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ISSUE NO. 16 - DECEMBER 2012
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
 
Welcome to the final foundation years newsletter of 2012 – and what a busy year it has been as we have implemented the revised EYFS framework and the core purpose of children’s centres, begun to prepare for the extension of early education for two year olds, responded to consultations and taken forward integrated working particularly with Health. As the year draws to a close we look forward to 2013 and the announcements in relation to the childcare commission and the Nutbrown review. 
 
From everyone in the Strategic Partnership we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
The Strategic Partnership
 
Events
24th January, NDNA, EYFS regional training – inspection, supervision & evaluation, Clayton-le-Moors
 
28th January, Workshop: Developing effective methods and tools for measuring Children’s Centre outcomes, London
 
29th January, NDNA, EYFS regional training – inspection, supervision & evaluation, London
 
31st January 2013,Workshop: Developing effective methods and tools for measuring Children’s Centre outcomes, Birmingham
 
20th- 21st February,BECERA 2013 Conference, Birmingham
 
21st February, Masterclass: Measuring Children’s Centre impacts and outcomes, London
 
21st February, NDNA, EYFS regional training – inspection, supervision & evaluation, Newcastle
 
26th February, NDNA, EYFS regional training – inspection, supervision & evaluation, Derby
 
2nd March, Child Development and Observation, Assessment and Planning, London
 
5th March, NDNA, Member Event, Lincoln
 
7th March, NDNA, Member Event, Coventry
 
12th March, NDNA, Member Event, Bolton
 
14th March, NDNA, Member Event, York 

23rd April, NDNA member event, Sunderland
 
12th September, NDNA member event, London
 
3rd October, NDNA member event, St Albans
 
10th October, NDNA member event, Bath
 
15th October, NDNA member event, Guildford
 
 

 
News from the Department 
Louise Casey calls for family intervention approach
Following a look at the academic evidence, alongside consultation with practitioners and families themselves, Head of the government’s Troubled Families programme Louise Casey has published a new report that shows the life-changing results that good family intervention can have on even the most challenging households, along with a guide to best practice.
 
The ‘Working with Troubled Families’ report outlines that family intervention reduces:
  • involvement in anti-social behaviour by 59%
  • involvement in crime by 45%
  • truancy, exclusion, bad behaviour at school by 52%
 
It also points to the 5 key features of effective family intervention being:
  • a dedicated worker, dedicated to a family
  • practical ‘hands on’ support
  • a persistent, assertive and challenging approach
  • considering the family as a whole - gathering the intelligence
  • common purpose and agreed action
 
Louise Casey is now calling on councils to review their own ways of working with troubled families and adopt these principles in order to ensure that the significant momentum that has built up behind the programme - with all eligible local authorities in England on board and committed to working with over 40,000 families in this financial year - continues in 2013.

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News from the Sector
Your views needed – on the Foundation Years Strategic Partnership
We are currently undertaking a review of the work provided by the Foundation Years Strategic Partnership – including this newsletter, the Foundation Years website, and the events and resources provided by the partnership – and we need your help to complete it.
 
Do you subscribe to the e-newsletter or use the website? Have you attended a Learn, Explore, Debate event or some of the other events and conferences run by the Strategic Partnership or 4Children? Would you be able to spare 15 – 20 minutes to share your views of the impact that the Strategic Partnership has had?
 
We are keen to capture the views of a range of people working in the foundation years including childminders, nurseries, headteachers, children’s centres and local authority staff.
 
Interviews will take place over the telephone in December, January and early February and can be booked in at a time to suit you.
 
If you would like to contribute to this evaluation please contact Angela Style at Daycare Trust by email at temp1@daycaretrust.org.ukor by telephone 020 7940 7533.
 
Daycare Trust
A new family and childcare charity formed by the merger of the Family and Parenting Institute and Daycare Trust has been given the go ahead. The boards of both charities agreed the merger.  By combining the strengths of both FPI and Daycare Trust, pooling resources and expertise, the new organisation aims to be the leading charity for family and childcare issues in the UK. It will be led by Anand Shukla, the current chief executive of Daycare Trust, who will take up his new role on January 1, 2013.
 
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NCB
NCB are holding anearly years networks regional event in Leicester on Improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children on Tuesday 22 January. This will feature Brenda Taggart of the Institute of Education on The Power of Pre-school: Evidence from the Effective Pre-School, Primary & Secondary Education project and a choice of workshops on Early literacy work with families and REAL, Eat Better Start Better, and Quality provision for two-year-olds. This is a free event but places are limited to two per local authority.
 
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New early support key working training dates have just been announced. The training embeds the Early Support principles in the key working functions and raises awareness of the importance of access to partnership working and key working support to facilitate children's, young people's and families' journeys.
 
Early Support also produce a quarterly newsletter full of news and upcoming events. You can subscribe for the newsletter here.
 
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Children England
Children England have produced new free downloadable guidance for children’s charity trustees, Governing for Children. This second edition of ‘Governing For Children’ has been produced with the support of the Department for Education’s Strategic Partner Programme to assist trustees in meeting these new challenges arising from the increasingly complex funding environment through which they need to steer their organisations.
 
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NDNA
 
NDNA’s healthy lifestyle campaign which aims to give children the energy for play, learning and fun. The celebration week is taking place from 11 -17 March 2013 where nurseries and children can take part in fun and healthy activities.
 
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NDNA’s Nursery Awards are the voted for by parents and are open to all nurseries across the UK. Your nursery could be the NDNA’s Nursery of the Year for 2013!
 
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New research from National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and the University of Oxford has found that social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, plays an important role in helping nurseries engage with busy parents. The study found that the biggest barrier to nurseries engaging with parents was parents’ lack of time.
 
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National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)has launched a new NDNA Early Years Development Zone course ‘nutrition & healthy eating’. This will help nursery practitioners, cooks and chefs further develop their knowledge and understanding of healthy, balanced nutritious food and drinks to support children’s health and wellbeing.
 
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Institute of Health Visiting
The Institute of Health Visiting has just published itsfirst newsletter. The Institute's strap line is Excellence in Practiceand they aspire to all health visitors having the resources to provide every family with timely help, and evidence based consistent information to support their parenting role. They will be publishing quarterly newsletters about the work of the iHV for all those who sign up for them through the website, and more frequent newsletters and alerts with specific professional content.
 
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Contact a Family
If you are the parent of a child who has a disability or health condition, please take five minutes to fill out Contact a Family’s short survey. The information you provide will help Contact a Family find out how widespread unofficial exclusions are and how the practice can impact on family life. 

You can listen here to find out more about unofficial exclusions from Jill Davies from Contact a Family's SEN National Advice Service. This information is relevant to schools in England and Wales only.
 
The latest edition of Contact a Family's magazine Connected, focuses on an issue closely related to stigma and discrimination. 

Contact a Family also have a guide for parents whose children are being bullied to help deal with it.
 
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Montessori
As Montessorians enter the second century of their work with children in the United Kingdom, the principles identified by Dr Maria Montessori continue to underpin the work of our schools. The EYFS expresses these principles in terms with which Montessorians are very familiar and to support practitioner they have produced a guide to the EYFS,
 
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Best Practice Network
Best Practice Network are currently recruiting for course in Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, South West, London and the South East starting in January 2013 and September 2013. They offer four different pathways to suit your needs and a range of funding opportunities and business to support your journey to Early Years Professional Status.
 
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Addaction
Addaction is one of the UK’s leading drug and alcohol treatment charities, and we developed the First Steps training programme in partnership with the Department for Education in 2011, working towards the department’s key strategic objective to improve outcomes for families with multiple problems. First Steps training increases practitioner ability to engage with and improve outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable families affected by substance misuse. It also promotes and improves integrated working between adult substance misuse and children’s services within local authority areas in line with the ‘Troubled Families’ agenda. You can view a promotional video that introduces the training here.
 
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