Early Years Update - 2.12.20

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Early Years Attendance Survey – Please action today

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

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

It is important that all providers complete this data return weekly as we are required to submit the information to the Department for Education.

Attendance Survey

Risk assessment checklist update

In light of recent changes to government guidance the Risk Assessment document has been updated. The most recent version can be found on the Early Years website or by clicking here

Consultation: Cumbria Together - time for families of children aged 0 - 5 to have your say!

We are delighted with the number of responses we have to this important early years survey so far. Please continue to share the links below widely as we would love to reach as many parents, carers, grandparents and extended family members as possible.

Please share our short survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FF7ZBJM using the attached flyer, and via social media:

Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/116829111815487/posts/1808927669272281/

You hopefully will have also heard about the national #5BigInsights survey that was conducted earlier in the year by the Duchess of Cambridge. Please find a Youtube video on the findings here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2k0ieZONgY&feature=youtu.be

Update regarding phone calls to the Safeguarding Hub – live from 7 December 2020


Following feedback, the options when you ring the Safeguarding Hub will be changing. The options have been separated for members of the public and professionals. Please be assured that all calls to the Safeguarding Hub are important and there are dedicated staff available to answer your calls.

If you have an enquiry regarding a child/young person and you are aware they already have an allocated social worker, press 1.

If you are a professional you will be required to press option 2 and then you will be given a choice of pressing 1 if your call is urgent and requires a social work response today or pressing 2 for any other safeguarding enquiry.  Please be reminded that the urgent line (option 1) is for professionals where there is a concern that a child requires a social work response today, please press 2 for all other calls. If your call is not urgent then you will be requested to ring back and pick the correct option.

If you are a member of the public, press 3.

Thank you for your ongoing support and hard work in ensuring the children of Cumbria are safe.

Mental health update

10 things we’ve learned about looking after our mental health during lockdown

The Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have put together some simple pieces of advice based on our key wellbeing messages. There are lots of reminders about how we need to be kind and look after ourselves, as well as others

The article can be found here: http://www.stopsuicidenenc.org/10-things-weve-learned-about-looking-after-your-mental-health-during-lockdown/

Please also remember that the Early Years team have produced guidance specific to early years settings here:

Supporting mental health and wellbeing - Managers

Wellbeing checklist

Wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19 - a guide to looking after yourself and others

Keep Fire Safe - Christmas Poster Competition

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are asking education settings across Cumbria to take part in their Christmas Fire Safety Poster Competition.

Your poster should include a firefighter, fire engine or a fire station and include one of our key safety messages:

  • Test your smoke alarm
  • Don’t overload your electrical plugs
  • Cook safely in the kitchen
  • Celebrating safely at Christmas

All you need to do is send us a photo of your A4 poster to cfrs.update@cumbria.gov.uk by Thursday 10th December. Posters designed landscape would be preferred so we can display them on our social media channels. The winner will be chosen on Friday 11th December.

The winning designs will be featured on Cumbria County Council’s website and as Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Facebook and Twitter headers for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

Guidance and FAQs for early years settings

The National Children’s Bureau have complied a list of answers to queries on issues affecting Early Years Providers. The document is available here. As ever please continue to consult the latest guidance:

New local restrictions guidance from 2nd December (updated 30th November)

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 1st December)

Protective measures for holiday clubs or out-of-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 27th November)

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term (updated 27th November)

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) disapplications – (updated 26th November)

C19 High Alert graphic