ISSUE NO. 13 - JULY 2014
Welcome to the July edition of the Foundations newsletter.

This month we bring you news of the early years pupil premium consultation, the Department of Health’s six high impact areas for health visitors and, as has become custom, news from you.  We also bring you the dates of our next round of Learn, Explore, Debate events and we will alert you by email as soon as they are available to book.  This round will be a whole day event including input from Ofsted and a session on Safe Network.  The day, although long, will include lunch!

We hope you will find the information in this edition useful and as always do keep in touch with us at

If you are looking forward to an August break we hope you enjoy a well deserved rest and that you return refreshed and recharged for the year ahead.

Best wishes,
The Children’s Partnership
Top resources

In this new section we will signpost you to new and existing resources which you may find useful:

Updated parents guide to the EYFS

Birth to Three Matters

Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

Special Educational Needs and Disability information

Independent Childminders – supporting two year-olds



Saturday 26th July, NDNA Working with babies training, Stafford

Tuesday 29th July, Effectively tracking Children’s Centre impacts, London

Wednesday 30th July, NDNA Promoting positive behaviour training, Kendal

Saturday 2nd August, NDNA Promoting positive behavior training, Manchester

Friday 12th September, Early Intervention Conference, London

Friday 19th September, Early Years 2014: How Children Learn, Birmingham

Monday 6th October, Talk to your baby conference, London

Tuesday 7th October, Learn, Explore, Debate event, London

Wednesday 8th October, Learn, Explore, Debate event, Birmingham

Thursday 9th October, Learn, Explore, Debate event, Liverpool

Friday 10th October, Learn, Explore, Debate event, Leeds

Tuesday 15th October, Learn, Explore, Debate event, Taunton

News from the Department for Education

Early Years Pupil Premium
The Government is consulting on the introduction of the early years pupil premium, and on moving to participation funding for disadvantaged two-year-olds.  The public consultation opened on 25 June and will run until 22 August.  It is available here.

The early years pupil premium will give disadvantaged three and four year old children better access to early education and improve the quality of provision which evidence shows can have a major impact on their school readiness.  It will provide nurseries, schools and other providers of government-funded early education with an additional 53 pence an hour for each eligible child. Providers will, therefore, receive £300 for each eligible child accessing the full 570 hours with them.

The consultation document seeks views from professionals, parents and other interested parties on the proposals. It also covers moving to participation funding for early learning for two-year-olds. This will mirror the way that the three- and four-year-old entitlements are funded.  This means that local authorities will be funded according to the actual numbers of eligible two-year-olds taking up a place.  
SEND Implementation Pack
This link takes you to an updated implementation pack for LAs and their partners. 

It sets out how LAs and their partners will want to phase implementation of the reforms.  It contains a two-pager summarising which elements of the reforms must be in place by September, and what can develop over time;

It is very strong on the importance on working with parents to deliver culture change, encouraging LAs and education settings to share the open Ministerial letter to parents.

It contains the most up to date lines on transition planning for those with statements, LDAs and School Action/ School Action Plus and equivalents. 

It also contains an early draft of the CDC’s work on the Designated Medical Officer.

Foundations resources
During the next few weeks we will be adding to the SEN resources – and fresh up today is a guide to the reforms in SEN & disability in early years. View it here.
Apprenticeship Bursary Scheme
The Apprenticeship Bursary scheme, launched on 9 September 2013, is targeted at new apprentices entering the early education and child care sector.  It is viewed as a transitional measure, before the introduction of Early Years Educator qualification in September 2014.  This scheme will close for applications on 31 August 2014.

The application process for the bursary scheme is open to apprentices who: The first 200 successful applications will each receive a £3,000 bursary payment.  The remaining successful applicants will each receive £1,500. 
If you have any queries in relation to this scheme please contact NCTL.
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News from Government – Department of Health

Early Years High Impact Areas 
The Department of Health, alongside its partners, has produced six documents on to support local authorities and other stakeholders through the transition.  The documents identify six areas where health visitors have the most impact on children aged 0 to 5’s health and wellbeing.  Local authorities should use this information to ensure that health visiting services are commissioned effectively.
View the High Impact Areas

We want to remind you of the importance of working closely with parents and your Local Authority so your provision can go into the local offer.  There is more information about the local offer here.  You can watch our podcast with Ann Gross, Director (Special Needs and Childrens Strategy) at the DfE, discussing the SEND reforms and the local offer here.

The Department of Health will also be co-hosting the regular Twitter conversation #EYTalking on Tuesday 15 July from 8-9pm.
Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has produced a Factsheet on childcare and school aspects of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
News from the Sector

New Family and Childcare Trust Parent Champions toolkit published
Family and Childcare Trust has just published an updated and expanded Parent Champions Toolkit which contains a whole range of advice and templates for anyone considering setting up a peer-to-peer Parent Champions scheme.  This is available free to members of the Parent Champions National Network, and you can view the contents page here.  Issue 3 of Champion Chatter has also been published and can be seen here.

If you are considering setting up a Parent Champions scheme you can find out more information on the Family and Childcare Trust website, including the free support available through the Department of Education funded National Network.
Early Words together
On 6 October, Early Words Together will be presenting at the National Literacy Trust’s annual Talk To Your Baby conference in London.  Early Words Together matches community volunteers with young families to improve home learning and the presentation will feature interim findings from external evaluations.  These highlight the positive impact the programme has on local authority services and the children’s centres involved in delivery, the outcomes for participating children and families and on the home learning environment.

Delegates will also hear how Early Words Together is contributing to Sheffield City Council’s award winning city-wide literacy strategy, Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) and how they can benefit from introducing the programme themselves.
The Talk To Your Baby conference brings together speakers and delegates from different disciplines across the Early Years sector.  The popular annual conference is designed to bring together speakers from academia, policy and practice, reflecting the very latest in research and grass roots activity.
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NCTL launch School Direct for early years
NCTL is introducing School Direct for early years initial teacher training (ITT) from September 2014.

Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of early years teacher status. Early years teacher status is the equivalent to qualified teacher status (QTS) as the entry requirements to early years teacher training are the same as for primary teacher training.
This new approach is based on the School Direct training programme which gives schools more influence over the way teachers are trained.

The programme enables schools and nurseries to:
  • influence how early years teachers are trained
  • recruit the trainees that best meet their and their partnership’s needs, with the expectation that trainees will go on to work with the group of schools and nurseries where they trained
  • decide which accredited training provider to work with and influence the way in which the training is delivered
Training is fully funded by NCTL through a grant of £7,000 available to all trainees.  Bursaries are also available: £9,000 for graduates with a first class degree and £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1.
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PACEY and CACHE launch new childcare qualification
The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) have launched a new qualification in conjunction with the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) to help attract new entrants to home-based childcare professions and support them in their work with children in domestic settings.

The CACHE Level 3 Award, Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare, will be available from September 2014 and aims to equip learners looking to operate in a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder, childminding assistant, nanny or au pair, as well as helping existing childcare professionals improve their expertise.
Learners undertaking the course with PACEY will have the support of online materials and free PACEY learner membership when completing this online course.

The qualification provides a solid foundation for progression to CACHE’s Early Years Educator qualifications.
To register your interest in receiving full details about the qualification, click here 
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Trio Childcare
On 1 June 2014 Trio Childcare Connections Ltd launched a range of exciting membership packages for Registered Childminders throughout England.
Additionally, they now offer through their website, an on-line shop offering a range of support materials for Registered Childminders including resources enabling childminders to prepare for their Ofsted inspection. 
Trio promises that their membership whether the bronze back-to-basics package or the gold VIP service, will not only offer everything professional childminders require currently, but will remain current in line with changing local government priorities and central government requirements.
Trio Childcare Connections Ltd have been supporting and training Registered Childminders since 1996.  Their launch into supporting individual childminders has been brought about due to the reduction of LA support for the sector and requests by childminders to deliver services directly.
Trio’s support, advice and training packages will remain in place for Childminders who decide to remain independently registered with Ofsted even after September 2014, when Trio Childcare are planning to offer Agency Registration and Inspection Services for those childminders who meet their rigorous quality criteria.
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Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO) hosted their second annual National Network Meeting at the Oval in London in June, playing host to 300 delegates.  

Following the morning plenary session there were six workshops, each focusing on a different key topic, ranging from childminder agencies and delivery in schools, to using Department for Work and Pensions lists of eligible families. 
All materials from the 6 workshops are available on the LGA Knowledge Hub A2YO site.  
The keynote speech was delivered by Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. 

You can watch videos from the Hempsalls roadshow programme here:
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Third Annual Conference Takes Place For The Montessori Evaluation And Accreditation Board
The Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board held its third annual conference at The Institute of Education, London on Friday 20 June 2014 with 150 MEAB School Owners and Managers in attendance.

The schools that have undertaken their MEAB accreditation this year celebrated their achievements when they received their MEAB plaques.  There are now 169 MEAB school settings.

MEAB accreditation is recognised by Ofsted as a bench mark of quality improvement. Montessori settings continue to score high and above the national average in their Ofsted inspection outcomes.

This year’s conference included presentation by Dr Bettina Hohnen and Lesley Joffinck who explored the relevance of brain research on our Montessori practice.  Both speakers have strong roots in Montessori education with Lesley Joffinck being the founder of Montessori Centre International in the 1980s. The conference also showcased the new MCI Early Years Educator qualification that launches in September 2014.
New website launches to improve knowledge and skills
Thousands of children with a mental health condition could be prevented from slipping through the net as a free pioneering e-learning and advice resource launches - MindEd.

Any adult who works with children can now access the website which contains quality assured, bite-size information that’s tailored by profession – teachers and sports coaches, healthcare professionals, police and judiciary staff, social workers and many more.  Its aim – to give adults the skills to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition early, the confidence to act on their concern and signpost them to the services or support that can help.

MindEd can be accessed quickly and easily anywhere, at any time, by anyone, on tablets and computers.  It already contains over 100 sessions of e-learning and with a further 170 in production; the chance to improve children and young people’s mental health and well-being is now in your hands.
To find out more visit or watch the MindEd film.
Free e-learning modules to support funded 2 year olds
Bolton LA have developed some e-learning modules in partnership working with A2YO to support new start up and existing businesses to create sustainable places for funded 2 year olds.
They are available to all providers at no cost.
View here.
Family Heroes

4Children in partnership with Take a Break, is searching the UK for the most inspirational Family Heroes. We want to hear from you if you know someone who has had a significant and life changing impact on the lives of children, families or young people within the UK. A hero should be inspirational, outstanding and someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Heroes can be any age, any profession, even family members or friends, as long as they have made a real difference to the life of a child, family or young person in some way.
We are looking for a family hero in each of the nine regions of England, one in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland and then we will choose an overall UK Family Hero!

To nominate your hero go to
#EYTalking is the free weekly ‘touch in’ within Social Media for anyone, be they a practitioner, childminder, teacher, trainer or parent working within Early Years education or childcare nationally or internationally.  Topics covered include outdoor learning, parents as partners and literacy; we also have guest hosts, such as the Department for Education and other Early Years colleagues.  EYTalking shares ideas and resources as well as commenting on Early Years childcare and education issues.

Join this growing online community of passionate Early Years colleagues via Twitter every Tuesday between 8:00 and 9:00p.m UK time.  Use the hash tag #EYTalking to connect and share with others.

On Tuesday 15 July the Department of Health will co-host.
Get more information
Talk to your Baby Conference 2014
An informative and inspiring conference programme of the latest policy, research and practice.

Professor Caroline Rowland from Liverpool University and Programme Director of a new ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development will talk about the latest research on early language.
Gill Jones HMI and Deputy Director of Early Childhood will share thinking and findings from Ofsted.

Delegates will be inspired by innovative thinking and best practice in giving babies and young children the best start in life ensuring they develop well and are ready for school.
Speakers with wide ranging backgrounds and experience will give delegates a comprehensive profile of what matters and what works in communication and language with young children.

Date: 6 October, 9.30 - 4pm,  Venue: London, WC1
For a special 20% discount for Foundations readers, enter code TTYBDCP when booking online before end of July, at
LED events
The dates for the October round of events have been confirmed.  We will send an email shortly for you to book your place.

Tuesday 7th October - London
Wednesday 8th October - Birmingham
Thursday 9th October - Liverpool
Friday 10th October - Leeds
Tuesday 15th October - Taunton
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