes for children through literacy. Register by JUNE 30th to secure a place on this year’s programme.

For further details contact
National Portage Association (NPA)
Providing training and support to the early years workforce to develop Portage practice and support children with SEND and their families.

Having run a successful 2 year contract to ‘sustain and develop the Portage workforce’ the NPA are building on this work with a new project funded by the DfE VSC grant (2015-16).

The NPA Project offers 3 levels of Portage training:
  • Portage Awareness Workshops*
  • Portage Workshops* – training delivered by NPA accredited trainers and parent trainers.
  • Training for Trainers Workshop
*FREE in areas with little or no access to Portage

If you are interested in accessing the training and/or developing Portage in your area please contact (South) (North & Midlands)
Read more here
Read On. Get On.
The Read On. Get On. coalition this week published a new report‘Ready to Read: Closing the gap in early language skills so that every child in England can read well’.

Ready to Read explains that getting all children reading well by the age of 11 can only be achieved if we commit to boosting the early language skills of our poorest children. Firm foundations in early language skills are critical to breaking the cycle of educational inequality – and to improving the wider life chances of the poorest children.

The report sets out how high-quality services and support for families can help overcome the impact of poverty, highlighting the potential for services – including early education, health visiting, libraries and children’s centres – to support young children’s language development.

The report argues for a decisive shift towards early action and investment. It sets out the priorities for government, including investing further in the early education workforce and strengthening support for parents, especially in public health services and children’s centres.

Latest Resources

SEND in the Early Years Toolkit

SEND Case Studies

Guide for Working with Parents of Children with SEND


Information Sharing seminars - Preparing for the Integrated Review
15 September Manchester, 17 September London
'The Integrated Review at Age Two', due to come in by September 2015, is designed to bring together the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Progress Check at age two with the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) 2 – 2 ½ year health and development review, into an integrated process.

We all know that a child’s early years are essential in laying the foundations for health and well-being throughout their lives, which highlights why the HCP and the EYFS progress checks are so important.

With September fast approaching, these important seminars ask the question ‘How can we prepare for the Integrated Review?’

These seminars will demonstrate the new information sharing tools available and also explore
  • Updates regarding the Integrated Review and Information Sharing
  • Why integration is so crucial
  • The Integrated Review – experiences and evidence so far
Don’t miss the unique opportunity to hear first-hand the work other local authorities are doing and the systems they are developing to share information, to engage not just the work force, but also parents – inviting, identifying and involving them all in a holistic process.
Early Education
Achieving Excellence Conference – Sheffield – 5th October 2015
The introduction of the separate Early Years Ofsted judgement in primary schools has focused attention on how headteachers and leaders can support and develop outstanding provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This event will focus on key issues for primary heads and leaders in relation to nursery and reception classes in primary schools including:
  • identifying and encouraging outstanding practice in the EYFS
  • effective transition into the Foundation Stage, and from Reception to Year 1, including appropriate transition of pedagogy
  • key aspects of leading and managing a successful Foundation Stage, including balancing the competing pressures on Reception classes
You can find more information about this event and book online on our website.
National Portage Association
Annual Conference - Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October, 2015
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Northampton
Our conference theme for 2015 is ‘Moving Forward with Portage’. The Conference is an opportunity for children, parents and practitioners to share ideas and practice, to explore the future of early years and the opportunities this presents for Portage and the NPA.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend two stimulating seminar sessions each day, network, visit exhibition stands and hear keynote speakers.

This year’s keynote speakers:
Hayley Goleniowska – parent blogger and campaigner, founder of Downs Side Up
Wendy Joy (MCSP) and Jane Reynolds (MCSP) (Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapists) will look at skill acquisition and how to move children forward physically.

For more information:

Advance Safeguarding

11th July


Brave Boys

13th July

Developing Outstanding Practice

16th July

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