Welcome to the November edition of the Foundations Newsletter
As we enjoy the autumn festivals and the weather turns colder, there is much to share since the last newsletter.  

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results have been published by the DfE, and it shows an improvement for all children from last year. The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, has also announced that the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain in place for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

The DfE has launched a consultation on Maths and English qualifications for Level 3 early years staff. The DfE has also published the consultation outcome to the 30-hour free childcare entitlement.

Lastly, with winter approaching and our young children being vulnerable to flu, the Chief Medical Officer has written a letter to early years practitioners seeking their help in raising awareness of the childhood flu immunisation programme.

We hope you will find the information in the newsletter helpful and as always do keep in touch at You can also follow our twitter account  or facebook page for all the latest early years news. 

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

Updates from the Government

DfE Consultation - Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements
A consultation on the literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge n
level 3 staff has been launched by Minister for Early Years, Caroline Dinenage.  This consultation is an opportunity to better understand what knowledge, skills and appropriate qualifications in mathematics and English are required to perform an effective level 3 role.  It also seeks to consider what literacy and numeracy qualification requirements can put level 3 staff in the best position to progress in their careers.

The consultation runs until 28th November and can be accessed here:
DfE Consultation Outcome – 30hours free childcare
The DfE has published the consultation outcome to the 30-hour free childcare entitlement. It includes the summary of the responses it received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results: 2015 to 2016
The DfE has published the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile result: 2015 to 2016. The profile results show that nationally, 69.3 per cent of children achieved a good level of development, an increase of 3 percentage points (ppts) on 2015.

The gap for children achieving at least the expected level in all early learning goals decreased nearly 1 percentage point from 16.6 ppts in 2015 to 15.7 ppts in 2016. Both girls and boys have shown improvement but boys have improved at a faster rate.

The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, has also announced that the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain in place for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.
Wraparound and holiday childcare
New guidance to help schools understand how to respond to requests from parents and childcare providers about wraparound and holiday childcare.
  • Did you know that parents and childcare providers have a right to request wraparound or holiday childcare at your school?
  • We’ve created a guide to help you understand what it means for your school.
  • If you’re looking to expand your childcare business, have you thought about using the facilities at your local school?
  • You now have a right to request to use school facilities for wraparound or holiday childcare at times when the school isn’t using them.
  • Did you know you now have a right to request wraparound or holiday childcare at your child’s school?
For more information please follow this link
Supporting Public Health: children, young people and families
PHE has published a number of documents to support local authorities and providers in commissioning and delivering children's public health services aged 0 to 19 years. These documents identify 6 areas where health visitors have the highest impact on the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 5 years and a further 6 areas for school aged children from 5 to 19 years.

Updates from the Sector

Childcare Works
 Hempsall’s, Mott MacDonald and Action for Children have been awarded a two-year DfE contract to ensure settings and local authorities work together to create enough childcare to implement the 30 hours policy. The project, called Childcare Works, has the aim of achieving the delivery of childcare for two- three- and four-year-olds in ways in which high-quality childcare is accessible, flexible and affordable. In doing so, Childcare Works will work directly with providers, local authority early years teams, and central government. We will be signposting you to resources as they become available on the Childcare Works website to be launched later this year.  

For now please look at the Events section for Childcare Works 30-hours LED events we are hosting in November and December as a part of this project. 
Centre for Research in Early Childhood
Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) are currently enrolling for their brand new postgraduate module, Physical Activity in Early Childhood. Designed for all those working with children from birth to 7 years old, this module takes a look at the young developing child through the lens of movement, physical activity and sport. It is designed to support practitioners to combine their creativity, critical reflection, knowledge and experience, in order to improve outcomes for children, develop their own practice and grow as professionals. To learn more and enrol for January cohort please click here.
Family Action
On the Learning Exchange you can find a variety of free templates, guides, case studies and tip sheets to support your setting to:
  • set up wraparound provision on a school site (e.g. after-school, breakfast and holiday clubs)
  • develop more inclusive childcare practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Learning Exchange website, which is managed by Family Action, is being funded by the Department for Education (DfE) until March 2017.
Early years and schools services
Family Action delivers a wide range of programmes and services within the early years and schools and education sectors, as well as offering open workshops and in-house training programmes across the country (e.g. mental health first aid, child protection for designated safeguarding leads).
Keep in touch  
National Day Nurseries Association
Play and Learn with the Teletubbies!
All week, nurseries across the UK and internationally have been getting involved in NDNA’s Play and Learn with the Teletubbies activity week. Free activity guides are available to download from the NDNA website, plus other resources including a free online course for nursery practitioners.

Next week is Play and Learn with the Teletubbies parents’ week. NDNA is encouraging nurseries to interact with parents and encourage home learning when watching educational television shows with their children, such as the new Teletubbies series.  Parents can download their activity guide and resources - and access their free online interactive guide - from the NDNA website.

Find out 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 

Latest Resources

EYFS Profile Results 2015-16

Letter from CMO to EY Practitioners


Childcare Works 30-hours special: Learn, Explore, Debate Event
Childcare Works has created a special programme of LED events for providers focusing on 30-hours.

The events will be delivered in partnership with the Foundation Years Team at Action for Children.

The audience for these events is all types of early years and childcare providers including chains, children’s centres, schools, childminders and local authority officers working with providers, business support officers, and partner roles in other organisations.   

Aims and objectives:
  • Learn 10 useful steps to support your planning for the extended entitlement
  • Explore the policy, the entitlement and flexibility in the suggested delivery model
  • Debate and discuss the opportunities and challenges in the extended entitlement
  • Explore business models, tools and techniques which will support your planning and long term sustainability
  • Learn from how flexibility and the extended hours are being offered now
  • Debate and discuss your initial thinking
  • Learn information to help develop your implementation plan
For more information and to book your place please follow the appropriate link below:
London 21st November
Birmingham 23rd November
Leeds 24th November
Manchester 28th November
Taunton 30th November
Newcastle 5th December
National Day Nurseries Association
NDNA regularly host training events across the UK. Upcoming courses throughout November include:
  • 30 Hours Workshop - Warrington
  • Advanced Safeguarding - Derby, Wednesbury, Durham and  Taunton
  • Working with Babies - Bristol and Poole
  • Developing Outstanding Practice – Huddersfield
  • Quality Teaching in Early Years – Bristol
Find out more and book here.
National Literacy Trust
Talk To Your Baby Conference 2017: Early Language in a Connected World
The National Literacy Trust’s hugely successful early years conference is back for its 13th year on 13 March 2017 at London Metropolitan University. Renowned for its expert reflection on policy, research and practice, Talk To Your Baby attracts a wide range of delegates from different disciplines across the sector.

The conference focuses on translating research into practice, and this year will highlight the importance of influences on early language development in pre-schoolers, particularly ages birth to three.

Specialist practitioners and academics will discuss the impact of three key areas on early talk: child to parent interaction, practice in settings, and factors in the wider community including public health and technology.

Chaired by Jean Gross CBE and with speakers from local government, academia and neonatal public health, the conference offers invaluable collaboration opportunities. This is why delegates return year after year to reflect, share insight and be inspired.

Together we can improve the language and literacy outcomes of children from birth to five.

Find out more and book your place now for an early bird price of £195.
Sightlines Initiative
A Tangled Web: conference & seminar in dialogue with Reggio
University of Greenwich, London
26-27 November, 2016
How can educators:
  • Actually create places for learning in many expressive languages?
  • Learn how and when a new expressive language can be brought into children’s enquiries?
  • Explore expressive languages themselves?
  • Show the outside world how this interwoven learning practice works?
Both days will feature educators from Reggio Emilia & their work. The first day will be a presentation style conference, with lots of time given to the detailed exploration of enquiry projects; the second day will focus, seminar-style, on exploring participants’ issues in the development of their educational practice, with the opportunity for detailed exchange with our Reggio Emilian colleague.
For more information and booking a place, please go here.
Reggio Emilia Study Week 2017
Sunday 2nd - Friday 7th April 2017
Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
A one-week study visit to learn about and be inspired by the world renowned educational approach of the preschools and infant toddler centres of Reggio Emilia.

This course will explore the key principles underpinning the Reggio approach to early childhood education including:
  • History and background
  • Creativity and expressive languages of children
  • Listening to children
  • The environment as 'the third teacher'
  • Parents as partners
  • Democratic citizenship
  • Children as the subjects of rights
  • Children and educators as researchers
  • Observation, interpretation, documentation
  • Making learning visible
  • Professional dialogue
For more information visit us here.
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