ISSUE NO. 22 - APRIL 2015
Welcome to the April edition of the Foundations newsletter

We hope you all had a relaxing Easter break and are feeling rejuvenated and upbeat about the summer months ahead.

This month there are no updates from the government departments in the run up to the general election. We will bring you all the updates after a new government has been formed in May.

However, we bring you all the latest news from the early years sector including some exciting new events and conferences coming up. Also, the Parent’s section of the Foundation Years website has been completely refreshed and updated with new material.

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

This month there are no updates from the government departments in the run up to the general election. We will bring you all the updates after a new government has been formed in May.

Updates from the Sector

Two-year-olds in school

The Foundation Years team has been receiving an increasing number of inquiries regarding two-year-olds in school. From 26th May, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (2015) will remove the requirement for schools to register their early years provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted, so long as it meets certain requirements.
Schools taking 2 year-olds must continue to have a separate Early Years registration in place until 26th May at which point they will no longer need the separate registration. We understand that updated guidance will be published in due course and schools which currently have a separate EY registration will be contacted soon to outline the next steps in detail.    


Would you like to join the 2015/16 Early Learning and Childcare Hubs Programme?
4Children has run a successful two year programme on Early Learning and Childcare Hubs that worked to:
  • improve the quality of provision;
  • support parents/carers with their working patterns by offering blended childcare and early education; and
  • support the provision of new childcare places focusing on funded two year olds where this as seen as a priority
It was found that in terms of improving the quality of childcare, a hub provided significant opportunities for practitioners to share practice and learning to improve quality as well as increase awareness of the importance of quality. More details can be found by clicking on this link.  

Building on this successful work, the DfE has funded an extension to the existing programme. This offers new hubs:
  • three training days - an induction to the programme , SEND and working with parents, online seminar on collaborative leaning;
  • helpline and support materials including a detailed step guide; and
  • regular support through telephone discussions and review
If you are interested in joining the programme please email for a more detailed discussion and to be booked on to the 24th June induction day.

Find out more here
Childcare Provider Representatives
4Children is now operating as the voice of the private, voluntary and independent childcare sector for Leeds. If you are providing childcare in Leeds we would like to hear any issues, problems or good news stories you may have encountered.

4Children will support practitioners and childcare providers in Leeds by advising and signposting them to useful sources of information and guidance where necessary.

Find out more here

Communication Trust

We are delighted to let you know that we are now fully online with our enhanced offer of resources for the early years, which was facilitated by the extension to our grant last year to support implementation of the SEND reforms. 

These resources are all accessible via one handy webpage and include resources in the following categories/themes:
  • Speech, language and communication development
  • Speaking and listening activities
  • Early Identification of SLCN (including a new framework)
  • Supporting children with SLCN
  • Working with parents
  • Workforce Development (including a new online short course in speech, language and communication)
  • From other organisations (which will include a link to the forthcoming resources from CDC and 4 Children)

Cracking the Code!
Free resources are now available from The Communication Trust to help you understand and implement the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.

The Trust has developed a number of resources specifically for early years practitioners to help develop knowledge and skills around the SEND reforms and speech, language and communication development.
  • Cracking the Code Poster with advice about identifying and supporting children with SEN;
  • Online short course all about speech, language and communication;
  • Early identification framework to help you identify children who are struggling;
  • A guide to implementing the Graduated Approach
Find out more about these resources here
Family Action

High-quality, inclusive childcare on a school site
National charity Family Action is being funded by the DfE as part of The National Prospectus Grants Programme 2015-16 to deliver a new programme: ‘Increasing the provision of high-quality, inclusive school-based childcare for 0-5s with SEND’. The aim of Family Action’s new programme is to increase the provision and improve the quality of inclusive childcare for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Find out more about the project here

What Early Years providers need to know about supporting young children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

The Children and Families Act came into force on 01 September 2014. Part 3 relates to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Follow this link to read questions and answers which are designed to support those specifically working with young children.

This Q & A has been informed by the SEND guide for early years settings

Thinking of employing a graduate? NDNA has useful information online about how successful settings are deploying Early Years Teachers to their best advantage as well as teaming up for training and working effectively with schools. With the DfE, NDNA has gathered examples of excellent current practice from a variety of UK settings. For information and case studies visit: and search for ‘early years services case studies.’

Secondly, NDNA has developed four Business Enterprise and Leadership courses to help with finance, planning, managing and marketing, informative factsheets and a useful Business Health Check toolkit. To view them visit and search for ‘business enterprise and leadership.’

Working with the Government, NDNA has also highlighted examples of excellent first aid practice in nurseries. For case studies visit and search for ‘paediatric first aid.’ 

Contact a Family

Do you work with families with disabled children?
Contact a Family has redeveloped our website with advice for professionals working with families with disabled children. Each page explains how you can support families around, for example: Packed full of information, tips and resources to help professionals better understand the issues facing families with disabled children, and ways that you can support them.

Please see Supporting your work with families We also are working on new information for parents around getting help in the early years when a child has additional needs – watch this space!
Early Education

We have Julie Fisher’s Transitions into key stage 1 course running next month in our new training room at Cavell Street, London, with places still available. Although the Early Bird rate for this course has finished, we are able to offer a two for one deal for Members of Early Education on this course! If you haven’t thought about Membership before, you can find out more about the benefits of becoming a Member on our website.

Our training courses in June are filling up fast too. We have just a few places left on our Making maths marvellous: developing effective maths pedagogy in the EYFS course with Elaine Bennett. You can still take advantage of the Early Bird discount for Nicola Burke’s Music Matters – An Introduction into Early Childhood Music Making that is taking place later that month, until 18 May 2015. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Our upcoming book Every Child a Mover by Jan White will be published in June, and you can get this at the special pre-order price of £15 up until the end of April.

Montessori Centre International offers two new short ‘Introduction to Montessori’ courses.

Introduction to Montessori Practice
This 1 year course is designed for already qualified early years practitioners wishing to include Montessori into their daily work with young children. It is offered as continuing professional development for practitioners, teachers and early years professionals who already hold a full and relevant qualification with licence to practice and want to work in a Montessori environment or bring Montessori to their practice.  

It can be studied via distance learning or part-time attendance, supported by the new Montessori online learning environment.

Introduction to Montessori Approach
This 8 month course has been developed in response to an international demand for an introductory course for those wishing to learn more about Montessori without needing a formal qualification. 

It is offered online using the innovative interactive learning materials on our new virtual learning environment. 

Please email Rupert to request further information, phone us at 020 7493 8300 or go here.

NEYTCO is launching a new concept in conferencing for the Early Years community titled an Evening with…loosely based on a television talk show model.

Have you ever wondered:
What has inspired your favourite experts?
What are they passionate about?
What has been their journey?

We’re pleased to announce that the line-up of experts for NEYTCO’s first Evening with… is:
  • Sonia Blandford
  • Martin Pace
  • Elizabeth Jarman
  • Penny Tassoni
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to network, and light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday 14th May, 2014 Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Hult International Business School, London

£55 (incl VAT) for non-members
£35 (incl VAT) for members
To book a place email:
How to be an Early Years Consultant and/or Early Years Trainer
A new bespoke guide is now available - Written by the NEYTCO team. This guide outlines all you need to know to get started on the road to consultancy and/or training.

Already a trainer or consultant?  This guide has some top tips for you as well as the following:
  • Free templates to support you with your consultancy or training business.
  • Free for members and only £5.00 for and get the most cost effective insurance for them. Individuals do not have to be a NEYTCO member to complete the survey.
We have found that there are some trainers who do not have adequate insurance and NEYTCO want to support and get the most cost effective insurance for them. Individuals do not have to be a NEYTCO member to complete the survey.

Paediatric Continence Forum

Approximately 1 in 12 children and young people are affected by continence problems, causing significant difficulties in terms of family and social relationships and at school. The Paediatric Continence Forum (PCF) is a national and independent group of healthcare professionals which campaigns to improve NHS services for this group of children. It works closely with ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence).

Research conducted by the PCF in August 2014 revealed that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are failing to provide proper integrated paediatric continence services. Only 32% of CCGs commission all the four main continence services (covering bedwetting, daytime wetting, toilet training and constipation/soiling). Just over 22% of responding CCGs commission services that are fully ‘joined-up’.

To address this, the PCF has published a NICE-accredited Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide, providing advice on how to commission integrated paediatric continence services.

ERIC provides support and information for parents, children, and professionals to manage continence problems. ERIC recently launched the ‘Let’s Talk About Poo’ campaign to raise awareness and understanding of childhood constipation. ERIC’s ‘Right to Go’ campaign calls on education settings and government to improve school toilet provision and support in school for children with continence difficulties.

Further information can be found here and here.

Latest Resources

Early Years Pupil Premium and You

Fundamental British Values in the Early Years

What to Expect, When? Guide for Parents



Re-connecting with maths – Engaging practitioners and parents in children’s mathematical development
Regional seminars London – 23 June, Leeds – 25 June

'Don't worry it's okay to be no good at Maths...because I was no good at it either.'

The perception that being bad at maths is 'OK' is a myth which this set of seminars aims to dispel. This phrase may be familiar to many of us from our own childhood as an expression used to comfort a child when they are frustrated by numbers, problem solving and day to day activities.

The day will begin by looking at what needs to be done and then delve into good practice case studies which explain how this might be achieved.

Go to or call 020 7522 6970 to book

Early Education

Annual Conference
Our Annual National Conference will be hosted by our Plymouth Branch this year, on the 12-13th June with the theme ‘Explore, Discover, Create’. With a number of great workshops and keynote speakers over the two days, it should be a fantastic event. You can find more information and book online on our website, we look forward to seeing you there!
Leadership & management training
9 May, 2015
Phonics training

11 May, 2015
Information Sharing

14 May, 2015
Supporting 0-2, 2 and 3-5 year olds in the EYFS
16 May, 2015
Information Sharing


19 May, 2015
Inspiration Forum & AGM

20 May, 2015
Developing Outstanding Practice

22 May, 2015
Re-connecting with Maths Seminar

23 June, 2015
Re-connecting with Maths Seminar

25 June, 2015
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