Welcome to the December issue of the Foundation Years Newsletter

With Christmas fast approaching we hope that your preparations for the festive season are going smoothly. While it is undoubtedly a very busy time of the year, hopefully most of you will have holidays and seasonal celebrations to look forward to!

This has been a busy time for the ealry years sector with a number of important announcements and resources being published recently. The DfE has published its response to the Early Years Funding consultation which can be read here. A host of business sustainability resources have also been launched and are available here

Sir Michael Wilshaw yesterday published his final annual report at Ofsted for 2015/16.

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

Early years funding consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) today published its government response to the consultation on early years funding reform, including the introduction of an early years national funding formula. DfE would like to thank all those who shared their views via the online survey and attended regional consultation events.
Your local authority will shortly be running a consultation on your local funding formula – please get involved and have your say.
Advice and support for providers
DfE will also be publishing information and advice for providers over the coming weeks via the Foundation Years website to support delivery of 30 hours next year, including a factsheet on the funding consultation and a link to a toolkit developed with the Family and Childcare Trust to help providers work in partnership.
Today, DfE are also launching a package of online support materials on the and Foundation Years websites to help providers ensure their businesses remain sustainable, including guidance, case studies and a directory.
Please do take a look at these resources, as well as following the DfE Twitter account and #30hours, to stay in touch with latest news and information in the run up to 30 hours roll out.

Ofsted Annual Report 2015/16
Ofsted has published its Annual Report for 2015/16. The report shows that:
  • Across the country, 91% of early years providers are now good or outstanding: a 22 percentage point increase since 2010.
  • The proportion of good and outstanding nurseries and pre-schools is now almost identical in the least and most deprived areas.
  • This year, in every local authority area in the country, at least eight out of 10 childcare places are in registered providers of early education judged good or outstanding.
  • In 2016, over two thirds of young children reached the government’s ‘good level of development’ compared with just over a half in 2013
Early Years Initial Teacher Training
National College for Teaching and Leadership (part of the Department for Education) would welcome your feedback on our early years initial teacher training marketing campaign.

If you could please take the time to fill in this short survey, we would be very grateful as your feedback will help to inform our future marketing.
If you are an employer, please complete this survey . Anyone else please complete this survey.

Updates from the Sector

Action for Children
What to Expect, When? – Guide for Parents and Carers
The hard copies of this booklet are once again available for purchase. Head here to find out how to order your copy, or download it for free. This publication helps parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS.
Childcare Works
DfE’s national support contract for 30 hours of free childcare, Childcare Works has begun.  Mott MacDonald, Hempsall’s and Action for Children are the consortium appointed to work with providers and local authorities to deliver high quality childcare for two, three and four-year-olds in an accessible, flexible and affordable way.
Key elements:
  • Two-year contract, started October 2016
  • Funded by DfE, free to access
  • A universal and a targeted offer
  • Information sharing from Early Implementers and Early Innovators
  • Sharing tools and resources and news
  • All working towards national roll-out in September 2017 and beyond
If you are a local authority 30 hours lead
  • You will have heard from your Programme Adviser already
  • They are there for Q&A and regular keeping in touch
  • You will have received your first Progress Review Form to complete and to support local planning and to shape our programme
  • You have been invited to attend Progress Sharing meetings each term
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • There will be a new 30-hours section on the LGA Knowledge Hub
  • Direct, one-to-one support will be provided where it is needed
If you are a provider
  • You can attend regular special 30-hours LEDs with the Foundation Years team at Action for Children
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • Look out for the launch of for regular blogs, tools, resources and news
  • Come to training on business remodelling for 30-hours
  • Read our regular 30-hours columns in Nursery World
If you are in a supportive role, business support or other partner
  • Come to our regular special 30-hours LEDs coproduced with theFoundation Years team
  • You can attend In-Depth seminars focusing on hot topics
  • Look out for the launch of for regular blogs, tools, resources and news
  • Look out for training on supporting providers’ business models for 30-hours
What’s happening next?
  • In the new year we will be launching our programme of training and In-depths
  • The website will be launched – your one-stop shop for resources, tools, information, events booking and the latest news
Contact for more information.
The Communication Trust
What is Platform 3? – the video!
The Communication Trust are excited to share a new Platform 3 video which is now live on their website here and on YouTube here. The video provides an overview of Platform 3 and the steps involved in completing the Level 3 Award via this online route.

Platform 3 is an online and cost effective learning route for the delivery and undertaking of the Level 3 qualification: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication. Platform 3 helps all practitioners working with children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds to access this continuing professional development (CPD) Award.

Why is this qualification so important?

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the most prevalent special educational need in state funded primary schools and is associated with the 3 most prevalent needs in secondary schools: social, emotional and mental health; moderate learning difficulties; and specific learning difficulties.
Raising the skill level of everyone working with children and young people helps to increase the quality of provision and ensures better outcomes for children and young people.
Family Action – support for early years settings and schools
The Learning Exchange website, which is managed by Family Action, is being funded by the Department for Education (DfE) until March 2017.

Browse the Learning Exchange for free resources to support your setting to:
  • develop more inclusive childcare practices for 0-5s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • set up wraparound provision on a school site (eg after-school, breakfast and holiday clubs).
On the website you can also find information about our recent grant award by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a pilot Adoption Support service across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. This will provide attachment training and support for schools, as well as support for adoptive families.
Support for early years and school staff
Family Action delivers a wide range of programmes, initiatives and services within the early years  and schools sectors.
We also offer open workshops and in-house training for early years and school staff, focusing on issues such as:
  • mental health first aid
  • child protection for designated safeguarding leads
  • mindfulness
  • FGM
  • supporting young carers
  • working with vulnerable children and with their families.
Find out more  
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

What to Expect, When?

Ofsted Annual Report

Business Sustainability Resources


Early Education
Conference for primary heads and leaders
3 March 2017, Tyne and Wear
Leading excellence in the early years: a conference for primary headteachers and leaders

This conference is aimed at those working in leadership roles or those holding responsibility for the Early Years Foundation Stage, especially those who are not themselves early years specialists, who would like to extend and update their knowledge on current best practice in relation to the EYFS. It may also be suitable for other staff in a leadership role such as Advisors, KS1 leads and curriculum co-ordinators.

  • Leading in the early years - Helen Moylett
  • Practice: what does it look like? - Ruth Moore
  • Transitions: helping children to ‘hit the ground running’ by supporting change through attachment and resilience - Anne O'Connor
  • Primed for Life: the inter-relationship of the Prime areas and their impact on learning and development - Anne O'Connor
  • The Characteristics of Effective Learning - Ruth Moore
  • EYPP and narrowing the gap - Helen Moylett

National Literacy Trust
Talk To Your Baby conference

Book your place now for the National Literacy Trust’s renowned early years conference, Talk To Your Baby 2017: Early Language in a Connected World, back for its 13th year on 13 March 2017 at London Metropolitan University. Don’t miss our early bird price, available until 1st January, to attend this year’s conference with acclaimed speakers including Jean Gross CBE and Professors Kathy Sylva and Elena Lieven. Find out more about booking your place
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