ISSUE NO. 36 - JULY 2016
Welcome to the July edition of the Foundations newsletter
The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer and many of us will be looking forward to some time off in August. The warm weather though brings its own risks for our children, so here is some advice for early years settings from Public Health England from last year’s heat wave.

The Department for Education has seen some changes with Justine Greening coming in as the new Secretary of State with the departure of Nicky Morgan. Sam Gyimah has moved to the Ministry of Justice, and there is no further news on the childcare ministerial portfolio which is vacant at the moment. We will let you know as soon as there is some news on this.  

We are conducting a short survey to get feedback on the newsletter and the Foundation Years website. It will take you less than a minute to complete but will help us tailor the newsletter and website to suit your needs and we would be very grateful if you could complete the survey.

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Best wishes
The Foundation Years Team
Updates from the Government
Updates from the Sector
Latest Resources

Updates from the Government

Consultation – Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect
This consultation outlines options for reform of the child protection system in England, specifically in relation to reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect. It seeks views on the possible introduction of one of 2 additional statutory measures:
  • a mandatory reporting duty, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place
  • a duty to act, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to take appropriate action in relation to child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place
30 hours childcare toolkit
In September 2017, three- and four-year-olds of working parents will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare a week.  Many early years providers including schools are preparing to offer these funded hours, either directly or in partnership with others. The Department for Education will publish a hands-on, practical toolkit in September 2016 to guide and inform providers considering partnership working. The toolkit will be published on the Family Childcare Trust’s website.
Paediatric first aid consultation outcome
The DfE has published a summary of responses it received on the consultation, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

The government has decided to proceed to include, from 1 September 2016, a requirement in the EYFS that for newly qualified early years staff (with full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) to also hold a current Paediatric First Aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate in order to be included in the required ratios in an early years setting. Childcare providers will be allowed a three month ‘grace’ period to complete PFA training after starting work with a new employer.
Ofsted report on disadvantaged children
Ofsted has published a survey which reports on how good local authorities and early years providers are in helping disadvantaged families and their young children. In particular, it looks at implementation and impact of national and local policies on early years providers in some of the most deprived areas of England.
Be inspired to make teaching your future and inspire young children every day.
Becoming an early years teacher means you can play a big part in children’s lives, at a key stage in their development.

Each training route provides a balance of placement experience and teaching theory. You’ll also be supported by experienced teachers throughout your training.

Make a difference to the lives of children from birth to five years, apply today. There is still time to secure an early years teacher training place starting in September 2016, just get in touch with one of our training providers. Visit and register your interest today.

Updates from the Sector

We are conducting a short survey to get feedback on the newsletter and the Foundation Years website. It will take you less than a minute to complete but will help us tailor the newsletter and website to suit your needs and we would be very grateful if you could complete the survey.
Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)
MA in Education (Early Years) Modules
Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) will run new modules for 2016/17 which focus on a number of leading topic areas, such as Maths, Literacy & Phonics, Physical Activity, Leading Learning with Two Year Olds and Leading Multilingual Settings. These new modules will accompany our popular existing modules, such as Early Years Music, Integrated System Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring.

Designed for those leading and working in Early Years, CREC’s MA modules are accredited by Birmingham City University and will help you to:
  • Develop your professional knowledge and practice;
  • Enhance your research skills & career prospects;
  • Improve outcomes for children & your setting.
Click here for more information or call us today (0121 464 0020) to discuss studying options available to you.
Children’s Food Trust
Call out for recipes to include as part of development of new menus for early years settings in England 
Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned the Children’s Food Trust to develop new menus for early years settings in England to reflect current government dietary recommendations for children under five, and help demonstrate how settings can help meet children’s dietary requirements in practice. 

We are looking for recipes for breakfasts, lunches, teas and snacks currently provided by early years settings to include as part of the new menus, to make sure that the recipes included are popular and practical for settings to provide, as well as promoting best practice in food provision. 

If you have any recipes you would like to send us, please contact our nutrition team at, and we will send you a simple agreement document and recipe template to complete. All recipes will be attributed to the settings that submitted them.

If you have any questions, please contact the Trust’s nutrition team by calling us on 0114 299 6901 or emailing us at the address above, and we’d be very happy to talk to you.
Communication Trust
No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 Activity Pack is now live!
The Communication Trust are delighted to announce that our brand new No Pens Day Wednesday 2016 activity pack is now live on our website and available to download here! The pack contains lots of information about how to get involved and plan your No Pens Day Wednesday, whatever your setting!

For No Pens Day Wednesday 2016, we will have an increased focus on ‘No Pens Homework’, which will aim to encourage communication at home. A child's home environment is hugely important in supporting development – a high quality home learning environment promotes intellectual and social development and parents have a vital role in supporting speech, language and communication development.
Read more here
Early Intervention Foundation
What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years
An assessment of 75 programmes which aim to improve child outcomes through supporting positive parent child interactions from conception to age 5 has been published by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF). The EIF review ‘Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years’ has assessed programmes available to UK commissioners, as well as other programmes from around the world.

The quality of parent child interactions in the early years help lay the foundations for children’s ability to develop crucial life skills. For the first time, the EIF has rated both the strength of evidence of impact and estimated the resource costs of early intervention programmes available to commissioners in the UK.

The EIF’s review focuses on the following three key aspects of child development:

Behaviour: While aggressive and defiant behaviours in toddlers are normal, between 5 and 15 per cent are likely to carry on behaving aggressively once they enter school. The EIF found 10 programmes with good evidence of improving children’s behaviour by teaching parents strategies for managing and reducing their child’s aggressive behaviour.

Attachment: Around 15 per cent of toddlers tend to be classed as having poor attachment. Forming a secure attachment with a primary caregiver is a key to children’s social and emotional development. The EIF’s review found 5 programmes with good, evidence of improving attachment.

Cognitive development:  How children learn to think, understand and communicate is strongly influenced by their early environment and parenting. Within this category the review focused mainly on early language and communication. Some children are more disadvantaged – particularly those from poor backgrounds and deprived communities – or whose parents struggle to support their learning. The EIF found 2 programmes with good evidence of improving early language and communication.
Family Action
Developing inclusive childcare practices
National charity Family Action was funded by the Department for Education (DfE) between 2015–16 to support school-based early years settings to develop their inclusive childcare practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

While this project has now ended, we are delighted that the Learning Exchange website will be hosted for a further year, until end March 2017. This means that you can continue to view and download a wide range of free information and resources related to our inclusion project, as well as earlier work supporting schools to develop wraparound childcare and holiday provision (see below).
Developing inclusive childcare practices
Browse the Learning Exchange website to see how schools and other early years providers across England are developing inclusion in their setting for children with SEND. You can also download:  
Wraparound childcare
Discover more about developing holiday programmes and before- and after-school care on a school site, by visiting the ‘Wraparound childcare’ section of the Learning Exchange website. There you will find a wide range of resources, produced as part of our 2013–15 Childcare in Schools project (e.g. case studies, guide, video clips, and templates).
Family and Childcare Trust
Holiday Childcare Survey
Family and Childcare Trust has published a report into childcare provision during the holiday period. The results suggest that overall only 12% of local authorities have enough holiday childcare available for all age-groups. Key findings from the report show that:
  • Of those that responded with sufficient data, 88 per cent of local authorities in Britain reported not having enough holiday childcare.
  • Parents of children aged 12 or over, families who live in rural areas, and those with children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) face the biggest gaps in provision.
  • Not one local authority in Wales or the East of England reported having sufficient childcare places  
A2YO comes to an end as two-year-old entitlement goes from strength-to-strength
In the month DfE statistics show a record take-up of the two-year-old entitlement, the department’s national support contract Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO) has ended.

There are now 166,920 two-year-olds accessing some free early years education, equivalent to 68 per cent of twos eligible for the offer, according to statistics published by the Department for Education.

Speaking on the end of the project, National Support Director, James Hempsall OBE said:

“Delivering for two-year-old children and their families, is something the early years and childcare sector has fully embraced. It is something that should be acknowledged and celebrated. We have raised the bar for outcomes for children, we have targeted resources for children who are the least advantaged, and we have forged new partnerships and collaborations. This has required all of us to change some of the ways we have delivered our work to meet national policy, local strategy, and the individual needs of children and parents in our communities. However, there is still work to be done.
Read more here
National Literacy Trust
New HELLO tool to raise literacy levels of pre-school children
The National Literacy Trust has worked with five nursery teaching schools and two local authority teams to create the Helping Early Language and Literacy (HELLO) tool and a range of accompanying resources. The tool supports settings to self-assess their communication, language and literacy (CLL) provision to create an action plan for improvement across three areas:
  • Skilled practitioners
  • Partnership with parents
  • Enabling environments
45% of practitioners who have used the tool have reported that they felt more confident that the activities they delivered support their children’s early literacy.

There are a range of accompanying resources to support practitioners in their action planning, these include:
  • Guidance for supporting boys and two year olds with their CLL
  • Guidance for supporting families with EAL
  • Support with baselining current assessments
  • Best practice case studies and templates for improving provision 
Read more here

National Portage Association (NPA)
Would you like to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to support children with SEND and their families?

The NPA provide training and support to the early years workforce to develop Portage practice.

Portage Workshop – A Small Steps Approach to Learning for Children with SEND
Recently updated to support the implementation of Portage principles within early years settings.

If you are interested in accessing the training or developing Portage in your area please contact: (South) (North & Midlands)
Further information can also be found here
The NPA Stamp of Approval Scheme
This award is available to early years settings (including childminders and foster carers) whose staff have completed the Portage Workshop and demonstrate that they deliver high quality, inclusive early years education, based on the Portage model and Portage principles.

For criteria and application information visit the Portage Support Hub.
Welcome to Focus on SEND training
Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice- led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.  

The modules explore: high quality practice and what this means for SEND; the participation and engagement both of children or young people and of their parents and families; identifying needs and the role of assessment; the process for arriving at meaningful outcomes; meeting needs and how the cycle of assess, plan, do, review can be used to best effect.  Focus on SEND training offers both online content and opportunities to carry out practical activities in your own setting. 

Although it won’t make you an expert in SEND, it will help you to recognise your own skills and experience and use them to begin to unpick the needs of learners
New NDNA factsheet: Safeguarding and Child Protection
 Safeguarding and child protection is a vital element of all early years practitioners’ daily practice. As professionals who care for children every day, you need to be aware of any changes in their wellbeing, but what do we mean by ‘safeguarding and child protection’?

Find out in NDNA’s brand new factsheet. Free to NDNA members and just £3.50 to non-members.
PACEY research confirms early years recruitment crisis
Research conducted by the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) reveals a worrying decline in the number of enrolments on Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) courses.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of further education colleges that took part in the survey reported that enrolments on Level 3 EYE courses have decreased this year (2015-16) compared to last year (2014-15). With 56% reporting that enrolments have decreased a lot.

GCSE requirements were highlighted as the main factor in the decline. In fact 94% said that if functional skills equivalents in Maths and English were allowed in place of GCSEs, more Level 2 learners would go on to Level 3.

Read more about the research here
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Information Sharing Matters
Information Sharing Matters is a free education programme designed for the early years workforce and healthcare professionals about information sharing in early years. It is designed to improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of the benefits of effectively sharing information in a professional context. It is made up of online and face-to-face resources supporting the training of individuals and multidisciplinary teams.

On completion of this programme you will be able to:
  • explain what information can and cannot be shared in a context of integrated working
  • describe the range of benefits to children and families related to information sharing, with a focus on improving outcomes
  • use and share good practice with your colleagues and between individuals and organisations
  • support improved information sharing, helping to build trust between professionals and improving outcomes for young children and their families
Save the Children
A new report by Save the Children shows that boys are almost twice as likely as girls to be falling behind in language skills by the time they start school. The report found that overall, 25% of boys were behind in language at age five in 2014/15, compared to 14% of their female classmates. The gender gap has remained nearly constant over the past decade.  

Latest Resources

DfE Guidance: Setting up Childminder Agencies

High Achieving White Working Class Boys Project


Early Education
Conference: Improving life chances: the role of the early years
Friday 14 October 2016, London

What is the role of the early years sector in improving children's life chances, and how can the sector respond to the government's emerging life chances strategy? 

This one-day conference will take a topical look at early years policy developments and research findings relating to the life chances strategy.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Helen Stephenson, Director, Early Years, Child Poverty and Children’s Services Strategy, Department for Education
  • Professor Kathy Sylva, University of Oxford
  • Naomi Eisenstadt, University of Oxford
  • Bernadette Duffy, Head, Thomas Coram Centre
  • Professor Ted Melhuish, University of Oxford
Full programme now available: to view and to book your place visit our website – early bird booking rate available until the end of July.
Early Excellence
Enabling Successful Futures: Developing a Reflective & Impactful Pedagogy in an Increasingly Challenging Climate
Keynote: Robert Winston

The evidence of what children require to be successful and the implications of what happens if these needs are not met have never been more apparent. We are reminded daily of the consequences of inappropriate Early Years provision and the impact that this can have on children’s health, well-being, academic outcomes and life chances.

More than ever, the children we work with need educators who are informed, reflective, and confident about providing a pedagogy that fully reflects and supports the reality of successful learning and development. Join us at this conference which will provide a unique opportunity to explore these issues from highly informed and respected perspectives.

Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford
Thursday 17th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

The St Johns Hotel, Solihull
Monday 28th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Early Excellence London Centre
Tuesday 29th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Early Excellence London Centre
30th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Full information and to book today-
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