ISSUE NO. 5 - November 2013
As we enjoy the autumn festivals and start to turn our thoughts to the end of the year there is much to share as practitioners continue to work hard to give the children the best possible experiences.  Many thanks to those of you who have responded to our call for good practice. We will have refreshed our website by the end of the month in which these examples will be showcased, along with updated resources, latest news and interactive features.  We hope you will find the information in this edition useful and as always do keep in touch with us at
Best Wishes,
The Strategic Partnership  

Upcoming Events
Tuesday 12th November 2013, Home-Start UK’s Volunteer Impact Symposium, London

Tuesday 12th November 2013, NDNA Free Member Event, Wrexham

Thursday 14th November 2013, Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome seminar, Salford

Friday 15th November 2013, Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome seminar, Salford

Monday 18th November 2013, Masterclass in measuring Children’s Centre impacts and outcomes, London

Monday 18th – Sunday 24th November 2013, Road Safety Week, National

Friday 22nd November 2013, Workshop: developing effective methods and tools for measuring Children’s Centre outcomes, London

Monday 25th November 2013, National Literacy Trust Conference – Talk to your baby conference 2013, London

Monday 25th November 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, Newcastle

Monday 25th November 2013, Workshop: Measuring Children’s Centre Impacts and Outcomes – Ready made tools to take away and use, London

Tuesday 26th November 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, Birmingham

Tuesday 26th November 2013, ELDP London Boroughs Conference, London

Wednesday 27th November 2013, Advanced Safeguarding Training, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Thursday 28th November 2013, free Making it REAL training, Birmingham

Saturday 30th November 2013, Sightlines Initiative Conference, London

Tuesday 3rd December 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, Nottingham

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 4Children national conference Better outcomes, better futures – Improving lives for troubled families, London

Thursday 5th December 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, Wimborne

Thursday 5th December 2013, Scotland Regional Training Event, Edinburgh

Friday 6th December 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, Leeds

Wednesday 11th December 2013, Achieving Two Year Olds Roadshow, London

Friday 28th February 2014, OXPIP Practitioner Conference, Oxford
News from the Department for Education
EYFS Profile Data

The Department for Education has published the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile data for the 2012-13 academic year. The results show 52% of five-year-olds achieved a good level of development. Girls outperformed boys, with 60% achieving a good level of development compared with 44% of boys.
The figures are based on the new EYFS profile, introduced for 2013 in line with the reformed EYFS Framework. The Profile assesses children  across the areas of learning and 17 early learning goals, as well as the characteristics of effective learning.
Find out more here
Childminder Agencies

Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss MP, recently conducted an interview with Nursery World, where she answered questions submitted by readers.  The Minister covered a range of topics of concern to childminders and the early years sector, including a number of questions on childminder agencies.
You can view the full article on Nursery World
The CANparent Trial is well into its second year and has seen over 1,400 parents attending classes. Satisfaction levels are high with 82 per cent of parents saying they would recommend a CANparent class to others, and 82 per cent of parents satisfied with CANparent classes.
Parenting UK, now part of Family Lives, and supported by Ecorys, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, and the Family and Childcare Trust have secured a contract to support the development of a universal parenting classes market.
Read more
Grants for childcare businesses
The Grant scheme, launched by Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller in April, is still open to new applications.  Grants will be either £250 or £500, and will support up to 6,000 new childcare businesses, based on £250 for individual childminders and £500 for larger childcare businesses. To find out how to apply for a grant visit:  This scheme is only open to new childcare businesses, so if you are aware of anyone who may qualify, encourage them to apply at an early stage to avoid them missing out.
Consultation on the draft SEN Code of Practice, draft Regulations and Transitional Arrangements

The Government has published a consultation giving more details of plans to overhaul the special educational needs (SEN) system to ensure that all children and young people with SEN receive the extra assistance they need.
The consultation consists of the following documents:
  • the draft 0-25 SEN Code of Practice
  • draft Regulations, and
  • proposals for transition from statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, and introduction of the local offer.
The documents are available on the DfE Website. The consultation will run until Monday 9 December.  
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Spot the Difference
New research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reveals that businesses who pay less than the National Minimum Wage risk huge damage to their business through loss of reputation, low staff productivity and high employee turnover. The survey findings come as the government begins to ramp up its scheme to ‘name and shame’ employers who don’t comply with the law and pay their workers at least the National Minimum wage.
Employers who fail to pay their workers what they are legally entitled to face a financial penalty, being publically named and even prosecution. Employers are encouraged to notice the details; age, accommodation, travel time and uniform hire can all affect how much workers must legally be paid. 
You can protect your business by checking the details: call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or visit for more information.
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News from the sector

The Communication Trust
New interactive site helps schools support all to pupils communicate to the best of their ability.
The Communication Trust has launched the Communication Commitment, a new interactive website for schools. It’s a simple way to ensure all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication.  The Commitment helps schools to support all of their pupils, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), to communicate better – part of the Ofsted Framework – and helps prepare for the SEND Reforms, due to be implemented in September 2014.
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Home Start UK
Home-Start UK’s Volunteer Impact Symposium
Portcullis House, London 
Tue 12 November 2013 
The potential for volunteers to transform the life chances of the most disadvantaged children and families in our society is now clearly recognised.  The Volunteer Impact Symposium will share some of the latest evidence from the UK and abroad that contributes to our understanding of the impact of volunteer-led family support services.
This half day event will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and commissioners from across the sector to discuss and debate the impact volunteers make in family support services and how this can be developed. 
Book and secure your place at this important event. Tickets are FREE – on a first come, first served basis.
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NDNA’s autumn nursery survey is now open and they need nurseries to tell them about the key issues they are facing.  The survey will collect data on occupancy, funding and business confidence and will help build up an accurate picture of how the early years sector is performing. This information will be used to highlight the challenges faced by nurseries to Government and the media. Taking part in the survey means your voice will be heard with policy makers.
By taking part in the survey you will be automatically entered in a free prize draw to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend on toys and resources for your nursery, kindly donated by Pound Gates. Five runners-up will each win an NDNA Early Years Development Zone course of their choice, worth up to £32.
Take part in the survey
Achieving Two Year Olds
Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO) is the national DfE support programme for providers and local authorities, delivered by Hempsall’s and Mott MacDonald.  A2YO’s aim is to support the implementation of free early learning for the least advantaged two year olds.  They have recently launched a FREE nation-wide roadshow for group providers, children’s centres, schools and childminders.  Over 60 roadshows will occur over the next few months across daytimes, evenings and weekends, and you are invited to come along to the next dates in the diary:
Roadshows are held from 9.30am to 1.00pm
Newcastle – Gateshead Hilton Hotel – 25 November 2013
Birmingham – Thistle Hotel – 26 November 2013
Nottingham – Mercure Hotel – 3 December 2013
Wimborne – Hamworthy Club – 5 December 2013
Leeds – Novotel Hotel – 6 December 2013
London – QEII Conference Centre, Westminster – 11 December 2013 – fully booked
Due to high demand there is an additional London roadshow 1.30pm – 5.00pm on 11 December 2013
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Early Learning Development Programme
How ELDP is supporting recommendations made for early years settings and Children’s Centres
Two recent government reports confirm the continued need to support early communication development, especially among children in disadvantaged areas. Recommendations are made in these reports about measures to get closer to this goal. I CAN, the children’s communication charity, looks at how these recommendations link to interim findings from the Early Language Development Programme.
The Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) is currently implementing some of these recommendations in the areas where training has been cascaded to local practitioners. 
ELDP provides three training courses to local practitioners around supporting babies’ and toddlers’ communication development and working with parents and carers to do the same.  Free training is available to childminders, early years practitioners and family facing practitioners and there has been a focus on cascading this training in areas of disadvantage.
With nearly 9,000 local practitioners now having been trained, OPM has identified that ELDP training will have already impacted on 97,104 parents through groups and activities such as those recommended in the Sure Start report.
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TrimTots is a fun, interactive multi-component healthy lifestyle programme for preschool children and their families that has been developed by a multidisciplinary team from the UCL Institute of Child Health. TrimTots has been successfully delivered in Hertfordshire Children’s Centres and was well-liked by participants and early years’ staff. Importantly, taking part in TrimTots reduced the risk of obesity and led to improvements in health and behaviours associated with healthier lifestyles. These benefits were sustained at long-term follow up – two years after completing the programme. TrimTots is now poised to roll out across children’s centres in the UK and may be available in your area soon. For more information please contact the TrimTots team at
You can read the full report here
The Children’s Food Trust 
The Children’s Food Trust has launched a trio of new online learning courses, endorsed by CACHE, to help you deliver healthy food for children in your early years setting. The series looks at providing a healthy diet for young children, meeting the national food and drink guidelines for early years settings, and encouraging young children in your care to eat well – covering issues like fussy eating, behaviour and best practice at meal times.
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Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event, co-ordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, is taking place 18-24 November this year.
Last year thousands of communities, companies, educators and road safety professionals got involved by running activities including road safety displays, working with schools and colleges, running employee workshops holding poster design competitions, launching local campaigns for safer roads, and running fundraising events. These activities have helped to promote road safety in communities across the UK.
This year’s theme is 'tune in to road safety’, highlighting the need for all road users to avoid distractions, though people are encouraged to run activities on any road safety theme.

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