Education Planning Group - Early Years ... 5.8.20

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Early Years Attendance Data Collection

We are now collecting Early Years Attendance only once per week on a Wednesday.

It is vital that all settings that are open complete this data return weekly as we need to submit this information to the Department for Education.

Thank you for your continued assistance with this piece of work.

Attendance Survey

Returning to my Childminder, Nursery or School

In order to help parents support their child to get ready to return to their school or setting we are sending out weekly posts through this briefing and throught he CFIS facebook page. This week's theme is 'problem solving'. Please continue to share these positive messages with your families as widely as possible. Read 'Problem Solving' here. Returning to my setting - Problem solving wc 3.8.20.pdf

Support and resources for the Early Years sector

Here is a reminder about some of the excellent national organisations that are providing support, training and advice to the early years sector at this unprecedented time:

National Day Nurseries Association have a dedicated web area here - 

This Early Years Alliance are running a series of online networking events which include digital marketing, grant funding and support for childminders

PACEY have a reopening toolkit and have shared blogs from Childminders about their experiences of offering childcare during the pandemic

Early Education are providing updates on plans for the revised EYFS -

Supporting your Professional Development – SEND

To support your work with young children with SEND there are some online and free sessions available from nasen and Contact.

Transition webcasts from nasen

nasen have now released three new webcasts and supporting documents for Early Years practitioners, SENCOs, teachers, teaching assistants and parents. These resources will support with the transition for all children, particularly those with SEND who are moving from nursery to Reception and Reception to Year One.

Practitioner training on working with parents/carers of children with SEND from Contact

This online workshop gives practitioners practical ideas about supporting disabled children and their families. Find out more and register by clicking the links below:

Meeting the Needs of Every Child training for Early Years practitioners from nasen

FREE online course that provides Early Years Practitioners with a thorough understanding of inclusive practice for SEND in Early Years settings.

Changes to the self-isolation rule

Anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus (a temperature, new continuous cough and/or a loss of taste or smell) must now self-isolate for 10 days, rather than seven.

The change brings the UK in line with World Health Organization guidance, and reflects scientific evidence which suggests that people with coronavirus have "a low but real possibility of infectiousness" seven to nine days after falling ill.

Those living with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. More information is available on the NHS website.

OFSTED update - registration exemption

The DfE has made an amendment to The Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 to ‘clarify’ when activity-based provision must register on the Early Years Register. Activity-based provision must register on the Early Years Register where a child under the age of 5 attends the provision, including the activity and any time spent in the provision that is incidental to the activity, for more than four hours in any one day. For more information please see the following guidance  ( “When you do not have to register” / “Tutoring, coaching and clubs”). This amendment will come into effect on 1 October 2020 to allow for any providers who must be registered on the Early Years Register to take steps to register with Ofsted on its Early Years Register or adjust the way they operate if they wish to remain exempt from compulsory registration.