Gill Jones discusses changes to inspections, improving early years education, current consultations and engaging with the early years sector in a podcast with 4Children Chief Executive, Anne Longfield. You can view the latest Ofsted consultation on proposals for a new common inspection framework for early years settings, schools and colleges here
NEWS FROM THE GOVERNMENT
Childcare minister Sam Gyimah’s open letter about childcare
“In the next few months, I want to see more children, particularly two-year-olds from poor backgrounds, accessing high-quality early education. Giving all children at every age and stage the best opportunities is part of the government’s plan for education and something I know the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, also feels very strongly about. I am committed to pushing that work forward.” Sam Gyimah, childcare and early years minister, writes an open letter
about the DfE childcare priorities to our sector..
Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary (EPPSE)
A child has more chance of getting better exam results and ultimately earning higher wages by receiving pre-school education, a study published 9 September 2014 has shown.
The Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary (EPPSE) research shows children who go to pre-school are projected to earn £27,000 more during their career than those who don’t. They are also more likely to get better GCSE results - the equivalent of getting 7 Bs compared to 7 Cs.
Read more about the EPPSE report
Childcare Business Grant scheme
The Government has announced that the Childcare Business Grant scheme - which provides financial support for new childminders and other childcare providers – is being extended to new childminders who register with childminder agencies, as well as those new childminders who register with Ofsted. Further information on the scheme can be found at: http://www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms.gov.uk/
Two-year-old early learning entitlement
In September the Government extended eligibility criteria for the entitlement to funded early learning for two-year-olds. The extension was accompanied by a targeted marketing campaign that ran in a number of areas including London and Greater Manchester which was designed to raise awareness of the entitlement alongside local authority led marketing activity.
ASQ-3TM and reviews for children aged 2-2 ½
From 2015, health visiting teams will be using an evidence-based questionnaire called the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3™) as part of Healthy Child Programme (HCP) reviews at age two, in order to generate data for a public health outcome measure of child development at age 2-2½. The concept of an integrated review at age 2, bringing together the EYFS progress check with the HCP health review is currently being explored jointly by DH and DfE.
Read more about ASQ-3™
Ofsted Inspection Changes
Ofsted has announced some changes to its inspection of early years settings. Newly registered settings will now have more time for post-registration inspections. Rather than an inspection within seven months of registration, the settings will be inspected within 30 months. If there is a safeguarding concern, however, then an early inspection may take place.
Read more about Ofsted inspection changes
Institute of Health Visiting
Toilet training is one of those child developmental stages parents can find frustrating and complex. Making the transition from nappy to toilet can certainly be a challenge, particularly if you feel pressurised to start the process before your child is ready. iHV have produced a factsheet on toilet training that can be accessed here
CANparent - Quality Marked Parenting Classes
Making parenting classes an accessible, normal part of family life continues to be a high priority for ministers. CANparent is a consortium supporting the delivery of quality mark approved universal parenting classes to help parents and parents to-be prepare for the everyday challenges of family life, supporting positive outcomes for families and children. CANparent offers online and group classes across the country, while continuing to do focused work in the trial areas of High Peak, Camden, Bristol and Middlesbrough.
To consider commissioning parenting classes from CANparent providers or to raise awareness of CANparent with expectant and or new parents, visit www.canparent.org.uk
or call 0808 800 1102.
NEWS FROM THE SECTOR
Community Childcare and Early Learning Hubs Update
has now been updated to include case studies from three of the hubs in York, Newham and Northumberland. The case studies give an insight into the successes and challenges individual hubs have faced and include learning that will be useful to new hubs setting up around the country. The case studies can be found here
Read more about the Hubs and the forthcoming hub events
The Communication Trust
Free resources from The Communication Trust – lesson plans and carpet session ideas
The Trust have developed a large range of free resources for Early Year practitioners as part of their No Pens Day Wednesday
event. By registering here
you’ll have access to 16 brand new lesson plans based on activities such as bubble wrap foot prints, fruit kebabs and sound hunt with natural objects. You’ll also be able to download a carpet session and an activity ideas pack that you can adapt and use to build in dynamic speaking and listening components to any lesson.
There are also lots more free resources so why not get involved!
Family Action – Childcare in Schools
Supporting schools to develop childcare and holiday provision
Family Action’s Childcare in Schools team supports schools across England to develop childcare and holiday provision on their school site (eg mainstream schools, special schools, schools working in partnership with childcare providers).
Read more about free training workshops and resources
Family and Childcare Trust
New ‘Interested in setting up a Parent Champions scheme?’ leaflet from Family and Childcare Trust
Family and Childcare Trust have just produced a new leaflet titled Interested in setting up a Parent Champion scheme?
which gives a brief overview of the Parent Champions model, and what support is available for those wanting to set up a scheme. Many schemes have used the peer-to-peer model to very successfully reach families eligible for the new two-year old early education places, as well as other target groups. Family and Childcare Trust can provide free training, resources and monitoring tools. For more information contact Deborah Brodie
, Project Manager, or visit www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/parentchampions
National Literacy Trust
Benefits of Early Words Together for children and parents with Special Educational Needs or disabilities
Feedback from practitioners has demonstrated that Early Words Together is being used to enable all families, including those with complex needs, to access early learning support. This includes an example of incorporating Early Words Together into a sensory group, partnerships with speech and language therapy, and supporting parents with learning difficulties.
Read more about the Early Words Together programme
Are you interested in sharing your views about the staying put legislation?
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is carrying out an online survey looking at the initial impact and implementation of the staying put legislation
. To complete the survey, please click here
The questionnaire is confidential and findings will be reported anonymously to the Department for Education in January 2015.
Read more about the survey and contact details
Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace training for Childcare Practitioners
NDNA has launched the first accredited online Level 2 health & safety training course
specifically developed for childcare settings. In partnership with the Safer Food Group, the training covers your safety at work, the safety of the children in your care and the safety of visitors to your childcare premises.
Read more about the training course
Enabling environments on a shoestring: a guide to developing and reviewing early years provision
focuses on the physical environment in early years settings: how furniture, equipment and objects can be organised and made available to children; how the layout of a space can change the way children behave within it; and how the environment can contribute to children’s learning and development.
Read more about the guide
I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge
I CAN’s annual Chatterbox Challenge
is open for registrations from staff in nurseries, childminders and early years settings.
Chatterbox Challenge 2015: Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly
, supported by children’s TV show, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom,
helps to develop children’s communication skills by learning songs based on children’s surroundings both inside and outside and completing activities to help strengthen their development. All activities are linked to the EYFS and other early years curricula.
Read more about the Challenge and registration details
4Children - Getting ready for the Early Years Pupil Premium
Maximising the potential of the Early Years Pupil Premium to improve children's outcomes
National Conference - Central London - 23rd October
It is time to close the gap. Recent studies show that there is a 19 month gap in school readiness between the most and least advantaged children. The Early Years Pupil Premium has the potential to greatly reduce this inequality.
The conference will give detailed information on how the Early Years Pupil Premium will work and give the attendees opportunities to reflect on how the additional money can be used to narrow the gap. The day will offer a valuable opportunity to explore evidence and strategies to support children to flourish.
To book on to this conference please either click here
to book online or alternatively call the Events team on 020 7522 6970.
Read more about the conference and speakers
Pen Green SEND conference – Saturday 25th October:
Special Educational Needs in Early Years Conference
Keynote Speaker: Genevieve Jereb OTR
For information and how to register click here
Pen Green two year old focused conference – Saturday 22nd
Children’s Well-being & Involvement: The Emotional Roots of Learning
Keynote Speaker: Professor Ferre Laevers
For information and how to register click here
Activate Early Years Conference 2015
The Courtyard, Hereford
February 4th 2015
Early Years Activate are delighted to invite all Early Years and Year1 practitioners to attend our full day conference led by three world-wide speakers
Come along and be inspired http://www.activatecpd.co.uk/earlyyears/index.asp
Montessori Centre International invites you to a Montessori Foundation Degree Open Day
Wednesday 29 October, 2pm - 4pm.
The Montessori Foundation Degree Open Day gives you first-hand experience of college life.
Hear more about the courses, talk to current students, and meet our enthusiastic tutors. Discover how Montessori can offer rewarding teaching careers.
Places strictly limited. To register call: 020 7493 8300 or email: Rupert@montessori.org.uk
We welcome everyone: students, parents, teachers, careers advisors……
Workshop: Effectively tracking Children’s Centre impacts – 11th
Effectively tracking the impacts of Children’s Centre work for children and families is an increasingly important part of the assessment of Children’s Centres’ performance, and Ofsted requires Centres to provide high quality impact ‘tracking’ evidence in order to gain a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ grade. This workshop focuses on the various types of ‘tracking’ outlined in the latest Ofsted guidance, to provide attendees with a clear understanding of how to develop and implement effective systems and processes for tracking Children’s Centre impacts.
Read more about registration details