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Update for early years settings - 16 April

dan barton

Dear All,

A long update for you today, but please do take the time to read through; some useful updates, which you’ll want to have a look at.

You’ll be familiar now with me thanking you all on a daily basis – and the strength of this feeling should in no way be diminished by the frequency of its repetition. However, I am keen to make sure that my thanks and the County’s gratitude is passed on to all staff working in early years and childcare settings at this time. Please do pass on my thanks to everyone.


Dan Barton, Assistant Director - Education and Skills Cumbria County Council

New guidance released

Yesterday the Government released updated guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures’. Please make sure that you have read this latest guidance carefully. 

Daily Home Learning activities

From Monday 20 April, in order to support families with early years children, Cumbria Early Years Team will post a simple daily activity for the children and families to try together at home - ‘what can I do today?’ A new activity will be posted each morning on the Children and Families Information Service Facebook page.

If you are able to, please share these with families through your setting Facebook page, social media and/or website – we hope to reach as many families in Cumbria as possible.

It would also be helpful if you could add links to the three useful websites below to help families find more activities to try with their children. The activities are all no cost and can be done with everyday objects that you find around the home:

We hope that families will enjoy these activities and spending time together.

For further information on home learning please visit our webpage.

Free access to Solihull online courses

We are very pleased to share with you that Public Health colleagues have arranged one year’s access to the online version of the Solihull parenting course FREE of charge. All colleagues are invited to access the modules as CPD (access code available below until April 2021).

Please also share the information below with parents and carers as we would like as many families as possible to benefit from this opportunity:

Free online courses for FAMILIES of Cumbria:                   

  • Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain

Cumbria County Council have invested in the award winning, quality marked, evidence based online courses by the Solihull Approach (a national NHS organisation). These courses are for ALL parents-to-be, parents, grandparents or carers of any child from the antenatal period to age 18 years. The modules and free and available to everyone. They are relevant to parents/carers of all children, including those with special needs, autism, ADHD etc.

We would encourage you to take advantage of this time limited opportunity. These courses are normally £19-£39 per person, but are FREE with the access codes below to all residents of Cumbria:

Go to  and apply the relevant access code:         

  • Understanding your child age – Access code:  WORDSWORTH        
  • Understanding your pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby – Access code:  WORDSWORTH                          
  • Understanding your baby – Access code: WORDSWORTH        
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain – Access code: WORDSWORTH

You will be asked to create an account so that you can resume the course where you last left off. Once you have accessed the courses using this code you will have access even after the code expires. You will also be asked to verify that you are legitimately entitled to use the access code by entering your postcode.

Please know that personal information supplied by you remains private. Your responses to the monitoring questions are anonymised. You will not receive any marketing emails. You will receive congratulatory emails when you complete a module. The Solihull Approach may very occasionally email you to tell you about updates to the course. We welcome your feedback.

For further information about the course visit For technical queries email or ring 0121 296 4448 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

0 – 19 Child and Family Support Service

This new support service for Children and Young people aged 0–19 years is now up and running across Cumbria, although face to face work and visits are currently suspended due to social distancing measures. Children’s Centre buildings are also closed until further notice.

In lieu of the above face to face services, the three Providers (Action for Children, Barnardos and Family Action) are providing support services to families through telephone contact and digital means. This may involve one to one support or group work, according to need.

Services on offer currently include:

  • Parenting support across the age range, based on the Solihull model to help build positive attachments
  • Support for families experiencing difficulties using a strength based approach
  • One to one and group support for children and young people to promote their development, resilience and well-being, and to empower them through key transitions
  • Providing advice and information to families around their health and wellbeing, both face to face and on-line, including supporting those facing economic hardship
  • Joint work with the My Time Service to triage referrals for support
  • Working closely with Health colleagues to support families in the early years (perinatal period up to three years), including those who wish to breastfeed

Enquiries or referrals to the service for families with emerging and ‘early help’ needs are welcome by using the contact details below:




Telephone number


Family Action

07815 687287


Family Action

01229 821855


Family Action

07734 003789


Family Action

07815 688397



07740 516210

South Lakes

Action for Children

01539 734456

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