Education Planning Group - Early Years Update 2.9.20

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Early Years Providers open in September 2020 – Deadline Friday 5th September 2020 - Reminder

To help us to support you and families in Cumbria could you please confirm when your provision is going to open in the Autumn Term by completing this short survey. 

We recognise that some providers have not closed during the pandemic and that others have already opened, however to ensure a consistent approach, can you still please complete the survey by Friday 5th September 2020.

Thank you very much for your support in this matter


Early Years Attendance Survey

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


Cumbria Safeguarding Children Update – Refreshed Early Help Assessment

In Cumbria we use the Early Help Assessment to ensure that children, young people and their families get the right help at the right time.

Practitioners have been telling us that they have found the paperwork to be cumbersome and difficult to complete.

We have listened to what practitioners have been telling us and because of this; we have refreshed the Early Help Assessment. The refreshed Early Help Assessment will be called Early Help Assessment – Signs of Well-being and Success.

The Early Help Assessment - Signs of Well-being and Success (EHA – SWS) is a way of working, it is no different in that it is voluntary and needs consent from the parent/carers or where appropriate the young person.  However, it is a strengths based approach and builds on what is working well for the child/ren and family. 

A number of practitioners have trialled the assessment and found it much easier to use to support the needs of the child/ren, family.  

The Early Help Assessment – Signs of Well-being and Success went live yesterday (1.9.20) and is available on the CSCP website.

New training has also been developed to support practitioners with the new assessment and these will be published on the CSCP website.  The training will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Watch out for the link to the new refreshed Early Help Assessment – Signs of Well-being and Success and all the training dates. For further  information click here.


New government guidance

On 28th August he government released further guidance on the full reopening of schools. Athough much of this guidance relates to schools only, there are details regarding wraparound provision, the process in the event of local outbreaks and changes to SEND legislation, which are also applicable to Early Years providers. The full guidance can be found here

In addition further guidance was released on containing and managing local coronavirus outbreaks. Annex 3 of this guidance is relevant to all Early Years and Education providers and relates to the 4 tiers of national restriction for education and childcare. The full guidance can be found here


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 through the CFIS facebook page. This week's theme is 'Language and Communication’. Please continue to share these positive messages with your families as widely as possible. Read this week's post here:  Returning to my setting - Language and Communication wc 31.8.20.pdf


Risk assessments

Settings that are reopening for the first time should ensure they have completed a risk assessment. You may find it useful to use the format below, which contains current information and guidance. This should also be revisited regularly, particularly when there are any changes to provision, such as increasing numbers of children or staff.

Please find the latest version here: Risk assessment


OFSTED interim visits to begin

On March 2020 all routine OFSTED inspections were suspended. As part of a phased return to routine inspections from Autumn 2020 OFSTED will be carrying out Interim visits. These visits are not inspections and will not result in an inspection grade. OFSTED have issued guidance (see link below) which sets out the process and range of evidence gathering activities that inspectors will carry out on these visits.

Interim visits: registered early years providers