ISSUE NO. 1 - June 2013

A New Children’s Partnership


We are pleased to announce that 4Children and the National Children's Bureau have been chosen as the Department for Education's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) strategic partner for the next two years.
This collaboration will form The Children’s Partnership, which will work with a consortium of organisations including Barnardo's, the Family and Childcare Trust, NSPCC, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA).  Over the next two years, the partnership will provide policy and delivery advice to the Government and support the sector to develop new and sustainable approaches, focusing on two priority areas – early years and childcare, and adoption and children in care.  4Children will lead on early years and childcare and build on its work over the past two years as strategic lead.
As part of this work we will be continuing to seek your views, refreshing the Foundation Years Website, and run and expand upon the Learn, Explore, Debate free seminars.
We are keen to hear your views and what would be helpful so please contact us at:
We very much look forward to working with you and in our new role to ensure that you are kept up to speed with policy as it emerges through monthly newsletters and news flashes.  Please pass on this newsletter to colleagues, and you can sign up to receive it regularly here
With best wishes,
The Children’s Partnership
Upcoming Events
Tuesday 18th June 2013, Improving Sure Start Children’s Centres: Commissioning and Performance Management, Bristol

Thursday 20th June 2013, NDNA Nursery Awards 2013, Peterborough Arena

Thursday 20th June 2013, Workshop: Measuring Children's Centre Impacts and Outcomes - Readymade tools to take away and use, Islington, London

20th-21st June 2013, NDNA Essential Nursery Conference, Peterborough Arena

Thursday 27th June 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, Middlesborough

Friday 28th June 2013, Improving Sure Start Children’s Centres: Commissioning and Performance Management, London

Wednesday 3rd July 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, Doncaster

Thursday 4th July 2013, Quality for two year olds - Getting ready to deliver more high quality, free early education and childcare places from September 2013, London

Friday 5th July 2013, Workshop: Measuring Children's Centre Impacts and Outcomes - Readymade tools to take away and use, Birmingham

Wednesday 10th July 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, Bristol/Bath

Thursday 11th July 2013, Quality for two year olds - Getting ready to deliver more high quality, free early education and childcare places from September 2013, Leeds

Thursday 18th July 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, London

Friday 2nd August 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, Stevenage

Friday 30th August 2013, NDNA Regional Training Event, Birmingham

Thursday 12th September 2013, NDNA Free Member Event, London

Thursday 3rd October 2013, NDNA member event, St Albans

Thursday 10th October 2013, Let's talk quality! Making early year's quality achievable for all, London

Thursday 10th October 2013, NDNA member event, Bath

Tuesday 15th October 2013, NDNA member event, Guilford
News from the Department

Childminder Agencies
As set out in More Great Childcare, the Government is legislating for the creation of childminder agencies. 

The Government wants agencies to:
•      act as a lever to improve the quality of provision
•      increase the number of childminders in the market, through removing barriers to entry and offering an alternative to working completely independently
•      see childminders who elect to join agencies provided with more support, including training and development
•      further improve the quality of childminders for parents. 

The Department has now written to over 60 organisations who have expressed an interest in trialling elements of childminder agencies.  These are a mix of organisations, representing businesses (ranging from multi-national nursery chains to individual childminders), academies, maintained schools, national childcare organisations, children’s centres and local authorities.  The trials will begin later this summer.

The trials and the linked evaluation, will inform the development of regulations and the final version of the framework document.  The Department expect that anyone wishing to set up an agency, and have it registered with and inspected by Ofsted, will be able to do so from September 2014.

Next week we will be posting a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the Foundations website.
Report on early learning for two year olds
During 2012-13 the DfE funded trials in ten local authorities to offer early learning to two-year-olds in specific areas. The report draws together some of the learning from the trials around stimulating growth in the local market and increasing capacity in early education settings (including with childminders and schools); improving and sustaining good quality early education; and  encouraging parental demand for the new entitlement and overcoming barriers to take-up.
Early Years Theme Grant holders
The Department for Education has announced 16 specific early years and childcare grants to voluntary and community organisations to support you.  Full details of these organisations and the focus of these grants can be found at:
CANparent update
It’s been a busy period for the CANparent Trial since we last updated you in December 2012 so we wanted to tell you about the latest developments.  These include: the publication of the interim independent evaluation report findings, preparations for a one year review of the trial, the official launch of CANparent in Bristol, and the announcement of the Department's preferred bidder to deliver parenting class market development services 2013-15.
Read more

News from the Sector

Early Support Development Journal
Early Support have released a Development Journal for children and young people with multiple needs.  It is based on a series of ‘Can Do’ cards which help parents and practitioners to observe, record and celebrate children’s and young people’s abilities, and to develop and strengthen these abilities.  The Journal supports key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning.
You can download the Development Journal from NCB’s website.
Free introductory online course on the EYFS!
Take advantage of a FREE introductory course on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), courtesy of NDNA’s Development Zone.
The course provides a basic overview and understanding of the revised EYFS.
Read more

NLH Partnership
“Workshop: Measuring Children's Centre Impacts and Outcomes - Readymade tools to take away and use”
Date: Thursday 20th June 2013, 10am-4.30pm
Venue: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
“Workshop: Measuring Children's Centre Impacts and Outcomes - Readymade tools to take away and use”
Date: Friday 5th July 2013, 10am-4.30pm
Venue: Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR
Details: This workshop introduces attendees to a range of high-quality, validated, easy-to-use, quantitative, outcomes measurement tools, selected specifically to meet the needs of Children’s Centres.
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The Communication Trust
Database of SLCN interventions launched
The Communication Trust launched What Works, a database of interventions for practitioners working with children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
The aim of the database, launched on 25th March, is to provide access to evidenced interventions which work for children with SLCN.  At present 60 interventions are on the database and these were chosen following extensive consultation with practitioners and a thorough literature review.
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KIDS launches free eLearning for parents of disabled children and young people.
In April, KIDS launched a new eLearning package for parents and carers, aimed at explaining the key points about personalisation, personal budgets and how they may impact on their family life.
KIDS is the charity that works with disabled children, young people and their families.  As part of the ‘Making it Personal’ project, sponsored by the Department for Education, KIDS has created an eLearning suite aimed at parents and carers of disabled children and young people.
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Supporting Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers
British parents rely on a complex support network in bringing up their children – including nurseries, childminders, grandparents and extended family – all of whom play an important role in feeding their toddlers. In fact, a survey by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) shows the average toddler typically has almost 30% of their meals provided by people other than their parents.
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